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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 Projector

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3000:1 SVGA (800x600) 37dB 2,600 ANSI Lumens Jan 2014
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Three Industry Awards

Amongst projectors of this type and age, this Epson projector is one of the most highly awarded by experts in projectors.

This projector was given a "Recommended" award by both Trusted Reviews and IT Reviews.com, both of which thought that this multimedia projector was good.

Laptopmag.com decided that this data projector was outstanding and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

Based on seventeen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and T3.com this Epson projector has an average expert rating of 77 out of 100.

Epson Has Good Multimedia Projector Reviews

Epson has good average ratings for its 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors as well as across its entire projector range compared to other brands.

Good Size

Several Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewers who reviewed it thought it was compact. Expertreviews.co.uk said on expert website Expert Reviews eleven years ago “This Epson replaces the existing PictureMate, which is our favourite compact photo printer”. Expert website Dvhardware.net rated the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 5 stars and said in their review ten years ago “Professional small-format photos the easy way, with a compact portable photo printer roughly the same size as a loaf of bread”.

One person who bought it thought it was a good size.

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Easy to Use

Some Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewers concluded that it was easy to use. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 on PC Mag two years ago “Bright enough to use in a living room or family room”. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned in their review on PC Advisor.co.uk “We praised its dinky dimensions, sturdy carry handle and creditable ease of use” and gave the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 a rating of 4 stars.

Reasonably Priced

A number of customers who purchased it wrote that it was good value for money. Expert review site Electronicsme.com gave it a score of 5 stars and mentioned seven years ago “The Epson WorkForce 500 AIO Printer, Scanner, Copier, Fax represents a best of class value in the home office”. Electronicsme.com also mentioned “Otherwise, sharing this printer from one of your PCs would be a good option just to take advantage of its excellent value”.

One person considered that this projector was a bargain for the price. Trustedreviews.com gave the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 a score of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 on Trusted Reviews “Now Epson with its B-500DN, have produced machines claimed to be as cheap to run”.

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Good Technical Features

One person wrote in their reviews that the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 had good features. Seven years ago expert website Electronicsme.com gave it a score of 5 stars and said “An even more impressive list of features, this workhorse i”.

Good Product Quality

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewer who purchased it thought it was good quality. Laptopmag.com wrote “This all-in-one printer works fast, delivers quality prints” in their review and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Good Picture Quality

One person mentioned in their reviews that it had good picture quality. Expert website Itreviews.com wrote “It costs roughly the same to buy, is much cheaper and easier to run, has a fair turn of speed, gives good text and graphics and excellent photos”.

Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a built-in speaker.

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1400 X 1050 (SXGA+) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+). That's 23% less resolution than the most common graphics resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). This multimedia projector also support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (XGA+) and 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and 640 x 480 (VGA). Across all multimedia projectors of this age and type the worst resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most frequently found AC input voltage on 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

Across all the similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 the widths range from 120mm to 510mm, and the average width is 360mm. With a width of only 295 millimeters, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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Very Light

At only 2.3 kilograms, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is fairly light compared to most of the other data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500. The average weight of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is 4.9kg.

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Not Robust

Two Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 owners said in their reviews that the product was not well made. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on expert website PC Advisor.co.uk “We found the flimsy build a disappointment”. Productsifter.com wrote in their Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 review “Poor build” .

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 owner who purchased it concluded that it was not noisy. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Internal speakers aren't loud”.

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

Most data projectors that came out more than two years ago do not support 3D image projection. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D image projection.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 does not support Full HD projection, although keep in mind that most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been available for around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 also do not support Full HD projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 do not support WiFi connectivity. The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is SVGA (800x600). That's 53% less resolution than the most frequently found native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

A SVGA (800x600) native projector resolution is in fact the worst resolution amongst all projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

The best resolution across comparable types of projector is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The projector brightness of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years range from 100 ANSI lumens to 8,000 ANSI lumens. At only 2,600 ANSI lumens, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

At only 1.35 times zoom factor, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500. 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago have digital zooms of between 1.3x and 4x, and the average digital zoom is 2.6x.

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Quite Small Lamp Power

At only 200 Watts, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite small lamp power compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age. The average lamp power of similar spec data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is 240W.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

At only 2 Watts, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other projectors that came out around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500. Projectors that were launched around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 have RMS rated power of between 0.5W and 20W.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port multimedia projector.

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Fairly High Power Consumption During PowerSave

At 234 Watts, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite high power consumption during PowerSave compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500. 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 have power consumption during PowerSave of between 0.1W and 330W.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500

Average Running Costs

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has an average running cost of £91 over 1 year based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which is typical compared to the other 92 multimedia projectors of this type and age.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

Epson released the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 over three years ago.

Average Noise Level

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a fairly standard noise level (37 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Specification

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Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Vertical Keystone Correction
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Zoom Ratio
Tele Projection Distance
Wide Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Type
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Digital Zoom
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
Graphics Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Input
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
Storage
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Plug and Play
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Input Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
AC Adapter Included
Other Features
Technical Details

3 Awards

IT Reviews.com Recommended Laptopmag.com Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended

Expert Reviews

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3 November 2014

When a company known for something launches a new product in a different field it always takes a while to bed in. This product from Epson is no exception.There are a range of products on the... Read more…

11 August 2014

First up is Epson's display-capable unit, the PS-500. This unit (seen above) includes a small screen that shows your activity over the course of the day, as well as a bunch of metrics during a... Read more…

16 April 2014

The budget-priced Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 2D home entertainment projector delivers a bright, rainbow-free image, but at less-than-720p resolution...

Inexpensive
LCD engine means no rainbow artifacts
Bright enough to use in a living room or family room
Super easy set up
Tons of input options
Native resolution is only 800 by 600
No 3D capability
Internal speakers aren't loud
Extras cables required
16 October 2013

If you've read any of my previous reviews you know I don't waste time with fancy specifications or bore you with numbers that mean nothing.  I review electronics and consumer products like a...

5 February 2010

While visiting the Target closeout section, to look for electronics deals, I came across a good one. The Epson Workforce 500, though not top of the line in any one thing it does a good job at... Read more…

2.5-inch LCD
Fax function
Fast operation
Big footprint
Ink a little pricey
14 September 2009

?Printers When printing, the B-500DN is surprisingly fast. Given that inkjet technology is generally slower than laser printing, we expected a long wait. However, the B-500DN crunched our text... Read more…

Extremely easy to install, good color accuracy
Elevata velocit di stampa, duplex e LAN integrati, taniche separate ad alta capacit
Text is not as sharp as a laser printers output, speeds are slightly slower than most covered in this review
Ingombrante e pesante, abbastanza rumorosa
4 January 2009

You really can't beat this printer at the street price. The only problem might be if you need to connect to a network. Otherwise, sharing this printer from one of your PCs would be a good option...

IT Reviews.com

21 August 2008

IT Reviews.com

Epson makes a good case for the B-500DN to be considered against colour office lasers. It costs roughly the same to buy, is much cheaper and easier to run, has a fair turn of speed, gives good... Read more…

18 August 2008

We like the Epson WorkForce 500. Its speed and quality beat out other all-in-one printers we?ve looked at recently. Black-and-white copies were very clear, and its ability to print photos was also...

Laptopmag.com

1 August 2008

Printing costs may be impressive but their quality is less so - entry level laser rivals can breathe easy again...

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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers epson es500, epson d6155, epson mg850, epson g6070, epson z9800, epson z8255, epson c3500, epson emp965, epson g6070w, epson z9800w, epson z8255n, epson c3500i, epson hc3500, epson es500w, epson d6155w, epson mg850h, epson hc3500n, epson 800x600, epson mg850hd, epson emp965h, epson z9800wn, epson z8255nl, epson c3500in, epson 1280x800, epson z9800wnl, epson c3500ink, epson 1024x768, epson c3500inkj, epson 1024x768x, epson 1920x1080
Barcodes 00010343865372, 00010343867840, 00010343874862, 00010343880108, 00010343883222, 00010343886445, 00010343886452, 00010343886483, 00010343886834, 00010343889033, 00010343900738, 00010343900745, 00010343905375, 00010343906921, 00010343908048, 00010343908062, 00010343908079, 00010343913387, 00010343913776, 00010343914674, 00010343915107, 00010343917958, 00010343918405, 00010343918429, 00010343919327, 00010343921573, 00010343921849, 00010343921856, 00014445273332, 00077473466985

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