Adding on to the EpiqVision announcement earlier in the week, Epson has revealed four new projectors that join their Home Cinema line—the 880, 1080, 2200, and 2250—and another new portable business projector, the VS260.
The new Home Cinema projectors are a collection of 1080p 3LCD projectors, all for $1,000 or less. The 2250 ($999) and 2200 ($899), which replace the Home Cinema 2150 and 2100 respectively, are Epson's first smart Home Cinema projectors, utilizing the Android TV interface. Through the Android TV store, you can download content apps such as Hulu, Netflix, HBO, and YouTube. The included remote can be used with the built-in Google Assistant for voice search capabilities on the apps.
Both the 2250 and 2200 have 2,700 ISO 21118 lumens white brightness (a near ANSI equivalent) and equal color brightness as typically found in a three-chip projection system. A key difference is in their rated dynamic contrast, with the 2250 offering 60,000:1 vs. 35,000:1 found in the 2200. They both accept 4K signals, support a 21:9 aspect ratio, include a gamma uplift feature for gaming (which makes it easier to see dark areas of games), and they have image enhancement and frame interpolation features. The 2250 has a 1.6x zoom with a vertical lens shift of 45-60 percent, while the 2200 is a 1.2x zoom projector with no lens shift. Their 10W internal bass-reflex speaker system can be connected via Bluetooth.
The Home Cinema 1080 ($749) and 880 ($599) replace the HC 1060 and HC 760HD (which offered only WXGA resolution). They have higher output than the 2000 series models at 3,400 and 3,300 lumens, respectively. Both are rated for up to 16,000:1 dynamic contrast. Each can display an image up to a 320-inch diagonal. The two main differences between the two are that the 1080 has two HDMI ports and a 1.2x zoom, while the 880 has one HDMI and a fixed-zoom lens, though both offer digital zoom and picture shift functions.
Alongside the new Home Cinema projectors, Epson is releasing a new 3LCD portable business projector, the VS260. It has a native XGA (1024x768) resolution and accepts up to 4K content for display, and provides 3,300 lumens of color and white brightness. To ease setup and placement, there's a 1.0-1.35 digital zoom and auto keystone correction with manual focus. Connections are kept simple with a single HDMI, D-sub 15 pin connector, and USB Type B port. The VS260 is available now for $369.
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