Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 880 Projector Review- Hardware

Epson Home Cinema 880 Projector Review – Hardware: Control Panel, Remote Control, Connections, Lens, Menus

OVERVIEW

The HC880 is compact of a home entertainment 3LCD projector that can produce over 3,300 lumens of brightness.

When facing the unit, the projector’s lens is located on the right side of the front panel. The control panel for the HC880 is located towards the back on the right side of the top surface of the projector. The air intake vent is on the right side of the unit, and the exhaust vent is on the front left side. There is a speaker located on the left side of the rear of the projector. All the A/V inputs and the AC power connection are located on the rear of the HC880.
The dimensions of the HC880 are: Width: 11.9 inches (302mm) Height: 3.4 inches (87mm) Depth: 9.8 inches (249mm). The unit weighs 5.95 lbs (2.7kg).

CONTROL PANEL

The HC880’s control panel is located on the top right side of the projector when facing the projector lens. Whether the projector is placed on a table or ceiling mounted, the control panel will be easily accessible.

REMOTE CONTROL

The remote control for the Epson HC880 is lightweight and white in color, making it easy to see even in a darkened room. It has all the buttons needed to quickly access inputs and adjustments that would be used daily in a home theater. One unique button on the remote is Quick Install, which takes you directly to a specialized menu containing settings typically used for setup. These include test patterns, keystone correction, and install position (ceiling, table, etc.).

CONNECTIONS

Input Amount
HDMI 1
USB Type A 1
USB Type B 1
Audio Out Port 1
Remote Receiver 1

The AC power and signal connectors are located on the rear of the projector. The HC880 has a USB-A input that can be used to display content stored on a USB memory device.

Lens

The Epson Home Cinema 880 is a fixed lens projector with a manual focus ring located on the top of the chassis above the lens. The Home Cinema 880 has a throw ratio of 1.21:1. When the projector does not offer horizontal/vertical lens shift, there is a Horizontal Keystone Slider located on top of the chassis as well. The unit has a built-in lens cover to protect the lens when the unit is Off or during transport.

Throw Distance for a 16:9 Screen

Screen Size (Diagonal) Min Screen Distance (in) Max Screen Distance (in)
80” 84 (2134 mm) 99.05 (2516 mm)
100” 95 (2413 mm) 123 (3124 mm)
110” 105.4 (2677 mm) 136.2 (3459 mm)
120” 115 (2921 mm) 148.6 (3774 mm)
130” 124 (3150 mm) 161 (4089 mm)

MENUS

The HC880’s menu is similar to most Epson projectors. The menu images shown in this section represent only a small number of all the sub-menus available. I tried to show a couple more notable sections found in the most used sub-menus (image, setting and networking, etc.). Like all Epson projectors, the overall menu structure is well organized and easy to navigate.