The EH-TW490 is a slim, gloss-black budget 720p projector(actually 1280 x 800, 16:10 aspect ratio) aimed squarely at the gaming community, and intended for white wall use.
It’s 2D-only, but given the modest price tag that’s unlikely to put people off. Build quality is solid and at just 2.4 kg it’s eminently portable. A carry bag is included, making it easy to cart over to your mates.
Connections include HDMI, S-video and composite for legacy kit, VGA and USB 2.0 A/B. The projector can read JPEGs from a thumbdrive, but not video files. Navigation through its menu is fast enough.
The EH-TW490 projector is a doddle to set up, with horizontal and vertical keystone correction to help square up the image, and top-mounted manual focus. The throw is generous too. At 4 m you’ll cast a 120-inch image; it’s bright enough to go larger if you can squeeze more distance.
The dumpy white remote control offers access to the usual Epson user interface. There’s a good selection of presets here: Dynamic, Living Room, Cinema and Game.
You won’t benefit much from getting your hands dirty with additional calibration, but should you feel a need there’s the usual selection of brightness, colour, tint and sharpness gauges on hand.
Like so many other sub-£1k multi-function projectors, there’s a lo-fi sound system onboard. Driven by a 2W amp it does the job when you want an impromptu gaming session and can’t be bothered with the faff of wiring up a proper sound system.
Operationally, the EH-TW490 is reasonably well behaved. An Eco lamp setting keeps fan noise down to around 29 dB. However, opt for the brighter Normal setting and the lamp goes full beam and the fan noise increases to a not inconsiderable 37 dB. You’ll quickly want to calm things down again.
There’s actually no visual penalty running the projector in Eco mode, as it’s so darn bright anyway. Eco is said to extend the life of the 200W lamp, from 5000 hours to 6000. With a rated best-in-class 3000 lumens output, the little Epson is perfectly usable in rooms with moderate ambient light.
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