Review of Epson EH-TW5350 entry-level full–HD projector

Introduction


If you are out in the market looking for a projector to fit in your home theatre setup, the Epson EH-TW5350 should be an interesting contender. The EH-TW5350 is Epson's answer to calls of having high end features in a home theatre projector, yet still remain affordable for most people. Moreover, its 3D capabilities should also entice consumers who are specifically looking at this feature. In this review, we are going to take a further look into the Epson EH-TW5350, and explore the different features and specifications that are worth the extra mention.

Specifications and Design

Specifications

MODEL NUMBER
EH-TW5350
Projection Technology
RGB liquid crystal shutter projection system (3LCD)
Specifications of Main Parts
LCD
Size
0.61” wide panel with MLA (D9.8, C2Fine, 12Bit)
Native Resolution
1080p (1920 x 1080)
Projection Lens
Type
Optical Zoom (Manual) / Focus (Manual)
F-Number
1.58 - 1.72
Focal Length
16.9 - 20.28 mm
Zoom Ratio
1 - 1.2
Throw Ratio
1.22 - 1.47 (Wide - Tele)
Lamp
Type
200W UHE 
Life (Normal/Eco)*¹
4,000 hours / 7,500 hours
Screen Size (Projected Distance)
Zoom: Wide
34” - 332” [0.91 - 9.11 m]
Zoom: Tele
34” - 332” [1.09 - 10.94 m]
Standard Size
60" screen 1.62 - 1.95 m
Brightness*²
White Light Output
2,200lm
Colour Light Output
2,200lm
Contrast Ratio
35,000:1
Video Quality
Interlace-Progressive Conversion, 3D Y/C Separation, Noise Reduction 
Supported Video Signal
480i / 576i / 480p / 576p / 720p / 1080i / 1080p
Colour Mode
Dynamic, Bright Cinema, Natural, 3D Dynamic, 3D Cinema
Internal Speaker
5W (Monaural)
Keystone Correction
Vertical / Horizontal
± 30° / ± 30° (Slide Bar)
Auto Keystone Correction
Yes (Vertical)
Connectivity
Analog Input
D-sub 15pin
1 (Blue)
Video Input
         Composite
 RCA x 1 (Yellow)
Digital Input
HDMI
2 (one of terminal supports MHL)
Audio Input

RCA (White / Red)
RCA (White) x 1 (Left ch), RCA (Red) x 1 (Right ch) (in common with Analog RGB Audio terminal)
Audio Output
Stereo Mini Jack x 1
USB Input
USB Type A
1 (for Slideshow, Firmware update)
USB Type B
1 mini-USB (for service)
Wireless Specifications (Intel WiDi / Miracast)
Supported Speed For Each Mode
IEEE 802.11n (2.4GHz): 130 Mbps*3
IEEE 802.11n (5GHz): 130 Mbps*
3
Supported Connection Mode
Wi-Fi Direct
Adjustment Functions
Six Axis Colour Adjustment
Hue / Saturation / Brightness for Each of RGBCMY are adjustable
Frame Interpolation
Off / Low / Normal / High (2D and 3D Mode)
Detail Enhancement
0 to 100
Split Screen
Yes
Aspect Mode
Auto / Normal / Full / Zoom
(Auto appears only when HDMI is selected.)
3D Features
3D Display
Auto / 3D / 2D
2D - 3D Conversion
Off / Weak / Medium / Strong
3D Format
Side by Side / Top and Bottom
3D Depth
±10
Operating Temperature
5 - 35 °C <41 -="" 95=""> ( 0m / 0ft - 2,286m / 7,500ft )
5 - 30 °C <41 -="" 86=""> ( over 2,286m / 7,500ft )
Operating Altitude
0 - 3,000 m <0 -="" 9="" ft="">
Direct Power On / Off
Yes / N/A
Start-Up Period
Under 15 seconds, Warm-up period: 30 seconds
Cool Down Period
Under 5 seconds
Power Supply Voltage
100 - 240 V AC ±10%, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption (220 - 240V)
Lamp On (Normal / Eco)
291W / 224W
Stand By 
0.28W
Dimension Excluding Feet (D x W x H)
245 x 297 x 114 mm
Weight
3.1kg
Fan Noise (Normal / Eco)
37dB / 29dB


The Epson EH-TW5350 looks like any other projectors out in the market. In order to fit it into a home theatre setup, Epson has made it to be more aesthetically pleasing, giving it a refined and rounded-edge enclosure. It also has standard physical features like a built in lens cover, and extendable front support.


The focus and and zoom of the lens on the projector has to be done manually by rotating the knobs above the lens. To make up for the lack of automatic focus, Epson has integrated automatic keystore correction that make setting up of the projector so much easier.


The printer also features standard buttons for navigation of menus and settings of the projector. An dedicated input source button allows the quick change in input source as well.


The Epson TW5350 is equipped with almost all the connectivity options that one would wish for in a home theatre projector. It has 2 HDMI ports, one of which is MHL compatible and can have the capabilities to mirror a smartphone's screen. With HDMI, audio can also be transmitted through the same cable. The projector has build in speakers to allow the direct playing of media files with audio. Although the speakers can product seemingly decent and loud sounds, one would look for a more immersive alternative solution for their home theatre setup. This also explains the reason of the audio out jack that is found on the projector. Nonetheless, the built-in speakers are well appreciated feature from the projector.


Of course, the projector also has a more standard VGA(DSUB) connector and even a component jack for older video and audio input devices, such as DVD/VCD/VHS tape players. There is also a USB port for the connection to USB drives for playing of media files directly from the projector.



One of the most significant feature of the Epson EH-TW5350 is that it supports Full-HD resolutions. A higher resolution not only means that pictures will appear clearer, but users will be able to have a larger working space on the screen. This allows productivity applications to also run well on this set of projector. It is rare to see Full HD resolution projectors out in the market that is sold at an entry-level price range.

General thoughts on performance and usability


From a distance of about 4 metres from the projector to the projected screen, the projector was able to get an image of 120inch (pure estimation). We were amazed by the clarity and brightness of the image within a lit environment. Images continue to appear sharp viewable. Of course, the experience was much better in a room with its lights turned off. The projector has a default 16:9 image that is thrown, which makes it great for entertainment purposes. 



It was also easy to navigate around the settings of the projector with the remote. It was relatively easy to use and we had no issues setting up the projector even without the help of a instruction booklet. It was almost a plug and play experience on the setting up process.


The Epson EH-TW5350 also supports wireless displays. Smartphones or Windows devices that support such features can easily hook up and duplicate their screen easily to the projector display. Moreover, audio can also be transmitted over the air as well, making it extremely simple for one to share media content from their smartphones to the viewers in the room.

Conclusion

For the price that we are paying the the entry level Epson EH-TW5350, that boasts high end features such as Full HD resolution, 3D support and even wireless display connection, it would be over demanding if we were to nitpick on the small issues. The Epson EH-TW5350 will be a good investment as a upgrade to your current television based home theatre system, allowing a more immersive and better viewing experience.

However, users must also be reminded on the side effects of a projector before making their purchase. Like any other projectors out in the market, the Epson EH-TW5350 produces significant heat and has a rather loud fan noise. If Epson managed these side effects well, the projector would be one of the most sought after product for consumers.





The Epson EH-TW5350 is priced at $1,499 (GST Included) and is available authorized Epson resellers.


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