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HT Reviews Update 10/3

Good news...the Epson 3010 just arrived this weekend, so the review is underway as of today...

Since the Epson 3010 is a 3D 1080p home theater projector selling for $1,599, and since the Optoma HD33 is the only other 3D 1080p home theater projector selling in that price range, there is a huge reader interest in how the 3010 stacks up against the HD33. So this review will include a detailed comparison between the two models.

Barring any technical problems with the samples, we should have this review completed by about the middle of next week.

We are still waiting to hear when we might receive the Mitsubishi HC7800 and the Epson 5010, but we hope to have them both reviewed this month. We expect to have a review of the Panasonic AR100 done during the last week of October. That model is not 3D compatible, but it will compete in the same price range as the Epson 3010 and HD33. Its 2800 lumen rating suggests it may be a strong alternative to the 3010 and HD33 for living room and ambient light situations, for those who don't care about 3D.

Evan Powell

Reader Comments(15 comments)

Posted Oct 3, 2011 11:08 AM PST

By adhc

Can't wait! Very interested to see how the Epson 3010 compares to their 8350 as well.

I'm almost ready to upgrade my 10 year old projector! :)

Love you website. Much appreciated.

Posted Oct 3, 2011 3:42 PM PST

By Chris

Can't wait for it! I was going to buy the 8350 this weekend but if the 3010 is comprable and is 3D, I will wait till it hits the shelves. If you could compare it to the 8350 and provide a release/buy date, that would be most excellent!!

Posted Oct 3, 2011 9:38 PM PST

By dave

An 8350 comparison would also be great!

Even if not, thanks for your time in doing any research on the Epson 3010, it's all appreciated.

Posted Oct 4, 2011 4:03 AM PST

By reuben

2800 lumens is nuts. But I'm interested in 3D! I look forward to yours and Art's reviews.

I have a feeling each will be relatively equal though, because that will power the purchases of DLP vs LCD...

Posted Oct 4, 2011 7:13 AM PST

By Akrauss

Thanks for the update Evan. I also look forward to your screen recommendations (size and gain) to go with this new crop of "lumen heavy" projectors.

Posted Oct 4, 2011 8:08 AM PST

By lcoangeli

Dear Evan

Just what I've been waiting for!!!. The money is saved, so now I only need the review: HD33 vs Epson 3010/3010e. My experience with DLP has been average, with 3LCD has been good. I want 3D and 1080P, lumens at least 1800 and the more contrast the better. It will be mounted on ceiling to project at least 108". Short throw would be better but I have space for standard distance ratios. Lamp life is important but reliability is on top. I loved the wireless HD of the 3010e but at that price tag without the glasses I may stick to the wired setup. How the IR transmitter of the Epson compares with the RF from the Optoma HD33. I found some retailers that includes an IR repeater on a bundle for the Epson (Is the original transmitter so weak that requires a repeater???)

Always thankful for your honest reviews, as soon I read the review I will decide which one to buy. Primary use will be HD TV, Blueray HD (3D) and PC gaming. Nvidia indicate that by purchasing 3dTV Play (software), third party hardware may be compatible for 3D playing, Can you confirm that? I don't want to buy additional stuff (3D-XL, etc...)

Posted Oct 4, 2011 8:31 AM PST

By djg

adhc, what projector do you have that has lasted 10 years? mine have never lasted that long.

Posted Oct 4, 2011 9:58 AM PST

By alex

w00t! really looking forward to the 3010 review! like others, having a hard time deciding between the 3010 and the hd33.

Posted Oct 4, 2011 3:48 PM PST

By Evan Powell, Editor

Thanks for the comments folks. Yes, we are planning to include a comparison between the 3010 and the 8350 as well as the HD33. Should be a very interesting review.

Posted Oct 4, 2011 7:58 PM PST

By Brian

I think I am buying my first projector at just the right time. I cannot wait for comparison reviews between the 5010 and the Panny 7000 so BRING IT ON BOYS SO I CAN BUY MY FIRST PROJECTOR WITH NO REGRETS.

Posted Oct 5, 2011 4:10 AM PST

By Luigi from Italy

Both projectors 3010 (tw6000 in europe) and hd33 don't have a lens shift. Is possible to have your opinion on the quality of the keystone?

Thank you.

Posted Oct 6, 2011 8:06 AM PST

By reuben

epson delayed release of 3010 again, now it's early november. that makes me angry. wonder how many can't wait and go to optoma HD3300 instead.

Posted Oct 6, 2011 12:11 PM PST

By Lcoangeli

I totally agree, but I will wait for the ProjCent review to choose between the Optoma HD33 or the Epson 3010. These are my options based on budget.

Regards Luis

Posted Oct 6, 2011 7:03 PM PST

By adhc


my trusty 10 year old projector is a Sanyo PLC-XU07N.

still doing pretty well! :) i just adjusted the color, to correct the shift towards green. but it still looks pretty good.

obviously no where near the contrast of the new guys.

but i've gotten great use out of it. even used it outside a bunch.

Posted Oct 7, 2011 2:53 PM PST

By Nick

What I can't wait to hear about is the Tri-SHOOTOUT between the Epson 5010, Panasonic 7000, and Mitsubishi HC7800. Keep us tuned!!

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