Epson EH-TW5910 review

Product of the Year, Awards 2013. Exciting and immersive, this Epson projector is still as impressive as ever Tested at £900

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Our Verdict

Product of the Year, Awards 2013. Exciting and immersive, this Epson projector is still as impressive as ever

For

  • Immersive picture
  • Subtle details
  • Deep blacks don’t compromise on detail and whites have sufficient punch
  • Acceptable 3D

Against

  • 3D glasses not included

MORE: See all our 2013 Award winners

Fresh from its 2013 Product of the Year triumph, the excellent Epson EH-TW5910 projector is once again put to the test against its rivals.

And, as before, it blows the competition away with its stunningly crisp and subtle picture.

Specifications

The Epson EH-TW5910 is a well-specc'd projector that features 3D, Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080, built-in speakers, twin HDMI inputs and a backlit remote control handset.

Epson EH-TW5910

Epson EH-TW5910

The curvy white chassis is built and finished to a substantially higher standard to most projectors around but the 'TW5910 is also a larger and heftier projector than most at this price. The TV-style remote control is large and solidly built to match. It’s backlit, too.

A throw ratio of 1.32-2.15 gives you a maximum image size of 300in – but on the off chance you won’t be needing such a large image, manual adjustment of the zoom and focus is easy, as is getting it centred on to your screen.

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With a THX Optimiser disc at hand, it’s worth getting the Epson image tweaked to its very best – switch the colour mode to ‘Natural’ to adjust the brightness, contrast and colour settings.

We’d also recommend turning off noise reduction, overscan and auto iris, and setting image processing to ‘Fine’ and power consumption to ‘Normal’ for a much smoother performance.

Performance

We don’t think we’ll tire of praising the Epson’s performance any time soon. Play Iron Man 3 on Blu-ray, and the projected image is crystal clear and sharply etched.

Layers of detail add to the depth and realism of the picture, immersing you completely in the action. Stunningly bright and full of exciting colours, it’s a captivating image.

Blacks are velvety deep without compromising subtlety, while whites are stark and bright. The glints and sparks of metal punctuating the film are sharp and exciting, and the blazing fire in the final scenes feels burning hot.

Epson EH-TW5910

Epson EH-TW5910

The Epson’s colour palette is expertly judged. The Iron Man suits aren’t just blocks of red and gold – the metallic shades have varying shades of subtlety that rival projectors struggle to convey. Skin tones are natural, too.

Compared with the BenQ W1080ST’s overstated, dynamic colour balance, the EH-TW5910 delivers a far more natural and balanced colour performance.

Motion is better, too. While even some more expensive projectors struggle with the smoothest motion, the EH-TW5910 is largely stable and judder-free.

This makes watching 3D films comfortable; they have a good sense of depth and retain their vibrant picture despite the dip in brightness.

The built-in 20W speakers, too, deliver a robust and balanced sound – it’s the most comfortable sounding projector that we've heard to listen to on its own. If you must...

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3D picture quality doesn't tend to be great on projectors at this price, but the Epson EH-TW5910 arguably has one of the most watchable 3D pictures we've seen.

There’s little flicker involved, and while there are some motion issues during fast-moving scenes, on the whole it’s tolerable with a good sense of depth. It's worth pointing out that the Epson EH-TW5910 doesn’t include any active-shutter 3D glasses, but a lightweight pair costs £70.

Verdict

There’s no doubt that the Epson EH-TW5910 is the best projector we’ve seen at this price. We’re once again impressed by its remarkably crisp and bright picture, and its natural colour balance and strong contrast is unrivalled in this price bracket.

Fully justifying its Awards win, this Epson deserves a place in your home cinema room.

Review updated on 27.11.2013

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Specifications

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Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBYes

Image

Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Native Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphic ModeFull HD
Contrast Ratio20,000:1
Standard Mode Brightness2100 lm

Lamp

Lamp Power200 W
Lamp TypeE-TORL
Normal Mode Lamp Life4000 Hour
Number of Lamps1
Economy Mode Lamp Life5000 Hour

Projection Lens

Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m (300")
Optical Zoom1.6x

General Information

Product NameEpson EH-TW5910
Product ModelEH-TW5910
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Brand NameEpson
Product TypeLCD Projector
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberV11H503040LU

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption358 W

Technical Information

3D Type3D Ready
Projection MethodFront, Ceiling, Rear

Network and Communication

Wireless LANNo

Video

Video Signal StandardHDTV
Output Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate6 kg
Width420 mm
Depth365 mm
Height137 mm
Dimensions137 mm (H): 420 mm (W): 365 mm (D)

Miscellaneous

Package Contents
  • EH-TW5910 LCD Projector
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control with Background & Batteries
  • User's Manual Set
Country of OriginChina

Warranty

Limited Warranty2 Year