Epson MG-50 LCD Projector - Review Summary
A summary of the Epson MegaPlex MG-50 and a list of this Epson projector's pros and cons.
March 2012 - Anthony Arrigo
Epson MG-50 Projector: Bottom Line
Epson has produced a very nice multi functional projector with its MegaPlex MG-50. At 2000 lumens of brightness and a contrast ratio of 5000:1 the Epson MG-50 is a good bargain with a MSRP of $699. The projectors ability to project from multiple sources like an IPad, IPod, IPhone and other sources like component video have set the projector apart from other similar projectors. Not to mention that it has a bit higher resolution and performance features than others in its class. In terms of a home theater; the Epson MegaPlex MG-50 may not spec wise be considered a top of the line choice, but for its price it produces an excellent image.
It turns out that during the 2012 Superbowl I needed a projector in a pinch. I decided to use the MegaPlex MG-50 as a replacement since I was evaluating it for this review. Running a 1080p signal from the broadcast produced a very bright, sharp image and was thoroughly impressed that a projector that is under $700 dollars could have such wow factor.
The image quality in terms of doing presentations via PowerPoint and using the projectors ability to project content from a IPhone, IPad and IPod was not as outstanding at its ability to handle 1080p from the football broadcast, but that is to be expected. It still produced a nice image and would be totally acceptable given the lower resolution content that is geared toward mobile devices.
Sound quality is what you might expect from two 10 watt speakers. The system lacks bass but thumping base in the projector itself would ultimately cause your image to be distorted as the base creates vibration. You can however run sound out of the projector to a receiver so this really isn’t such a deal breaker.
The menu and interface for navigating your portable device proved to be very intuitive and also helpful since it sensed what you were trying to do and provided some on-screen tips.
Overall I would say the Epson MegaPlex MG-50 is a good choice for those who want a way to project all kinds of content from their Mac portable device or from a High Definition source. Its size and portability mean you can easily put it away when you don’t need it, or just leave it on the coffee table for convenience.
Epson MG-50 Projector: Pros, Cons
Epson MG-50 Projector: Pros
- Can be used with Mac portable devices like the IPad, IPod and IPhone
- 2200 lumens of brightness
- 5000:1 contrast ratio for blacker blacks than most projectors in it class
- Easy to navigate menu system when selecting songs and movies from your Mac portable device
- Able to accept high definition 1080p component video from your cable or satellite system and produces a great image
- Has the same Epson Road Service program that you would expect from Epson business projectors
- Has a microphone jack so you can use the projectors speakers as your PA system
- Estimated lamp life of 5000 hours
Epson MG-50 Projector: Cons
- Lower resolution at 540p (960x540)
- No lens shift for easy setup
- No optical zoom so you must move projector to get desired image size
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