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Epson Home Cinema 5020 UB - Review Summary 4

Posted on July 18, 2013 by Art Feierman

Epson Home Cinema 5020 Projector: Pros and Cons

WATCH THE VIDEO HERE: Epson HC5020UB "Projector Reviews TV" Video Summary

Epson Home Cinema 5020 Projector: Pros

  • Brightest 1080p, 3D capable projector we've seen
  • Clean 3D
  • Excellent black level performance (2D and 3D)
  • 3D glasses are some of the lightest, and brightest, plus they are RF and rechargeable (figure 20+ movies between charges) a quick charge good for a 2 hour movie takes 3 minutes
  • Split screen viewing, for whatever fun "floats your boat"
  • CFI - smooth motion, (2D only) good for sports and other non-film based content (leave it on for movies if that's your taste)
  • Calibrates extremely well
  • 2 HDMI 1.4a inputs
  • 480hz panels for faster response time, including gaming
  • Lagtimes improved for gaming compared to the older 5010 now about 50ms (switch to "fast" image processing)
  • Very good, but large, remote control, good backlight and range
  • Excellent lamp life (4000/5000 hours)
  • Very quiet operation in eco-mode
  • Color filter in best modes for improved color accuracy
  • Excellent menu layout (which they haven't changed in years)
  • A truly excellent value proposition

Epson Home Cinema 5020 Projector: Cons

  • One of the noisier projectors at full power, but not exceptionally so
  • A second HDMI circuit to allow two HDMI sources for Split Screen, would be nice, especially for Picture in Picture
  • Those with dark ceilings (many home theaters) would prefer a black case  (consider the Pro Cinema 6020 instead)
  • Super-Resolution does not work in 3D nor CFI
  • Small control panel on the side, not so easy to use when you cant see it, I prefer a top mounted control panels with more room
  • Longer than average locking onto HDMI source changes
  • Lens shift dials lose/imprecise (but they hold once you get it where you want)
  • Those upgrading from a 3010 or 5010 can't use the old 3D glasses

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