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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The TW2900’s motion handling quite impressed me too, as moving objects and camera pans slide by with slightly more clarity and fluidity than you get with either of the budget DLP models I keep referring to. Obviously, you can get better motion still by spending more on a projector, but for £1,100, the TW2900 does really well.

The TW2900 also does a slightly nicer job of upscaling standard definition sources than its DLP rivals, with less noise and a slightly crisper finish.

Oddly, despite having a Full HD resolution, the TW2900 doesn’t extend this flare for sharpness into the HD domain as successfully as I would ideally have liked. I’m not saying HD pictures actually look soft; they don’t. But nor do they look as crisp as they might. Indeed, for my money the BenQ W1000 makes HD look slightly more defined.

The TW2900 also doesn’t deliver the same degree of colour saturation as the DLP models - especially the very vibrant BenQ. The Epson’s slightly more restrained colour palette is arguably more refined, but refinement might not be what everybody at the budget end of the projection market is looking for!

Part of the reason the TW2900 doesn’t produce such dynamic colours as the DLP models is, I suspect, the fact that its black levels aren't quite as deep. Don’t get me wrong; the TW2900’s black levels are outstanding by the standards of our general experience with cheap LCD projectors, and dark scenes do contain a surprising amount of subtle, depth-giving shadow detail. But there’s definitely a slightly greyer look to dark parts of the picture, which can slightly ‘level out’ shots containing a mix of bright and dark material.

Given that I’ve compared the TW2900 so regularly with the Optoma HD20 and BenQ W1000 budget DLP models, I guess I should conclude by saying that the Epson doesn’t sport built-in speakers.

Clearly, this is utterly irrelevant to anyone wanting a projector for even a slightly serious fixed home cinema system - and it arguably proves where the TW2900’s ambitions truly lie. But it’s another difficulty really casual users might face if they’re thinking of just getting a projector out of a cupboard for occasional special sports events, or they want a projector they can easily take around to other people’s houses.


I somehow contrived to finish the main review on what felt like something of a downer. But this really isn’t a fair reflection of the Epson TW2900 overall. For while it might not have the brassy casual appeal of Optoma and BenQ’s recent mega-cheap DLP models, it certainly does have the setup flexibility (especially the image shifting), features and refinement to appeal to a more serious movie-loving audience. Which is no mean feat with such an affordable model.

Plus, of course, if you’ve been looking at the Optoma and/or BenQ models and found that you’re particularly susceptible to seeing the DLP rainbow effect, the simple artefact-free nature of the TW2900’s pictures will feel like the home projection equivalent of taking a Nurofen.


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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