Based on 735 expert and user reviews, Epson has good reviews for its projectors. Epson also has good reviews specifically for its 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors compared to other brands.
Acceptable Noise Level
Three Epson Home Cinema 1040 owners who bought it considered that it was quiet. In November Pc Advisor.co.uk wrote on PC Advisor.co.uk “Ridiculously quiet during idle tasks” in their review of this projector. Pc Advisor.co.uk also mentioned “Relatively quiet”. Pc Advisor.co.uk also wrote “Quiet operation”.
Easy to Use
A number of people agreed that this projector had a good experience. A few weeks ago Pc Advisor.co.uk wrote “Enjoyable 1080P gaming experience” in their review of the Epson Home Cinema 1040. Pc Advisor.co.uk also mentioned “Fantastic gaming experience”.
One Epson Home Cinema 1040 owner who reviewed the Epson Home Cinema 1040 mentioned that it was good looking. Pc Advisor.co.uk said on PC Advisor.co.uk this year “Neutral styling should appeal to a large audience”. One customer who reviewed it concluded that it was a good design. Pc Advisor.co.uk said in November “Attractive design” in their review of the Epson Home Cinema 1040.
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Good High Def TV
One person who bought the product concluded that it was good at displaying high definition TV.
One Epson Home Cinema 1040 reviewer reckoned that the Epson Home Cinema 1040 was well made. Pc Advisor.co.uk said in their review on PC Advisor.co.uk a few weeks ago “Solid performance”.
Good Technical Features
One customer concluded that the product had good features. Pc Advisor.co.uk scored it 4 stars and mentioned on PC Advisor.co.uk “Strong data protection features” in their Epson Home Cinema 1040 review.
One Epson Home Cinema 1040 reviewer thought it was lightweight. This year Projectorcentral.com said in their Epson Home Cinema 1040 review “The Epson Home Cinema 1040 is the projector you should be looking at if you want a bright, light-weight, potentially portable HD projector that does well for home entertainment”.
Supports Full HD Projection
Like most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched in the last 12 months, the Epson Home Cinema 1040 supports Full HD projection.
We compared this multimedia projector to all the other projectors which support Full HD projection and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq HT2050 ($629.99) is also worth considering.
Has a Built-In Speaker
Like most of the other comparable spec data projectors that were released in the last 12 months, the Home Cinema 1040 has a built-in speaker.
We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker and we think the Benq HT2050 ($629.99) which has better reviews is also worth considering.
WUXGA (1920x1200) Native Projector Resolution
The Home Cinema 1040 has a maximum resolution of WUXGA (1920x1200). That's 11% more resolution than a 1080p (1920x1080) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.
A WUXGA (1920x1200) native projector resolution is in fact the best resolution amongst all similar spec projectors that have been available for around the same time as the Home Cinema 1040.
The worst resolution across similar types of projector is XGA (1024x768).
Very Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
The shortest service life of lamp in economic mode of 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the Home Cinema 1040 is 4,000h, the longest is 10,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 7,500h. When compared to other new multimedia projectors, the Home Cinema 1040's service life of lamp in economic mode of 10,000 hours is one of the longest.
Quite Long Lamp Service Life
The Home Cinema 1040 has one of the longer lamp service lives (5,000 hours) amongst data projectors of this age. The lamp service lives of 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the Home Cinema 1040 range from 500h to 7,000h.
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Does Not Support 3D Image Projection
The Epson Home Cinema 1040 does not support 3D image projection. Most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released in the last year also do not support 3D image projection.
There are a number of other multimedia projectors which also support 3D image projection that you might want to consider including the Benq HT2050 ($629.99) which also has a higher rating.
Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity
The Epson Home Cinema 1040 does not support WiFi connectivity, although keep in mind that most of the other latest 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors also do not support WiFi connectivity.
Quite Dim Projector Brightness
The Home Cinema 1040 has one of the dimmer projector brightness (only 3,000 ANSI lumens) amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The projector brightness of similar spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for the last year range from 2,000 ANSI lumens to 6,000 ANSI lumens.
Very Small Lamp Power
Across all the 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a similar time to the Home Cinema 1040 the lamp power range from 190W to 310W. With a lamp power of only 200 Watts, the Home Cinema 1040 has one of the smaller lamp power amongst comparable spec projectors of this age.
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Very Low RMS Rated Power
The Home Cinema 1040 has a quite low RMS rated power (only 2 Watts) compared to most of the other data projectors that came out around the same time as the Home Cinema 1040. Latest 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors have RMS rated power of between 1W and 32W.
Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port
The Epson Home Cinema 1040 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port projector.
Only One USB 2.0 Port
The Epson Home Cinema 1040 is a one USB 2.0 port projector.
Only One Audio in Port
The Home Cinema 1040 is a one audio in port multimedia projector.
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Released Eleven Months Ago
Epson released the Home Cinema 1040 eleven months ago.
Average Noise Level
At 37 decibels, the Home Cinema 1040 has a fairly standard noise level compared to most of the other latest 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors.
Projectors with a louder noise level that might also be worth looking at include the Benq HT2050 ($629.99) (29dB) which is also higher rated.
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