With projectors comes the promise of a big screen as long as the lights are dim and unobtrusive, or just plain dark. But the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 750HD Projector is so bright that it competes with LCD TVs, managing a decent picture in all but the most sun-soaked environments.
Despite the name, this projector sits in a category that’s more about accessibly rather than professional grade, but that’s OK since this 3LCD can easily do everyday home entertainment thanks to its 3000-lumen brightness. Yep, this is casual viewing to an extreme if your wall can support an image between 65”, 84”, 105”, all the way up to 300” diagonally.
If you’ve seen an Epson model before you can expect similar styling on the 750HD, just smaller and much more portable. In the front the lens is recessed inside and accompanied by a built-in sliding door cover that conveniently mutes the projector when closed, there are also two vents that brings in air on the right and dissipates heat on the left (that caution label is an understatement). On top is where manual switches for 1.2x zooming and focus are found, along with the usual control panel buttons for all of the necessary functions if you misplace the included remote. The height legs, two of which can be fixed by unscrewing them while the front utilizes a lockable push-button type leg are found underneath.
Connectivity is uncharacteristically sparse and has to make do with just one HDMI port, composite/S-Video inputs, and VGA (for PC and component YPbPr). For other multimedia playback there’s a USB-A port for reading compatible files on a flash drive, or secondary monitor or mouse pointer functions through the USB-B port. Another knock is the 2-watt monologue speaker which does its job in small rooms but not much else, for a real stereo experience it would be better to get an external sound system that handles multiple device sources.
Setup is pretty simple: pick a wall, turn it on, and adjust accordingly. Internally the menus are clean and easy to navigate but there’s not a whole lot to things to bother messing around with aside from Keystone (wall angle) and power consumption options for lens intensity.
The Epson 750HD is meant to work in lights-on areas where daytime viewing is equally important as movie and game nights, for most of my testing the projector was left at a 73-inch image and used with the lights on or with sunlight coming through. When left to its defaults (Living Room Mode) the picture quality is well rounded for shadow detail and bold colors, although it doesn’t equal particularly deep or inky blacks like its more expensive PowerLite brothers. Fortunately some of those shortcomings especially in darker environments can be remedied in Eco, or in Movie Mode which offers the lower light output and the best pre-calibrated contrast performance.
Native resolutions are 720p and WXGA (1280 x 800), which looks clean for appropriate content. However, anything beyond that (1080p) comes with a loss of sharpness and clarity that’s apparent the more you bump up the screen size. I doubt most people will complain if you’re replacing your flat screen TV with this, but having less discerning tastes goes a long way here too.
In order to add some value the 750HD features built-in stereoscopic 3D and includes one pair of active RF glasses (ELPGS03) as standard, essentially making up $99 of the entire package. The syncing process usually happens automatically when compatible content is detected, and image quality is excellent when (or if) your vision adjusts to the mild crosstalk. The real issue for me are the shape and fitment of the glasses which lets in a distracting amount of reflection and ambient light from inside, and I wasn’t comfortable wearing these for long periods of time because of my wide schnoz (I expect similar complaints from others with thicker noses). I have a suspicion that Epson knows this and they even recommend cheaper alternatives – the Samsung SSG-5150GB 3D glasses come to mind.
The Epson PowerLite 750HD Projector is instant gratification in a entertainment display, It’s relatively cheap and works almost anywhere. Compared to entry-level 1080p and DLP projectors it does fall a little short with images over 100” and the 3D is a questionable addition in terms of pricing (the step-down Home Cinema 730HD is probably a better choice then); learn to live with those nitpicks though and you and your audience will be pleased nonetheless.