Epson Home Cinema 8100 Projector Review

A summary of the Epson Home Cinema 8100 projector’s pros and cons and capabilities.
10/04/2009 – Art Feierman

Epson Home Cinema 8100 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

Epson Home Cinema 8100 Projector: Pros

  • Likely to have good “out of the box” picture quality with finished units
  • Really good color accuracy post calibration in “best” mode, despite being an pre-production! Well saturated colors, dynamic look and feel
  • Very good black levels for a projector in its price range
  • Bright: Expect over 1400 lumens in “brightest” mode
  • Very good skin tones
  • Average brightness in “best” mode
  • Realy good for movie watching, and downright great for sports and HDTV
  • Projector lamp can be changed without unmounting the projector (door is on the top, though well hidden)
  • Very low cost of operation thanks to long life lamp 4000/4000 hours (low/high lamp mode), and longer warranty than most
  • Excellent backlit remote with very good range
  • Interpolates 24 fps content to 48 fps
  • Great placement flexibility – almost unmatched
  • Excellent warranty and support
  • 12 volt screen trigger
  • Impressive price performance

Epson Home Cinema 8100 Projector: Cons

  • Black levels, while very respectable, are not a match for many much more expensive projectors some of which are far better in this regard (the “ultra-high contrast) projectors
  • Average in audible noise, but that could be a “con” for some, who are very noise adverse
  • It is more expensive than several other “entry level” projectors
  • Although 24 fps is converted to 48 fps, other projectors offer up to 120 fps

Epson Home Cinema 8100 Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • About average brightness in “best” mode
  • Styling – it’s white and a box, with minor attempts at styling
  • Audible noise
  • Documentation (unknown, Epson’s is typically good, but not stellar)

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