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Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Projector Review – Hardware 2

Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Projector Review – Hardware 2: Control Panel, Remote Control, Menus

Control Panel

Epson Home Cinema 2150 Control Panel
The Epson Home Cinema 2150 has a typical control panel, and is well laid out.

A typical control panel sits at the back of the Home Cinema 2150. Hanging around the Power button on the left, there are four indicator lights. The light directly to the left of the Power button is, of course, to indicate that the power is on, in standby, or off. The three directly underneath are for the Wireless LAN, Lamp, and Temp. To the right of the Power button are the Home and Source buttons. Home brings you to the projector’s Home Screen, while the Source button cycles through the different sources you can have hooked up (HDMI 1, HDMI 2, VGA, etc.).

On the right of these buttons is a configuration of buttons – Menu and Esc are on either side of the Up arrow key, which is part of the obligatory directional arrow keys surrounding an Enter button. These arrow keys serve dual functions. The Up and Down arrow keys also adjust the vertical keystone correction, while the Left and Right arrow keys control volume. Of course, you can use these arrow keys to navigate the menus, but it is most likely that you will be using the remote control for most activities regarding the menu, sources, etc.

Remote Control

I’ve written about this remote before – it’s the same one used with Epson’s PowerLite 680 and their interactive 696ui. Those are both business/education projectors. Some of the buttons are labeled differently, however, for home entertainment use. It’s a well laid out remote, so I don’t see any problem with using the same remote casing. It’s easy to wield and not bad looking either.

The top portion of the remote has the blue Power button, and buttons to quickly switch between sources: LAN, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, USB, and PC. Below that, we have the usual configuration of Rewind, Play, and Fast Forward, with the Chapter Back, Pause, and Chapter Forward buttons directly under it. Centered below the Pause button is a Stop button.

These are probably going to be some of your least-used buttons, as they’re really just for cycling through media such as photos from a USB. There are two buttons on either side of the Stop button – Link Menu on the left, Mute on the right. Under the Link Menu button, there is the HDMI Link button to allow the projector remote to control HDMI-connected devices that support the CEC standard. To its right are the two Volume control buttons.

The next section contains four directional arrow keys surrounding an Enter button, with four buttons positioned at each corner of the configuration. In the top left corner, we have the Menu button, with Esc being its direct opposite on the right. Below the Menu button is the User button, which you can assign a command to. A Default button is to its right.

Underneath that is a series of buttons for quickly selecting various functions. There’s 2D/3D to switch between the two modes, a Color Mode button for quickly changing modes, and the Memory button at the top. Below, a 3D Format button, Image Enhancement, and button for bringing up Frame Interpolation. Under that, there’s the Auto Iris button, a Pattern button, and the A/V Mute button. Right below the A/V Mute button is the Home button.

That’s it for the remote!


The Menus

This section contains photos of the Epson Home Cinema 2150’s menus. Refer to the slider above for the photos and explanations of each menu page. As usual, Epson has good menus that are easy to navigate and understand. It doesn’t take long to master them.

That does it for our tour of the HC2150’s hardware! This small home entertainment projector has plenty of inputs and connectors, including two HDMIs (one with MHL), a VGA port, USB Type A input, a Service Port, and an Audio Out. The lens has both a generous amount of zoom and lens shift, with controls for each in a recessed housing area just behind the lens. It’s got both horizontal and vertical keystone correction, just in case you need to position the projector slightly off angle, so between that, the zoom and the lens shift, you’re pretty much covered.

Next up is our exploration of the HC2150’s picture quality, where we will have photos of the color modes, HDTV/sports, films, and, of course, as the projector has speakers, a brief mention of the sound quality.