Epson Home Cinema 2250 Review
Pros: Crisp image quality, accurate color depiction, intuitive interface, WiFi connectivity, streaming services on device
Cons: No remote button backlight, not very portable, loud fan
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|Pros||Crisp image quality, accurate color depiction, intuitive interface, WiFi connectivity, streaming services on device||Great image quality, vibrant colors, full HD||Great image quality, perfect for a business setting, carry bag, impressive brightness, assortment of input types||Portable, easy to use, WiFi connectivity, 3.5-hour-long battery life, streaming capabilities||Bright image, relatively cheap, WXGA resolution|
|Cons||No remote button backlight, not very portable, loud fan||Dim lamp, not ideal for well lit rooms||Confusing interface, no Bluetooth audio capabilities, small buttons, buttons are not backlit||Subpar brightness, lacking in image quality, no backlit buttons on remote, pricey||Poor adjustability, unimpressive colors|
|Bottom Line||A projector fit for most scenarios, with amazingly crisp image quality, stellar color accuracy, an intuitive interface and streaming service capability via WiFi||Offering excellent image quality and a whisper-quiet fan, this is a fantastic home theater option||A projector built for the office with amazing image quality, brightness, and a plethora of input options||With a small footprint and an easy to use interface, this projector is a great option for those who are always on-the-go||A bright projector at a decent price that is great for presentations but not movies|
|Rating Categories||Epson Home Cinema 2250||BenQ HT2150ST||Epson Pro EX9240||Anker Nebula Capsul...||ViewSonic PA503W|
|Image Quality (45%)|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Fan Noise (15%)|
|Specs||Epson Home Cinema 2250||BenQ HT2150ST||Epson Pro EX9240||Anker Nebula Capsul...||ViewSonic PA503W|
|Specification Brightness||2700 lumens||2200 lumens||4000 lumens||200 lumens||3600 lumens|
|Measured Brightness||3166 lumens||1548 lumens||7400 lumens||168 lumens||2588 lumens|
|Maximum Resolution||1080p||1080p||1080p||1280 x 720||1280 x 800|
|Apect Ratio||Native 16:9||Native 16:9||Native 16:9||Native 16:9||Native 16:10|
|Zoom Ratio||1.0 - 1.6||1 - 1.2||1.0 - 1.6||n/a||1.0- 1.1|
|Throw Ratio (Wide to Zoom)||1.33 to 2.17||0.69 to 0.83||1.32 to 2.14||1.3||1.55 to 1.70|
|Vertical Keystoning Correction?||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Horizontal Keystoning Correction?||Yes||Yes||Yes||No||No|
|Dimensions||12.2" x 12.4" x 4.8"||15" x 4.8" x 11"||12.2" x 11.2" x 4.1"||3.15" x 3.15" x 5.9"||11.6" x 4.3" x 8.6"|
|Weight||8.4 lbs||7.3 lbs||6.8 lbs||1.5 lbs||4.9 lbs|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Epson Home Cinema 2250 is a great option for anyone looking for a well-rounded projector. With its stellar image quality, brightness, and intuitive interface, this device works wonders in the home and office alike.
The Cinema 2250 earns one of the top scores in image quality for several reasons. Its ability to accurately portray a variety of scenes renders this device a great option for any household.
With an incredible contrast ratio of 70,000 to 1, paired with 1080 pixel resolution, most all images come through clear and crisp. We tested the image quality by projecting a variety of still and moving images, the first of which was a space video. We were extremely impressed with the contrast and crispness provided during this viewing. The vast blackness of the night sky paired with the bright stars and interior of the spaceship were represented so well that we almost felt as if we were there.
While clarity is a big part of image quality, there are other contributing factors we took into account, like color accuracy. We flipped through tons of stock photos to evaluate this. We are happy to report that skin tones looked healthy and natural with no orange or yellow tints. We also found that reds and blues ring true without any hint of magenta or green. Overall the color accuracy of the Cinema 2250 is amazing.
While this model is meant more for home entertainment than a professional setting, we still felt it necessary to project and read text as well as graphs and spreadsheets. During our testing, we found that the smaller the font, the hazier it became — though not overly so. And, even with the slight fuzz, we were still able to easily read six-point font from pretty far away.
We don't have much to complain about in this category. We even zoomed in to 400% on the Siemens star, also known as the spoke target, and were still able to tell the lines apart nearest the center. We did however notice a sort of cross-hatching effect the more we zoomed in.
Ease of Use
In our ease of use testing, we took into account the remote(s), interface, image adjustments, and portability. The Cinema 2250 also performed will in this metric.
The remote and interface for this projector are very intuitive. That said, the Home Cinema comes with two remotes and we're still unclear on why. They do not have backlit buttons, which can be frustrating when trying to use them in the dark, but the buttons are large and laid out intuitively. There are also controls on the device itself so you can navigate between menus or choose your input method if you misplace both remotes.
The projected interface works just like an Android TV which is very intuitive. When connected to WiFi, you can access all your streaming services right on the device, rather than having to connect a phone, computer, or tablet. This is another reason why the Cinema 2250 is such a great option for entertainment.
The image adjustments are automatic but offer some manual override. The vertical lens shift and auto vertical keystoning both work great, resulting in little to no distortion. But if they are not to your liking, you can manually adjust both the vertical and horizontal keystoning. The zoom range is stellar and the manual focus is as easy as turning a wheel.
Portability is the only portion of this test where the 2250 could stand to improve. However, as the name states, this device is meant for a home cinema, meaning it wasn't really intended to be highly portable. It is 12.2 x 12.4 x 4.8-inches and weighs in at 8.4 pounds. It's still pretty sleek and comes with a lens cover for protection if you need to transport it, but a simple carry bag would have given this device an extra bump up in regards to portability.
A few more noteworthy attributes of the 2250 include direct casting from Google Chrome, seamless HDMI connection to any device, and the ability to connect external audio via Bluetooth.
Brightness mostly determines how affected an image will be by ambient light. Office models, for example, require the ability to shine brightly because you probably aren't going to be making your conference room completely black to pitch an idea to your superiors. A home cinema, on the other hand, will most likely be used in a darker space.
The Cinema 2250 claims a brightness of up to 2700 lumens. During our testing, we discovered that it can provide more, with a measured maximum of 3166 lumens. This is more than enough for creating a stellar movie night.
A large and powerful machine needs to stay cool, especially if it's running long enough for a movie marathon. While it can be difficult to find a silent machine, we think the 2250 performed decently, scoring just above average.
The fan is far from quiet, but the sound it emits is more of a low hum. This is much less offensive than some of the high-pitched sounds that other models emitted during our fan noise testing. Most of our testers felt that the fan noise was on the Cinema 2250 was very easy to ignore.
Sometimes you have to pay high prices for high quality and this model falls in that bucket. However, if you are in the market for a quality projector for your budding home theater and don't mind spending the money, the Home Cinema 2250 is worth every penny.
Overall the Epson Home Cinema 2250 is an expensive, but not overpriced, projector that comes complete with all the bells and whistles. From Wifi and Bluetooth capabilities to an intuitive Android TV-like interface, this projector is sure to keep you entertained.
— Hayley Thomas