Epson EX7240 Pro Portable Projector Review – Summary

The Epson EX7240 Pro provides a bright, sharp image with good color accuracy,  when operated in the best of the available color modes.  It is easy to set up with its 1.2:1 zoom lens plus vertical and horizontal keystone correction adjustments.  It offers some very bright modes that will allow it to used in a business setting (e.g. conference room) with moderately bright lighting.

Since this is considered a portable projector it will normally be table mounted, but can be ceiling mounted with an optional ceiling mount.  From a weight standpoint traveling with the EX7240 would be no more trouble than carrying a typical laptop PC.   Epson provide a soft carrying case with enough space for the projector, remote and power cord.  Since this projector supports wireless networking and also MHL,  via its HDMI input, its relatively easy to connect up with mobile devices for making presentations.

Pros

  • sharp display with good focus over the entire image
  • almost no color fringing visible on displayed text, even when viewed up close indicating  good alignment of LCD panels and also good optics with a low level of  chromatic aberration
  • excellent readability of text and presentation graphics limited only by this projector’s 1280 X 800 native resolution
  • very good scaling from higher resolution inputs down to the native display resolution
  • can display photos or slide shows directly from a USB flash drive
  • high light output (approx. 2200 lumens) possible even in modes with very good color accuracy and even brighter modes available with near the rated 3200 lumens of light output
  • content from mobile devices can be directly displayed by the EX7240 with MHL or wireless network connections
  • has both automatic/manual vertical keystone correction plus manual horizontal keystone correction for when the projector cannot be positioned at the ideal location relative to the screen.
  • long lamp life with up to 5,000 hours in normal mode and 10,000 hours in eco mode

Cons

  • remote can be difficult to operate in a dark room, since it has no backlight
  • dust filter that must be maintained
  • a moderately high black level and a modest contrast ratio means the EX7240 Pro is not the ideal choice for more critical viewing when used in a darkened room with good light control, even with the use of its auto iris.  This should not be a issue for general business applications, but could be a limitation for applications requiring critical viewing of high quality photos or videos.
  • moderately high fan noise level when operated in normal mode, although not excessive for this class of business projector
  • even though this projector has enough light output for use with larger screen sizes frequently found in a large conference room, the small 2 watt built-in speaker provides only adequate audio volume for use in a smaller size conference room
  • although the EX7240 comes with wireless network capability, there is no wired network connector

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