A PRO­JEC­TOR STUCK IN THE PAST

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH - By Nidhi Sin­gal

EP­SON EH-TW550 ` 62,699

SPECS: 3D ready, HD ready, 3000 ANSI lu­men lamp, 2W speaker, USB, HDMI, VGA, 2.7 KG, 4000 hours lamp life, 5000 in eco-mode

THE MAR­KET FOR HOME en­ter­tain­ment pro­jec­tors is on the rise and pro­jec­tors are get­ting af­ford­able by the day. Espon’s EH-TW550, a 3D en­abled pro­jec­tor, also has its eyes set on the home en­ter­tain­ment seg­ment.

This light weight pro­jec­tor has got a black matte fin­ish. There is a slid­ing lens cover along with ar­chaic key­stone ad­just­ments and reg­u­lar con­trols on the top. All the con­nec­tiv­ity ports in­clud­ing HDMI, VGA, S-video and a USB are placed at the back. The pro­jec­tor can be con­nected to the net­work us­ing an Eth­er­net port and there is wire­less con­nec­tiv­ity.

Set-up is child’s play and can be com­pleted within a minute. How­ever, it took much longer for this DLP-based pro­jec­tor to power up. The com­pany claims it fires up in 30 sec­onds, but for us it took a good cou­ple of min­utes.

Once done, the pro­jec­tion was su­perb. It has got a 3000 ANSI lu­mens lamp which used in reg­u­lar mode of­fers ex­cel­lent bright­ness, colour and con­trast. The pro­jec­tor sup­ports USB dis­play where it can be di­rectly con­nected to a com­puter us­ing the USB ca­ble. But we were not able to test this fea­ture. The ben­e­fit of hav­ing a USB is to di­rectly plug and play the con­tent. How­ever, Ep­son has re­stricted this fea­ture to photo play­back and this is a big let­down.

The 3D pro­jec­tor and sup­ports ac­tive shut­ter 3D glasses, but they come for ` 6,399 each.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT:

Ex­pen­sive propo­si­tion with some out­dated

fea­tures It gen­er­ates quite a bit of heat and noise Con­trols on the top make it easy to op­er­ate All ports are at the back Lamp takes a cou­ple of min­utes to heat up

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