This is not a projector for the home theater enthusiast with a well laid out dedicated room, who wishes to revel in the best possible picture while watching great movies. We hard core enthusiasts have had an entire industry – home theater projectors, focused on us for almost two decades.Yet:
Color is very good right out of the box, well balanced, looking at least as good as most LCD TVs do, in most peoples’ homes. It calibrates beautifully for a very accurate color picture, but it’s close, without going to that effort – try our settings!
I interrupt this page to point out that we awarded the Epson LS100 with one of our Special Interest Awards. Those go out to excellent projectors that aren't exactly mainstream, and or lack some features. Bright room projectors are becoming mainstream, but as noted in this review, we would have liked to see a few more home oriented features added. Still, the LS100 is an award worthy choice!
Newer is the push for projectors to stay relevant in a world where every year, larger LCD TVs get more affordable. And that means outside of dedicated theaters.
As a hard core enthusiast, it’s easy for me to find fault with Epson’s LS100 for its lack of deference to those of us demanding great black levels, 4K capability, CFI, and some other finer abilities of great home theater projectors.
But, at the same time, I have to admire the ability of the LS100 to do what few projectors can do, and that’s put a huge image up on a screen, with some impressive color, in rooms that are reasonably bright. This is a projector that can do 100” diagonal, less than perfectly in rooms that are bright enough that much smaller LCD TVs are also washing out, and more importantly do a great job is most rooms!
In other words, the LS100 is a fun projector for families who aren’t audio visual hobbyists. That folks includes the vast majority of the people on this planet.
Missing is CFI – smooth motion. I’ve been harassing Epson for 3 years now ever since they started bringing essentially brighter – business/education/commercial projectors over to the home entertainment side. They need to customize them a bit by adding some features like CFI. So, it’s lack – even if I always refer to CFI as nice to have but not critical, is a minor disappointment.
Epson LS100 - Game Projector
Let's not forget, this projector has got game! Very respectable input lag make it a great way to play your favorite high speed games, be it COD, Doom, Half-Life 2, sports games, auto racing…
It’s not the fastest projector out there for gaming, but its under 40ms input lag, is fast enough for all but the most hard core team player types. You know who you are. If you don’t have an expensive gaming computer, and a special gaming monitor, this projector’s going to let you enjoy gaming on a 90 inch, 100 inch, or larger diagonal screen. Can you say Wow! Duck! Incoming!
Good Rooms or Bad - in terms of ambient light:
The thing to know, is that if your room has very respectable lighting control, you may well choose to watch the projector projecting on the wall, but I’ll definitely recommend a light rejecting screen designed to work with this and other ultra short throw projectors.
In my nightmare living room (during the “worst minutes of the day”) when:
The sun pours onto the light colored floor and across one light colored wall,
Hits people in the face directly when it’s low enough to be just under our patio cover
Also reflects off the ocean into your eyes
And off the light colored slate patio – into your eyes
And even off the light floor – into your eyes
And some of that sunlight reflects off our waterfall and right back onto the screen, and back…you saw it coming – into your eyes!
Here's what that basically looks like with the Epson LS100 in action: