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Epson VS220 Portable Projector: Lots of Light for just $359

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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 5.1 lbs
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$199.00
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In, HDMI, USB (x2),
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

If you are not projecting detailed images (engineering drawings or fine art) and you are often in uncontrolled light environments (no shades or undimmed lights), then Epson's new VS220 LCD projector may be just what you are looking for. At 2,700 lumens with SVGA resolution, it is not going to be found in home theaters or corporate boardrooms, but when a bright image with moderate resolution is called for, the VS220 is up to the task. In addition, at just five pounds it is small and light enough to serve both fixed and portable applications, and its $359 street price is easy on the budget.

At the moment, there are three other projector models under $400 that put out at least 2,500 lumens and have an HDMI input. But among them, the VS220 delivers more lumens per dollar, and does so in the smallest package. Combine that with its much higher color light output, and its versatility is unmatched.

Not only is the VS220 a good choice for the classroom teacher or the road warrior, it handles virtually all sources with the exception of 3-D material. It offers a variety of connections including HDMI. The built-in 1-watt speaker will not fill a room with sound, but it will suffice for relatively quiet surroundings. If SVGA is enough resolution for your projection needs, then the VS220 is an excellent choice.

The Viewing Experience

The simplicity of the VS220 is immediately apparent. The Connector panel is clean and clearly labeled, the menu and control buttons on the top of the projectors are distinct and tactile, and the remote control is laid out in four easy-to-identify sections. Connect your sources, turn the VS220 on, drop the front foot if the image needs to be raised, rotate the rear feet if the tabletop is tilted, and that is about all there is to getting an excellent image on the screen. The menu system is easy to understand and operate, and some functions (e.g., aspect ratio and color mode) can be selected from the remote without opening the menu.

Data images were focused and saturated, but because of the SVGA resolution, type smaller than 10 point was hard to read on spreadsheets running at less than 100% of normal size. On the other hand, video images had good highlight and shadow definition thanks to the VS220's automatic iris, and there were no motion artifacts which is the norm for an LCD image. Flesh tones were excellent in the Theatre preset with no adjustment, and the only improvement over factory settings for the overall image came from a slight increase in brightness. Color brightness matched white brightness which is another hallmark of LCD projectors, and in brightly lit rooms, this advantage is clearly evident as the image avoids a washed-out appearance.

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Bryce McKay Posted May 10, 2013 4:35 PM PST
SVGA, seriously??? It's 2013 and projector manufacturers should be ashamed of releasing low resolution products in this day and age - many phones have a higher resolution! SVGA projectors should be limited to two stars for "Performance" as an embarrassment to the manufacturer.
Yins Posted May 11, 2013 8:55 AM PST
My point exactly. Projectors that come in SVGA resolution should no longer be produced by a manufacturer like Epson which means it goes backward instead of moving forward. With the new development in IT field, every manufacturer should try its best to keep up with it. Come on Epson, you can do better.
Dylan Posted Jun 28, 2013 6:58 AM PST
Even VGA projectors shouldn't be sold anymore. Name me one device that has a Native Resolution or Aspect Ratio that matches these projectors. Big surprise when the user thinks they got a deal and it forces their laptop into SVGA resolution...time machine, you're back in 1997. Epson should know better but end users want cheap and don't read and/or understand the specifications. Projector Central reviewers on the other hand do know better and should not be rating these highly and to be more honest should flat out call them obsolete.
Marilyn M Posted Oct 14, 2013 12:19 PM PST
FYI, there are MANY classrooms in the US in which the computers are old enough to use an SVGA projector.

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