Review: Epson EH-TW8200 and four reasons why it can replace the TV

Jan 20 2014, 11:27 IST
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Epson EH-TW8200 is ideal for home theatres. Epson EH-TW8200 is ideal for home theatres.
SummaryThe EH-TW8200 is a great projector for those setting up a home theatre.

The EH-TW8200 has every possible source option you will need to let this power a home theatre set up. It will also seamlessly link to a sound system. There is no USB port, but then you are not going to keep this on a table where you can keep plugging in a USB. This is a large device and will need to be wall or ceiling mounted for best effects. But the optical lens shift lets you move the image vertically and horizontally to where you need it. Since there are two HDMI ports you can keep this connected to a Set-Top-Box and BluRay player at the same time. There is a superb remote with the project. I call it superb because it has a backlight button, which is very thoughtful considering you will be fumbling for buttons in the dark. You will need the remote to access the many controls and tweaks this device offers. The menu notifications are easy to navigate, but you need to click Esc to get rid of this. This can be a bit irritating.

IT IS CHEAPER: Well, sort of. There are many projectors that will let me make this statement with a lot of conviction. But with this model I need to make this term relative. Yes, this is cheaper than most TVs when you consider the size of the image. Let us say at Rs 2,54,999, this costs a fraction of what 70-inch screen will. This can throw an image much larger than that if required. So there is a cost advantage, though there is no doubt that this is a premium product.

SHOULD YOU BUY IT? EH-TW8200. Yes, if you have a hall large enough to make full use of this projector. Yes, if you are serious about 3D content.

Specs: RGB liquid crystal shutter projection system, 1080p, 2.1x zoom, Throw Ratio 1.34 – 2.87, 4,000 hours lamp life, 600,000:1 contrast ration, 334W power consumption, 8.4kg

Price: Rs 2,54,999

Rating: 4

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