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Epson Home Cinema 8350 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

Epson Home Cinema 8350 Projector: Pros

  • Really very good “out of the box” picture quality
  • Really good color accuracy post calibration (best mode)
  • Very good black levels for a projector in its price range, though not quite “ultra high contrast” calibre
  • Image has good sharpness
  • Projector lamp can be changed without unmounting the projector (door is on the top, though well hidden)
  • Very low cost of operation – low cost long life lamp 4000/4000 hours, and a longer warranty than most similarly priced projectors (two years)
  • Very good menus, very good remote (good range)
  • Interpolates 24 fps content to 48 fps
  • An excellent price/performance value – it’s going to be hard to beat

Epson Home Cinema 8350 Projector: Cons

  • Black levels, while respectable, are not a match for many more expensive projectors some of which are far better in this regard (the “ultra-high contrast projectors)
  • It is a few hundred more expensive than the most “entry level” projectors
  • Although 24 fps is converted to 48 fps, other projectors offer up to 120 fps
  • Lacks CFI – creative frame interpolation for motion smoothing

Epson Home Cinema 8350 Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • About average brightness in “best” mode
  • Sharpness
  • Styling – it’s off white, silver trim, not quite a box, but nothing stunning either
  • Audible noise – average, but still a good bit quieter than the DLP projectors that make up the Epson’s primary competition

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