Epson Home Cinema 2100 and Home Cinema 2150 Video – 1080p with Lens Shift Under $1000

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The Epson Home Cinema 2100 and Epson Home Cinema 2150 are 2,500 lumen, 3LCD projectors replacing Epson’s two best home theater projectors under $1,000 – the Home Cinema 2040 and Home Cinema 2045. The HC2100 and HC2150 are virtually identical in specs and feature set, with only a few minor differences: price, contrast, and wireless capabilities. The Epson Home Cinema 2100 goes for $849.99, while its counterpart is $899.99. They are currently being sold for less on Epson’s website – you can own the HC2100 for $699.99 and the HC1250 for $799.99! This ups their already-excellent value proposition.

Both projectors claim 2,500 lumens. We had the Home Cinema 2150 in for review, and it measured well over claim, coming in at 3,086 at full wide angle on its brightest mode! The projector does well in a typical living room or media room setting where there is some control over ambient light, but you don’t have to have a dedicated home theater to enjoy a great picture during the day. The Home Cinema 2100 and Home Cinema 2150 have a generous amount of lens shift – both vertical and horizontal are +/- 30 degrees. That’s virtually unheard of in a sub-$1000 projector.

Wondering which projector is best for your needs? It’ll come down to whether or not you want to be able to wirelessly project from your smartphone or computer. The Epson Home Cinema 2150 has Miracast, allowing for wireless projection, while the HC2100 does not. The other difference comes in the form of contrast ratio, which relates to black level performance. While no sub-$1000 projector is going to have truly excellent black level performance, the HC2150 looked pretty great – its contrast ratio is 60,000:1, while the HC2100 has a 30,000:1 contrast ratio.

The video features video clips from “Ultimate Wave Tahiti” by Stephen Low Productions and photos of the projector in action. The video clips give a little taste of what the projector can do – it has excellent color, right out of the box, and even better once calibrated! Sports fans rejoice – these projectors have CFI and sports look great on the HC2150. Check it out to see if one of these projectors is right for you, and, if it’s a possible contender – check out our review of the Epson Home Cinema 2150.

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Highlights

  • 3LCD Projection Technology
  • Full 1080p (1920 x 1080p) Resolution
  • 2,500 Color and White Lumens – Bright enough to handle a moderate amount of ambient light
  • 60,000:1 Contrast Ratio (35,000:1 on the HC2100)
  • Good Lamp Life – 4,000 Hours in Full Power, 7,500 in ECO Mode
  • Vertical and Horizontal Keystone Correction
  • 1.6:1 Manual Zoom
  • Generous Amount of Lens Shift – Up to 60%
  • Built-in 10-Watt Mono Speaker
  • Light-Weight/Portable at 7.5 Pounds
  • MHL Port for Streaming Devices
  • 3D Capable
  • Creative Frame Interpolation aka “smooth motion”
  • Good Color Accuracy
  • Miracast – Wirelessly project your screen from your smartphone or tablet (HC2150 only – the HC2100 does not have wireless capabilities)
  • Built-In Media Player – Present photos and video PC-Free using a USB
  • Very Good Warranty – Two-year projector limited warranty, Extra CareSMHomeService program, Epson PrivateLine® dedicated toll-free support, 90-day lamp limited warranty

Disclosures

From the Editor: This video was created as a brief overview of the Epson Home Cinema 2100 and Home Cinema 2150 projectors. It was edited and produced by Nikki Kahl and features Art Feierman, editor of ProjectorReviews.com.

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