Epson EH TW5200 1080P Projector Review

Epson takes aim at BENQ in the HD gaming market.

December 2014

Epson EH-TW5200 1080-HD Gaming - Cinema Projector Price3-lcd projectors
 
Specifications for the BENQ W1070 are below, we've highlighted the features that we consider better on the Epson TW5200.
 
You'll find just the fact that the Epson uses "3LCD" and does not have a spinning colour wheel will (a) make the colours brighter (b) avoid problems
with the DLP strobe, especially for long hours gaming when in our opinion watching too much DLP can lead to headaches in some people.  
 
 
  • The Epson TW 5200 also has a few nice features like the USB photo viewer input.
You'll appreciate the lower fan noise (lack of spinning DLP colour wheel also).
 
Given entry level 1080 HD gaming projectors by Epson and BENQ sell around the same price, the Epson TW5200 offers better value.
The value proposition Epson is offering with the TW5200 is extended a lot further when you consider a genuine Epson lamp has
an RRP of $99 which is half or less that of competitors.
 
Even though lamps generally last thousands of hours it's nice to know for just $99 you'll bring the brightness up to new level.  
 
So much for expensive "lamp free" projectors. (There is no such thing really..)
 
Epson's EH TW5200 home cinema / gaming projector
 
Epson's $99 lamp with this much performance for the money = WoW!
 
EDITORS CHOICE  Editors' Choice - Entry level gaming projector
 

The largest selling home cinema projectors brands all use 3LCD...

3-lcd projectors 

 

When it comes to projector technology, image quality 3LCD is the hallmark of excellence.  
When powerful images are a must, so is a 3LCD projector.  Projectors that use 3LCD technology
are easy on the eyes because they reproduce beautiful images in bright,
natural colours with smooth motion and no colour break-up.

 


 
Bring the big screen home with Epson EH-TW5200.
 
Enjoy Full HD 1080p performance practically anywhere, in 2D or 3D. Images are always rich and brilliant with 2,000 lumens of colour brightness and 2,000 lumens of white brightness. Cheer on your favourite team with images up to 300" on any wall or screen. Use the built-in sound or your own speakers. Setup is easy. The EH-TW5200 comes with two HDMI ports. And, MHL connectivity turns your projector into a smart display, providing instant access to movies, videos and games from MHL-enabled smartphones and tablets.
 
KEY FEATURES & BENEFITS
  • 3 x Brighter Colours and reliable performance* – 3LCD, 3-Chip Technology. Look for both high colour brightness and high white brightness.
  • High-definition, 1080p, widescreen performance – For movies, games and more — up to 300" on virtually any wall or screen.
  • Exciting 2D and 3D adventures – Delivers eye-popping 3D entertainment at home with RF 3D glasses (sold separately).
  • Versatile connectivity – Two HDMI ports, including one MHL, and more for all of your favourite HD devices.
3x Brighter Colours with Epson*
Brilliant image quality requires high colour brightness (colour light output), and Epson® 3LCD projectors have 3 x Brighter Colours than leading competitive projectors*. One brightness measurement (lumens) is not enough. A projector's specification needs to show both high colour brightness and high white brightness. If colour brightness is lower than white brightness, images may be dark, dull and lose detail. If not provided, be sure to ask for a projector's colour brightness specification.
 
Amazing Full HD 1080p entertainment
1080p resolution ensures an amazing, larger-than-life HD experience, while high colour brightness delivers bright, vibrant image quality — whether it’s a blockbuster movie, live sporting event or videogame.

Project on virtually any wall or screen
Turn your garage into a man cave, host exciting backyard movie nights, or enjoy the big game. Project up to 300" on virtually any wall or screen. Plus, you can install it on the ceiling for the perfect home theater experience.

3D cinematic adventures at home
Enjoy 2D or thrilling 3D adventures right in the comfort of your living room. With RF 3D glasses (sold separately), the EH-TW5200 puts you right in the middle of the action.
 
MHL — The latest in connectivity
Turn your projector into a smart display with instant access to movies, games and more:
 
Turn your projector into a smart display with instant access to movies, games and more:

Works with MHL-enabled smartphones and tablets
  • Use the projector remote to control MHL-enabled devices
  • Supports Full HD 1080p video and 7.1 audio
  • Simultaneously charge your MHL-enabled device when it’s plugged into the projector
  • Stress-free setup from Epson
  • Epson makes watching your favorite movie or sporting event or playing videogames on the big screen virtually effortless:
 
High-quality, HD video with two HDMI ports – HDMI connectivity makes it easy to use receivers, Blu-ray® players, game consoles, Apple® iPads, Apple TVs and more.
 
EPSON back connections 2 X HDMI
 
Easy image adjustments – Position your projector almost anywhere. Epson projectors automatically correct images vertically. And, for horizontal image correction, use the easy-slide control bar to make the necessary adjustments.
Built-in colour modes – Choose from one of four special colour modes optimised for different content and settings. Whether playing videogames in the man cave or watching TV programs in the living room, you’ll get the best possible quality and colour.
Built-in sound to enhance any movie – For even more sound, add your own speakers; listen to audio, even when the projector is turned off.
* Compared to leading 1-chip DLP Home Entertainment Projectors. Based on NPD data, July 2011 through June 2012. Colour brightness (colour light output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Colour brightness will vary depending on usage conditions.
 
SPECIFICATIONS (Subject to change without notice)
 
PRODUCT NAME Epson EH-TW5200
PRODUCT CODE V11H561053
WHAT'S IN THE BOX  
  EH-TW5200 Projector, Power Cable, Remote Control + Batteries, User's Manual
TECHNOLOGY  
Projection System RGB liquid crystal shutter projection system
LCD Panel 0.61-inch wide panel with MLA (D9.8, C2Fine, 12Bit)
OPTICAL  
Zoom 1-1.2
Screen Size 34" to 328" [0.9 to 9.0 m] (Zoom: Wide)
34" to 328" [1.08 to 10.8 m] (Zoom: Tele)
   
Projection Distance 60" screen 1.62 - 1.95 m
Throw Ratio 1.22 (Zoom: Wide), 1.47 (Zoom: Tele)
Projection Lens F Number 1.58-1.72
Projection Lens Focal Length 16.9 mm-20.28 mm
Focus Method Manual
IMAGE  
Colour Light Output 2,000 Lumens
White Light Output 2,000 Lumens
Resolution 1080p
Native Aspect Ratio 16:9
Contrast Ratio 15,000:1
Lamp Hours Normal: 5,000 Hours
Eco: 6,000 Hours
Lamp Type 200 W UHE
Keystone Correction Vertical: -30 to +30 degrees
Horizontal: -30 to +30 degrees (Slide Bar)
Colour Video Processing Full 10 Bit
CONNECTIVITY  
Input: Video 1 x RCA (Yellow)
Input: Computer 1 x D-sub 15-pin (RGB)
Input: Digital 2 x HDMI (1 x MHL)
Input: USB 1 x USB A (Photo Viewer)
Input: Audio 1 x RCA (Red and White)
Input: Control 1 x RS232c
Wireless Connectivity Optional
Output: Audio 1 x 3.5 mm Jack
ADVANCED FEATURES  
MHL - Mobile High Definition Link Yes
3D Formats Top-and-Bottom, Side-by-Side, Frame Packaging
Internal Speakers 2 W
AV Mute Yes
Direct Power On Yes
Security Kensington Lock Provision
Colour Modes 2D: Dynamic, Living room, Natural, Cinema, Auto
3D: 3D Dynamic, 3D Cinema
GENERAL  
Dimensions D x W x H 247 x 297 x 105 mm
Weight 2.8 kg
Projector Warranty 2 Years
Lamp Warranty 1yr or 750 Hrs - whichever comes first*
Power Consumption: Lamp on 287 W
Power Consumption: Standby 0.31 W
Noise Level 29 dB
 
* Which ever comes first. For more information visit Epson Projector Warranty
Please note that 3D glasses are not included in the box
PRODUCT OPTIONS Item Code Description
  V13H010L78 Replacement Lamp
  V13H134A32 Replacement Filter
  V12H418P13 Wireless LAN Adaptor
  V12H548001 3D Glasses
  V12H564C12 3D Glasses Charger
     
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Specifications -DLP- BENQ W1070 vs. -3LCD- Epson TW5200 

 

In RED Epson seem to have the Edge, there are also some features in YELLOW above that you won't find on the BENQ.

 
 
Projection System DLP
Native Resolution 1080p (1920 x 1080)
Brightness* 2000 ANSI Lumen
Contrast Ratio 10000:1
Display Color 1.07 Billion Colors
Lens F=2.59-2.87, f=16.88-21.88mm
Aspect Ratio Native 16:9 (5 aspect ratio selectable)
Throw Ratio 1.15-1.5 (79"@2M)
Image Size (Diagonal) 40"-235"
Zoom Ratio 1.3:1
Lamp Type 240W
Lamp(Normal/Economic Mode/SmartEco Mode)* 3500/5000/6000 hours
Keystone Adjustment 1D, Vertical ± 20 degrees
Projection Offset Vertical 110%-130%±5%
Resolution Support up to WUXGA
Horizontal Frequency 15K-102KHz
Vertical Scan Rate 23-120Hz
Dimensions(W x H x D) 312 x 104 x 244 mm
HDTV Compatibility 480i, 480p, 576i, 567p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p
Video Compatibility NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Weight 2.75KG
Audible Noise 33/30 dBA (Normal/Economic mode)
Power Supply AC 100 to 240 V, 50 to 60 Hz
Power Consumption 353W/110V (typical), Standby < 0.5W
On-Screen Display Languages Arabic/Bulgarian/ Croatian/ Czech/ Danish/ Dutch/ English/ Finnish/ French/ German/ Greek/ Hindi/ Hungarian/ Italian/ Indonesian/ Japanese/ Korean/ Norwegian/ Polish/ Portuguese/ Romanian/ Russian/ Simplified Chinese/Spanish/ Swedish/ Turkish/ Thai/ Traditional Chinese (28 Languages)
Picture Modes Dynamic / Standard / Cinema / 3D / User 1 / User 2 / User 3
Accessories (Standard) Remote Control w/ Battery   
Power Cord (by region) 
User Manual CD 
Quick Start Guide 
Warranty Card (by region) 
VGA (D-sub 15pin) Cable 
Accessories (Optional) Spare Lamp Kit
Ceilling Mount
3D Glasses
Carry Bag
Interface Computer in (D-sub 15pin)  x 1 
HDMI  x 2 
Composite Video in (RCA)  x 1 
S-Video in (Mini DIN 4pin)  x 1 
Component Video in   x 1 
Audio in (Mini Jack)  x 1 
Audio L/R in (RCA)  x 1 
Audio out (Mini Jack)  x 1 
Speaker  10W x 1 
USB (Type Mini B) x1 (for service)
RS232 (DB-9pin)  x 1 
DC 12V Trigger  x 1 
 

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