Epson MovieMate 85HD – A Review of An All-in-One Home Projector

Epson MovieMate 85HD Remote Control

It’s hard to believe! Another remote that’s not backlit – that’s two “home theater projector” reviews in a row. At least many of the buttons glow in the dark, but not enough to read settings. There are truly a lot of buttons on this remote, but that’s due to having to control the functionality of a projector, a DVD player and an audio system.

Most of the menu functions are pretty obvious. And they are covered in the manual. There are so many, that we’re not going to bother to mention them all, as we do in most reviews.

The lack of a backlight notwithstanding, it’s a good remote, with at least better than average range (20 feet no problem).

Epson MovieMate 85HD Lens Throw

The MovieMate 85HD is nicely portable, so we presume that you will just move it a bit, to fill the area you want to project on, if the zoom lens won’t adjust enough.

The 85HD has a 1.2:1 manual zoom lens. This will let the projector sit as close as 9.5 feet, and as far back as 11.4 feet from a 100″ 16:10 screen (Epson doesn’t provide the slightly different measurements for 16:9 but they should vary by only a couple of inches).

Lens Shift

There is no adjustable lens shift for the MovieMate 85HD. The built in lens offset places the projector on a table, the lens will be several inches above the bottom of the projected image (if 16:9) and a couple more inches if 16:10.

Note that the projector has auto keystone correction. If you adjust the feet height on the projector, the auto keystone correction will keep your image rectangular.

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