Epson MovieMate 85HD
Home Entertainment Projector
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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