Epson Pro EX9240 Review
Pros: Great image quality, perfect for a business setting, carry bag, impressive brightness, assortment of input types
Cons: Confusing interface, no Bluetooth audio capabilities, small buttons, buttons are not backlit
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|Pros||Great image quality, perfect for a business setting, carry bag, impressive brightness, assortment of input types||Crisp image quality, accurate color depiction, intuitive interface, WiFi connectivity, streaming services on device||Great image quality, vibrant colors, full HD||Portable, easy to use, WiFi connectivity, 3.5-hour-long battery life, streaming capabilities||Bright image, relatively cheap, WXGA resolution|
|Cons||Confusing interface, no Bluetooth audio capabilities, small buttons, buttons are not backlit||No remote button backlight, not very portable, loud fan||Dim lamp, not ideal for well lit rooms||Subpar brightness, lacking in image quality, no backlit buttons on remote, pricey||Poor adjustability, unimpressive colors|
|Bottom Line||A projector built for the office with amazing image quality, brightness, and a plethora of input options||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||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 Pro EX9240||Epson Home Cinema 2250||BenQ HT2150ST||Anker Nebula Capsul...||ViewSonic PA503W|
|Image Quality (45%)|
|Ease Of Use (25%)|
|Fan Noise (15%)|
|Specs||Epson Pro EX9240||Epson Home Cinema 2250||BenQ HT2150ST||Anker Nebula Capsul...||ViewSonic PA503W|
|Specification Brightness||4000 lumens||2700 lumens||2200 lumens||200 lumens||3600 lumens|
|Measured Brightness||7400 lumens||3166 lumens||1548 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||1.0 - 1.6||1 - 1.2||n/a||1.0- 1.1|
|Throw Ratio (Wide to Zoom)||1.32 to 2.14||1.33 to 2.17||0.69 to 0.83||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 11.2" x 4.1"||12.2" x 12.4" x 4.8"||15" x 4.8" x 11"||3.15" x 3.15" x 5.9"||11.6" x 4.3" x 8.6"|
|Weight||6.8 lbs||8.4 lbs||7.3 lbs||1.5 lbs||4.9 lbs|
Our Analysis and Test Results
The Epson Pro EX9240 is a quality projector for the business setting. It produces stellar image quality and its impressive brightness allows the user to utilize it in the presence of abundant ambient light. Even though it is rather large to consider a portable projector, the EX9240 is quite sleek and comes with a protective carry bag to ensure that it remains safe during your daily commute to the office.
The EX9240 is one of the top scorers in this metric, and for good reason. The stellar image quality is just one of many reasons why this model is perfect for the office.
We conducted a few different tests to measure this metric starting with viewing videos that require high contrast and crisp imaging — namely, space videos. Videos of outer space require the truest blacks and the brightest whites, which the EX9240 can achieve with a contrast ratio of 16,000 to 1 and a resolution of 1080 pixels. It is not quite as clear as a high definition (HD) video could provide, leaving some details a little fuzzy, but overall, we were very impressed with this model's ability to convey detailed imagery.
We also projected graphs and text in bright rooms as you would in an office setting. Larger fonts were crisp and easy to read. It wasn't until we projected six-point font that we started seeing some fuzziness around the text. That being said, it was still perfectly legible.
The crispness of each image or video is not the only attribute that makes up image quality. We also paid special attention to color accuracy. A lot of projectors distort reds into magentas and blues to greens. We often notice this in skin tone and we were happy to see that the projected skin tones from the EX9240 looked healthy and natural.
Ease of Use
While the Pro EX9240 is generally an easy-to-use device, we do have a couple of critiques.
The input types available on the EX9240 are 2x HDMI, VGA, USB-A, USB-B, RCA Audio, and RCA Video. This lineup makes this a great option for the office. At 12.2 x 11.2 x 4.1 inces and 6.8 pounds, this projector is on the heavier side of the spectrum rendering it less portable than some of the lighter options in our test suite. That said, its rectangular shape and flat profile make it easy to load and unload from the nifty padded carry bag it comes with. It also comes with a lens cap which we appreciate on a device that will be somewhat mobile.
The image adjustments work great. Horizontal and vertical keystone correction are stellar and the EX9240 offers a wide zoom range. Unfortunately, it does not offer Bluetooth audio capabilities. This is a little frustrating because many offices utilize wireless speakers.However, most Bluetooth speakers come equipped with an auxiliary port, so all you'll need is an RCA audio to aux cord.
Moving onto the interface and remote. This is where the EX9240 could be improved. The projected interface is far from intuitive. It offers many options but is very confusing. The buttons on the remote are also not backlit. While this shouldn't be an issue in a well-lit office, you may find it difficult to utilize when the lights are low or off.
A few other ease-of-use attributes to note are that while the EX9240
can cast wirelessly from an iPhone via the iProjection app, it cannot cast wirelessly from a Mac because the iProjection app is only available on tablets and iPhones. This also means you cannot wirelessly cast other apps outside of the iProjection app, but you can cast wirelessly from any Miracast enabled device.
Even though we found some room for improvement in regards to usability, we were still very impressed with the ability of the EX9240 to hold its own in an office setting.
This top-of-the-line model is unphased by ambient light as it shines the brightest of all our tested models.
The EX9240 advertises a whopping 4000 lumens, but when we measured it during our brightness testing, we captured almost twice that at 7400 lumens. This is incredible and plays into why it is such a great option for an office. Most people do not want to turn the lights completely off during a presentation or meeting, and with such power behind the brightness, this model can easily be projected in a well-lit room without losing visibility.
Some of these larger devices can emit quite the racket. While the EX9240 is not the loudest in our test suite, it's also not the quietest, earning just an average score.
The loudness of this device is on the higher end, but the sound it emits is somewhat smooth and lower-pitched. The lower frequency hum is much easier to endure and far less distracting than a higher-pitch frequency.
The EX9240 is a very expensive device but worth every penny if it meets your needs. If you are looking for a somewhat portable projector for the office, and don't mind dropping the extra loot, then this is a great option. However, if you're on the hunt for a movie projector or something less geared towards a business setting, then you may want to explore some of the more recreational options in our test suite.
The brightness and image quality of the Epson Pro EX9240 make it a great option for detailed presentations. Its various inputs, protective carry bag, and easy-to-use image adjustments render this projector a great addition to any business setting. While it is not a drop in the bucket price-wise, it is worth the extra bucks if you're looking for a reliable office projector.
— Hayley Thomas