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Epson EH-TW3600 - A Projector for the Casual User

John Archer

By John Archer



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This reinforces our suspicion when we first clocked the TW3600’s spec sheet that it’s designed fairly specifically with casual users in mind, rather than die-hard movie fans looking to indulge their habit without spending too much cash.

In other words, its pictures appear to have been calibrated to look their best in a non-blacked out room. We’re not saying you can get away with running it with all the curtains open on a sunny day or anything, but its colours and brightness certainly make it unusually accomplished for its level of the market when you’ve got dimmed lights on, or a bit of light coming in from around your curtains. Which is, of course, ideal if you anticipate that you will mainly be using the projector in a social way, for movie or sporting events parties, or you just have a large family including a youngster or two, where having a completely blacked out room isn’t practical.

As well as its high brightness and intense colours (if you stick with the projector’s relatively dynamic settings), the TW3600 enjoys very strong sharpness and detailing, thanks to its full HD resolution and some clearly solid image processing. It handles motion quite successfully for its money too, suffering with relatively little judder despite not having the same sort of motion processing circuitry sported by Epson’s flagship projectors.

One final strength is that the projector runs surprisingly quietly for such a high-brightness model, even if you use its lamp on its highest ‘normal’ setting - something we’d actually recommend given the projector’s apparent preference for being run at potent brightness levels.


The TW3600 is in some ways a disappointment. It doesn’t show the usual clear picture advances over previous models that we usually find with Epson’s home cinema projectors, and its focus on working in casual environments doesn’t really suit the die-hard home cinema fan in us. That said, it actually caters for its clearly casual target market very well, and even a ‘treading water’ projector from Epson is worth an audition. We just wish the brand would hurry up and send us its truly amazing-looking Reflective LCD models already...


November 26, 2010, 5:31 pm

I looked at getting one of these but decided that it didn't offer much in terms of value when compared to the Optoma HD20 or BenQ W1000+. If you want a 1080 projector for the casual viewer then I recommend the HD20 (which I got recently). I got it new on fleabay for £530 with a 1 year warranty and the bulbs are only £120. When I compared this Epson with the HD20, the price difference seems crazy.

On a side note - After buying this HD projector, I have no idea why anyone would want to buy a huge TV instead. HD Projectors - Awesome!


November 26, 2010, 7:32 pm

@lifethroughalens: I recommend the HD20

I've got the HD65, it's only 720p, but it's been a great projector for the money, I bought it for about £420 from Dixons about 2.5 years ago.

The only issue with this, and the HD20 is some people just can't cope with the DLP rainbow effect.


November 26, 2010, 8:05 pm

@ Keith "The only issue with this, and the HD20 is some people just can't cope with the DLP rainbow effect."

Yes, I did a lot of research into an HD projector (as a tech geek loves doing :) ) and I read a lot of opinion about the rainbow effect. It did concern me as I have a big issue with image quality, call it an occupational compulsion, but in reality I found the HD20 to have very little rainbow effect at all.

I know some eyes are more sensitive to it than others, but to my eyes, I don't even see it as being a point worth raising. I do see the red, green, blue 'rainbows' but only very occasionally when I turn my head quickly to one side and never during normal viewing.

I got a Onkyo HTX-22HDX + SKS-22XB (5.1 system) to go with the HD20 so now I have a 130" 1080p screen with full surround sound and a wall / ceiling mount for a smidgen over £840. TV's are dead to me :)


November 26, 2010, 9:53 pm

@lifethroughalens: but in reality I found the HD20 to have very little rainbow effect at all.

I agree, while using the HD65 for playing say battlefield bad company 2 I don't appear to notice it at all, the only time I notice is when bright white is placed on dark, eg. During BFBC2 loading there is some text that zooms in and wobbles, here the rainbow effect is very noticeable. A game on my XBox that does make the rainbow effect relevant, is Rez HD, here it's lots of line drawing over dark background, basically all lines have some sort of rainbow effect.

@lifethroughalens: I do see the red, green, blue 'rainbows'

For me I actually see Red/Cyan, I assume the Cyan is my eyes just mixing the Green/Blue. :)

Also worth pointing out, your HD20 is newer than mine, so it may not suffer as bad. Eg. more modern DLP's have faster Colour wheels etc that are meant to lessen the effect.

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