Epson LightScene EV-100 Laser Projector Review

The Epson EV-100 LightScene Laser Projector 2,000 lumen laser projector is designed for retail, hospitality and entertainment applications. Unlike the boxy design of most commercial projectors, the EV-100’s “track light” design blends seamlessly into shops, museums and restaurants. It is intended for those who want to project motion graphics onto walls, products and display plinths in order to create dynamic experiences for digital art, commercial signage and décor applications.

While I reviewed the white finish EV-100, there is an identical version available in black called the EV-105.

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Epson LightScene EV-100 Specs
Price$2499
Technology3LCD
Native Resolution1280x800
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)2000
Contrast2,500,000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio1.58:1
Lens ShiftNo
Lamp Life20,000 hours
Weight15.2
Warranty3 years

EV-100 Overview

Looking to highlight a product or create an engaging museum exhibit? the Epson LightScene EV-100 is a great solution. Use the EV-100 to combine photos, videos and lighting effects to achieve unique visual experiences while blending seamlessly into restaurants, retail spaces, art galleys and museums. While reviewing the EV-100, I could think of several situations where I could have utilized it over the years in various retail and trade show applications.

There are hundreds of commercial projectors on the market today, what makes the EV-100 immediately stand out is its form factor. The EV-100 basically looks like an oversized track light, so it would easily integrate into a traditional track lighting system. Epson even has an optional track mount (ELPMB54W) to make that type of installation easier.

Its stealthy appearance combined with reliability and longevity of a laser light engine capable of delivering 2,000 lumens, makes the EV-100 a unique commercial projector solution.

The EV-100 native resolution is WXGA (1280 x 800). As with all Epson 3LCD projectors, it produces as many color lumens as it does white lumens, which ensures a bright, vibrant image to be utilized in application like restaurants, retail, museums and art galleys.

The free Epson Projector Content Manager software makes it easy for anyone to develop compelling visual displays by combining photos, videos, and alpha based backgrounds into a playlist that can be stored on an embedded SD card.

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In many applications, multiple LightScene EV-100 can be utilized. Epson’s free Projector Professional Tool software simplifies the optimization for multi-projector setups. Since you can control multiple projectors simultaneously using the software via a network (wired or wireless) there is no need for a remote control.

The projector features Edge Blending, which allows several projectors to be set up side-by-side or top and bottom to project a larger and higher resolution image. This feature allows blending of adjacent edges of each projector’s image greatly reducing any visible seam. While this process could be done with two separate remote controls, it can now be done using a single PC via the Projector Professional Tool software, greatly reducing installation time.

There are many situations where the image may not be projected onto a flat surface. The projection mapping available in this model allows you to quickly fix the distortion created when projecting onto a curved, corner or irregular surface.

simulation
Simulation of projecting a rotating globe on a fixed ball?

Highlights

  • 2000 lumens (color and white)
  • $2,499 List Price
  • Laser Light Engine – Light engine life of up to 20,000 hours
  • WXGA Resolution (1280 x 800)
  • 3LCD Technology
  • 2,500,000:1 Contrast Ratio
  • Programmable video templates, effects, color filters and playlist
  • Multi-Projector support
  • Edge blending and projection mapping capabilities
  • Flexible mounting on tracks, floors, walls or ceilings
  • SD card slot for direct content storage
  • Will work vertically and at any angle
  • 24/7 operation

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