Epson MovieMate 85HD
Home Entertainment Projector
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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