Epson EH-TW3800 review

It's simple to use and the images are very watchable – this Epson LCD projector should be on your audition list if you're shopping around Tested at £2000.00

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Our Verdict

An easy set-up and good specification is backed-up by a very watchable picture

For

  • Simple to set-up
  • Full HD resolution
  • rich, vivid colours, decent detail and clean presentation

Against

  • Black levels can lack solidity
  • struggles at times with fast motion

Now, this is one projector that gets off to a winning start. This Epson is easier than a particularly easy Sunday morning when it comes to getting it firing an image exactly where you want one.

Adjusting the size and position of the picture is a two-control affair, and in seconds we're up and running. Top marks, too, for the solid, smart and neatly laid-out remote control, complete with comfy buttons.

Heaving the comparatively large box out of its box proved more of a job, in fact, though the EH-TW3800 presents its relative size well. Still, there's plenty of room for the necessary technical engineering inside the shell.

It's a Full HD, 1080p 3LCD projector, complete with two HDMI 1.3a inputs. Epson claims a contrast ratio of 18,000:1 and offers a familiar array of picture processing technologies.

Setting up the picture, we opt for the 'HD' colour mode, which seems not only apt for the Blu-ray we're about to watch, but also the best balance from the myriad choices.

We spin the BD of Valkyrie, and enjoy the silence as we wait; this projector runs at 22dB - nice and quiet, consistent with the claimed level of other models in this test.

Easy set up and a sharp presentation
One of the first things we notice when watching this disc is that this projector isn't quite as solid with black levels as some rivals, with dark scenes sloping off the corners of the screen a touch.

Motion can cause this Epson a little trouble – a common problem with projectors – and it loses focus control on object edges from time to time.

We switch to Slumdog Millionaire and it's a clean, sharp presentation, with this projector enjoying embodying the full-bodied, vivid colour palette with the necessary vitality.

If anything the 'TW3800 can occasionally be a little ruddy and lacking subtlety where skin tones are concerned, but by and large this projector has a solid, bold delivery.

Detail recovery is again good, but not quite up to the standard of the very best in class – close-up facial shots and expansive backgrounds alike show it not quite capable of absolute insight.

But, overall, this is more good news for potential projector buyers.

Not only does this Epson help to further dispel any myths surrounding complicated projector set-up procedures, but it delivers a pretty fine picture to boot.

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Brand NameEpson
Product TypeLCD Projector
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberV11H291140LW
Product NameEpson EH-TW3800
Product ModelEH-TW3800

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • EH-TW3800 Digital Projector
  • Power Cable
  • Lens Cover
  • Backlit Remote Control
  • Battery
  • User's Manual Set
  • Cable Cover

Projection Lens

Optical Zoom2.1x
Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m (300")

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes

Image

Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Native Resolution1920 x 1080
Standard Mode Brightness1800 lm
Contrast Ratio18,000:1

Lamp

Normal Mode Lamp Life4000 Hour
Lamp Power200 W
Lamp TypeUHE

Physical Characteristics

Width450 mm
Depth390 mm
Weight Approximate7.30 kg
Height145 mm
Dimensions145 mm (H): 450 mm (W): 390 mm (D)

Video

Video Signal StandardHDTV
Output Scan Format1080p

Technical Information

Projection MethodFront

Warranty

Limited Warranty3 Year