Whenever Epson release a projector to the market, there’s always a certain amount of speculation about what specifications it might have, how it’ll perform, and whether it’s an improvement on the last release. In a crowded marketplace, consumers want to know which is the best projector for their needs, so this Epson Home Cinema 1040 Review, will hopefully supply buyers with the knowledge they need to make an informed choice about this projector. (Official Site)
by Epson [Epson]
- Full HD 1080p
- 2 HDMI connections
- Great contrast ratio: 15000-1
- Keystone correction
- Good screen size range
- Long lamp-life of 10,000 hours in ECO mode and 5000 hours in normal mode
- A bit noisy
Size and Design:
The measurements of the Epson 1040 are 14.6 inches in length, by 14.3 inches of width, and the depth is 6.2 inches. It has a weight of 8.4 pounds, so these are standard numbers for an Epson projector product, and they continue the companies long-established record of creating extremely portable projectors. This was always very important, but perhaps more so today, as consumers are increasingly mobile, and want technology to be the same. The design isn’t amazing to look at, but it’s good and it’s functional, and in this way it’s the same as all Epson projector designs.
The set-up is easy; you just plug it in and you’re ready to go. There are a few image adjustments to be made, but these are simple and don’t consume too much time. Once you complete the set-up, you have a Full HD 1080p projector, and the pixels perform very well on the 1040. Not as well as pixels would on a 1080p projector, in a much higher price range, but certainly better than those projectors sold at the same price as the 1040. This is thanks to Epsons 3 chip technology, which is a tech jargon way of saying it creates enhanced, real, and very crisp images on-screen. The contrast ratio of 15,000-1 certainly helps this along, and the 300 inch maximum screen size is exceptional.
The drawback is the 3000 lumens of white brightness and 3000 lumens of color brightness. The more lumens a projector has, the easier it is to watch movies and play games in sunlight; basically they add brightness to the screen, to compensate for the brightness in the room that, without the lumens, would make the picture impossible to see on a sunny afternoon. Of course, if you have your projector inside the house and like the curtains drawn while viewing, the lumens aren’t a factor, but if you want to take it outside, or open the curtains, lumens become very important. I’d have liked to see 3200 lumens on this, but with full HD, a 15000-1 contrast ratio, and 3 chip technology already on this projector, maybe I’m being harsh. As it stands, the lumens perform well, and buyers will be able to view in HD perfection, on all but the brightest of days.
Streaming has become very popular, and buyers will be glad to know the Epson 1040, offers streaming from MHL devices like chromecast, so movies can be streamed directly to the projector for viewing. This is a good inclusion, and in many peoples minds will make up for the loss of lumens.
Another excellent inclusion is the 2 HDMI connections, so people can connect multiple devices at the same time; some Epson models only have one. In regards to speakers, which are often a major let down for projector fans, the built-in speakers on the 1040 are pretty good, though some distortions will be present. That said, they are better than one on most projectors, and on the 1040 buyers also get very few zoom imperfections, and no matter how much the screen is expanded, the picture always looks perfect.
At $550 to $600 the Epson Home Cinema 1040 is excellently priced. For full HD, 3 chip technology and 15000-1 contrast ratio, one would expect to pay more. Despite it being 3000 lumens, the performance of the lumens was good, so there won’t be a huge problem viewing on bright days. 2 HDMI connections were much needed in the modern world, and the ability to stream movies was a welcome inclusion. The verdict: Well worth buying.