Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 2100 First Look Review – Special Features

Epson Home Cinema 2100 First Look Review – Special Features: Lens Shift, Zoom Ratio, Keystone Correction, Frame Interpolation, Streaming, 3D, Portable

HC2100 Special Features

The Epson Home Cinema 2100 has a host of special features that make it a great replacement for its predecessor.

Lens Shift, Zoom Ratio & Keystone Correction

The Epson Home Cinema 2100 has a generous amount of vertical lens shift – around 60%. That’s unseen in projectors of this class, as you just don’t see that amount of lens shift on projectors priced below $1,000. In fact, this is the first time Epson has ever put lens shift on a sub-$1,000 projector. BenQ puts a limited amount of lens shift on their projectors, as do some others, but it’s usually only about 5%. That gives you the ability to shift the image just a couple of inches. That this projector has vertical and horizontal (+30 degrees) keystone correction and a 1.6:1 zoom lens is a plus, as this gives you even more placement flexibility.

Frame Interpolation

Another notable feature is Frame Interpolation, often referred to smooth motion. Frame Interpolation is a video processing technique that adds extra frames to the projected image, giving the illusion of more fluid motion and minimizing the visual effect of display motion blur. This is particularly great for viewing sports and other fast-motion programming. It is not recommended for film, however, as it changes the way the film looks, distorting the director’s visual intent.

Inputs and Connectors

The Home Cinema 2100 has a healthy amount of inputs and connectors, one of which is an HDMI port with MHL. This is for streaming devices like Roku, Apple TV, Chromecast, and Amazon Fire TV. Other connectivity includes another HDMI port, VGA port, two USBs (Type A and Mini USB for Service), and an audio out input for those speakers you’re totally going to use.

3D Capable

The 2100 has 3D capabilities! This is so huge for many projector fans, as whether or not a projector supports 3D can be a real deal breaker for them. If you’re a fan of 3D, consider the Home Cinema 2100 when shopping for your next projector.

Portable

This projector is light-weight. At just 7.5 pounds, the 2100 can be considered as portable. I’ve recently jumped on the portable bandwagon myself, as my projector setup is in the living room, and I work in a separate room.

Sometimes, I just must get my stories in while I’m performing less mentally-demanding tasks. Having a portable projector that I can use for projecting onto a blank wall in my home studio is amazing. Consider its portability a plus, because even if you don’t think you’ll need that feature, you may find yourself glad for it in the future.