Epson America's LCD holds its own against its heavier DLPs
- By John Breeden II
- Mar 18, 2003
Epson America Inc. is one of the few vendors with an extensive lineup of only LCD projectors.
Company representatives say that if they can get excellent performance from LCDs, there's no need to change to digital light processing.
But that did mean Epson couldn't meet the GCN Lab's four-pound weight limit for this review. The PowerLite 720c tipped the scales at 4.3 pounds.
It performed well. The center of the test image measured 555 lumens, and the corners 520 lumens. Those are good numbers, just behind the HP xb31 and within range of the Dell 3200MP DLP. The PowerLite also cost about $900 less than the HP.
Epson did a thorough job of holding down weight. The remote control was the tiny credit card type with a carrying slot on the projector.
One efficient usability feature was auto-keystoning, which means the screen automatically adjusts to a nonlevel surface.
The PowerLite did, however, suffer from the 'screen door' problem common to LCDs. Up close, visible grid lines ran through the image. But it was noticeable only with a very white image.
Had the image projected more brightly, the 720c would have scored higher.
John Breeden II directs the GCN Lab.