Projector Reviews

Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review – Summary

Epson PowerLite 2265U Projector Review:  Summary, Pros, Cons

Summary

The Epson PowerLite 2265U provides a very bright, sharp image with very good out-of-the-box color accuracy when operated in the best available picture mode.  It is easy to set up with its 1.6:1 zoom lens plus keystone correction adjustments.  With the brightest mode offering 5000+ lumens and more accurate picture modes with 4000+ lumens, this is one bright portable projector.  Even the brightest, Dynamic, picture mode should provide acceptable picture quality for most business/education users needing maximum light output when using this projector in a conference room or classroom with moderately bright lighting.   The projector’s ‘Cinema’ picture mode produced very good colors with natural skin tones, when using the factory default settings.  The projector offers full user accessible adjustments allowing calibration of the color temperature across the grey scale as well as a Color Management System and gamma adjustments to enable a full calibration for those cases where maximum picture quality is needed.

The projector can be either table mounted or ceiling mounted and is small enough to be considered a portable projector that could easily be moved between classrooms or conference rooms, but certainly larger and heavier than some less bright portable models.

This is a WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200) projector with a 16 x 10 aspect ratio, so it offers the highest resolution you will find in a mainstream business or education projector.  The high native resolution combined with good focus across the full image results in business or classroom presentations being displayed with excellent readability and also with photo or native 1080p HD video content looking very sharp.

With a list price of just under $2300, the PowerLite 2265U is more expensive than most portable business/education projectors, including other models sold by Epson.  That extra cost gets you substantially more light output, higher resolution and great built-in network support as compared to typical $1000 +/- portable models.  The genuine Epson ELPLP95 replacement lamp retails for just $129, which when combined with its very long rated live (5000 hours at full power), should keep maintenance costs for this projector to a minimum.  Epson’s warranty is among the best in the industry with a rapid replacement program.

Overall a really good, high performance business/education projector offering an extensive feature set.  That’s why it received our Hot Product Award.

HotProduct

 

Pros

  • high light output (4000+ white lumens and color lumens) possible in picture modes with very good color accuracy and the brightest mode offers 5000+ lumens to cope with moderately bright room lighting situations
  • very sharp display with native WUXGA resolution and good focus over the entire image
  • no color fringing visible on displayed text indicating  good alignment of LCD panels and also good optics with a low level of  chromatic aberration
  • excellent readability of text and presentation graphics
  • excellent scaling from lower resolution inputs up to the projector’s native resolution
  • can display photos, videos, or slide shows directly from a USB flash drive for PC-free presentations
  • extensive networking support built-in with wired LAN (Ethernet), WiFi and HDBaseT plus support for MHL , HDMI and analog computer inputs means this projector offers great connectivity
  • multiple Epson projectors can be controlled and managed over the network from a central computer using the supplied software
  • Epsons’s ‘moderator’ software allows classroom collaboration with the display of the content from up to 4 network devices (e.g., laptops or mobile devices) using a split screen display
  • 2-way split screen mode offered with sources connected to 2 of the projector’s signal inputs
  • content from compatible mobile devices can be directly displayed by the PowerLite 2265U
  • very good reception coverage of the IR signals from the supplied remote control aided by the projector having IR receivers on both the front and rear panels
  • built-in 16 watt speaker, with higher than average volume levels possible
  • has both vertical and manual horizontal keystone correction adjustments for when the projector cannot be positioned at the ideal location relative to the screen.
  • long lamp life with up to 5,000 hours in normal mode and 10,000 hours in eco mode

 

Cons

  • remote can be difficult to operate in a dark room, since it has no backlight
  • dust filter that must be maintained
  • a moderately elevated black level and a modest contrast ratio means this projector is not the ideal choice for critical video viewing (such as might be desired for a film arts class) in a darkened room with good light control, but this should not be an issue for most business/educations uses
  • moderately high fan noise level when operated in normal mode, as one would expect from a 5000+ lumen projector