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Epson EH-TW2900 LCD Projector review

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Summary

Our Score:

9

Right now would appear to be a damn fine time to be thinking about buying a budget projector. For hot on the heels of very respectable budget DLP Full HD projectors from Optoma and BenQ comes an only slightly more expensive little star from Epson: the TW2900.

The first thing to say about the £1,100 TW2900 is that it uses LCD rather than DLP technology - a fact which will become very significant in performance terms, as we’ll see later on.

Another up-front observation about the TW2900 is that it’s a much larger unit than we’re used to finding at the budget end of the market. In fact, it occupies the same footprint as Epson’s hugely impressive flagship projector, the TW5500.

This might not endear it to people wanting something they can take around to friends’ houses or put into storage when they’re not using it. But the cinephile in TrustedReviews can’t help but hope that the size reflects an uncompromising approach to the projector’s optics and cooling systems. In any case, the TW2900 actually wears its bulk rather charmingly, as a perky white finish and boldly large lens array do their best to hide what’s essentially some pretty basic sculpting.

The TW2900’s rear plays host to a respectable set of connections, including the increasingly de rigueur two HDMIs. Plus there’s a 12V trigger out for driving a motorised screen, and an RS-232C port for system integration, alongside the more typical S-Video/composite video/D-Sub PC options.

Setting the TW2900 up immediately reveals an unexpected but seriously welcome surprise: the projector retains the optical horizontal and image shift ‘wheels’ on its upper edge that we also loved so much on the TW5500.

This is hugely helpful when it comes to positioning your projector, even if you’ve got a seriously odd-shaped room to work with. It should also save people who want to use a budget projector from the back of their room from the ignominy of having to prop the back end of the TW2900 up on magazines - something such people probably would have to do with both the BenQ W1000 and Optoma HD20.

There’s an important picture quality aspect to the optical image shifting, as well. For being able to move the image around optically, particularly up and down, means there’s far, far less chance that you’ll need to employ any keystone adjustment to get the edges of your picture looking straight. And no keystone adjustment means no digital distortion of your pictures.

HarryGlass

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.

linumac

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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