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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:2,000:1
Lumens:4000
Weight: 7.8 lbs
Resolution:1024x768
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:1.6x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:2,500 Hrs
3,500 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In, USB, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

Epson VS400
4000 Lumens for under $1,000

Allan Abbott, September 13, 2010

Why does the world need another XGA projector? Ask Epson about their new VS400, and they will tell you they designed and priced it for a specific client . . . a small-to-medium size business looking for a 4,000-lumen projector priced under $1,000. If you check our database, you will find that Epson hit their target: the VS400 is currently the only 4,000-lumen projector with a 3-digit price tag.

Getting that kind of brightness for a list price of $999 means that you will not find the input variety of some XGA projectors, but if basic connectivity and excellent data and video images are what you are looking for, then the VS400 fits the bill nicely. And if you do need 4,000-lumen brightness with a broader set of features, you can always step up to its more expensive cousin, Epson's PowerLite 1915.

The VS400 weighs almost 8 pounds, so it is luggable but probably does best on an A/V cart or shelf mounted. These installation options also provide audio output, if needed, since the VS400 lacks audio inputs and speakers.

Overview

Brightness and Uniformity: Our test sample of the VS400 came commendably close to meeting its brightness rating. With brightness maxed and color temperature at 7500°K, Dynamic mode put up 3,915 ANSI lumens. Presentation mode delivered 2,665 lumens, Theater mode came in at 2350 lumens, and both Photo and sRGB modes put up 2,465 lumens. Eco mode lowered brightness by almost 34%. All of these measurements were taken with the zoom lens at its widest angle position. At the full telephoto setting, brightness dropped by about 22% which is not all that much for a 1.6:1 zoom ratio lens. Uniformity was an excellent 90% with the lower part of the image slightly brighter than the upper portion.

Image Size and Position: For a 100" image, the lens centerline is 5.5" below the bottom of the image. This is a good offset for shelf mounting at the rear of a room, but with tabletop and ceiling mounting, you may need to make further adjustments by raising the front of the projector or using a drop tube for a ceiling mount. The VS400 has three feet (one in front, two in the rear) that unscrew to accommodate vertical and horizontal leveling. Vertical keystone correction of ±30° is provided in the Settings menu.

Preset Modes: There are seven preset modes including two for non-standard projection surface colors (Blackboard and Whiteboard). Each preset alters color temperature to fit its purpose, and Photo mode is especially effective for making photos look balanced and vibrant. Theater mode may be a bit bright for most room environments, but you can reduce brightness by using Eco mode and/or maximum zoom.

Security: For those occasions when you will be leaving the VS400 unattended, it provides both a Kensington lock and a locking bar to help ensure that the projector stays where you put it.

Warranty Provisions: Epson provides warranties of two years on the projector and 90 days on the lamp.

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Reader Comments(3 comments)

Posted Feb 4, 2011 10:00 AM PST

By Philip S

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Used this on an install last week and we are thoroughly impressed with the overall image quality.

We are projecting on glass in an outdoor environment and the 4000 lumens really helps.

You can see for yourself here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OVK6zjn78yg&feature=feedu

Posted Feb 21, 2011 11:57 AM PST

By Sandy M

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We bought this projector for its 4,000-lumen rating because the main hall of our temple has a high degree of ambient light. The picture quality is terrific and the projector is easy to set up and use. We also appreciated the under $1,000 price tag and Epson's reputation for quality products and support

Posted Jun 27, 2014 3:17 PM PST

By Tim

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I bought one of these for my church when one of our two projectors in our Fellowship hall broke. Now all I get is complaints - about the other projector looking so dim in comparison. I am buying another one this week to replace the dim looking 2100 lumen projector.

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