What Hi Fi Sound and Vision Fri, 11 Jun 2010, 2:00pm

Epson TW-3500

Tested at £1300

Another solid projector from Epson and a fine first step on the big-screen ladder

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  • Simple to set up
  • fine, natural colours
  • bright, clear whites
  • good detail


  • Black level insight and motion could arguably be a smidgen better

You're looking at the latest Epson projector to be added to the company's burgeoning roster. A 1920 x 1080, 3LCD projector, the EH-TW3500 has much in common with predecessors, plus a bigger claimed contrast ratio.

We'd challenge any user not to get their image in the right place, and the right size for their screen, in less than a couple of minutes.

Adjusting the picture size, focus and position is a doddle thanks to the tactile lens controls.

Navigating the menus is simple thanks to a remote control with big, clear buttons. The Epson is very quiet in operation, too.
Clean whites and subtle colours
With Inglourious Basterds on DVD the EH-TW3500 is capable of a natural, sharp, detailed picture.

Bright daylight scenes are handled with aplomb, whites looking crisp and clean alongside vivid but subtle colours.

Switch to Blu-ray and the visible jump in quality is a welcome sign. Avatar looks every bit as out of this world as it should, with colours and bright whites again impressing. Our only gripe is that motion is at times a little rough around the edges.

Epson makes fine, user-friendly projectors, of which this is a good example – we'd be happy to recommend it, but the truth is it's pipped for pure performance by the very best budget projectors on the market.

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