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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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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 Review, Hands On With the Silver Edition Projector
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 Silver Edition SVGA 2600 Lumens HDMI Projector (White) Reviews

12 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

This Epson projector is one of the most highly awarded of all the multimedia projectors of this spec and age.

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

The reviewer at Laptopmag.com wrote that this Epson projector was terrific and gave it their "Editor's Choice" award.

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Expert Reviews Are Average

This projector has an average expert rating of 77% based on seventeen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and T3.com.

Good Brand

Epson 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good reviews on average and across all projectors Epson is one of the better rated brands.

Good Size

Two customers thought this projector was compact. Twelve years ago Expertreviews.co.uk said on expert website Expert Reviews “This Epson replaces the existing PictureMate, which is our favourite compact photo printer” in their review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 although they scored the product 3 stars. Expert review site Dvhardware.net scored it 5 stars and said eleven years ago “Professional small-format photos the easy way, with a compact portable photo printer roughly the same size as a loaf of bread” in their review of this projector.

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewer who reviewed the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 considered that it was a good size.

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Easy to Use

A number of people who reviewed it said that it was easy to use. Three years ago Pc Mag said in their Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 review “Bright enough to use in a living room or family room”. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on expert website PC Advisor.co.uk “We praised its dinky dimensions, sturdy carry handle and creditable ease of use”.

Reasonably Priced

A number of people wrote in their reviews that it was good value for money. Electronicsme.com mentioned “The Epson WorkForce 500 AIO Printer, Scanner, Copier, Fax represents a best of class value in the home office” in their review. 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 wrote in their reviews that this projector was a bargain for the price. Trustedreviews.com said on Trusted Reviews “Now Epson with its B-500DN, have produced machines claimed to be as cheap to run” in their review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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Good Technical Features

One customer considered that the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 had good features. Expert website Electronicsme.com gave it a rating of 5 stars and mentioned eight years ago “An even more impressive list of features, this workhorse i”.

Good Product Quality

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewer who reviewed the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 thought it was good quality. Expert review site Laptopmag.com wrote in their review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 nine years ago “This all-in-one printer works fast, delivers quality prints” .

Good Picture Quality

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 owner wrote in their reviews that the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 had good picture quality. Itreviews.com wrote in their review on expert review site IT Reviews.com “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(s)

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other data projectors of a similar spec and age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 also have a built-in speaker(s).

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors that were released around the same time as it.

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Very Light

3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a similar time to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 have weights of between 230g and 30kg, and the average weight is 4.9kg. At only 2.3 kilograms, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is quite light compared to most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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13 Reasons Against

Not Robust

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that this projector was not well made. Expert website Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned twelve years ago “We found the flimsy build a disappointment” although they scored the product 70 out of 100. Productsifter.com wrote ten years ago “Poor build”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One customer who reviewed it thought it was not noisy. Three years ago Pc Mag said “Internal speakers aren't loud” in their review of this projector and gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Does Not Support Full HD

Like most of the other data projectors of a comparable age and spec to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 does not support full HD.

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Does Not Support 3D

Most multimedia projectors of this type and age do not support 3D. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is no exception to this as it too does not support 3D.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 do not support wi-Fi. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution

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

This multimedia projector's resolution (SVGA (800x600)) is in fact the worst resolution amongst all similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

A WUXGA (1920x1200) projector native resolution is the best resolution across similar types of multimedia projector.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The projector brightnesss of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 range from 100 ANSI lumens to 8,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,500 ANSI lumens. The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has one of the dimmer projector brightnesss (only 2,600 ANSI lumens) amongst similar spec projectors of this age.

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Very Dim White Light Output

With a white light output of only 2,600 ANSI lumens, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has one of the dimmer white light outputs amongst data projectors of this age. The average white light output of data projectors that are a comparable age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is 3,200 ANSI lumens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The digital zooms of multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 range from 1.3x to 4x, and the average digital zoom is 2.6x. The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a fairly small digital zoom (only 1.35 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

At only 200 Watts, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite small bulb power compared to most of the other data projectors of this spec and age. The average bulb power of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago is 240W.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

Similar spec projectors that came out around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 have RMS rated powers of between 0.5W and 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 11W. At only 2 Watts, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity

Most 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, including the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 which has one VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity.

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Quite High Power Consumption (PowerSave)

The power consumption (PowerSave)s of multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 range from 0.1W to 330W, and the average power consumption (PowerSave) is 170W. The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite high power consumption (PowerSave) (234 Watts) compared to most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500

Average Running Costs

Based on average energy prices we estimate that the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 will cost £91 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 89 projectors of this spec and age.

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Released Over Three Years Ago

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

Average Noise Level

At 37 decibels, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a pretty typical noise level compared to most of the other data projectors that came out more than two years ago.

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1280 X 800 Supported Graphics Resolutions

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 supports a maximum resolution of 1280 x 800. That's 47% less resolution than the most frequently found supported graphics resolutions of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). This multimedia projector also support supported graphics resolutionss of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance (tele)
Projection Distance (wide)
Supported Aspect Ratios
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Lamp Type
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Digital Zoom
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focus
Video
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Plug and Play
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
AC Adapter Included

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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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.45 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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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 eb965, epson eb965h, epson eb1970, epson eb1970w, epson c11ca15011, epson c12c802651, epson c11ca15011b, epson c11ca15011bx, supplies c12c802042, supplies c12c802111
Barcodes 00010343905375, 08715946538259, 08715946539041

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