Tech Tuesday – Guest Review – Epson TW6000W 3D Projector
For this weeks Tech Tuesday we have a guest review, Phil Edwards from Live For Films looks at the new Epson TW6000w Projector
Over the past few weeks I have been lucky enough to have been testing the Epson TW6000w Projector. It’s always good to be able to watch movies on a big screen (supplied by Event Hire) in the comfort of your own home. The TW6000W did a good job, but was not quite as good as the previous projectors I have reviewed – Epson’s TW3600 and the TW5500. I’ll get to the reasons why after some technical info.
The TW6000W has 1080p resolution, 3D support, 40,000:1 contrast ratio, a 2,200-lumen lamp, built in speakers, lots of connections on the back and it is wireless.
Like all of the projectors it is so easy to set up out of the box. Plug in, switch on and you are good to go.
Being wireless is one of the main benefits with this projector. It means you only have to plug the projector into a power source and plug your blu-ray player or games console into a wi-fi unit which comes with it. Suddenly you have more options as to where you can put the projector (we had it under the coffee table) and you don’t have to rewire the surround sound to make it work. The built in speakers do provide a good quality sound.
However, the wireless system did cause a few problems.
It seems to work best with direct line of sight. If not quite right there was some slight pixellation whenever there were reds on the screen. There also appeared to be some interference from my internet wi-fi which caused, on occasion, the picture to go black for a couple of seconds. This occurred every half hour or so. When the internet wi-fi was switched off it no longer happened.
When the projector was connected directly to the blu-ray player neither the pixellation or black outs occurred.
Once the above problem was sorted out the picture quality was excellent. The images were sharp with rich colours. All of which could be adjusted with the remote control which is backlit. Handy when watching a film with the lights off.
The contrast was okay. Not as good as the other projectors as the blacks were not black enough. They were instead a dark grey.
The projector comes with a pair of active shutter 3D glasses (to get more they cost about £100 a pair) and, as long as you have something to play 3D film on, you can watch films in 3D. The 3D was excellent with no flickering of image and lovely, vibrant colours. The image was also bright which is often a problem with 3D.
It can also project two different images simultaneously via its split screen function which means you can watch two different things or play multi-player video games.
The projector costs about £1700. Quite expensive, but to get 3D films on the big screen then it is well worth a go. You can also get a version that is not wireless, the TW6000, for £1350.
There is nothing like watching The Lord of the Rings or playing Skyrim on a big screen in the comfort of your own home.
A big thanks to Leonie and Hannah at Epson.
Phil Edwards is editor-in-chief form Live For Films, catch more great tech/film news and reviews over there…
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