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Epson Megaplex MG-850HD WXGA LCD Home Entertainment Projector Review

Posted on November 23, 2011 by Art Feierman

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Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD Specs
Price 799
Technology 3LCD
Native Resolution 1280x800
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 2800
Contrast 3000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.2:1
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life Up to 4000 hours in Normal mode, 5000 hours in Eco mode
Weight 8.4 lbs
Warranty 2 years Parts and Labor on projector, 90 days on lamp

Epson MG-850HD Projector Highlights

  • High Brightness – rated at 2800 lumens
  • Plug 'n Play — USB connection projects video and plays audio from a PC
  • Built-in iPod, iPhone and iPad dock
  • Built-in 10 watt stereo speakers
  • Rapid power on and off
  • Epson’s Extra Care Home Service program allows for a rapid replacement projector delivery

Epson Megaplex MG-850HD Projector Overview

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The Epson Megaplex MG-850HD is a hybrid home theater/multimedia, widescreen WXGA (1280 X 800) LCD projector.  I say hybrid because it combines the high brightness (2800 lumens) and resolution of many of Epson’s multimedia projectors with some of the cinema performance of their home theater projectors, hence the “home entertainment” tag.  The MG-850HD can be connected to a computer via VGA, USB or HDMI, or to a video source via HDMI, composite or component video.  It also allows for projection of slideshows from a USB storage device.  Additionally, there’s a built-in iPod dock that allows for projection of video, photos and audio playback from an iPod, iPhone or iPad.  The MG-850HD has a rated output of 2800 lumens with a 3000:1 contrast ratio.  Two built-in 10 watt stereo speakers, with four audio modes, allow it to be used as a portable home projector without external speakers.

The built-in carrying handle, its compact size and light weight (8.4 lbs.), makes it easy to transport the MG-850HD between different rooms in your home.  In addition to the MG-850HD, Epson also makes the MG-50, which has lower resolution (960 X 540), lower lumen output (2200 lumens) and a fixed lens.

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