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Epson 520 Projector

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16000:1 XGA (1024x768) 35dB 2,700 ANSI Lumens Nov 2014
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14 Reasons For

One Industry Award

This multimedia projector received a "Top 10" award from Pcworld.com_techhive.com.

Reasonably Priced

Three people who bought this projector wrote that it was cheap. About.com said in their review of this projector “Inexpensive for an all-in-one”. Macworld.com wrote on expert website Mac World “Its inks are not expensive, either—they're impressively” but even so they gave it a rating of 60 out of 100.

Some people who reviewed this projector agreed that it was a bargain for the price. Six years ago Macworld.com mentioned “In this model's case, you get fast output and cheap consumables.” in their review of the Epson 520. Pcworld.com_techhive.com wrote in the same month “The WorkForce 520's speed and cheap inks address two small-office needs.” yet they gave it a rating of 3 stars.

A number of customers who bought it concluded that it was good value for money. Last year expert website Digitaltrends.com mentioned “It delivers great quality output; photos look very good even on regular inkjet paper, making it a good value from that standpoint.” in their Epson 520 review. Expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com gave the Epson 520 a score of 4 stars and said two years ago “Its high-yield inks are surprisingly affordable”.

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Good Product Quality

Eight Epson 520 reviewers said in their reviews that the Epson 520 was good quality. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com wrote “It has great photo quality output, with the photo black ink providing razor-sharp blacks.”. Digitaltrends.com also wrote “Excellent photo quality output”. Digitaltrends.com also wrote “Stunning output quality”.

Epson Projectors Have Good Reviews

Based on 736 expert and owner reviews, Epson has good ratings for its data projectors. Epson also has good ratings specifically for its 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Good Technical Features

Several Epson 520 owners wrote in their reviews that the Epson 520 had good features. Six years ago Pcmag.com mentioned “It stood out for offering a full set of office-centric features at a notably low price” in their review of this projector. Pcmag.com also said “Strong on office-centric features”.

Nice Design

One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good looking. Expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com said “It also delivers gorgeous output at a decent speed” in their Epson 520 review and gave it a score of 4 stars.

Good Picture Quality

One customer who purchased it mentioned that it had good picture quality. Expert website About.com wrote “It prints very fast and leaves text and graphics looking good; if anything, photos fare even better.”.

Good Environmental Credentials

One customer thought it was good in terms of recycling. About.com wrote “Environmentally friendly and recyclable” however they scored it 60 out of 100.

Good Connectivity

One Epson 520 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Epson 520 was wifi compatible. Six years ago About.com mentioned in their review of this projector “Builtin wired wireless networking”.

Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the 520, the Epson 520 has a built-in speaker.

There are a number of other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to look at including the PowerLite 535W[pl_2896142_price], the PowerLite 525W[pl_2896143_price], or the PowerLite 530[pl_2896144_price] all from Epson which has better reviews.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The Epson 520 supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) projector, which is the most common resolution supported by 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the 520. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this data projector. This projector also support graphics resolutions of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 1440 x 900 (WXGA+) and 800 x 600 (SVGA).

This projector's resolution (1600 x 1200 (UXGA)) is in fact the best supported resolution amongst all 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the 520.

Amongst comparable types of projector the worst supported resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

Most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the 520 only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports, however the Epson 520 has three VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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Very Narrow

The Epson 520 is fairly narrow (only 342.9 millimeters) compared to most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the 520. The average width of 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the 520 is 340mm.

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Quite Low Power Consumption During PowerSave

With a power consumption during PowerSave of only 0.22 Watts, the Epson 520 has one of the lower power consumption during PowerSave amongst projectors of this age. The lowest power consumption during PowerSave of similar spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the 520 is 0.22W, the highest is 350W, and the average power consumption during PowerSave is 190W.

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11 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

Based on seven expert reviews from sites including PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com, computershopper.com and about.com this 16000:1 contrast ratio data projector has an average expert rating of 63%. It seems that multimedia projector experts are not that keen on this data projector.

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

Most projectors of a comparable spec and age to the 520 do not support 3D image projection. The Epson 520 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D image projection.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago do not support Full HD projection. The Epson 520 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the 520, the Epson 520 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to the 520 is 3,100 ANSI lumens. The Epson 520 has one of the dimmer projector brightness (only 2,700 ANSI lumens) amongst 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Very Dim Brightness in Economy Mode

The dimmest brightness in economy mode of data projectors that have been around for around the same time as the 520 is 1,600 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 1,900 ANSI lumens, and the average brightness in economy mode is 1,800 ANSI lumens. At only 1,600 ANSI lumen, the Epson 520 has a quite dim brightness in economy mode compared to most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the 520.

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Very Dim Colour Light Output

With a colour light output of only 2,700 ANSI lumens, the Epson 520 has one of the dimmer colour light outputs amongst 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. Projectors that were released around the same time as the 520 have colour light outputs of between 2,700 ANSI lumens and 3,400 ANSI lumens.

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Very Dim White Light Output

With a white light output of only 2,700 ANSI lumens, the Epson 520 has one of the dimmer white light outputs amongst 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the 520 have white light outputs of between 2,700 ANSI lumens and 3,400 ANSI lumens, and the average white light output is 3,100 ANSI lumens.

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Only One Audio in Port

Most 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the 520 have one audio in port, including the Epson 520 which has one audio in port.

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Only One Component Video in Port

The Epson 520 is a one component video in port multimedia projector. Most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the 520 have one component video in port.

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Very Small Matrix Size

The smallest matrix size of multimedia projectors of this spec and age is 0.55" and the biggest is 0.59". At only 0.55 inches, the Epson 520 has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the 520.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Epson 520

Released Over Two Years Ago

This projector has been on the market for over two years.

Running Costs Are OK

The 520 is typical compared to the other 5 projectors of this type and age that we have looked at for running costs. Based on typical energy prices, we estimate the 520 will cost £108 over 1 year to run.

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Average Noise Level

The Epson 520 has a fairly average noise level (35 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors that came out around the same time as the 520.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 35dB noise level multimedia projectors currently available including the Epson PowerLite 525W[plb_2896143_price] which has better reviews.

Multimedia projectors with a louder noise level that might be worth considering include the PowerLite 530[pl_2896144_price] (37dB), or the PowerLite 535W[pl_2896142_price] (37dB) both from Epson which also has a higher rating.

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XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The Epson 520 has a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than the most frequently found native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Brightness in Economy Mode
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Type
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Processing
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
S-Video Input
Component Video in Port
DC-In Jack
Microphone Input
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate
Ethernet LAN Connection
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Vertical Scan Range
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour
LED Indicator
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption in Economy Mode
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
Voltage Tolerance
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Storage Range
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control

1 Award

pcworld.com_techhive.com Top 10

Expert Reviews

(10)
27 April 2015

The Epson WorkForce DS-520 Color Document Scanner offers a 50-sheet automatic document feeder, a capable scan utility, and fast speed...

Fast
Good text recognition
Excellent document management
Automatic document feeder
Duplex (two-sided) scanning
Fared only moderately well with business cards in our tests
2 January 2015

Our feelings about Epson's XP-520 are conflicted. It's a step-up from the sub-$100 printers you sometimes find in supermarkets. It has great photo quality output, with the photo black ink...

Duplexing
Fast print speed for its price
Excellent photo quality output
Low purchase price
Stunning output quality
No ADF
Awkward, small paper tray
Small LCD
Tiny display can be hard to read
The lack of a 'Back' button makes control panel navigation a little confusing

The Epson Expression Premium XP-520 is one of the few low-priced printers we've tested that's worth recommending. Its high-yield inks are surprisingly affordable, and it also delivers gorgeous...

8 September 2014

If something does what it does really, really well, and doesn't cost you and arm and a leg, you tend to forgive, or even forget its foibles. That's what you have with Epson's new Expression... Read more…

8 September 2014

If something does what it does really, really well, and doesn't cost you and arm and a leg, you tend to forgive, or even forget its foibles. That's what you have with Epson's new Expression... Read more…

22 November 2010

Like the Epson Workforce 610, the Workforce 520 color all-in-one printer offers a lot of printer for not much money. It prints very fast and leaves text and graphics looking good; if anything,...

Fast
Builtin wired wireless networking
Very good print quality, excellent photo quality
Automatic document feeder
Economical inks
Slow photo printing
Single paper input
Middling text quality at default settings
High-yield inks offer little savings
No automatic duplexer

The Epson WorkForce 520 came off to me as a good home office AIO for a customer on a budget. Regularly priced at $129.99, Epson is currently offering the WorkForce 520 for $89.99. For that,...

14 July 2010

899Reviewer?s Choice About the Author John Breeden II directs the GCN Lab...

The WorkForce 520 is a balanced trade-off between value and the basic features small offices need in an all-in-one inkjet printer...

25 June 2010

Epson is one of the leading printer companies in the world, and their quality is almost unmatched. We recently had the pleasure of reviewing the new Epson WorkForce 520 All-In-One printer, and... Read more…

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £93.90
Electricity cost when on standby £14.00
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Total running cost over 5 years £107.90
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.54 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 14 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers epson v11h674040, epson deutschland gmbh v11h674040
Barcodes 00010343915039, 00103439150398, 08715946541501

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