On left side of the projector you will find the air intake and filter cover. Right behind the cover you will find the filter that in this unit can be easily replaced or cleaned. The Epson PowerLite 435W has a longer filter cleaning cycle of 5000 hours. So, ultimately, it will be a long time before you have to change the filter. One should still inspect the filter from time to time just to make sure it is not too clogged. On the opposite side you will find the vent. It is recommended you use a small keyboard vacuum or a small paint brush from time to time to clean the area so proper air venting can take place.
Setup and Menus
Setup of the projector was quite simple and only took about 5 minutes. Essentially the time is spent leveling the projector and moving it around the room until the desired image is reached. The projector does come with three adjustable feet so squaring up the image is quick and painless. The projector does have keystone correction, but it is always recommended to position projector so the image is square, rather than use keystone correction, since it degrades image quality. Should be no problem to manually square the image though.
The internal menu system was very clearly laid out and although it is word like interface instead of graphic driven, it still should be easy enough to navigate even for people new to using projectors. ECO Mode was tricky to find, but if you go to the setting screen and look for "Power Consumption" then you can easily change to ECO Mode.
The Epson remote is compact, but feature rich. Epson remotes are typically well laid out and the 435W remote is no exception. The layout is well organized so finding your way around the menu system should be pretty easy. The real advantages are being able to change sources and color modes quickly without having to enter the menu system.