I have a problem with that, and I believe so do many buyers. This may be why entry level home theater (or home entertainment) projectors are now almost all DLP models. Even with the DLP projectors you still need to sit fairly far back for the pixels to be a non-issue.
I also wasn't very impressed with the Epson remote. It is small and solid, but the buttons are very small, and there is no back light. You'll need to memorize the layout to use this remote in a darkened or near dark room.
- Price performance - the Epson sells for about $999 but currently has a $200 rebate to make it highly competitive
- Lamp life (3000 hours in low power modes, 2000 in bright modes)
- Noise level in Theater Black 1 and 2 modes (28db) is reasonable
Those that need a bright projector, for general viewing with a fair amount of lights on in the room, may find the Epson to be a good choice. That may also include gamers projecting from their X-Boxes and PlayStations, and sports watchers,
Overall, the Epson is a very good projector - for an LCD model. The problem is that I have a hard time recommending LCD based 480p projectors primarily because of the visible pixel structure. It's going to be up to you to determine if the visible pixels are an issue. If you can get past them, or don't mind sitting back about 2.5x the width of your screen (for a 100" screen - about 21 feet) where the pixels are no longer visible), then the Epson should be on your radar. And, if that works for you, it's tough to beat Epson's warranty, and their reputation for reliability and support.
Bottom line: Despite the limitations mentioned, the Epson Home 20 is a very good projector for people who want an entry level projector with acceptable overall performance, but also one that works well right out of the box, and one backed by the best warranty available!
Considering that you get an 80" screen and a $200 rebate off and probably a discount from the $999 suggesting selling price, the Epson looks to be the lowest cost real home theater projector solution out there. That tends to allow many to forgive a few failings elsewhere!