When it comes to projectors, it has always been about how it will look with its lens up-front. For the Epson Home Theatre EH-TW5650 Wireless 2D/3D Full HD Projector, it is a literal big shot. This is all thanks to its over-sized lens.
So, when the call came in from Epson Malaysia with a request to review its latest runaway success from the home theatre line, it’s an easy affirmative. How could I say no to such an opportunity, especially when it is the all-new Epson EH-TW5650 ?
I’ve been reading up on it and the visual cues alone piqued my interest. With its big lens for its one-gun projection system, compact size, and sporting the very best in specs from Epson; it is definitely pulling off all the stops. In fact, Epson EH-TW5650 is even ready for some gaming time – that alone is an impressive deal-maker.
Here’s the quick insight video:
Taking the Epson EH-TW5650 out of the box is simple enough since it’s not overly large; setting it up is even easier as Epson adds in pre-calibration for each projector that rolls off the assembly line.
That means all I needed to do is place it on a flat surface, make sure it’s pointing straight at the screen, and connect the cables together. For this review, the gear used includes the Razer Blade Stealth and a 4K Blu-ray Player that is already available at the Epson office.
Indeed, I did this review in Epson’s very own dark room – a site that sits in the middle of the Malaysia’ first Epson Solution Centre.
Right off the bat, the Epson EH-TW5650 did not pull any punches – the 4K demo running – Lucy – feels punchy. Every skin flaw on Scarlett Johansson – the bits that the make-up crew missed – can be seen. Everything else, even the coiffured blonde curls, have a nice mix.
I’ve seen plenty of huge Full HD systems – this next-gen entry from Epson sits right at the top.
Since all the content available for this review is native 4K – Lucy in 4K Blu-ray, raw 4K clips from the International Space Station, and Dolby Atmos Introduction – the output had to be scaled down. The result: zero compromise on quality that delivers on vivid saturations.
Equally as outstanding is how sharp the visuals are when being projected from the Epson EH-TW5650. There are a number of innovations that Epson uses to make the movie look crisp yet smooth.
First is the Image Enhancement system – an advanced imaging processor that removes noise, so the image or video will remain clear. This includes the infamous grains that are closely associated to fast-moving scenes.
Of course, the 480Hz Drive Technology throws in its weight as well as it provides super smooth transitions. While this feature works best with the 3D capabilities that the Epson EH-TW5650 offers, it does surprisingly well for non-3D content.
Projectors that come with a built-in speaker are those many consider as an all-in-one multimedia system. The descriptor – Jack of All Trades – is very apt and often used for systems that play in this category.
For the Epson EH-TW5650, the 10W Monoaural Speaker is a delight to listen to. Not only is it loud, it is equally as clear on the mids and lows. Highs can be a little scratchy but that’s the speaker doing its utmost best.
It performs better on lower frequencies thanks to the adequate air chambers within the projector’s chassis. Personally, even if for a short review stint, the sound stage is uniquely immersive.
Perfect for Most
Compact, high-performance, easy-to-mange – really, what else does one need from a projector? Epson, with its Epson EH-TW5650, is all out to set benchmarks for the Full HD Projector space.
While it has a number of top-spec features, it also offers a couple of cool user experiences. For one, it can operate in full daylight and not falter as visuals are just as vivid. Secondly, it is more than ready for a few eSports tournaments as it actively engages the 480Hz Drive Technology function.
Third, and most important, it can be put together and go through tear-downs easily. Truly, the Epson EH-TW5650 is the every day projector most can go for.
Epson Home Theatre TW5650 FHD Projector
This is the Full HD projector to go for since it has everything one needs. Small, high-performance, decent sound-stage, and vivid visual delivery – it’s more than adequate.