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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

Image quality: Thanks to an automatic iris that achieves a contrast ratio of 3,000:1, video images have good dynamic range. Colors are well saturated, and skin tones are natural. The preset modes have predictable tint biases with Dynamic and Living Room emphasizing green and Theater tending slightly toward red, but the factory settings are remarkably close to the optimum settings. In fact, a small reduction in contrast was all that was required to get a very acceptable image in all the preset modes. Dynamic and Game modes sacrifice some black level in exchange for light output, while Theater mode has adequate black levels and good shadow detail. There was a little noise in the video image, but it was not particularly distracting.

Data was displayed crisply and boldly, and small fonts were readable even with full keystone correction. On those occasions when you do use the 85HD for PC presentations, you will not be disappointed.

Compatibility: Most popular music and video formats are supported including MP3, WMA, JPEG, and DivX along with standard (not Blu-Ray) DVDs, but motion JPEG video is not compatible. The 85HD is also compatible with data formats from VGA to WXGA.

Resolution: The 85HD's native WXGA resolution is well suited to most video sources. Full HD 1080i compresses nicely, and 720p requires no compression at all. Even though the 85HD is not primarily a data projector, this is also a good format for displaying spreadsheets where a little more horizontal resolution puts up more information than a traditional 4:3 aspect ratio. The 1280 x 800 format matches the native resolution of many laptops, so a source like this will be displayed without compression or scaling.

Image Size and Position: The bottom of the 85HD's image is about 3" below the centerline of the projector lens for a 100" diagonal image. If you need raise the image, there are independent front feet extensions to tilt the 85HD upward and/or correct for any horizontal tilt. Keystone correction of ±30°can be automatic or manual.

Focus and Zoom: The concentric zoom and focus rings make sizing and focusing the image easy. The 1.2:1 zoom ratio gives you some flexibility in placing the 85HD for a specific image size. For example, the projector will put up a 100" diagonal image when located from 109" to 130" from the screen depending on the zoom setting.

There is also a "Zoom" button on the remote, but it has nothing to do with the zoom lens. It is actually an image pan and zoom (up to 400%) for certain media (e.g., DVDs and photo discs, but not computer inputs).

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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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