Review: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD Projector

Appearance

The Epson 750HD is a pretty portable unit with a footprint roughly the size of a piece of paper. A little larger, but not by much. Its compact design is easy to travel around with and that is a great feature since you will want to move this projector from time to time. The unit makes a great outdoor movie night projector.

Starting from the front of the projector you will notice first the lens. It is recessed into the projector. The lens cover is built into the unit if the form of sliding door. Above the lens is a special adjustment for image placement. It allows you to square up the image should you have to place the projector at an odd angle to the screen.

The left front corner of the projector is the exhaust port. The fact that it is in the front means you can mount the projector on a shelf. The heat will then dissipate into the room. The right side of the projector features the air intake and filter. A couple of other things to mention about the front of the projector would be the IR sensor and the adjustable leg. There are three adjustable legs in total and they are adjustable by unscrewing them. The front is just a push button that locks at the desired height. Very easy to setup.

Moving to the top of the projector we have the control panel. You can control all the functions of the projector from this location. It is well laid out and as most Epson projectors, the labeling is labels are clear and descriptive enough to make navigation easy.

Input Panel

The Epson Home Cinema 750HD has all the  inputs you would expect from a home theater projector, but surprisingly no native component input. You will need a special adapter cable so that you can do component through the VGA port. It does however have an HDMI port and that is what you should be using for the best possible image. There is a composite video input and also a USB Type A and B input should you want to display content from a USB drive. The Type B input is mainly for displaying your laptop image from a USB cable instead of the typical VGA cable. As is standard with all projectors, you will also find a S-video input. Audio out capabilities are also available should want to hook up a home theater sound system.

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Menus

Epson once again has done a very nice job with the menu system. The system is nicely labeled and the labels they do use make sense. It was very easy to get to the settings you often use. Changing the contrast, the brightness and the aspect ratio, the most common setting changes, were just a few clicks. Overall, the Epson menu system gets a thumbs up for convenience and readability. Although it is not graphical, it actually benefits in this area since instead of taking up room on the menu with graphics, you get big bold white text over a black semi-transparent background.

Setup

The Epson Home Cinema 750HD was designed to be easily setup. It seems Epson was thinking that this projector was so portable that you might want to use it in lots of different places. Not to say you can’t permanently mount it and leave it alone, but you are going to find that you will want to bring it places. And with all the setup features, Epson has designed the projector with this in mind.

To start, it has three adjustable feet. You can raise and lower the back of the projector with screw in feet and you can raise the projector in the front very easily. To make it even more convenient to setup, you can also adjust the angle of the projector with a slider near the lens. So, even if the projector sits a little off angle, you can adjust for that and square the image. As with all projectors with this feature, it does reduce image quality. You can expect a drop in sharpness. Same goes with using keystone correction to get a nice square image. Both distort the clarity of the image. As mentioned this is across all projectors, not just Epson projectors.

3D Glasses

One of the cool features of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD projector is that fact that it supports 3D content. Even more impressive is that it comes with a pair of 3D glasses. They use RF technology and are rechargeable via USB port. 3D content looked great and was engaging. Brightness drops a bit as I mentioned in this review, but the 3000 lumens the unit produces still keeps the image looking very nice. Figuring you will want to more than likely have others enjoy the 3D content, we have learned that Samsung makes a pair of glasses for under $20 dollars that work with the 750HD. That is pretty affordable and outfitting the family with glasses is not going to be too cost prohibitive. The Samsung glasses are button battery operated, but you get about 75-100 hours on a battery, so not bad. If you are looking for these glasses the model number is: SSG5100GB.

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