Epson Home Cinema 2150 Wireless 1080p Miracast, 3LCD projector review

The best projectors  perform very well, and you’ll usually have to spend a lot more to get a noticeable jump in image quality. While these models are still 1080p (not yet 4K), the bright, colorful images they can shoot are a great option for movie nights or even watching Netflix shows. The Epson Home Cinema 2150 does not have the high-quality features of today’s televisions, such as HDR or a wide color gamut, but it does allow you to create a massive image. On a 100-inch screen, it’s brighter than many TVs from a few years ago, although the color and contrast ratio isn’t as good as the best in this price range.

LIKE

  • Bright and colorful image
  • Lens shift
  • No rainbow DLP

DON’T LIKE

  • Only medium contrast and black level
  • Quite noisy in normal lamp mode
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Epson’s advantage over other projectors in its class is its ability to better suit many households. This is because it has a wider zoom range, which allows it to be positioned further away from the screen, and something very rare among its counterparts: vertical lens shift. For example, you can place the projector on a shelf behind the sofa instead of on the floor. Also, being LCD based, there are none of the DLP “rainbows” that might bother some people.

I compared it directly to two similarly priced DLP competitors, the BenQ HT2050A and the ViewSonic PX727HD; I will have a full review of both soon. Of the three, the 2150 is best for brighter rooms where the lighting control isn’t perfect or for situations where you need the versatility of placement, but the BenQ has been my favorite so far for overall picture quality.

Basic specs

  • Native resolution: 1080p
  • Discrete pixels on chips: 1,920×1,080
  • HDR-compatible: No
  • 4K-compatible: No
  • 3D-compatible: Yes
  • Lumens spec: 2,500
  • Zoom: Manual (1.6x)
  • Lens shift: Manual
  • Lamp life (Normal mode): 4,500 hours

The 2150 can accept signals up to 1080p/60, without HDR or 4K, which is fine as it’s not an HDR or 4K projector. 3D TVs are dead, but projectors like the 2150 still show 3D movies, although glasses aren’t included. The  glasses are out of stock on Epson’s site, but there are third-party alternatives on Amazon.

Epson claims a maximum light output of 2500 lumens. With my sample I measured an impressive 1,620 lumens (it is normal for projectors to measure less than the stated specs). This is much lower than the brightness of most televisions today, but bright compared to the projectors and televisions of a few years ago. On a screen of more than 100 inches, that’s a lot. The claimed 65,000:1 contrast ratio is the only specification higher than the slightly cheaper wired version of this projector, the HC2100.

Vertical lens shift allows you to adjust the image vertically on your wall or screen without moving the projector. The Epson also has a 1.6x zoom, which is slightly more than other projectors in this price range, allowing you to have it a little further or closer to your screen.

The lamp life is 4,500 hours, or 7,500 in Eco mode, much quieter, but weaker. This is good for this price range. To put this into perspective, if you were to use this projector as your main “TV” and watch it 4 hours a day, the lamp in Eco mode would last over five years. In comparison, BenQ’s lamp life in Eco mode is 5000 hours.

Connectivity and convenience

  • HDMI inputs: 2
  • PC input: Analog RGB
  • USB port: 1 (1A power)
  • Audio input and output: Output only
  • Digital audio output: No
  • LAN port: No
  • 12v trigger: No
  • RS-232 remote port: No
  • MHL: Yes (On HDMI 1)
  • Remote: Not backlit

At the rear are two HDMI inputs and an RGB-15 analog PC connection. The USB-A connector supplies 1 amp of power, enough to power a Roku Streaming Stick. If that’s the type of movie gear you want to build, there’s also a 1/8-inch analog audio output for connecting to external speakers. Alternatively, there is a small built-in rear-facing speaker. Not bad, but just about any external speaker setup will sound better (do yourself a favor and at least put a cheap soundbar under the screen). At higher volumes with the built-in speaker, there was some noise in the housing.

The remote has no backlight and has many small and similarly shaped buttons. Most likely, after setting up the projector, you only use the remote control to turn the projector on and off, so this isn’t a big deal.

The 2150 also has wireless connectivity. With Miracast you cast content from your laptop to the screen with minimal setup, but it is not ideal. Miracast can be tricky, and this setting relies on you having your laptop (PC only, for sure) open and playing the content. If you don’t want to use an HDMI cable, streaming devices are cheap and easier to use in the long run because you just plug them into the projector. Roku also has Miracast built in so you can still stream content from your computer.

Picture quality comparisons

In general, the Epson creates an exceptionally clear and highly visible image. While the black level and contrast aren’t as good as the best in this price range, it gets dark enough not to be distracting while watching a movie with letterbox bars. The colors are good, but again, not as good as the best. For example, greens don’t have the lush jungle vibrancy they could have. And again, because it’s LCD-based and not DLP-based like most projectors , it doesn’t have that technology’s biggest problem: rainbows. Most people don’t suffer from rainbow traces on shiny objects with DLP, but then the Epson is a great alternative.

COMPARISON MODELS

  • BenQ HT2050A
  • ViewSonic PX727HD

The head numbers of 2150 are pretty good. In normal mode, it delivers an impressive 182 nits on a 102-inch screen and 1.0 gain. This turns out to be about 1,620 lumens, about the same as the BenQ and much louder than the ViewSonic.

The contrast ratio is significantly improved over older LCD projectors. It falls right in between BenQ and ViewSonic. I measured an average of about 1,220:1 in the different lamp positions. In comparison, the BenQ was 2,094:1. These numbers probably seem low compared to the claimed specs, but the projector’s contrast ratios are always vastly exaggerated. None of these projectors look worn, although they don’t have as much contrast compared to OLED or LCD TVs with local dimming.

The fan noise is a bit loud, especially if the projector is placed close to your head. The Eco mode is about 25% quieter, but the fan noise is reduced by about 10 dB, which is a lot.

My comparison involved all three projectors stacked on the same screen in their most attractive modes using a Monoprice 1×4 distribution amplifier. I started with Thor: Ragnarok, mainly because it looks great, but also because I wanted to see it again. The Epson and BenQ looked quite similar at first glance and had similar brightness, while the ViewSonic was noticeably dimmer. In general there is a lot of light to play with, but I would still recommend dark or blackout curtains if you watch a lot during the day. No projector can compete with the sun.

When dividing the screen between BenQ and Epson, another difference is noticeable. Since it is a 2.39:1 movie, there are black bars on a 16×9 screen. BenQ bars are a shade darker. It’s not a big difference, but one thing next to the other is obvious. But with such a high light output, the difference probably wouldn’t be as noticeable at home. The ViewSonic’s black levels were closer to BenQ’s than Epson’s, but with less light overall, I would have expected it to have the lowest black level. Since it was much weaker and the contrast ratio was the lowest of the bunch, I focused more on Epson and BenQ.

A low black level and a high brightness translate into a high contrast ratio, at least on the curve for projectors in this price range. The image on both the Epson and BenQ was much better than projectors in this range a few years ago and never looked flat or discolored. Again, side by side, the BenQ is a bit better, with a bit more “depth” in the image compared to the Epson.

At the beginning of Thor: Ragnarok, Thor and Loki travel to Norway to find Odin. This was the first scene to show a substantial difference between the Epson and the BenQ. With the BenQ, the grass in this scene looked much greener, like an early summer lawn after the rain. At the Epson it was still green, but more like the end of a dry summer. The water behind Odin was also bluer with the BenQ.

In general, the BenQ’s colors were a bit more accurate, although Epson’s were not that far off. Turning that around, the Epson’s color temperature is slightly more accurate and the BenQ is a bit warm right out of the box. However, it is close and darker. Epson images have a slight blue tint. So it’s a bit of washing. Skin tones are good anyway.

I switched a bit and switched to Deadliest Catch, a program with picture quality ranging from beautiful cinematic slow motion to barely manageable GoPro. There wasn’t much that separated BenQ from Epson. Both images were extremely detailed and showed whiskers, wrinkles, claws and carpal. However, the BenQ was a bit cleaner than all of the Epson modes, with less noise in solid colors and around objects, indicating that it had slightly better video processing. The Epson wasn’t loud at all, but it wasn’t as quiet as the BenQ. Again, a minor complaint and something you probably wouldn’t notice unless you had them side by side.

While the BenQ pixels are closer together, so is DLP; Epson’s are not that far apart. You’ll only see individual pixels if you’re very close, the screen is exceptionally large, or both. And then you would probably also see pixels on a DLP-based projector at about the same size and distance.

The Epson has an automatic iris that dims the image for dark scenes and opens it for bright scenes. It didn’t really bother me, although if the show goes from a dark scene to a bright one, if a character goes inside out, let’s say you’ll find the iris needs a blow to catch up. If it bothers you, you can turn it off.

Both projectors are quite loud, at least in their normal modes. If this projector is close to your head, you will hear it. However, putting them in Eco mode not only extends the lamp life but also makes the fan noise much more livable.

Overall, it doesn’t have the image quality of the BenQ HT2050A, but it comes close. The image is bright and colorful and the contrast ratio is good enough to never make the image look washed out or flat. All that, plus greater lens-shift flexibility and better-than-average zoom, make the Home Cinema 2150 a great choice for those who hate DLP rainbows, can’t place or mount a projector without a lens shift, or just a good projector for movies. , TV and sports on the big screen.

Zoom in on the Epson Home Cinema 2150 projector

GEEK BOX

Test Result Score
Black luminance (0%) 0.2 Poor
Peak white luminance (100%) 179.9 Good
Derived lumens 1620 Good
Avg. grayscale error (10-100%) 3.189 Average
Dark gray error (20%) 3.517 Average
Bright gray error (70%) 2.907 Good
Avg. color error 5.237 Average
Red error 8.315 Poor
Green error 5.892 Average
Blue error 3.199 Average
Cyan error 8.244 Poor
Magenta error 3.565 Average
Yellow error 2.205 Good
Avg. saturations error 3.48 Average
Avg. color checker error 4.3 Average
Input lag (Game mode) 28 Good

Measurement notes

The HC 2150 has a wide range of settings available through the user menu and, unlike many of its competitors, is widely customizable. In Cinema Picture Mode and Five Color Temperature Mode, the HC 2150 was fairly close to the D65, but had a somewhat blue trend with brighter images. Colors were relatively accurate, at least for this category. Green, blue, yellow, and magenta came pretty close, while teal was a bit blue, and red was a bit orange. It was possible to adjust them in the user menu, rather than with a comparably priced DLP projector, assuming you have the right equipment to measure them.

The light output was comparable to that of the best projectors in this price range. In normal power consumption mode, the Epson was capable of about 180 nits on a 1.0-gain 102-inch screen. This is calculated at approximately 1,620 lumens. Eco mode reduces it by about 25%. In both modes, the average contrast ratio is a respectable 1,220:1, again for this category. An auto iris, which dims the image during dark scenes, boosts the dynamic contrast ratio to 5,395:1 in normal mode and 3,991:1 in eco mode. At any point on the screen, though, it’s still 1,220:1. This is lower than the BenQ HT2050A, but higher than most other DLP projectors .

  • Color Mode: Cinema
  • Expert configuration:
  • Power consumption: normal
  • Brightness: 50
  • Contrast: 50
  • Color saturation: 48
  • Sharpness: 5
  • Color temperature: 5
  • Gamma: -1
  • Frame Interpolation: Off
  • Auto Iris: High Speed ​​(Off is fine if this feature bothers you)
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