The Epson Home Cinema 2150 is the best model in the best you can get in Epson's home cinema line without verging into 4-digit pricetag territory. In our opinion, it lives up to its pedigree. It delighted us with a superb picture during our home theater testing. However, it lists for $150 more than the Editors' Choice winning BenQ HT2050A, which we think is slightly better. So unless you find the Home Cinema 2150 on sale, the BenQ is a better choice for your home theater.
Epson Home Cinema 2150 Review
Pros: Very good image quality, good color accuracy, full HD
Cons: Dim lamp, not ideal for well-lit rooms
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Our Analysis and Test Results
The Epson Home Cinema 2150 is a great home theater projector for less than $100. It offers a great, 1080p HD picture, and is fairly easy to set up. However, in our testing it wasn't the best performer in its price range.
The Espons Home Cinema 2150 fell behind only the Editors' Choice winning BenQ HT2050A in our testing. In the sections that follow we go over its performance in all of our tests in detail.
The Home Cinema 2150 was one of the best performers in our image quality testing, coming behind only the BenQ HT2050A. When we used it in a home theater setting, it produced a crystal clear picture with good color composition and contrast. Skin tones were generally rendered quite accurately, one area where many other models struggled. The 1080p resolution rendered everything from small text to detailed photographs with great clarity.
The only slight weak point in the 2150's cinematic performance is that bright scenes can sometimes look a little bit washed out. In our testing we noticed some loss of detail in bright areas on the screen. This is by no means a dealbreaker and is a relatively minor complaint, but the BenQ HT2050A performs a bit better in this regard.
Ease of Use
The Home Cinema 2150 was one of the most user friendly models we tested, sharing the top score of 7 out of 10 in this metric with the BenQ HT2050A. It offers a lot of adjustability with both vertical and horizontal keystone correction and vertical lens shift. There is alos a 1-1.6x optical zoom. this gives you a lot of room for error if you want to the 2150 on a permanent mount. If you place it on a flat surface, the leg adjustment is quick and easy. Just press the release button, slide the leg the height you want, and then release the release button.
We weren't fans of the 2150's remote. Its buttons are fairly small and grouped close together, making pushing the wrong button by accident a common occurrence. The remote is also not backlit, making things even harder in a dark home theater setting. This isn't a huge deal as, once you have your projector set up, you probably won't use its remote for much besides turning it on and maybe selecting inputs.
The 2150 was the brightest of the home theater geared models we tested, producing 1943 lumens in our testing. In a dark, home theater setting the 2150 has more than enough brightness. However, the 2150 still struggled when we used it in a well lit room. During our presentation testing it struggled to overpower ambient light and project a clear, white background. Instead, the backgrounds of graphs had a blueish tint to them. Images projected in a bright room didn't look terrible, but this certainly wouldn't be our first choice as a presentation machine. If you want a good, 1080p projector that can handle presentation take a look at the Epson EX9200.
Earning an average score of 6 out of 10 in our fan noise testing, the 2150's fan gets loud enough to be noticed, but generally isn't annoying, nor does it ruin a movie watching experience.
When we first turned on the 2150, its fan noise was barely perceptible. As the lamp heated up the fan got louder and noticeable, but still quiet enough that we couldn't hear it while watching action scenes or heavily scored movies. When there was nothing but dialogue we could hear the fan, but we didn't feel like it truly distracted us from the movie. In comparison, the BenQ HT2050A's fan was barely noticeable at all, even during quiet scenes.
The Epson Home Cinema 2150 lists for $900. It is an excellent projector, but the BenQ HT2050A has slightly better image quality and a quieter fan, and lists for $750. If you can find the Home Cinema 2150 on sale for less than $750, it's a worthwhile purchase. Otherwise, you should think about getting the BenQ instead.
The Epson Home Cinema 2150 is one of the best sub-$1000 home theater projectors you can get. However, it's not the best, and the BenQ offers slighlty better performance for slightly less.
— Max Mutter and Steven Tata