Posted on September 18, 2017 By Nikki Zelinger
Epson Home Cinema 2150 First Look Review – Special Features: Lens Shift, Zoom Ratio, Keystone Correction, Frame Interpolation, Streaming, 3D Capable, Portable
The Home Cinema 2150 has some special features not commonly found on sub-$1000 projectors, such as lens shift.
The most notable feature on the Epson Home Cinema 2150 is its generous amount of lens shift (around 60%) – or, that it has lens shift at all. You really don’t see lens shift on projectors priced under $1,000, though it is not unheard of. In those rare cases, such as with some BenQ projectors, there’s about 5% lens shift – this is Epson’s first time putting lens shift into a sub-$1,000 projector. Its 1.6:1 zoom lens and vertical and horizontal keystone correction (+30 degrees) keystone correction give this projector great placement flexibility, in addition to that phenomenal lens shift, which I count as a definite plus.
The HC2150 has Frame Interpolation, which is a technique in processing video where extra frames are added to the image being projected. This minimizes the effect of display motion blur by giving the illusion of more fluid motion – a great feature for viewing sports. Turn it off for viewing films, though, as it distorts the image and with it goes the director’s intent.
The Home Cinema 2150 has an HDMI port with MHL for streaming from devices like Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Chromecast. It has a good amount of other inputs and connectors as well – a second HDMI port, VGA connector, a USB Type A and a Mini USB Service port, and an audio out input for those external speakers.
Fan of 3D? The 2150 has it. The 3D glasses used have shutter technology – not polarized – so make sure to get the correct ones. Whether a projector has 3D or not can be a real deal breaker for some home theater lovers, so if you’re a fan of 3D, add the 2150 to your list of projectors for when it’s time to narrow down your choices.
The Home Cinema 2150 can be considered a portable projector, weighing just 7.7 pounds. I enjoy portable projectors, as sometimes, you just may want to take one with you when traveling. Who could ever go back to a TV when you’ve become accustom to a 100” image?
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