Projector Reviews

EPSON PRO EB-PU1008W 3LCD LARGE VENUE LASER PROJECTOR REVIEW – HARDWARE

CHASSIS

The EB-PU1008W chassis is smaller than I expected for a large-venue projector. It measures 21.5″ x 17.2″ x 6.5″, and it weighs about 35 pounds. The EB-PU1008W is available in both black and white.

The projector’s lens is in the center of the front panel, with an air exhaust vent to the left and status lights on the top right edge for easy viewing from the front or above. The projector has multiple IR receivers. The left and right sides of the chassis have additional air vents. An optional air filter can be added to the projector for environments where it is exposed to dirt and dust. The power connector, a second IR remote receiver, the inputs, connections, and the projector’s control panel are on the chassis’ rear.

LASER LIGHT SOURCE

20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free life
20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free life

Epson uses its blue laser and a phosphor wheel to generate the red, green, and blue light needed for the EB-PU1008W’s LCD panels. This light source has a proven track record of reliability demonstrated for years.

There are four modes to adjust the brightness output of the laser light source.

NORMAL: sets the brightness to the maximum level. Ideal for conference rooms, auditoriums, lecture halls, etc.

EXTENDED: sets the brightness to 70% of full power and extends the life of the laser light source.

QUIET: also sets the brightness to 70%, but it reduces the fan speed, dramatically reducing fan noise. When set to QUIET, the fan noise was barely louder than many home theater projectors I’ve reviewed while delivering nearly five times the brightness.

CUSTOM: this allows you to adjust the brightness level between 30% and 100% of full power, significantly reducing brightness, thereby extending the laser-light source’s life. For example, set to a 30% brightness level, the laser-light engine is rated for 71,000 hours while still outputting a brightness level that a regular home theater projector could only dream of.

Epson’s laser-light source technology offers 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free life.

INPUTS AND CONNECTIONS

The EB-PU1008W has wired LAN and HDBaseT for running audio, video, and control signals to the projector from up to 328 feet (100 meters). There’s a DVI-D connector, an HDMI 2.2 port for accepting 4K content, one RS-232c connector, and a wired remote control input.

INPUTS AND CONNECTIONSFUNCTION
HDMI (HDCP 2.3) x 1Connect an HDMI video source
DVI-D x 1Connect to a PC for DVI-D video
HDBaseT x 1HDBaseT transmitter connect
RGB D-sub 15 pinVGA video connection
Mini Stereo x 1Stereo audio out
USB connector Type-B x 1Service port
USB connector Type-A x 2Data input/output connection
Serial: RS-232c x 1Projector control
Remote Stereo MiniConnect a wired remote control
Network: RJ-45Wired connection to a network

LENSES

The Epson EB-PU1008W does not come with a lens; however, Espon makes eleven compatible lenses for this projector, including ultra-short-throw, short-throw, middle-throw, and long-throw lenses. Epson lenses enable flexible installation options for a variety of venues. Epson’s advanced projection technology combined with motorized lenses allows a wide range of lens shift capabilities for extraordinary installation flexibility. Users can easily operate the lens shift functions using the remote control, the projector control panel, or control commands. 

The Epson EB-PU1008W features Epson’s Lens Position Memory allowing users to preset up to ten positions for zoom, focus, lens shift, and projection size for instant switching between installations. Recall the position of previous installations with the push of a button for a fast, efficient setup.

CONTROL PANEL

The control panel is located on the projector’s rear to the left of the inputs.

The Epson EB-PU1008W control panel is located on the back of the projector to the left of the inputs. The Power switch is on the top left of the control panel – press once to power up. The Off switch (Standby) is to its right ― press twice to power down. Below those buttons is the Source Search button. Further down to the left is the Menu button with the Esc (Escape) button on the right side of the panel. Escape backs up one level in the menus when pressed. One row down is the Navigation Control buttons, including four arrows in a round layout formation with the Enter button in the middle of the arrow keys.

REMOTE

The Epson EB-PU1008W remote is organized into multiple sections. At the top is a section containing the Power and numerous source buttons. Also, in the top section is one input source button.

The second section contains buttons that give you direct access to features such as the ASPECT and COLOR modes.

The third section contains buttons to navigate the projector’s main menu. 

The fourth section contains buttons for several additional commonly used features, such as volume.

The final section contains the numeric keypad, which can also access three saved user presets. There is an ID Switch button for controlling multiple projectors individually or as a group. The remote backlighting is good, a sort of gold/pale yellow.

Epson Remote Control for the EB-PU1008W and other P Series projectors
Epson Remote Control for the EB-PU1008W and other P Series projectors

MENUS

The menus on the Epson EB-PU1008W are almost identical to most of Epson’s professional projector models, with any variance related to feature differences. I find it well organized and easy to navigate.

The menu images shown in this section represent only a small number of all the sub-menus on the projector.