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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 Projector

15000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 37dB Jan 2014
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date £93.35 Electricity cost over 5 years
Four industry awards
Nice design
Does not have good sound quality
37 Reviews + 4 Awards
PC Mag Editor's Choice CNET.com Editor's Choice projectorreviews.com Hot Product projectorcentral.com Highly Rated

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Reviews

Four Industry Awards

This data projector has received four awards from expert review sites.

The editors of two expert review sites both decided that this multimedia projector was exceptional and gave it their highest award. This projector received an "Editor's Choice" award from both CNET.com and PC Mag.

This projector received a "Highly Rated" award from Projectorcentral.com and it received a "Hot Product" award from Projectorreviews.com.

Average Expert Reviews

This Epson projector has an average expert rating of 72% based on ten expert reviews from sites including CNET.com, PC Mag, CNET.co.uk and soundandvision.com.

Excellent User Reviews

On average, based on 38 user reviews the average user rating of this data projector is marvellous. Over 82% of reviewers gave this data projector the highest possible rating of 5 stars and 100% of those asked said they would recommend buying it to others.

Epson Data Projectors Have Good Reviews

We checked 886 owner and expert reviews (including 53 verified purchases) for Epson projectors and found that on average Epson has good reviews compared to other manufacturers. We also found that Epson has good reviews specifically for its 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors. 98% of those that bought a Epson projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

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Does Not Have Good Sound Quality

Three people said in their reviews that it did not have good sound quality. Website Bhphotovideo.com mentioned “Poor Sound Quality” in their review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 however they still gave this projector a rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Five owners mentioned in their reviews that the product had a good 3D picture quality. Expert website Hometheaterhifi.com said in their review of this projector “LikesLots of light outputMHL and USB inputs provide streaming capabilityClear, sharp imageExcellent 3D performanceAccurate color” . Expert website Projectorcentral.com wrote “It features many of the best features of previous home video projectors, such as 1080p resolution and full 3D compatibility, while bringing in new features su” in their review of this projector. Alex scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com four years ago “Easy Installation, perfect image specially 3D amazing, I´ve never seen anything like that before, I recommend 100%”.

Deep Black Levels With Ample Shadow Detail

Seven customers concluded that the product had good picture quality. Website Cnet.com said in their review of this projector “Deep black levels with ample shadow detail”. Dbk gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 review two years ago “Great picture quality”. Papychulo scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “After reading other reviews on projectors, I decided to try this model.I was amazed to see that the picture quality despite a bright room”.

Two people said in their reviews that the product had good colour saturation. Phanindra said on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “Very good colors” in their review of this projector. Eddiemc mentioned in their review of this projector “The colors are more true when projected on a screen”.

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Energy

Running Costs Are Average

The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is typical compared to the other 72 projectors of this age and spec that we have assessed for 1 year running costs. Based on average usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is £94.


Features

Good Price for the Quality and Features

Seven owners who reviewed the product reckoned that it had good features. Website Cnet.com mentioned “Plenty of features including motorized lens cover, horizontal a”. Pcmag.com wrote in their review of this projector on expert website PC Mag “The LCD-based Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030%displayPrice% at %seller% leaves out advanced features that you'll find in pricier models—including lens shift, for example, which lets you adjus”. Cnet.com also said “The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 offers a decent image and a good mix of features at a low price.” in their review.


Price

Good Price for the Quality and Features

Eight owners who purchased this projector concluded that it was good value for money. Website Cnet.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and said “Good price for the quality and features” in their review of this projector. Website Cnet.co.uk wrote three years ago “Picture quality is acceptable for a budget unit” in their review of this projector although they scored the product 60 out of 100. Expert review site Geardiary.com said “— for what it is and for what items in its class usually cost — it is surprisingly affordable” in their review of this projector.

Three owners who purchased it agreed that it was expensive. Pcmag.com mentioned on expert website PC Mag “One of Epson's least expensive 1080p projectors for 2D”. Three years ago expert review site Cnet.com wrote in their Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 review “The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is one the least expensive 1080p LCD home-theater projector”.

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Design

Nice Design

Three customers wrote in their reviews that the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 was good looking. Last year Cmlndm mentioned on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I am pretty happy with the decision” in their review of this projector. Drbinder wrote on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “Although I had it connected to surround sound, its built in speaker is pretty good and if your surround sound fails, built in speaker can do the job”.

Robust

Three customers who bought it wrote that it was well made. Three years ago expert review site Soundandvision.com said “42 foot-lamberts and 1080p for $1,000? That's not too shabby” in their review of this projector. Ti mentioned on expert website Bhphotovideo.com “I can place it sub-optimally pretty much anywhere in the room and I can still get a nice solid rectangular picture after the adjustments” in their review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 and scored the product 5 stars out of 5. Andrew of Playboy scored the product the highest possible rating of 5 stars and he wrote on expert review site Bhphotovideo.com “I love the fact that is has built in audio! Not quite as good as speakers.”.

Good Price for the Quality and Features

Ten customers said in their reviews that the product was good quality. Website Bhphotovideo.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said four years ago “Theater Quality Image”. Expert website Cnet.com scored it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “The Epson 5020UB projector offers excellent picture quality for the money” in their review of this projector. Two years ago California Kid mentioned in their review of this projector “7th projector first 3D the image exceeds Imax quality and is visually stunning”.

Easy to Set Up and Use

Two customers concluded that it was easy to setup. Website Cnet.com said “Easy to set up and use”.

Two people who purchased this projector wrote that it was easy to use. Website Bhphotovideo.com wrote in their review of this projector “Intuitive Controls”. Expert website Geardiary.com said in their review of this projector “The PowerLite projector is small, easy to use”.

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Ceiling Mountable

The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is ceiling mountable. Most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for a comparable time to this projector also are ceiling mountable.

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Other

Released Over Three Years Ago

Epson released the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 in January 2014.


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Supports Full HD

The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 supports full HD, unlike most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been around for around the same time as this projector which do not support full HD.

We compared all the other data projectors which support full HD to this projector and we think because of its better review score, the Viewsonic PJD6683WS (£499) is also worth considering.

Other data projectors which also support full HD that you might want to look at include the Epson EH-TW5200 (£581.29).

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Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years.

We compared all the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) to this multimedia projector and we think because of its better review score, the Viewsonic PJD6683WS (£499) is also worth considering.

There are a number of alternative projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) which you might want to consider including the Epson EH-TW5200 (£581.29), or the Viewsonic PJD6544W (£654.04).

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Projector

Quite Dim Projector Brightness

Projectors of a similar age and spec to this projector have projector brightnesses of between 700 ANSI lumens and 11,000 ANSI lumens. When compared to other multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as this projector that we have checked, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030's projector brightness of only 2,000 ANSI lumens is one of the dimmest.

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1080p (1920x1080) Resolution

The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 has a maximum resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of a XGA (1024x768) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution. Across all multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to this projector the worst resolution is SVGA (800x600) and the best is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Audio

Acceptable Noise Level

Two owners wrote that it was quiet. Two years ago Ti scored the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “It is very quiet in Eco mode”. B mentioned in their review of this projector “Cooling fan is quiet enough to not blast the volume”.

Two owners who purchased this projector agreed that it was noisy. Johny W said “A bit noisy though” and gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5. Papychulo rated it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote in their review of this projector three years ago “The fan is not that loud on ECO mode”.

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Packaging Content

Does Not Have a Handheld Remote Control

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 does not have a handheld remote control, unlike most of the other comparable spec projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

Like most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to this data projector, the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 does not have a DVI port.

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Lamps

Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp

The service life of lamps of 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released around the same time as this projector range from 2,000h to 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 5,200h. The PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 has one of the longer service life of lamps (5,000 hours) amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age.

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Performance

Quite Loud Noise Level

With a noise level of 37 decibels, the PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 has one of the louder noise levels amongst similar spec multimedia projectors of this age. The noise levels of comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years range from 24dB to 40dB, and the average noise level is 33dB.

Other data projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Viewsonic PJD6683WS (£499) (33dB and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00010343909120

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 Review Sources

To prepare this Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 review we compared this projector to 2,071 other models. For each projector that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 327,808 product attributes, 14,367 projector reviews and 3,039,000 historical projector prices from 169 projector retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this projector compared to the other models as well as any areas where this projector is lacking.

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