Epson EX7200 Widescreen Portable Projector
The Epson EX7200 is a 5.1 lb. portable, 1280x800 resolution, 3-chip LCD projector that nicely balances ease-of-use functionality with an advanced feature set. The EX7200 is great for the mobile presenter who wants to run computer free slideshow presentations. It can also project images from a computer over USB providing a true plug and play setup process. With over 2,400 ANSI-lumens of real world brightness, the EX7200 can support large screen sizes in ambient light and provide a very dynamic image. While it has a few limitations, they do not amount to significant performance issues under normal use scenarios
Brightness/Resolution: Our review sample measured 2,415 ANSI-lumens or 93% of the 2,600-lumen specification. Maximum brightness was found with the lamp on Normal and using the Dynamic image preset. Switching to the ECO lamp mode dropped brightness by 22% to 1,883 ANSI-lumens.
The EX7200 is a 16:10 WXGA (1200x800) resolution projector. WXGA provides 17% additional pixels over a standard XGA projector. The additional resolution allows for larger widescreen images while reducing the screen door effect. The EX7200 features a 1.2x zoom lens with a throw ratio of 1.1 to 1.3. This equates to a throw distance for a 100" diagonal image between 9.25 feet and 11 feet.
Picture Quality: The EX7200 throws a bright and dynamic image and produces its most pleasing picture when there is ambient light in the room. The combination of strong base colors and high lumen output allow the EX7200 to maintain a vibrant image in a normally lit room. While primary colors appear a bit oversaturated compared to video standards, they are not elevated to a distracting neon-level. Flesh tones on digital photographs were acceptable in Dynamic mode, but I would recommend using the more color balanced sRGB mode for critical evaluations.
Picture depth from the EX7200 improves in a dark room, but comes with a tradeoff as other image imperfections become more obvious. The high color saturation is more noticeable with light control, but can be improved by using the sRGB or Theater image presets. Black level performance is acceptable but is not an image strength.
Lens performance on the EX7200 is solid. The focus is consistent across the image and no lens related image defects were identified. Individual pixels were clearly resolved across the entire zoom range.
The ability of the EX7200 to overcome ambient light make it a great fit for a mobile presenter who constantly deals with a different setup location and cannot count on having control over room lighting. Additionally, any well-lit location such as a classroom or corner conference room would benefit from this projector's image strengths.
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