The Very Bottom Line on the Home Cinema 5010 projector
The real strengths of the Home Cinema 5010 projector, are numerous, but it's first and foremost strength is as a 2D projector. The great 2D image quality, especially on dark scenes, thanks to excellent black levels, really work for me. What I mostly see, is what I liked about the Home Cinema 8700UB last year. This year, you get the same, for only $700 more, but with a lot of value add: 3D plus more brightness, split screen, and a few other goodies, thrown in for good measure.
The Epson Home Cinema 5010 has some tough competiton out there, Panasonic, Sony, Optoma... All of them cost more, yet none of them can be considered a better projector.
Is the Home Cinema 5010 going to prove to be the best of the projectors in our Best In Class awards projector comparison ($2000 - $3500)? Too soon to tell, but I don't think there's another 2D projector I prefer near the price. I'll put the Epson Home Cinema 5010 at the top of my shopping list in this price range. You should at least make sure it's on your short list.
It's a great year for shoppers - the industry has come through with some serious projectors this year!
I think I'm going to get a whole lot of use out of this Home Cinema 5010e, before I return it to Epson. -30