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Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Projector Review – Hardware

Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 Projector Review – Hardware: Overview, Inputs and Connectors, Lens

Overview

The Home Cinema 2150, and, of course, the HC2100 too, have a recessed lens, positioned slightly off-center, toward the left when facing the projector. Just to its right, down near the bottom, is the front IR sensor for the Epson’s remote control.  Directly below the center front, is a drop down adjustable foot.

On the left hand side of the projector, we have the hot air exhaust vent. This vent, I noticed, glows purple in a fully darkened room, which I thought was pretty cool, but unlike many competing DLP projectors, there’s no serious amount of light leakage hitting your walls.  On the opposite side of the HC2150, there is the cool air intake vent. On the back, we have the inputs and connectors and the 10-watt speaker.  Down below the back are two more feet – both screw thread adjustable types that give the HC2100 and HC2150 a stable 3 point stance.

The top of the projector has a lot going on. Directly above the lens, there’s a slider that closes the lens door. This protects the lens from dust when not in use, and also acts as an A/V Mute when the projector is on. Behind that, in the recessed area, are the lens controls. There is a focus slider, then the slider for zoom, followed by the dial for lens shift. All of these controls are manual, as is to be expected on a projector at this price point.

Right behind those, outside of the recessed area, is the horizontal keystone slider. For vertical keystone correction, you’ll have to go to the control panel, which is located at the back of the projector on the top.

Inputs and Connectors

Epson Home Cinema 2150 Inputs and Connectors
The Epson Home Cinema 2150 has a decent amount of inputs and connectors for home entertainment purposes.

The inputs and connectors on the Epson Home Cinema 2150 are pretty simple, though you’ll have everything you need for your home entertainment purposes, and then some. Starting from the top left, we have a USB Type A port, then a Service port directly to its right. Next to that is a VGA connector for connecting a PC, then the two HDMI ports – the first of which has support for MHL.

Below all that is the AC input for power, the IR (infra-red) Receiver for the remote control, and an audio out port. Though the internal speaker is respectable, I would recommend setting up a pair of external stereo speakers if you “dig that bass.” That does it for the back panel – as I said, super simple, but it’ll get the job done.

The Lens

The Epson Home Cinema 2150 has a great lens for the price a 1.6:1 manual zoom. That alone give you a lot of flexibility as to where you can place the projector. As mentioned in the Overview section, there is a sliding door to protect the lens from dust that also functions as an A/V Mute.

The lens controls live behind the slider for the lens door, which are also sliders. First comes the focus, then the zoom. Both are really smooth and it doesn’t take much time to get it right. The dial for the lens shift is ridged, so you can get a good grip with your nail if need be. This is also super easy to operate. I appreciated this lens shift function, as it helped with getting the image positioned just right on the screen, despite my awkward shelf.

That does it for this leg of the Hardware Tour! Next up, we’ll discuss the control panel, the remote control, and the menus.

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