Epson MegaPlex MG-50 LCD Home Entertainment Projector Review
March 2012 - Anthony Arrigo
Epson MegaPlex MG-50 Projector Overview
The Epson MegaPlex MG-50 is a new multimedia product that is quite unique in that it is a Iphone, IPod and or IPad base station for music, which is what truly makes this projector from Epson quite interesting. With a MSRP of $699 the Epson MegaPlex MG-50 is a very versatile entertainment center for your Mac portable device. The MG-50 can play movies from your IPod, IPad, and IPhone via the docking station in the front. There is a full on screen menu system for navigating content.
This projector isn’t just for projecting and listening to your portable devices content. It is fully capable of being a presentation projector for business and home theater. With inputs for component video, HDMI and your typical VGA input from a laptop, the Epson MegaPlex MG-50 pretty much can do anything.
The MG-50, although feature rich, has a native resolution of 540p (960x540) pixels so it is not has high resolution as some of the other home entertainment projectors on the market, but the quality of the picture is still nice enough to enjoy your favorite movies. The native aspect ratio is 16:9 which is in line with most home theater systems on the market.
Epson has put a fair amount of brightness into this unit as well. It features 2200 lumens of light output. Later in this review I will provide you more information about that when we talk about performance.
The MegaPlex MG-50 also has speakers. Two, ten watt, stereo speakers are located in the back and put out some pretty nice sound. I talk more about that in the performance section as well. Overall, the Epson MegaPlex MG-50 is a pretty impressive central base station for entertainment from your Mac portable device. Read on to see more photos and commentary about this interesting entertainment system. We also will provide some information in summary about this product and how it compares to similar offerings by other manufacturers.
Epson MG-50 Projector Highlights
- Has docking station for IPod, IPhone and IPad portable device
- Accepts signals from multiple devices like a DVD player or Laptop
- Has on screen display and navigation menu system to select songs and movies
- Ability to show and share pictures from your MAC portable device to a large audience
- Two, ten watt, stereo speakers
- Intuitive and easy to use menu system to select songs and movies
Specs for the Epson MegaPlex MG-50
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- Brightness: 2200 Lumens
- Projection System: Epson 3LCD, 3 Chip Technology
- Resolution: 960x540 pixels
- Aspect Ratio: Native 16:9 Widescreen
- Weight: 8.6 lbs.
- Dimensions: 13.4” x 11.5” x 5.1” (W x D x H)
- Lamp Life: Up to 5000 Hours
- Contrast Ratio: 5,000:1
- Zoom: Manual Focus with Digital Zoom
- Zoom Ratio: Digital 1.0 – 1.35
Epson MG-50 Projector Special Features
Accepts Multiple Sources
The fact that the projector can accept signals from a Mac and a PC.
Intuitive Menu System
Has the ability to navigate your music and movie library on your Mac portable device and produce descent sound from the two, ten watt, speakers.
Portable with Lots of Features
The fact that the unit is an all-in-one system that is both nice looking and portable. Might be perfect for small homes or condos where portable large entertainment is desired.