The company’s Asia executives were surprisingly bullish about the next few years despite competition from large-screen TVs.
Epson’s PowerLite 5030UB scored four stars in our review.Sarah Tew/CNET
With prices falling and screen sizes increasing, large-screen TVs have become quite the affordable commodity. In Singapore, a Toshiba 58-inch LED TV can be bought for as low as S$1,649 ($1,320), about half what a freshly minted graduate makes per month in the island state. So it’s interesting to note how bullish Epson’s executives were about the home projector market in Asia for the next few years.
“There’s still potential for growth in China. Total market size in the country is expected to double every year until the year 2020,” says Kenichi Yamamoto, Epson’s general manager of itsprojector sales and marketing division.
And while TVs and home projectors can co-exist, Yamamoto says home projectors have a few advantages over normal TV displays.
“Normally, owners of home projectors have screen sizes of around 87 to 100 inches, and in order for TVs to catch up to the sizes that home projectors can do, it will take around five to 10 years [at equivalent prices],” Yamamoto says. “And I don’t think there is a big difference in power consumption, but from a total power consumption point of view, projectors are still lower.”