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Epson 520

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

One expert review site concluded that this 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector was good. This data 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

On average Epson 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good reviews compared to other brands as do all projectors produced by Epson.

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(s)

The Epson 520 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

It may also be worth considering one of the other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including because of it's better review score, the PowerLite 530[pl_2896144_price], the PowerLite 535W[pl_2896142_price], or the 536Wi[pl_2896146_price] all from Epson.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Epson 520 is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by data projectors that are a comparable age to the 520. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this Epson data projector. This Epson projector also support supported graphics resolutionss 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 across all 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the 520.

A 640 x 480 (VGA) supported graphics resolutions is the worst supported resolution across similar types of projector.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

The Epson 520 is a three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity multimedia projector. Most of the other similar spec projectors that came out more than two years ago only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This multimedia projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data rates, which is the most frequently found ethernet LAN data rates on multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to it.

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Very Quiet Noise Level (economic Mode)

At only 28 decibels, the Epson 520 has a fairly quiet noise level (economic mode) compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years. The average noise level (economic mode) of projectors that are a similar age to the 520 is 29dB, and the noise level (economic mode)s range from 28dB to 33dB.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

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

Does Not Support 3D

Most 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the 520 do not support 3D. The Epson 520 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D.

There are a number of alternative data projectors which also support 3D which you might also want to look at including the Acer H7550BD[plb_3186332_price].

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Does Not Support Full HD

The Epson 520 does not support full HD. Most of the other projectors of a similar age and spec to the 520 also do not support full HD.

We compared this data projector to all the other data projectors with a full HD and we think the Acer H7550BD[plb_3186332_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Epson 520 does not support wi-Fi, although this is within the context that most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the 520 also do not support wi-Fi.

There are a number of other projectors which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at including the EB-520[pl_2785736_price], the EB-530[pl_2785737_price], or the EB-535W[pl_2780308_price] all from Epson which is also higher rated.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

At only 2,700 ANSI lumens, the Epson 520 has a quite dim projector brightness compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been available for more than two years. Across all the projectors that were released around the same time as the 520 the projector brightnesss range from 2,700 ANSI lumens to 3,400 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,000 ANSI lumens.

If this data projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to consider the Acer H7550BD[plb_3186332_price] (3,000 ANSI lumens) which is also higher rated.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness (economic Mode)

At only 1,600 ANSI lumen, the Epson 520 has a fairly dim projector brightness (economic mode) compared to most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago. Projectors of this type and age have projector brightness (economic mode)s of between 1,600 ANSI lumens and 1,900 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness (economic mode) is 1,800 ANSI lumens.

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Very Dim White Light Output

The average white light output of data projectors that were launched more than two years ago is 3,100 ANSI lumens, and the white light outputs range from 2,700 ANSI lumens to 3,400 ANSI lumens. 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.

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Very Dim Colour Light Output

The Epson 520 has one of the dimmer colour light outputs (only 2,700 ANSI lumens) amongst data projectors of this age. 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the 520 have colour light outputs of between 2,700 ANSI lumens and 3,400 ANSI lumens.

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Only One Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in

The Epson 520 is a one component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in multimedia projector. Most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years have one component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in.

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Very Small Matrix Size

At only 0.55 inches, the Epson 520 has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age. The smallest matrix size of data projectors that were released more than two years ago is 0.55", the biggest is 0.59", and the average matrix size is 0.58".

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4 Other reasons to consider the Epson 520

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this projector was released.

Average Running Costs

The 520 is typical compared to the other 10 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years that we have analysed for running costs. Based on typical usage levels and 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 pretty typical noise level (35 decibels) compared to most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the 520.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative 35dB noise level projectors currently available including because of it's better review score, the EB-520[pl_2785736_price], or the PowerLite 525W[pl_2896143_price] both from Epson.

Other projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Epson EB-525W[plb_2767702_price] (35dB).

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XGA (1024x768) Projector Native Resolution

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

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Lamp Type
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focus
Video
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Video Processing
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
DC-In Jack
Microphone in
Audio (L,R) Out
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Vertical Scan Range
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (economy Mode)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
Voltage Tolerance
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
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).
14
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
Barcodes 00010343915039, 00103439150398, 08715946541501

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