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Epson MovieMate 85HD Projector Epson MovieMate 85HD
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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:3,000:1
Lumens:2500
Weight: 9.3 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$200.00
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  Composite, Component, VGA In, HDMI, Audio Out (x2), Audio In, USB (x2),
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/50, 525i, 525p, 576i, 576p, 625i, 625p

Epson MovieMate 85HD
Home Entertainment Projector

Allan Abbott, March 21, 2011

Advantages

Convenience: The 85HD is very easy to use. DVDs and music CDs begin to play shortly after insertion. Photos selected from the file menu start automatically in a slide show format, but you can pause and move forward or backward with a touch of a Chapter key on the remote. Track selection for music CDs or chapter selection for DVDs can be made via function keys or on the numeric portion of the remote control. All in all, the 85HD user interface is simple and intuitive.

Connections: This is the 85HD's strong suit. Standard DVDs (not Blu-Ray) and music CDs insert directly into the front slot, and chapter or track selection is made from the remote control. Game consoles (e.g., Wii, PlayStation 3, and Xbox 360), memory sticks, or iPods connect through a USB connector on the rear panel. Computers connect via a VGA connector, and cable/satellite TV and external video sources (e.g., Blu-Ray players) are accommodated by either component video RCA connectors or an HDMI port.

Kid Features: Parents will like the kid-protection features built into the 85HD. You can disable the power switch so that young eyes are protected from the bright light of an inadvertent power-up. To keep the lens cap from disappearing, Epson made it a sliding panel that cannot get lost or broken. DVDs can be password protected to keep junior from watching inappropriate material, and, except for the power cord, there are no cables to trip up the youngsters in the family. Adult supervision is always a good idea when children are around projectors, but the 85HD offers some extra kid-protection.

Speakers: Even if you are in your backyard where sound dissipates rapidly, the 10-watt speakers should provide more than enough sound to eliminate the need for external amplification, but an audio output is available if needed. The speakers in the 85HD are solid performers with no tinny or buzzy sound at moderate to high volume settings.

Warranty and Support: Epson offers a 2-year warranty on the 85HD and 90 days on the lamp, but it has a unique customer support feature. In the box with the projector is a card with Epson's PrivateLine® phone number that gets you directly to a human who can answer your questions. In these days of "please press 1 for English", it is refreshing to see such attention to customer satisfaction.

Preset Modes: The 85HD's preset modes are very close to optimal settings, so you can avoid fiddling with image adjustments when your audience is anxious to get started. There is even an Auto setting that can automatically change image brightness to compensate for the increasing or decreasing ambient light . . . a handy feature if you are outside and daylight is fading.

Fan Noise and Heat: Fan noise is modest with no high frequency components, and the heat exhaust from the front right side can barely be felt a foot away. So the 85HD can be used on a coffee table right in front of you without it causing a distraction.

Lamp Life: Lamp life is rated at a hefty 4,000 hours in normal power mode and 5,000 hours in Eco mode. That's enough lamp life to watch a two-hour movie every day for over five years. When the lamp starts to dim, replacements are available for about $200.

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Comments (8) Post a Comment
Chris in MD Posted Mar 21, 2011 6:37 PM PST
Can the Epson MovieMate 85HD be ceiling mounted? Does the menu have an option to "flip" the video image if the projector is mounted upside down?

I've looked at the Epson website and studied the PDFs manuals and brochures and can't seem to see any photos that show the bottom of the projector...wondering if there are 3 screw holes that will allow the projector to be mounted from the ceiling?
Mel Posted Apr 22, 2011 10:54 AM PST
This would actually be a high-volume item if it had a Blu-ray player instead of just a regular DVD player.
Chris Posted Apr 25, 2011 4:07 AM PST
There are no screw holes or mounting apparatus on the bottom side of the projector, I just bought one. In order to project from the ceiling, I'm making an adjustable bracket to mount on the ceiling joists. I asked the help desk prior to purchase, there is no capability to "flip" the image, only a +/- 30 degree horizontal image adjustment.
Tom Posted Apr 25, 2011 1:58 PM PST
Is there any difference between the 85HD and the Powerlite Presenter? Specs look identical and looks like the same just branding to different consumers. Local store sells both at the same price, but occasionally puts the Presenter on sale at $100 less. Main use will be for home and outdoor movies. Any comments would be appreciated.

Thanks Tom
michelle ford Posted Jul 27, 2011 12:23 PM PST
It is able to be flipped..just look through the menu..mess with all the buttons..u will find it. That's what we did. Just can't remember which button.
Ronald Aldrich Posted Sep 30, 2011 6:06 AM PST
we own a movie mate 70 the predecessor, this is the newer model of it. The 70 model has all the same features. We have had the 70 model for 4 years and we love it. Should this one ever break I will buy the newer 85 model. We our own bulb 3 now at about 140.00 each We use our projector 20 hours a day it hooked up to our derict tv service our bed room wall is 9 feet high and 20 feet wide, the max with of the picture is 18 feet wide and 9 feet high, u can reduce the picture down to about 4 feet high and 6 feet wide. You dont need a projector screen go to you paint store and order a color called silver screen, paint the wall you want to use and you are in business. Slick wall is better. The blub gets weaker after about 5000 hours we get about 10 ,000 hour out of the bulb before u have to replace it our about a year and a half of service. Take into our bedroom is painted dark, flat dark blue, incl ceiling, and back wall is painted all silver screen coler. 20.00 a gallon home depot our lowes its in their color codes, you have to tell them to look for it, it's not a normal seller. our is hooks to a laptop, playstaition 3, drectv, ipod, trendnet [plays internet tv] all switched tru a hdemi switch box it awasone and we love it. Every one who see's it in action is blown away.
DJ Assassin Posted Nov 5, 2012 5:08 PM PST
I bought one of the Movie Mate 85hd, and this has been the best investment I've ever bought. Yes the screen can flip in the Menu options. I did I before.... I was trying to mount it but there is no option that it came with that would allow it... So AMA have to just make a adjustable bracket hanging from the ceiling. This projector can connect to literally anything. Even from my iPhone, computer, USB flash drive, HBMI from my cable Box, DVD .... Wow... I even used an inverter in my mini van to operate with a portable screen.
Ken Posted Mar 17, 2016 11:57 AM PST
Yes, it does have "ceiling projection". When mounted to the ceiling bracket, the unit is upside-down. Unfortunately, it is not designed to mount upside down to a ceiling bracket, since it does not have any mounting holes to attach it. You would have to wrap it in straps or modify the 3 feet on the bottom. "Ceiling Projection" flips the image so that it looks right side up even though the projector is hanging upside-down from the ceiling. Unfortunately, when "ceiling projection" is selected, words are projected backwards. This would be fine for rear projection, but not when hung from the ceiling and projected onto a wall in front of you. I could not find a setting to correct the backwards image after selecting "ceiling projection". To select the "ceiling projection"mode, turn the unit ON, use either the remote control or the buttons on top of the unit, press the VISUAL SETUP button, highlight SIGNAL with the up/down arrow keys, press ENTER, use the up / down arrow keys to find CEILING PROJECTION, use the left / right arrow keys to highlight ON or OFF, press ENTER. The image will be flipped upside down and will read backwards, which is fine if you're set up for REAR SCREEN PROJECTION, but probably not why you bought this table-top unit.

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