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New BenQ Projectors (BenQ W1110, BenQ W2000) on the block are giving Epson a run for their money! BenQ also won PJ of the year with their W1090 which competes directly with the TW5300. They are both very good projectors for the money, it may come down to brand preference.
The Epson mid range home cinema projector EH-TW5300 has some minor changes from Epson's previous model, mostly printed on the box :) the performance is enough to ensure the 5300 entry level projector is Epson's value buy.
Consider also the new BenQ "Sexy Shape" projector models offering twice the "Real" contrast ratio of previous BenQ models especially for longer use periods.
Epson's big claim to 5300 fame is you can watch a movie per day for the next 11 years* on the same lamp if you use the lamp's Eco mode. A lot depends on how you use the projector. Don't turn it on then off unnecessarily and use a surge protector.
Eco mode is not giving you the full 2200 ANSI needed for bright rooms. You'd only be happy at night or low light conditions using the lower Eco power setting. Still it's very cheap viewing per lamp.
If you're after brightness which is the most important feature in a well lit lounge room etc. then Epson make a far better projector for less, the Epson EB U32 is HD+ (1920 x 1200) and it boasts a healthy 3200 ANSI lumens.
2200 ANSI lumens on the TW5300 is more ANSI lumens you'll ever need of a night so only consider say the U32 if you know you'll be using the projector during the day. This projector also has a built in speaker that sounds better that you'd think, that's a sign along with the MHL connection (so you can connect your smart phone etc.) that you can move the EH-TW5300 from home to holidays, room to room or a mates place without needing to take the whole Hi-Fi system.
We wouldn't bet the house on the lamp life claims, much depends on how you treat the lamp also if you get the odd power surge thinks go south quickly. (So use a surge protector)
Lamps for the EH-TW5300 are inexpensive in any case and to extend their life you'll find it much quieter watching in Lamp Eco mode as the fan speed is decreased thus the noise.
We like 3-LCD because it produces bright, colourful and high contrast Full HD images without the single chip DLP rainbows or headaches. The contrast ratio of 35,000:1 is more than enough if you have ANY light in the room.
Sharp, smooth images for the best looking films and TV
Using Epson's 3LCD technology for exacting brightness and colour, this Full HD projector features high White and Colour Light Output of 2,200 lumens and 35,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Together this technology ensures bright, vivid colours and deep blacks. Frame interpolation and Detail Enhancement provide sharper and smoother motion pictures and great detail, for greater clarity, and the EH-TW5300 can also convert standard 2D video into 3D.
Enjoy the big-screen experience with easy set-up
Aimed at people who want a truly big-screen experience at home to watch films, TV and sports, this projector delivers stunning Full HD entertainment at up to 332 inches. Positioning your projector to get a perfectly-aligned image is easy thanks to keystone correction.
Though it's primarily designed to be used with a separate sound system, an integrated 5W speaker on the EH- TW 5300 makes initial set-up of the projector simple.
The EH-TW5300 projector uses high temperature poly-silicon (HTPS) LCD panel technology incorporating an inorganic alignment layer. This long lasting technology offers vastly improved contrast, superb alignment and enhanced reproduction of dark colours (capable of reproducing jet black).
- What's best for you 3-LCD or DLP?
KEY FEATURES (UPDATE FROM EPSON AU)
• Amazing Colour Brightness – Up to 3x brighter colours than 1-chip DLP projectors*.
• High Definition 1080p – For Full HD movies, games and more — up to 300" on virtually any wall or screen.
• Wide Ranging Connectivity – Connect to virtually any device.
• Mobile High Definition Link (MHL) – Simply connect your MHL compatible smart device with an MHL cable to enjoy content from your smartphone or tablet, including movies, games and more.
• Detail Enhancement – Makes DVDs and standard definition content come alive.
• Frame Interpolation – For smoother, sharper and more realistic action scenes.
• Exciting 3D Adventures – Delivers eye-popping 3D entertainment at home with RF 3D glasses (sold separately).
• 2D-to-3D Conversion – Easily transform 2D images to spectacular 3D for unlimited 3D content.
• Low Cost of Ownership – Long life, cost efficient lamps and a High Efficiency Filter extends the life of your projector and allows for hassle free maintenance.
• New Home Screen – A new simple home screen, puts all the most commonly used functions at your fingertips.
• Easy Setup – Getting started is easy with image adjustment tools and a built in 5W speaker.
• 2 Year Projector Warranty – Enjoy peace of mind.
EAN / UPC, 8715946601489
|PRODUCT NAME||Epson EH-TW5300|
|WHAT'S IN THE BOX|
|EH-TW5300 Projector, 3m Power Cable, Remote Control, 2 x AA Batteries, Manual, Projection Software CDROM|
|Projection System||RGB liquid crystal shutter projection system|
|LCD Panel||0.61-inch wide panel (D9, C2Fine, 10Bit)|
|Zoom||1 - 1.2 (Optical)|
|Screen Size||34" to 332" [0.91 to 9.11 m] (Zoom: Wide)
34" to 332" [1.09 to 10.94 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|
|Colour Light Output||2,200 Lumens|
|White Light Output||2,200 Lumens|
|Native Aspect Ratio||16:9|
|Lamp Hours||Normal: 4,000 Hours
Eco: 7,500 Hours
|Lamp Type||200 W UHE|
|Keystone Correction (With Std Lens)||Vertical: -30 to +30 degrees
Horizontal: -30 to +30 degrees
|Colour Reproduction||Up to 1.07 billion colours|
|Colour Processing||10 bit|
|Input: Video||1 x RCA (Yellow)|
|Input: Computer||1 x D-sub 15-pin (RGB)|
|Input: Digital||2 x HDMI (1 x MHL)|
|Input: Audio||1 x RCA (Red/White), 1 x HDMI|
|Input: Control||1 x USB Type B|
|Output: Audio||1 x Stereo mini-jack|
|MHL - Mobile High Definition Link||Yes|
|3D Formats||Top-and-Bottom, Side-by-Side|
|2D to 3D Conversion||Yes|
|Direct Power On||Yes|
|Security||Kensington® – style lock provision Padlock & Security cable hole|
|Colour Modes||2D: Dynamic, Bright Cinema, Natural, Cinema
3D: 3D Dynamic, 3D Cinema
|Dimensions D x W x H||249 x 297 x 119 mm|
|Lamp Warranty||1 Year or 750 Hours**|
|Projector Warranty||2 Years|
|Power Consumption: Lamp on||291 W|
|Power Consumption: Standby||0.28 W|
|Noise Level||Normal / Eco: 37 / 27 dB|
|** Which ever comes first.|
|PRODUCT OPTIONS||Item Code||Description|
|V12H003P13||Extension Pole 668-918mm|
|V12H003P14||Extension Pole 918-1,168mm|