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Epson EMP-TW1000 Projector
Once upon a time, not so long ago, we'd have been left pretty near breathless by any projector like Epson's EMP-TW1000 which offered a full HD resolution for under two grand. But now, while they're hardly 10 a penny, other sub-£2k full HD projectors certainly exist. What's more, they no longer just exist in the LCD world, with Optoma's HD80 now bringing full HD DLP into the frame.
All of which is a kind of long-handed way of saying that with so much stiff competition around, the TW1000 will have to go some to really impress us, low price or no low price.
It gets off to a pretty good start, mind. Its bodywork, for instance, is really cute in its glossy black finish and reasonably elegant curves. Plus it feels quite robust for such an affordable full HD model.
It's also remarkably easy and flexible to set up. Particularly likeable is the incredibly simple vertical and horizontal lens shift system, whereby just spinning two ‘wheels' built into the projector's top can move the image huge distances along either axis. The amount of optical zoom available is prodigious too, offering a zoom ratio of 1-2.1:1, which should make it adaptable to almost any living room size.
The first marginal disappointment comes with the TW1000's connections, as we find only a single digital video input: an HDMI. There is actually one further digital jack, a little D4 affair, but while this unexpectedly allows you to connect a SCART cable via a provided adaptor, it's only any use in Japan when it comes to digital connections.
There is one piece of good news about the solitary HDMI, though, and that's its v1.3 designation which makes it compatible with the Deep Colour picture-boosting system - should any sources appear that actually make use of Deep Colour, that is.
Elsewhere you find a component video input, a D-Sub PC port, a 12V trigger output for driving a motorised screen, and an RS 232 port allowing the projector to be integrated into a full home cinema installation.
A scan down the TW1000's specifications sheet reveals some impressive numbers. For as well as that crucial full HD pixel count of 1,920 x 1,080, there's a huge claimed contrast ratio of 12,000:1, and a high (for this price point) maximum brightness figure of 1,200 ANSI Lumens.