Posted on December 28, 2015 Art Feierman
In fairness the Home Cinema 1440 is only part of the solution. Today there’s a new breed of screens to make these projectors better performers around ambient light. Those are often referred to as light absorbing screens.
But back to how the Home Cinema 1440 fits into the overall Epson projector lineup for the home. Consider Projectors between Epson $800 and just over $2000:
I was thinking of how to describe this projector when “brute force” popped into my head. I think it’s a good description. Just don’t assume that because of the Epson’s “brute force” abilities, that the 1440 isn’t capable of some serious picture quality.
The point of “positioning” the projector in the line-up is that its up to you to decide what features/benefits, you need in a projector for your environment and tastes. The HC1440 may well be perfect for you, but there’s a good chance that one of the other dozen plus Epson home models that sell +/- $1000 of this projector, might be a better alternative. It’s great having choices.
OK, let’s start with an overview of the Home Cinema 1440 – touching on the hardware, features, etc., then we’ll get into the details.
Epson’s Home Cinema 1440 is a hybrid. Where better to look in creating a super bright projector for home, then to business projectors designed for handling bright rooms and large screens. There’s no question when you familiarize yourself with the capabilities of the HC1440, that you won’t see the resemblance and some features found in commercial projectors. In this day and age, it’s really only projectors designed for dedicated home theaters and viewing in full darkness, that you find projectors created from the ground up for home use.
What the 1440 has of interest for home use, (besides lots of lumens) include a dynamic iris for improving black levels (to be discussed on the Picture Quality pages), a full set of controls allowing for a full calibration, gamma adjustment, etc., (calibration not really needed, thanks to very good color “right out of the box.”)
One key feature is that one of the two HDMI inputs supports MHL – the “mobile” HDMI, which allows for working with today’s streaming sticks like Roku, ChromeCast, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, etc.
As an extra bonus, there’s a split screen feature allowing for two same size or two different sized images side by side (more in Special Features).
There’s also a host of “ECO” features, some of which we’ll describe later.
You’ll also find some commercial features though – hard wired networking, and scheduling to be specific.
That’s fine, but we’re going to concentrate on how this projector performs in the home, although, know, that if needed, you could pick up this 10 pound projector, haul it to your local hotel, and use it to present to a few hundred people in a hotel ballroom. It’s that capable!
Let’s look at the highlights:
Art, you mention that this is a good projector for taking on vacation which is what I’m interested in doing.
Do you have any recommendations as to what type of portable screen works well for setting up inside while on vacation?
Also, does this projector require a 16:10 screen?
Thanks for the informative review!
Epson 1440 or the BenQ HT4050?
If you need the horsepower, definitely the Epson. The 4050 is more “home theater” while the HC1440 is bright home entertainment. If you are movies, lean BenQ in this case, if sports – Epson… -art
What if you are looking for a great picture with movies and sports? Which of those two would you suggest?
Will this projector work well for 150″ 2.35 1.3 gain screen, in a dedicated cinema room with dark walls? Im using a Sony vpl-hw50 and its not bright enough with this screen not very happy with it.
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