By M. David Stone
The Epson Home Cinema 640 3LCD Projector is low on resolution and lacks 3D support, but it delivers a bright, rainbow-free image for home-entertainment use at a bargain price.
The Epson Home Cinema 640 3LCD Projector ($359.99) is a solid choice as a home-entertainment projector if you’re on a tight budget, don’t need 3D support, and don’t mind having a lower resolution than typical models. Rated at 3,200 lumens, it can throw an image that’s big enough to dwarf any similarly priced HDTV, and bright enough stand up to ambient light in a family room. Even if you already have a top-quality home-theater projector for watching movies, you might want the 640$359.99 at Epson as a second projector that you can move from room to room or set up in your backyard to watch movies outdoors on a summer night.
Quite simply, the 640’s 800-by-600 resolution can’t show the same level of detail that you’d see with 720p, much less 1080p. But it still offers substantially higher resolution than standard-definition television (SDTV), which everyone found acceptable before HDTV and is still the resolution you get with non-HD channels.
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