Epson Home Cinema 5010 Home Theater Projector Review

The Epson Home Cinema 5010 and 5010e projectors are a new design. From our perspective, it’s always more fun to look at a basically new projector, even if some of the internals are no doubt the same.

Epson Home Cinema 5010 Projector - Appearance

Time to take a tour of the Home Cinema 5010 and 5010e projector’s physical features, including lens, control panel, and inputs. In addition, Projector Reviews discusses the remote control and the menu system.11/22/11 -art

A new box for this year. The finish is white, with dark grey front vents. It’s not overly large, has lots of rounded edges, and looks pretty good. The Home Cinema 5010e looks exactly the same.There is also Epson’s Pro Cinema 6010, shown here, the version sold through local installing dealers (a couple more features and a black case). A lens shutter closes to protect the lens when powered down.

The top has the lens shift controls, while the control panel is mostly recessed on the side (right side if you are facing the projector). Inputs and other connectors are on the back. There’s a single, fixed, rear foot, on the back bottom.

From the front, the Home Cinema 5010 starts with a centered, recessed. manual, 2.0:1 zoom lens. The focus and zoom controls consist of recessed dials on the top, right behind the lens. Other than the large vents on the front, the only other feature is the front IR sensor for the Epson remote control.

Look down below and you’ll find two screw thread adjustable front feet.

Besides the focus and zoom dials, you will find smaller vertical and horiztonal lens shift dials on the top.

Home Cinema 5010 Control Panel

Moving to the side, the power switch and source selection buttons are up by the front (right side if you are facing the projector). The rest of the Control panel consists of a square recessed panel with a sliding door to cover it.

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Slide it out of the way, and there is your basic feature set, a menu button, the navigation buttons in a diamond shape, a Center enter key, and then Enter and Esc keys.

Just above the control panel, actually on the top, are three indicator lights for power, temp and lamp.

Home Cinema 5010 Projector - Input/Output

Click to enlarge. So close. The Home Cinema 5010 has a fairly typical set of inputs and connectors. As usual, our tour of the panel begins on the left. For this year, we get to start with an ethernet type jack for, if needed, an optional, (for longer range) external 3D emitter. Two HDMI 1.4a inputs, capable of Blu-ray 3D, come next

 

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One set of component video with the usual red, gren and blue RCA jacks, followed by the obligatory composite video (yellow RCA jack).

The Epson Home Cinema 5010 and the other variations, each have the usual, analog computer input (HD15 connector) for a monitor out.

Next over is serial port, RS232C and a 12 Volt trigger to control a screen, or an anamorphic lens (Epson 6010). There’s also the power receptical, hard power switch, and a Kensington lock slot

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