Epson MovieMate 60 Projector Review

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The MovieMate 60 is very nicely portable, measuring just 13.2″ wide, by 9.4 inches deep, and 5 inches tall. And it weighs in at 9.3 pounds. It comes with a basic foamlike padded carry bag, which is very nice. It has no strap, but the handle of the projector is accessible. The projector is small enough and light enough to easily carry in its case.

From the front, you’ll find the recessed lens (not a zoom lens) off to the right (when looking from the front). There’s a sliding door that protects the lens and mutes the image, when closed. Below, on the left is the DVD/CD door to load/unload discs. To its right is the eject button, and an indicator light, while in the lower right corner, you’ll find a headphone jack. Releases for the drop down feet are at the front of the left and right sides, way down at the bottom. You can just see one of these light gray release buttons in the picture at the top of this page.

Moving to the top is a rather extensive Control Panel, which is to be expected, as you aren’t just operating a projector, but a full system, with DVD player, sound, etc. The lamp door is located on the back top of the Moviemate. The back of the projector houses all the usual inputs and outputs, found on most projectors, but also has a Coaxial audio output, a USB input, and a microphone input, all three of which are mounted below the main input panel.

The twin 10 watt speaker are rear facing, and also on the back.

Looking from the front, the extendable handle is located on the left side, along with the air filter door. The lamp door is located on the top of the projector.

The remote is nice sized, but unfortunately, lacks a backlight. Well, I guess lacking a backlight is to be expected on an all-in-one projector in this price range. Hey, when I bought my PS3s they were $400 and even their optional full remote control has no backlight!

Control Panel

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Extensive is the word! From the left: The all important power switch and the Temp and Lamp indicator lights below it. Next comes the Source control, followed by the Pause/Play button and the stop buttons for the internal DVD player. Next in line are the volume controls, the four arrow keys for navigation, in diamond configuration, with the Enter button in the center of the arrows.

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Above them are the Setup and the Menu (that would be the menu for the DVD player, not the projector in general). Below the arrows are the Return button (for navigating menus), and the Visual Setup, which is your primary adjustment menu for the projector’s image quality. The Visual Setup has four menus, discussed below.

MovieMate 60 Inputs

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The MovieMate 60 is reasonably well endowed when it comes to inputs (and outputs). Compared to most home theater projectors, it is missing a few items, but, for an all-in-one device, it is very nicely equipped.

There is one HDMI. That’s my only real complaint, a second one would be nice. True, there’s a DVD player built in, but many may ultimately want to be able to hook up to both a satellite/cable box, and a Blu-ray player, or even a game machine with HDMI.

That said, if you run short of HDMI, there’s always the similarly high performance component video input (3 RCA color coded jacks).

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In addition, feel free to hook up your laptop or desktop, there’s the usual analog computer input (which can be used instead as a second component video), should you have the need. Lastly, you’ll find the standard composite video, with stereo audio inputs. And on the far right, is a service port.

 

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