Epson EH-TW9000W review

Packing a wireless HDMI connection, this Epson is easy to set up and use, as well as a more than competent performer Tested at £3200

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Our Verdict

If that wireless connection is a must, buy with confidence

For

  • Fine picture performance
  • ease of set-up
  • reassuring build
  • wireless connection

Against

  • Slight drop in picture quality when wireless
  • less insight than class leaders

The Epson EH-TW9000W’s big USP may be wireless HDMI connection, but that’s not the reason we like it so much.

The Epson EH-TW9000W’s big USP may be wireless HDMI connection, but that’s not the reason we like it so much. This is a well-conceived product from the reassuring quality of its build to the ease of set-up.

Epson shows its experience in designing projectors by including thumbwheel adjustments for horizontal and vertical lens shift, sensibly laid out menus and a nice-to-use back-lit remote handset.

As is usual for projectors at this price you can play around with various motion, contrast, colour and noise modes to your heart’s content. With motion and contrast we liked the low settings. We left the colour and noise options off. Once you work through the choices to your tastes, you should end up with a very fine picture.

A wealth of colours, secure with motion

Using the (wired) HDMI input the picture is nice and crisp. Play something like The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the wealth of colours are a pleasure to watch. The Epson has a secure way with motion and does a decent job combining bright and dark elements in a single frame.

Compared with the likes of the Award-winning Panasonic PT-AT5000E deep blacks are a little less emphatic and there’s a touch less insight. But, by most standards the picture performance is good.

Give 3D a try –the Epson comes with two pairs of glasses in the box (each extra pair will cost around £70) – and the 9000W delvers a pretty convincing image. There are some minor issues with image stability with fast motion, and a tendency to make 3D look more like layered 2D on occasion. Most rivals we’ve tested share similar traits.

The performance with DVD is consistent with that experienced with Blu-ray discs. The picture is nicely detailed with a well-judged way with colours. There are the usual noise and motion shortcomings innate in the format, but on the whole there’s much to like here.

Switching to wireless operation is

really easy. Just plug the HDMI cable into the supplied mains-powered transmitter and it syncs with the projector in a few seconds. The transmission works with 1080 and can also cope with 3D.

Using the wireless connection the picture remains good, although there

is a slight drop-off in outright clarity and colour rendition. There’s a hint more picture noise and greater motion instability with fast motion too. In each case the shortcomings are slight, but they’re enough for us to recommend the wired link if picture quality is paramount. That said, if you really need wireless connectivity the Epson is easily the best we’ve come across.

This is yet another fine Epson projector – it’s capable and well-thought out. If its wireless configuration appeals, jump right in.

This is a well-conceived product from the reassuring quality of its build to the ease of set-up.

Epson shows its experience in designing projectors by including thumbwheel adjustments for horizontal and vertical lens shift, sensibly laid out menus and a nice-to-use back-lit remote handset.

As is usual for projectors at this price you can play around with various motion, contrast, colour and noise modes to your heart’s content.

With motion and contrast we liked the low settings. We left the colour and noise options off. Once you work through the choices to your tastes, you should end up with a very fine picture.

Epson EH-TW9000W: Picture quality

Using the (wired) HDMI input the picture is nice and crisp. Play something like The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus and the wealth of colours are a pleasure to watch.

The Epson has a secure way with motion and does a decent job combining bright and dark elements in a single frame.

Compared with the likes of the Award-winning Panasonic PT-AT5000E deep blacks are a little less emphatic and there’s a touch less insight.

But, by most standards the picture performance is good.

Give 3D a try –the Epson comes with two pairs of glasses in the box (each extra pair will cost around £70) – and the 9000W delvers a pretty convincing image.

There are some minor issues with image stability with fast motion, and a tendency to make 3D look more like layered 2D on occasion.

Most rivals we’ve tested share similar traits. The performance with DVD is consistent with that experienced with Blu-ray discs.

The picture is nicely detailed with a well-judged way with colours. There are the usual noise and motion shortcomings innate in the format, but on the whole there’s much to like here.

Epson EH-TW9000W: Wireless HDMI operation

Switching to wireless operation is really easy. Just plug the HDMI cable into the supplied mains-powered transmitter and it syncs with the projector in a few seconds.

The transmission works with 1080p and can also cope with 3D. Using the wireless connection the picture remains good, although there is a slight drop-off in outright clarity and colour rendition.

There’s a hint more picture noise and greater motion instability with fast motion too. In each case the shortcomings are slight, but they’re enough for us to recommend the wired link if picture quality is paramount.

Verdict

That said, if you really need wireless connectivity the Epson is easily the best we’ve come across.

This is yet another fine Epson projector – it’s capable and well-thought out. If its wireless configuration appeals, jump right in.

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Specifications

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Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes

Image

Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Native Resolution1920 x 1080
Graphic ModeFull HD
Contrast Ratio200,000:1
Standard Mode Brightness2400 lm

Lamp

Lamp Power230 W
Lamp TypeUHE
Normal Mode Lamp Life4000 Hour
Number of Lamps1
Economy Mode Lamp Life5000 Hour

Projection Lens

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

General Information

Product NameEpson EH-TW9000W
Product ModelEH-TW9000W
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Brand NameEpson
Product TypeLCD Projector
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Manufacturer Part NumberV11H427040LW

Power Description

Operating Power Consumption342 W

Technical Information

3D Type3D Ready
Projection MethodFront, Ceiling

Video

Video Signal StandardHDTV
Output Scan Format1080p

Physical Characteristics

Weight Approximate8.15 kg
Width446 mm
Depth395 mm
Height140 mm
Dimensions140 mm (H): 446 mm (W): 395 mm (D)

Miscellaneous

Environmentally FriendlyYes
Package Contents
  • EH-TW9000W LCD Projector
  • Power Cord
  • Remote Control
  • HDMI Cable Clamp
  • 2 x 3D Active Shutter Glasses
  • 2 x AA Batteries
  • User Manual Set
  • WirelessHD Emitter
Environmental CertificationRoHS, REACH

Warranty

Limited Warranty2 Year