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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 Projector

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3000:1 SVGA (800x600) 37dB 2,600 ANSI Lumens Jan 2014
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13 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

Amongst multimedia projectors of this age and spec, this data projector is one of the most highly awarded.

The reviewers at Trusted Reviews and IT Reviews.com both recommend this projector and have given it their "Recommended" award.

This data projector received an "Editor's Choice" from Laptopmag.com who wrote that this projector was brilliant.

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Average Expert Reviews

This data projector has an average expert rating of 77 out of 100 based on seventeen expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and T3.com.

Good Brand

Epson has good average ratings for its 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors as well as across its entire data projector range compared to other brands.

Good Size

Several Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewers who reviewed it thought it was compact. Expertreviews.co.uk said on expert website Expert Reviews eleven years ago “This Epson replaces the existing PictureMate, which is our favourite compact photo printer”. Expert website Dvhardware.net rated the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 5 stars and said in their review ten years ago “Professional small-format photos the easy way, with a compact portable photo printer roughly the same size as a loaf of bread”.

One person who bought it thought it was a good size.

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Easy to Use

Some Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewers concluded that it was easy to use. Pc Mag mentioned in their review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 on PC Mag two years ago “Bright enough to use in a living room or family room”. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned in their review on PC Advisor.co.uk “We praised its dinky dimensions, sturdy carry handle and creditable ease of use” and gave the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 a rating of 4 stars.

Good Technical Features

One person wrote in their reviews that the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 had good features. Seven years ago expert website Electronicsme.com gave it a score of 5 stars and said “An even more impressive list of features, this workhorse i”.

Good Product Quality

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewer who purchased it thought it was good quality. Laptopmag.com wrote “This all-in-one printer works fast, delivers quality prints” in their review and gave it a rating of 5 stars.

Good Picture Quality

One person mentioned in their reviews that it had good picture quality. Expert website Itreviews.com wrote “It costs roughly the same to buy, is much cheaper and easier to run, has a fair turn of speed, gives good text and graphics and excellent photos”.

Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other projectors of this age and type, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a built-in speaker.

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1400 X 1050 (SXGA+) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+). That's 23% less resolution than a 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution supported by 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500. In addition, this Epson projector support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1152 x 864 (XGA+) and 1280 x 800 (WXGA) and 640 x 480 (VGA). The best resolution of all projectors of a comparable age and spec to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and the worst is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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100V AC Input Voltage

This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most frequently found AC input voltage on multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to it.

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Narrow

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is one of the narrower 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 (only 295 millimeters) amongst projectors of this age. The narrowest projector that came out more than two years ago is 120mm wide and the widest is 510mm.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 2.3 kilograms, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is one of the lighter 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. Across all the data projectors of this spec and age the weights range from 230g to 30kg.

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14 Reasons Against

Not Robust

Two Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 owners said in their reviews that the product was not well made. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on expert website PC Advisor.co.uk “We found the flimsy build a disappointment”. Productsifter.com wrote in their Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 review “Poor build” .

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 owner who purchased it concluded that it was not noisy. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Internal speakers aren't loud”.

Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 does not support 3D image projection, although this is within the context that most of the other data projectors of a similar type and age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 also do not support 3D image projection.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 does not support Full HD projection, although keep in mind that most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 also do not support Full HD projection.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other similar spec projectors that came out more than two years ago also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 53% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution.

A SVGA (800x600) native projector resolution is in fact the worst resolution amongst all similar spec projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

Amongst comparable types of projector the best resolution is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite dim projector brightness (only 2,600 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500. The dimmest projector brightness of projectors that were released more than two years ago is 100 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 8,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,500 ANSI lumens.

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Very Dim Colour Light Output

Across all the similar spec data projectors that came out around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 the colour light outputs range from 2,500 ANSI lumens to 5,000 ANSI lumens, and the average colour light output is 3,100 ANSI lumens. At only 2,600 ANSI lumens, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a fairly dim colour light output compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for a similar time to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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Very Dim White Light Output

With a white light output of only 2,600 ANSI lumens, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite dim white light output compared to most of the other data projectors that have been around for more than two years. The white light outputs of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 range from 2,500 ANSI lumens to 5,000 ANSI lumens.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years have digital zooms of between 1.3x and 4x. At only 1.35 times zoom factor, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite small digital zoom compared to most of the other similar spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Lamp Power

The smallest lamp power of multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is 140W and the biggest is 400W. At only 200 Watts, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite small lamp power compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The average RMS rated power of projectors of this spec and age is 11W. With an RMS rated power of only 2 Watts, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has one of the lower RMS rated power amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port projector. Most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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Fairly High Power Consumption During PowerSave

The lowest power consumption during PowerSave of data projectors of this spec and age is 0.1W, the highest is 330W, and the average power consumption during PowerSave is 170W. With a power consumption during PowerSave of 234 Watts, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a quite high power consumption during PowerSave compared to most of the other projectors of this age and type.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500

Released Over Two Years Ago

Epson released the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 over two years ago.

Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 37 decibels, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a fairly standard noise level compared to most of the other data projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Horizontal Keystone Correction
Vertical Keystone Correction
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Zoom Ratio
Tele Projection Distance
Wide Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Type
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Digital Zoom
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
Graphics Resolution
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Input
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot Type
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Typical Power Consumption
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type

3 Awards

IT Reviews.com Recommended Laptopmag.com Editor's Choice Trusted Reviews Recommended

Expert Reviews

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3 November 2014

When a company known for something launches a new product in a different field it always takes a while to bed in. This product from Epson is no exception.There are a range of products on the... Read more…

11 August 2014

First up is Epson's display-capable unit, the PS-500. This unit (seen above) includes a small screen that shows your activity over the course of the day, as well as a bunch of metrics during a... Read more…

16 April 2014

The budget-priced Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 2D home entertainment projector delivers a bright, rainbow-free image, but at less-than-720p resolution...

Inexpensive
LCD engine means no rainbow artifacts
Bright enough to use in a living room or family room
Super easy set up
Tons of input options
Native resolution is only 800 by 600
No 3D capability
Internal speakers aren't loud
Extras cables required
16 October 2013

If you've read any of my previous reviews you know I don't waste time with fancy specifications or bore you with numbers that mean nothing.  I review electronics and consumer products like a...

5 February 2010

While visiting the Target closeout section, to look for electronics deals, I came across a good one. The Epson Workforce 500, though not top of the line in any one thing it does a good job at... Read more…

2.5-inch LCD
Fax function
Fast operation
Big footprint
Ink a little pricey
14 September 2009

?Printers When printing, the B-500DN is surprisingly fast. Given that inkjet technology is generally slower than laser printing, we expected a long wait. However, the B-500DN crunched our text... Read more…

Extremely easy to install, good color accuracy
Elevata velocit di stampa, duplex e LAN integrati, taniche separate ad alta capacit
Text is not as sharp as a laser printers output, speeds are slightly slower than most covered in this review
Ingombrante e pesante, abbastanza rumorosa
4 January 2009

You really can't beat this printer at the street price. The only problem might be if you need to connect to a network. Otherwise, sharing this printer from one of your PCs would be a good option...

IT Reviews.com

21 August 2008

IT Reviews.com

Epson makes a good case for the B-500DN to be considered against colour office lasers. It costs roughly the same to buy, is much cheaper and easier to run, has a fair turn of speed, gives good... Read more…

18 August 2008

We like the Epson WorkForce 500. Its speed and quality beat out other all-in-one printers we?ve looked at recently. Black-and-white copies were very clear, and its ability to print photos was also...

Laptopmag.com

1 August 2008

Printing costs may be impressive but their quality is less so - entry level laser rivals can breathe easy again...

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