Bring the cinema to your home.
The popularity of home cinemas is increasing especially since you have a plethora of choices in making your own home theater. A projector is usually a top choice if you prefer bigger screens, which is normally inexpensive since bigger TVs usually come at a high cost.
Epson’s EH-TW5350 is a home cinema projector marketed for the budget conscious consumer. It supports a native resolution of 1080p, perfect for home movies on Blu-ray or streaming. Its body is compact and lightweight, and you can easily place it anywhere in your home or even take it if you want to watch at a friend’s place.
The projector supports Wi-Fi and Miracast, meaning you can wirelessly use the projector to mirror the contents of your smartphone or laptop as long as it supports Miracast.
Quality is top notch, from the smooth glossy exterior to the hardware. The rear of the EH-TW5350 houses two HDMI ports and a USB port. There are also legacy ports like composite and VGA so you can still connect older devices. It also includes a remote control and includes all the standard buttons, though we wish it was backlit.
The EH-TW5350 also includes built-in 5-watt speakers but we’d rather you just mute them. The sound is thin and it’s best that you pair the projector with an external speaker or better yet, hook it up to a home theater system.
The projector includes various ways to adjust the picture: manual zoom, focus and the lens shift including keystone adjustments. It might be a lot to adjust some of these settings, but if you fix it right you’ll be rewarded with a clear and perfectly detailed picture.
I hooked up the EH-TW5350 on my PlayStation 4 and an Xbox One, testing games but primarily for watching Blu-ray discs in full HD along with Netflix and YouTube.
The EH-TW5350’s 2200 lumens brightness means you can still use this projector even when there is light, but of course, you’ll get the best performance with the lights off.
I was surprised as to how bright the EH-TW5350 is, and even with movies like The Dark Knight where the image is mostly dark, you can still make out the different elements present on the screen. Colors are spot-on, and the clarity and detail are amazing.
The EH-TW5350 supports 3D, though we are unable to test them since you would need to separately buy the glasses.
While the Epson EH-TW5350 is marketed as a budget projector, it certainly doesn’t feel like it. It combines a compact body with an awesome image quality you’d normally see on more expensive options. It’s now one of our favorite home cinema projectors.
+ Excellent image quality
+ Incredible contrast
– Bad sound output
Final Rating: 5/5