Small but remote: with overall dimensions of 300x90x250 mm, the Epson EH-TW650 is as compact as it is possible in principle with the current level of technology. In addition, its weight is only 2.7 kg, which means it is really light. Thus, the projector is easy to transport, for example, to watch football with friends. The TW650 shines with a maximum brightness of 2,531 lumens, so you can use it without problems even in the light. In the standard operating mode, we measured quite decent 1,356 lumens.
A good projector doesn’t have to cost like a helicopter wing: the Epson EH-TW650 costs less than $450, but still provides a good home theater experience. While the Full-HD projector didn’t perform at its best during our testing, it managed to please us with a balanced set of parameters: all scores were uniformly good. Because Epson uses LCD technology, there is no rainbow effect found in DLP projectors. At the same time, the viewer will have to refuse 3D-display.
good image quality and equipment
long warranty period
Epson EH-TW650 test results
- Price-quality ratio
- Place in the overall ranking
10 out of 18
- Value for money: 100
- Image quality (60%): 78.3
- Ergonomics (15%): 79.2
- Equipment (20%): 83.4
- Energy efficiency (5%): 83.4
As natural as possible
This Full-HD projector projects images using 3LCD technology, which we like for the naturalness of the displayed colors and the high level of detail in the picture. According to the measurement results, the gamma deviation is 4%, so that even when viewing dark scenes, many details remain clearly distinguishable. For comparison: in its price category, this is the best value. Usually the deviation is much more noticeable and ranges from 6 to 11%.
However, the 1.2x zoom does not provide much room for maneuver, so you need to be careful when positioning the device. Vertical (automatic) and horizontal keystone correction, however, make it possible to form images on the wall at angles of +/-30 degrees. Epson EH-TW650 is suitable for lossless image projection on screens up to 300-inch diagonal.
A well-equipped projector
Two HDMI interfaces provide the best possible quality, but alternatively, you can also use the VGA output to connect a laptop. Epson EH-TW650 also has a USB port. External speakers can be connected via an RCA cable (Cinch), since the sound quality of the integrated speakers leaves much to be desired, like most of these devices. A good addition would be, for example, speakers Edifier Studio R1280T.
Whisperer in Eco mode
When the light output is high, the lamp becomes hot faster and the fan is forced to work harder. According to the manufacturer, the Epson EH-TW650 achieves a maximum volume of 37 decibels (dB). This, although not extremely loud, is still clearly audible and may interfere with some users. If you watch a movie in Eco-mode, the fan will make noise with an imperceptible 28 dB — they are easily covered by the sounds of the movie.
One film every day is enough for 11 years
Epson is pretty self-confident and gives customers a record-breaking warranty period: according to the manufacturer, the lamp will be able to work for 36 months, or 3,000 hours of operation, whichever comes first. If you convert to more practical units, such as an average movie length of 105 minutes, it turns out that with the help of an Epson projector, you can watch one movie every day for 11 years. This is indeed an ambitious warranty period, as Epson’s promises are one of a kind in the projector segment.
In terms of value for money, this projector currently occupies the highest place. No other device currently offers such good image quality and features for less than $45,000 — a clear winner.
Alternative: Benq TH683
Who, when choosing a projector, attaches great importance to the presence of a 3D display function, he should take a closer look at the BenQ TH683. It supports 3D format and costs only 50 euros more. The image quality is slightly better though. It projects an image using reliable DLP technology, so it is great for both indoor and outdoor use. It also has a higher contrast ratio, although in dark scenes it doesn’t have the same high level of detail as Epson’s projector. Nevertheless, it is a good and at the same time inexpensive alternative for 3D lovers.
Alternative: Optoma UHD550X
Whoever finds Full-HD resolution insufficient, the Optoma UHD550X can get a wonderful UHD projector. It has very good image quality and captivates with a high level of detail in all lighting conditions. Thanks to its high contrast, you can see the picture clearly even in bright sunlight. But a 4K projector has a corresponding price …
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Epson EH-TW650 test results
Specifications and test results Epson EH-TW650
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|Deviation of gamma curves
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|Power consumption in eco mode
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