Posted on December 22, 2009
This is an in-depth review of the Epson MovieMate 60, Epson’s newest All-in-One projector system for home entertainment.
Less than $700 now buys you a rather versatile and pretty impressive all-in-one projector, these days. The MovieMate 60 is easy to use too. It takes about a minute to plug it in, turn it on and start watching a DVD on the built-in player, or any other source you might want to hook up. Picture quality is pretty good. A pair of 10 watt speakers puts out a very respectable quantity of sound, even if it can’t get down into the deep bass ranges to shake the house.
It’s been almost two years since we last reviewed an all-in-one projector. The last particularly notable one, was Epson’s MovieMate 72, which they still make. The MovieMate 72 is still more expensive, and is higher resolution, with the 720p HDTV resolution as native. This MovieMate 60, although it can’t quite match the resolution, is substantially brighter, and has better contrast and blacks. The older MovieMate 72 still commands a much higher price – typically selling for over $1000.
The all-in-one projector market never exploded, as some had hoped. It may be that they haven’t hit the price point needed to create huge demand. I’ve always figured that sweet spot would be $499. Epson’s not there yet, but we’re getting close, and this MovieMate is a pretty cool entertainment device for the money being spent!
If you aren’t planning on a nice portable projector system to take on vacation or to drag out back for movie parties, if you aren’t curious about these all-in-one projector systems like this MovieMate 60, even if you’re not planning to buy one, then this review won’t have much for you. On the other hand, it may be a perfect 2nd projector, for the kids, or for the backyard.
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