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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:3,000:1
Lumens:2800
Weight: 5.1 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:3 LCD
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:4,000 Hrs
5,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$199.00
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In, HDMI, USB (x2),
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710 HD
LCD Home Entertainment Projector

Bill Livolsi, June 29, 2012

What is a home entertainment projector? While there is no universal standard, these projectors are typically bright enough to overcome ambient light, have better color than business presentation projectors, usually have speakers onboard, and may or may not be portable. They are brighter than home theater projectors and have lower contrast, since they are designed for use in ambient light. They differ from presentation projectors in that they are designed for use with film, video, photos, and games. They are meant to be used in living rooms, family rooms, and other places where a traditional home theater projector wouldn't fit.

Epson has been making home entertainment projectors as long as anyone. In fact, they made home entertainment projectors before people really knew what to do with them. Their new Home Cinema 710 HD is a great living room projector, combining high brightness and a solid feature set to create a projector that is more versatile and more casual than Epson's home theater offerings.

With 2800 lumens of brightness in a slim, portable package, the 710 HD will appeal to those looking for a living room entertainment solution that bridges the gap between home theater projector and flatscreen television. The 710 HD is perfect for photos, video games, casual movie viewing, and watching sports. At only $649 from authorized resellers, it is also a bargain.

The Viewing Experience

The projector's full name is the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710 HD, but that is a little misleading. The 710 HD is not a Home Cinema projector. It is instead built for home entertainment -- the kind of thing you'd do in a living room, or at a friend's house on a weekend evening, or in a game room. If you purchase a 710 HD and try to use it for home theater, you're going to come away disappointed.

We set up the 710 HD and turned it on. The first impression one gets of this projector is its brightness, which at 2800 lumens is nothing to sneeze at. Despite some pretty significant room lighting, we had no problem using the 710 HD at 80" diagonal without it looking washed-out or pale. Its default mode, Dynamic, pushes brightness hard, which keeps ambient light at bay but loses punch when it comes to color saturation. If you have less ambient light, a switch to Theater mode will reduce light output by about 35% but commensurately increase color saturation, so it is our preferred mode for film and video when ambient light allows.

The picture itself is sharp and clear, despite the projector's lower 1280x800 native resolution. Film and video is displayed at 1280x720, assuming a 16:9 aspect ratio, so while it's not full 1080p you still get a high-definition picture. Color accuracy is better in Theater mode than in Dynamic, but even Theater mode shows a bit of a green cast. It is easy to knock this down with a touch of adjustment, which Epson makes easy by including color adjustment controls. Detail is clearly reproduced and sharpness is excellent, and there is no trace of artificial edge enhancement at the default settings.

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Reader Comments(12 comments)

Posted Jul 2, 2012 10:37 PM PST

By Two

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Thanks for the review. Could you please post the input lag spec? If this is for games in daylight, that is the most important spec for me.

thank you

Posted Jul 4, 2012 1:28 AM PST

By Two

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Thanks for the review. Since this is a machine for gaming in the living room, could you post the input lag spec? It would be appreciated as this would be the most important buying decision for me with this projector. Thanks again, Two.

Posted Jul 15, 2012 4:03 PM PST

By karl

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I measured the input lag to be around 40-50 ms on my unit.

Posted Jul 15, 2012 7:37 PM PST

By Three

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I agree completely with two; I would like to know the input lag as well.

Posted Jul 21, 2012 9:53 AM PST

By NECNP115owner

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I bought the NEC NP115 based on the Proj. Central review and have been happy with it, except I'd like a bigger picture, with 16x9 ratio. I'm wondering, is the image from this machine as good as the NP115, in regard to colors that really pop and black level/shadow detail? Those are the things I'm most concerned with, don't really care about hi def since my sources are all standard.

Posted Jul 26, 2012 7:01 PM PST

By Mahjikk

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Is this the same as the ex7210 business model?

Posted Jul 31, 2012 1:56 AM PST

By Ndagije Jeff

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1. Thnaks for this innovation, please tell me can this so called home entertainment projector have the features for Tv can i acces Tv channels usinig it please tell.

2. Is it portable?, tell me what is the best maxim zoom view point. NB.Please i need answers cos i want to purchase one for my home.

Posted Aug 7, 2012 8:20 PM PST

By jenny

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Is this projector good for outdoor use with a projection screen? Also, how is the quality of the audio component?

Posted Jan 2, 2013 8:11 AM PST

By Abby

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We bought this projector in May. The lamp failed after 1600 hours, even though it's rated for 4000 normal hrs and 5000 on eco setting. When I called Epson, they refused to cover the lamp, even though we are within a year of purchase AND the lamp is rated for more hours. So we're out $200+ bucks for something we bought 7 months ago. If you do buy this, make sure you get an extended warranty on it, like one provided by electronics stores. Other than this issue, we are really happy with the product.

Posted Jan 21, 2013 6:56 AM PST

By Kurt

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When I use this, there is always letterboxing (the extra 80 pixels on 720p stuff (since it is 800 px) or on the sides if it is SD stuff). I expect that but is there a way for it to not project dark gray and instead for that to be invisible?

I am projecting on a wall so it is a visible dark gray.

Posted Aug 10, 2013 1:32 PM PST

By Doug Bott

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The built-in speaker is tinny and inadequate. Worse, there's no aux audio output. That means you have to use audio output to a compatible speaker (if your multimedia device supports it) or use some kind of home theater receiver that can take your HDMI audio and redirect it to better speakers.

Not cool. I'm using optical audio from my PS3 and my Mac to a sound bar that can take optical audio. Sounds great. My XBOX 360 has to use the internal speaker, unless I use the VGA connector.

Posted Nov 20, 2013 8:41 AM PST

By matt fox

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i have the same story. my lam suddenly failed with about 2000 hours on it. i called epson, and they gave me the same line and said they wouldn't cover the lamp. it died suddenly. no warning, no replace lamp soon message or anything like that. it just went off. the manual says when the power light is on and lamp is flashing is to check the lamp and make sure it is not burned out or cracked. it didn't look burned out like a light bulb and the glass was not cracked. the fame are ramping up , spinning faster then normal. i think there is a slim chance that it was something else died and epson won't help me until i purchase a lamp to test the unit

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