Posted on July 24, 2012 Art Feierman
I want so start off by saying that for under $650, Epson’s Home Cinema 710HD projector performs rather admirably! One theme in this review will really be: If you have a room where a projector can do a respectable job, why buy some tiny 40 or 55 inch LCDTV. Folks, in this case, bigger is better! Of course as I watch movies on my own 124″ diagonal screen I’m always amazed that today’s kids watch movies on 3 inch smart phone displays and 7 and 10 inch tablets. I thought the idea of a 10″ diagonal display being suitably large for viewing, went away about 60 years ago. I’ll stick to projectors, thanks!
And if your budget is well under $1000 for your next “TV”, and you agree, that 10″ or 40″ is just too small, then this might just be the home entertainment projector you are looking for.
Epson’s Home Cinema 710HD is HD – 720p Hi-Definition. About 5 years ago, 720p was about as high a resolution as you could find in projectors. Today, the vast majority (and basically just about all over $900 projectors, except for some very old designs still around from some of the super high end projector companies), of todays home projectors are now 1080p.
After much consideration, we have awarded the Home Cinema 710HD our Special Interest Award. You’ll see why as you read on.
It’s true a couple to a few hundred more dollars you can buy 1080p projector. But this Epson is going to be the first projector for a great many folks, especially thanks to its rock bottom price. For a little perspective, it was just back in 2006, that I purchased a $4000+ 720p projector – the BenQ PE8720! That projector was a DLP, whereas this Epson is a 3LCD projector.
In this review, I’ll be totally unimpressed with the Epson’s black level performance (explained elsewhere), but I also want to point out that they aren’t drastically worse than that $4000+ BenQ projector, which was one of the best home theater projectors around for the price in its day. I mention, just so you understand that much of what we take for granted now, as entry level performance, may have been cutting edge just five or six years ago, and many times as expensive as almost comparable entry level projectors. Hey! This Epson is 2.5 times as bright as that old BenQ as well!
Below you will find some highlights, and the basic specs. You can also link to more specs and the data sheet. Further down, we’ll look at some of the special features of this Epson Home Cinema 710 projector.
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