Epson Powerlite 826W Projector - Image Quality
8-21-09 -Mike Rollett
Epson Powerlite 826W Color & Picture Quality
In evaluating the Powerlite 826W we start with one of the most likely uses - computer presentations, I connected the 826W to my laptop via the analog VGA connection and fed it at its native resolution (1280 x 800).
As we've mentioned in past Epson projector reviews, greens leaned slightly toward yellow and reds and blues were a bit oversaturated, but this common for LCD projectors, and these shifts are visibly very slight. Note the colors in the pie chart below, look very good:
By contrast, much of the DLP competition has reds that are visibly way too dark and yellows that lean toward green, so they don't tend to look as colorful or accurate as the 826W. The 826W displayed a nice clean image with well-saturated colors for photographic images, as well as graphics. Text and graphs were quite sharp as well (see "Sharpness" under the General Performance for more detail on this).
Viewing photographic images with the 826W was also quite good. Using Photo mode resulted in excellent picture brightness, with deep, rich colors. This provides a very natural appearance to photo presentations.
I then switched to the USB input (again fed from my laptop) and there was no discernable difference from the standard VGA connection.