Epson Powerlite 1735W Projector - Image Quality
2-8-09 -Mike Rollett
Epson Powerlite 1735W Overall Color & Picture Quality
Right out of the box, the Epson 1735W looked great with any type of material. It fires up quickly and displays a sharp image that is notable for its accurate, well-saturated colors.
This is an important point, since we are looking at a projector in the smallest, lightest, most portable class, of projectors. All the projectors in this under 4.5 pound range are either 3LCD like this Epson, or DLP. Typically DLP projectors are smaller physically, when they weigh about the same as an LCD projector. Also there are smaller still DLP projectors, with the very lightest, just under two pounds (half the weight of this projector).
Our point is, while you can get smaller and lighter projectors than this Epson, for any real reduction in size and weight, you'll only have DLP projectors to choose from.
And that's the rub. Traditionally, DLP portable projectors are weak on color handling. Almost none, can actually produce a rich, well saturated bright red (you are most likely go get a dark Merlot wine colored red, and bright yelllows tend to come out a sort of mustardy yellow green.
For that reason, you are almost guaranteed to prefer the color from a 3LCD projector like the Powerlite 1735W, as it will be dramatically better. It should be noted, that you actually can get some very good color out of many of those DLP projectors, but normally it requires dropping that projector down into a video mode, which for DLP projectors means giving up about half the brightness or more.
Therefore the Epson, doing great color will likely appear to be at least twice as bright as a DLP competitor, that still can't quite match the Epson's color dynamics or brightness. We've seen some strides in this area with a few DLP's but the Epson should easily beat just about all of them, for good, bright color.
When it comes to other 3LCD projectors, the Epson definitely holds its own. All the primary and secondary colors look, well, great!
And if you need to be extremely color accurate, to match a logo color, or other reason, the Epson should do about as well as, or better than the other LCD projectors out there.
Epson Powerlite 1735W Projector: Doubling in your home for watching Movies and TV/Sports