Epson EH-TW2900 LCD Projector - Epson EH-TW2900

John Archer

By John Archer



  • Recommended by TR
Epson EH-TW2900 LCD Projector


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Yet more good installation news finds the TW2900 sporting a superbly flexible 2.1x level of optical zoom, and a surprising amount of image adjustments within its simple but effective onscreen menus.

Among these features are: a large and genuinely helpful selection of clearly labelled colour mode presets; a gamma level adjustment; low and normal lamp levels; a six-level skin tone adjustment; a Kelvin based colour temperature adjustment; the option to turn an auto iris off or leave it set to Normal or High Speed settings; a noise reduction routine; Epson’s own processing for boosting white colours; and last but by no means least, not one but two colour management tools.

One of these allows you to adjust the hue, saturation and brightness of the red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow colour components, while the other is for tweaking the offset and gain for the red, green and blue colour elements. Using these tools I really was able to get pleasingly close to the video-friendly colour tones established by our resident HD Basics Digital Video Essentials Blu-ray.

Other specifications worth running by you are a high claimed colour light output of 1,600 Lumens, a respectable claimed dynamic contrast ratio of 18,000:1, PixelWorks processing to deliver better scaling of standard definition sources, and a claimed running noise of just 22dB. Regarding this latter figure, I can happily say that the TW2900 is one of the quietest budget projectors I’ve ever heard. Or not heard, as the case may be! In its Eco lamp mode, in fact, this projector is pretty much impossible to hear, even during the quietest of scary movie build ups.

The first thing that strikes me about the TW2900’ s pictures, meanwhile, is how refreshing it is to watch a budget projector without having to contend with the rainbow effect found with rival DLP technology (on account of DLP’s colour wheel). For while neither the BenQ W1000 nor Optoma HD20 projectors suffer unbearably badly with the rainbow effect, it still makes its presence felt under the right circumstances. Being able to watch even the notoriously tough-on-DLP black and white sequence at the start of Casino Royale without seeing stripes of pure colour flitting around over bright picture elements actually feels like a relief!

The TW2900 also delivers a natural colour tone, especially if you use one of the Theatre colour presets. Personally, I went with a marginally tweaked version of Theatre Black 2, seeing as I test projectors in a completely dark room. But if you have the slightest bit of ambient light around, or you just prefer a bit more dynamism and colour vibrancy to the black level depth I was pursuing with the Theatre Black 2 setting, then the standard Theatre or even, at a push, the Natural settings aren’t bad places to start.

The Dynamic mode doesn’t really cut it with a decently dark room, as it pushes colours into cartoon land and emphasises brightness at the expense of too much black level. But it does show off the projector’s brightness potential, and in doing so produces a picture that a casual user could still enjoy in a really quite light room.


December 8, 2009, 8:32 pm

John, you call this a budget projector and sure looking at some of the other projector reviews on here it is cheap, but I look around websites and see them going for under £500. What is the difference between such "cheap" projectors and this one?

For me I don't even have a TV, know nothing about HD and all these £1000+ projectors seem to be for purists that want a proper "home cinema experience". I've been content enough watching things on my computer, but I would love to plug a projector into my computer/laptop and display a film on the wall whenever I rent a DVD or download a movie. I'm sure for my needs something much simpler would be fine, but I don't know enough about projectors to know what suits my needs; anyone make a suggestion on something £300-500 for that? I won't do this often enough to justify any more than that, maybe I just need to scour eBay for something like this, but last years model.


December 8, 2009, 10:21 pm

Thank you John for this review. It's not easy to find review on this TW2900...

And it's even more difficult to understand the differences between the epson TW2900 and the TW 3500 !

I have two questions about that :

- As far as I know, the only technical difference is contrast and Lumens. Could you confirm ?

- If true (and not a marketing thing), are those differences very significant ? Could you see the difference if you're a basic user ?

Thank for your opinion about that. I already ask in forum and others places, but no one seems to be able to respond...

diana vidrascu

February 27, 2010, 12:51 am

Just purchased a brand new Epson eh-tw2900 3lcd projector and while displaying a grey background image I noticed areas of areas of purple and green haze over the surface of the image, visibile both when connecting my laptop with an s-vga and s-video.

What could be the source of this?

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