The Good The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 offers a lot of features for a comparatively low price; picture quality is acceptable for a budget unit; capable of a fairly high light output without sacrificing color too much; 3D playback is very good.
The Bad Colors are a little unsaturated and black levels aren’t the best at the price, no 3D glasses included, some uniformity issues on white scenes, no lens shift.
The Bottom Line The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 offers a decent image and a good mix of features at a low price, but is still bettered by rivals.
The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030 is one the least expensive 1080p LCD home-theater projectors. It also includes a number of features unusual at the price, including 3D playback, MHL compatibility, an onboard speaker, and full color and grayscale controls.
Picture quality is decent for a cheap LCD projector, though the black-level benefits of the automatic iris are still minimal when compared with the DLP picture of the BenQ W1070 and BenQ W1080ST. Color is a little lackluster, and the combination of a long throw and lack of manual lens shift means your placement options are limited. On the other hand, 3D playback is very good, and the Epson’s brightness is powerful enough to be visible in a dimly lit room.
Despite its faults, the Epson 2030 manages to do a lot with only a minimal outlay.
While the Epson 3020 and higher-up projectors have a sci-fi look, the budget models are a little more pedestrian in appearance. The white 2030 shares the same basic chassis as the PowerLite 730HD but adds a beefier lens. Compared with the chunky 3020, the 2030 is much more coffee-table-friendly, measuring 11.69 inches wide by 9.72 inches deep and 4.25 inches high. It has an angled front exhaust port to prevent light from leaking onto the screen — a feature the competing BenQ W1080ST doesn’t offer.
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