Epson EH-TW5300 Review – Best Home-Entertainment Projector
The Epson EH-TW5300 is clearly made with home-entertainment in mind. This is a full HD LCD projector which features a competitive brightness of 2,200 lumens, a dynamic contrast ration of 35,000:1, MHL mobile phone connectivity, a Full HD resolution, and 3D playback.
The EH-TW5300 takes just a few seconds to take out of its box. Inside the box, we get; Remote Control, 3-meter power cord, VGA to VGA cable, 2x AA Batteries for Remote control, Software CD and the Projector itself. As far as projectors go the EH-TW5300 is rather attractive to look at with a glossy white curved chassis.
The remote control is rather small and chunky but it fits in the hand well. Sadly there’s no backlight option so the remote buttons are difficult to see in a dark room when watching something.
Connecting it up is incredibly easy and simply requires you to plug in the power lead and choose an input. It’s easy to connect your favourite devices with the HDMI (including one with MHL support for your smart devices), VGA and composite. There’s also a USB 2.0 port to allow you to connect devices such as a camera or external storage.
The EH-TW5300 can be positioned easily in a variety of configurations depending on the size and shape of your room. It’s capable of projecting an image as small as 34inches up to 332inches with a 50inch picture possible from just 1.5m and a 150inch image at 4.5m.
Gone are the days of needing to mount a projector to a ceiling in the center of a room – it’s possible to simply have the projector sat on a table. I chose to place it in the back corner of my lounge on a small table. This is possible as the projector doesn’t need to be facing straight at the wall and can be as much as 30 degrees to the side. There’s a simple manual keystone control on the top to adjust the image so it’s straight again.
There is no vertical shift present on the EH-TW5300 but it gets around this with a simple height adjustable stand on the front bottom. The back feet are also adjustable making it easy to get the image positioned just as you want it. Manual zoom and focus rings also let you get the size just right and allow you to ensure the image is crisp.
The EH-TW5300 is an LCD projector capable of outputting 2,200 Lumen which drops down to 1,500 Lumen in economy mode. The picture output is full 1080p HD with an impressive 35,000:1 contrast. Also impressive is the 200W lamp life which is rated as up to 4,000 hours or 7,500 hours in economy mode. Epson claim this would allow you to watch an average length movie every single day for 11 years. The lamp will degrade more over it’s lifespan than those found in DLP projectors but being an LCD based projector gives the benefit of none of the DLP’s rainbow effect.
There’s a built-in 5W speaker on the EH-TW5300 but it’s not much to shout about. You’ve likely already got a decent sound setup so this can simply be muted.
While in-use the projector can be a little noisy depending on where it’s positioned in relation to where you are sat. It’s definitely a lot quieter in economy mode. It’s rated at 37dB in normal mode and 27dB in economy. If you’re not using it for a short time, such as popping to the kitchen to make some drinks, there’s a handy A/V mute option to blank the screen.
The EH-TW5300 performed well with all its different inputs but it looks best when give full HD to display. Scenes look fantastic with exceptional detail and the colours are vibrant. It worked great with Blu-ray movies and gaming on the Xbox One or PS4. Having such a big screen at home feels almost as good as going to the cinema. It also really increases immersion when gaming and it’s also easier to see objects in the distance, I found racing and FPS games brilliant on it. It’s also worth mentioning there is 3D support with active shutter glasses.
The only downsides I found with this projector were that in particularly dark scenes the black wasn’t always quite as black as it maybe should be. Also there’s a feature call Frame Interpolation capable of calculating extra frames for smoothness, this sometimes made video seem to speed up. Playing with the settings based on what you are watching is worthwhile and the more you use it the easier it gets to tweak. These are only small gripes though because for the money the picture is fantastic.
Overall I’ve been incredibly impressed by the Epson EH-TW5300. Considering it’s essentially a budget projector the image quality is stunning. If you spend a lot of time watching movies or playing games then you should seriously consider this projector.
The Epson EH-TW5300 is made to be for home-entertainment use, and yet it is flawed in some areas. What’s questionable for the unit is that one area of a category is flawed whereas the others perform pretty decent. This is especially true when you’re talking about its black-level response for images being projected.