Home Cinema 1040 Projector Hardware Overview
We will start our hardware tour at the front of the HC1040 projector. The lens is offset to the right side (if facing the projector). Just to the right of the recessed lens is the front IR sensor for the remote. A drop down adjustable foot has a button release just above the bottom, in the center.
The exhaust vent is on the left front side.
The lens itself has a 1.2:1 zoom ratio which is pretty typical for this price range projector.
Moving to the top of the projector, the lens controls (zoom and focus) are recessed behind / above the lens.
Just forward of the recessed controls is a slider labeled AV Mute.
Slide it shut and a door closes to protect the lens. Also it will mute the picture and the speaker's sound.
Just behind the recessed area is another slider, this is for quick keystone correction, and works very well. More sophisticated keystone correction is available in the menus (Quick Corner).
Further back is the control panel, which we'll discuss below. You can also see the lamp door on the top right. (screw release is on the back).
All the inputs and other connectors are found on the back
That includes a 2 watt speaker. This speaker has respectable volume, but less than some others, including other Epsons. Of course no built in speaker system is seven remotely a match for any separate stereo or surround sound system. I've never encountered any home entertainment projector with really serious sound, none have anything resembling deep bass, or for that matter even any significant mid-bass. With any projector, if you want really impressive sound you need something outboard.
The speaker will serve, however, in a pinch, for Youtube videos, perhaps for that backyard movie night, when moving from room to room or if you take it on vacation. It may come in very handy, though, if you need to double the HC1040 as a portable business / education projector!
HC1040 Control Panel
Top down look at the Epson Home Cinema 1040 Control Panel
This is a almost a typical Epson Control Panel, in fact fairly typical of most projectors. From the left, is the Power button (press once to power up, twice to power down. A power indicator light is to its left while the lamp and Temp lights are right below. I'm going to save the Home button for last, so moving to the right is the Source search button, then comes the usual navigation with the Menu button, the four arrow keys in a diamond configuration, although they do not have arrows on the buttons. Instead they have the alternate usage buttons: When not navigating the menus, the top and bottom buttons allow adjustment of keystone correction while the left and right ones are volume down, and up. In the center of those four is the usual Enter button with a pointing back to the left arrow. The Escape button in the top right moves you back upward in the menus.
What is new for Epson on this and a few other models is the Home button, which brings up a very easy to access general screen. There's also the regular Menu button to its right and slightly higher.
Epson's Home Screen, a relatively new, user friendly feature added to some of their newest projectors
As you can see, the Home button lets you choose an input (source) or go directly to features including Keystone correction, split screen, Power mode, select from the color modes.