Epson is pitching EH-TW5200 as an affordable projector with a decent feature set to home users and gamers. But does it deliver? We take a look.
The EH-TW5200 is really compact, which according to Epson is 65 percent is smaller in volume compared to Epson’s other 3D-enabled projectors. The 2000 lumens lamp is placed on the front alongside the vent for heat dissipation, projector controls, physical horizontal keystone adjuster on the top while the back features a variety of ports which includes two HDMI ports (one with MHL support), D-sub port, USB port, RCA port, RS232c. There’s also a 3.5mm jack for audio output, in case the integrated 2W speakers are insufficient.
Setting the projector up should take a while depending on the room and lighting conditions but once you’re done; using the EH-TW5200 is a piece of cake.
The projector is equipped with 3LCD technology that brings out decent colour accuracy along with 2000 lumens of brightness. It supports up to Full HD (1080p) resolution, has a contrast ratio of 15000:1 and can project up to 300 inches in size.
EH-TW5200’s USP is the 3D support but surprisingly, Epson does not bundle any 3D glasses along with the projector. Epson reckons bundling of glasses adds to the projector’s cost but we feel Epson should bundle at least a single pair of 3D glasses to take advantage of the projector’s 480Hz 3D drive. The projector uses active shutter technology and each pair of glasses costs Rs. 6,399.
Epson has also added few consumer-centric features like the MHL support. Most of the devices today support MHL and we’re happy to report that this feature works really well. The projector also has the ability to stream content off smartphones and tablets with the help of the Epson iProjection app but the app works over Wi-Fi, which needs an additional investment of a wireless dongle that costs Rs. 5,600.
To wrap this up, EH-TW5200 is indeed a cost effective solution compared to TVs and other devices with a similar feature set but to keep the price in check, Epson makes the main feature (3D) of the projector optional. But if you don’t mind the extra outlay, EH-TW5200 won’t disappoint.
Pros: Good performance, versatile input options
Cons: Needs extra investment to enjoy 3D and wireless features