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Epson MovieMate 85HD Projector Epson MovieMate 85HD
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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 9.3 lbs
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


Menu Buttons: The menus are easy to understand and have minimal layering, but be aware that the "Menu" button is not for accessing the picture controls menu . . . it's used to access DVD menus. You get to picture controls by entering the Visual Setup menu after choosing a Color Mode other than "Automatic" (i.e., one of the preset modes). Also, the "Zoom" button is limited to video sources . . . it does not apply to computer images.

Maintenance: Like most LCD projectors, the 85HD has an air filter as part of the light engine cooling system, and it will need attention periodically. Holding a small vacuum cleaner to the filter intake on the left side of the projector will remove any dirt that has accumulated. If the filter is damaged, it can be purchased from Epson for about $14 and replaced in less than 30 seconds.

No Remote Backlight. A backlight would make it easier to see the buttons on the remote control in a darkened room as would a little larger Visual Setup button, but other than these two limitations, it is one of the better remotes we've seen.


Got lots of old Kodak slides kicking around that you haven't seen for a while? Put them on a photo CD, clear off the coffee table, plug in the MovieMate 85HD, and you are ready for a fun evening. The 85HD is a fully loaded portable home entertainment system for movies, computers, photography slide shows, and music playback. The video quality is good, the speakers are robust, and it is easy to use. The image is bright enough for most ambient light conditions, and at a list price of $899, it represents an excellent value and earns our highest rating.

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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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