Projector Reviews

EPSON POWERLITE 805F 3LCD LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW – PERFORMANCE

COLOR

That out-of-the-box color is good! The PowerLite 805F’s brightest mode is DYNAMIC. This preset performance hierarchy is consistent with other Epson projectors I’ve reviewed. This projector’s color modes are not as balanced as ones you would find in an equivalently-priced home theater projector. That said, the color is still very good, which makes this mode an excellent choice for digital signage projectors in venues with large amounts of uncontrolled light. The rest of the out-of-the-box preset picture modes also provide benefits for use in various environments where this projector would be used for digital signage.

DYNAMIC: The projector’s brightest mode. Best for projecting in a bright space. This mode maintains acceptable color even though the projector is outputting light at its most luminous levels and is excellent for areas with high amounts of ambient light sources. This mode does introduce a slight greenish/blue tint to the image.

PRESENTATION: Best for venues that benefit from dynamic colors and make smaller items such as text pop.

CINEMA: Best for movies and other entertainment-style content that are projected in a dark venue.

sRGB: Best for standard sRGB computer displays. sRGB is the most color-accurate mode on this projector.

BLACKBOARD: Designed to use when projecting onto a regular green chalkboard or colored surface. The overall purplish overtones in this mode are for these specific uses.

DICOM-SIM: Enables users to display content using an advanced grayscale level.

MULTI-PROJECTION: Reduces the color tone difference between images created with more than one projector. It helps those images appear seamless.

TEXT AND PRESENTATIONS

The Epson PowerLite 805F projected sharp text and slide presentations in good detail. The ability to present multiple documents or web pages simultaneously at Full High Definition (1920 x 1080) resolution on a big screen should be helpful in many business and education applications.

This bodes well for the type of Digital Signage content that is likely to be displayed on the PowerLite 805F. The image above should give you a good indication of how this projector will perform displaying point of purchase copy or brand messaging on a variety of surfaces.

Higher resolution does not change the limits of font sizes and viewing distances for Apple Keynote slide presentations, Microsoft PowerPoint slide presentations, or other infographic-type materials. For example, if using an 8-point or smaller font, you might be able to see it up close, but it may be too small for a person in the back of the room to read it, regardless of the resolution of the projector.

BLACK LEVEL AND SHADOW DETAIL

The Epson PowerLite 805F has a manufacturer’s contrast claim of 2,500,000:1. Contrast refers to black level performance, or “how black” the blacks look. Business and education projectors don’t require outstanding black-level performance like home entertainment or home theater projectors do, so business and education projectors tend to hang out in the medium-gray to medium-dark-gray spectrum. We don’t expect them to have true black. In point of fact, this projector has a very soft blue/green hue that is noticeable in some, but not all, dark scenes.

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The PowerLite 805F is a projector designed, in large part, for use in digital signage. A display’s black-level performance is often critical for digital signage installations. 

The Epson PowerLite 805F would make an excellent addition to any event technology production house. PowerLite 805F has what it takes to display the type of content found in a wide range of venues looking to use the projector for retail displays, marketing, promotion, and even spaces such as galleries and museums.

BRIGHTNESS

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Epson claims a brightness of 5,000 lumens for the PowerLite 805F. I measured its brightest mode, DYNAMIC, at full wide-angle. Since the PowerLite 805F does not offer an adjustable analog zoom, you can assume it’s wide open for these tests. 

I took 3-4 readings about 15-20% out from the center of the lens. That gives a pretty good approximation of ANSI lumens unless a projector’s brightness rolls off excessively at the edges, which this projector does not do.

Epson PowerLite 805F’s brightest picture preset: DYNAMIC

Epson PowerLite 805F’s brightest lamp source setting: NORMAL

How close did the PowerLite 805F come to hitting its target of 5,000 lumens? 

According to my testing, the Epson PowerLite 805F produces 5,836 ANSI lumens of brightness. This is 836 lumens brighter than the manufacturer’s rated 5,000 lumens of brightness.

The chart below shows my measurements of the projector’s out-of-the-box picture modes.

Mode Lumens
Dynamic 5,836
Presentation 4,900
Cinema 4,081
sRGB 4,116
Blackboard 2,910
DICOM-SIM 4,092
Multi Projector 4,896

AUDIO QUALITY

The PowerLite 805F offers an 8-Watt x 2 -speaker system built-in that offers stereo sound. The projector’s range is not very dynamic. The sound the PowerLite 805F puts out is dominated by mids and high-range sound, which will be just fine for a digital signage display.

AUDIBLE NOISE

The Epson PowerLite 805F is a reasonably quiet projector sitting below the screen and running in ECO mode, which is 27dB. Even when the projector runs at full power and the manufacturer-rated noise level increases to 36 dB, it should be quiet enough, especially considering where this projector is meant to be placed.