Epson Home Cinema 2040 Projector Review
If the rainbow effect is a known problem for you, the Epson Home Cinema 2040 is an affordable projector that solves it. We recommend this projector for people who can't enjoy DLP projectors and want beautiful images with a good range of connectivity options. If you're looking for an upgrade, our home theater pick and other Sony picks are also great choices since their LCoS technology doesn't produce rainbow artifacts either.
What Kind of Bulb Does It Use?
This projector uses an ultra high-performance (UHP) lamp (Epson refers to them as ultra high-efficiency lamps or UHEs). UHP lamps require a brief cool down period after you turn them off before you can turn them back on again. The lamp lasts up to 4000 hours in Normal mode and the replacement lamp is one of the cheapest out there at $79.
This LCD projector doesn't produce rainbow artifacts on the screen, so you know that everyone is enjoying the experience without any distractions.
The replacement lamp is very affordable at $79 and makes the projector's cost over time lower.
The projector displays 1080p HD and 3D images. With a solid contrast ratio, picture customization options, and 2,200 lumens to back that up, you can count on a vibrant, bright image.
Input lag is measured at 25 ms. This makes it a great gaming projector and ensures that audio will sync well with video.
The projector has a nice range of connection options. With two HDMI ports, one MHL-ready (great for streaming sticks), regular and micro USB ports, composite inputs for Blu-ray/DVD players, a VGA port for connecting PCs, and an analog audio output port.
What Could Be Better
Users report that the fan can be fairly noisy. The noise range is measured at 29–37db which is definitely a volume you'll notice, but only during quiet scenes.
At 12 feet away, you get an impressive 120 inch screen. While this is great for larger rooms and outdoor uses, people with smaller installation locations will have a more limited viewing experience.
Users also note that the internal speaker quality is poor and the audio from it is often tinny. We would recommend using an external speaker with this projector.
Warranty and Customer Service
Epson's customer service isn't always speedy, but they're helpful and seem to be well liked by reviewers. The projector is covered under a two-year parts and labor warranty and a 90-day lamp warranty. You can get a refund for the Epson Home Cinema 2040 under Amazon's return policy.