Projector Reviews

Epson Home Cinema 880 Projector Review-Summary

Epson Home Cinema 880 Projector Review – Summary: Highlights, Pros and Cons

HIGHLIGHTS

Epson has been a leader in projector technology for some time and they offer a wide variety of projectors to fit nearly any applications. The HC880 is the least expensive Home Cinema Series lineup. It is designed to deliver great home theater performance at an affordable price point.

The Epson Home Cinema 880 Projector is equipped with 3,300 lumens and 1080p 3-chip 3LCD technology, together which deliver a bright, colorful image. An estimated lamp life 6,000 hours may be extended to 12,000 on ECO mode. The HC880 has dynamic contrast ratio of 16,000:1, with a horizontal and vertical digital keystone.

The characteristics of this projector focus on optimizing picture quality in the home theater environment. The color modes take advantage of the lumens and data processor to best suit the viewer’s needs. Epson has several other Home Cinema projector model, and the HC880 surpassed my expectations, especially for its price range. The Epson Home Cinema 880’s features focus on the viewing quality of movies and television shows, and surprisingly, gaming on this projector did not disappoint. Gaming color brightness and clarity was truly satisfying.

The HC880 walks a fine line between convenience, performance, and value. The projector delivers a bright picture with accurate colors. With a resolution of 1920×1080, combined with 3,300 lumens, it is a great addition to home entertainment system or backyard theater.

We get asked constantly by readers to recommend a great “starter” projector. We stress that is better to spend a little more on a projector like the Epson HC880 or BenQ TH585 instead of some cheap unit off of Amazon because you will be rewarded with much better performance.

Priced at $500, you really can’t go wrong with the HC880. Epson does a first-class job on this projector, which speaks volumes, considering that this the least expensive of all of the Epson Home Theater projector models.

This lamp-based projector produced brighter and more accurate colors than many DLP laser projectors that cost 3X more. The HC880 does not have many bells and whistles, but if you desire an excellent image from an affordable projector, the Epson Home Cinema 800 should be at the top of your list.

Pros

  • 3,300 lumens
  • Laser Light Engine rating of 6,000 hours (Normal Mode)
  • High readability of text and presentation graphics
  • Wireless display & mirroring capabilities options (Mac/iOS/Android, or PC)
  • Horizontal/Vertical keystone adjustment
  • Network control and management
  • 3D-Compatible

Cons

  • No horizontal/vertical lens shift
  • Limited zoom range
  • Doesn’t accept 4K signal