The Epson EH-TW480 projector features an HD ready resolution and is the ideal entry level home cinema projector. With a resolutionof 1280 x 800 pixels and the digital HDMI connection, it provides the necessary features to offer HD quality. The Epson TW480 offers excellent value for money. The EH-TW480 specs provide good brightness (2800 ANSI lumens) and with an excellent contrast ratio of 3000:1. A EH-TW480 review has shown that the performance has been improved over its predecessor, the EH-TW450. It is now possible to use the projector without complete darkening the room. It is also great for gaming.
In addition to thepreviously mentioned HDMI port, the TW480 also has a VGA port to connect to a PC or notebook. For the playback of video signals, the EH-TW480 also has a Composite Video and S-video connection. This projector has a built-in 2W speaker for use via the HDMI connection or Composite Video port. It is possible to read files via the USB type A (via a USB memory stick) connection but the files have to be in JPEG format. The projector also has a USB type B connection.
The home projector EH-TW480 also some special features such a vertical keystone correction of +/- 30deg. It also offers horizontal keystone correction adjustable via the slider. It provides 4 different colour modes: dynamic, living room, home cinema and gaming for different ambient light conditions. If you use thedevice on the road and you require swift action, it offers the advantage of direct power on / off function.
The replacement lamp for the Epson EH-TW480 is not too expensive which is another key selling point of this projector.
In summary, the Epson EH-TW480 is a perfect start into the world of home cinema.
A 720p (1,280x1,080) projector is a great way to get an occasional-use projector on a tight budget, while still providing enough resolution for most uses, as the Epson EH-TW480 proves. While a lot of budget projects use a single DLP chip, the EH-TW480 is a 3-LCD model.
For such a small projector, it produces an impressively large image, and it easily filled our screen from 7ft away. Its weight isn’t evenly distributed across the unit, though, and its off-centre height-adjustable kick-stand at the front isn’t particularly sturdy either, so we’d recommend installing it on a shelf where it’s unlikely to get knocked over and use its height-adjustable back feet to angle it downwards instead.
There's no lens shift on this budget model, so you'll need to get the projector square-on to the screen. If you don't, the only option is to use digital keystone correction, which reduces the quality of the picture. Annoyingly, the automatic keystone adjustment is turned on by default, although you can turn this off using the projector's menus or the dedicated buttons on the top.
Setting the EH-TW480 up was very easy, but its slightly limited range of inputs makes it a little less versatile than other budget projectors. There’s just one HDMI input, for instance, along with VGA, S-video and composite inputs. There’s also a USB Type B input, so you can run your computer's video and audio over USB; this is more a business feature, though, and not good enough for high-quality video, so we recommend sticking with HDMI. A USB Type A input lets you connect mass storage devices, so that the projector can show any stored images.
Despite having just four colour modes at your disposal (Dynamic, Living room, Theatre and Game), each one can be fully customised using its brightness, contrast, colour saturation and temperature, tint and sharpness settings. You can also tweak individual colour values as well as noise reduction, but some options were a little less intuitive than others to use due to poor labelling on each setting.
Projector technology 3-LCD
Lamp brightness 2,800 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 4,000
Lamp life in economy mode 5,000
Contrast ratio 3000:1
Native resolution 1,280x800
Max compressed resolution 1,600x1,200
Aspect ratio 16:9
Other aspect ratios 16:10, 4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft 76in
Throw ratio 1.3:1 to 1.56:1
Optical zoom 1.2x
Projection distance 1.1m to 8.8m
Mirror image yes
Invert image yes
Lens shift horizontal 0%
Lens shift vertical 0%
HD Ready yes
Special view modes dynamic, living room, theatre, game
VGA input yes
DVI input No
Sound inputs stereo phono
Composite input yes
S-video input yes
HDMI input yes
Component input no
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output none
Video output VGA, HDMI
Others inputs/outputs USB
Noise (in normal use) 29dB(A)
Internal speakers yes (2W mono)
Extras remote, power cable, VGA cable, carry case
Remote special features aspect ratio, colour mode, freeze, input select
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 227W