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Epson 520

Epson 520 Projector

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16000:1 XGA (1024x768) 35dB 2,700 ANSI Lumens Nov 2014
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12 Reasons For

One Industry Award

Pcworld.com_techhive.com gave this data projector a "Top 10" award.

Good Product Quality

Eight Epson 520 reviewers said in their reviews that the Epson 520 was good quality. Expert review site Digitaltrends.com wrote “It has great photo quality output, with the photo black ink providing razor-sharp blacks.”. Digitaltrends.com also wrote “Excellent photo quality output”. Digitaltrends.com also wrote “Stunning output quality”.

Epson Data Projectors Have Good Reviews

Epson 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors have good ratings on average and across all multimedia projectors Epson is one of the superior brands.

Good Technical Features

Several Epson 520 owners wrote in their reviews that the Epson 520 had good features. Six years ago Pcmag.com mentioned “It stood out for offering a full set of office-centric features at a notably low price” in their review of this projector. Pcmag.com also said “Strong on office-centric features”.

Nice Design

One person who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good looking. Expert review site Pcworld.com_techhive.com said “It also delivers gorgeous output at a decent speed” in their Epson 520 review and gave it a score of 4 stars.

Good Picture Quality

One customer who purchased it mentioned that it had good picture quality. Expert website About.com wrote “It prints very fast and leaves text and graphics looking good; if anything, photos fare even better.”.

Good Environmental Credentials

One customer thought it was good in terms of recycling. About.com wrote “Environmentally friendly and recyclable” however they scored it 60 out of 100.

Good Connectivity

One Epson 520 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the Epson 520 was wifi compatible. Six years ago About.com mentioned in their review of this projector “Builtin wired wireless networking”.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Epson 520 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the 520.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including because of it's better review score, the EB-535W, or the EB-520 both from Epson.

We compared all the other projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) to this projector and we think the Epson EB-525W is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The Epson 520 supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of the most common supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this Epson data projector). This multimedia projector also support supported graphics resolutionss of 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 1440 x 900 (WXGA+) and 800 x 600 (SVGA).

This projector's resolution (1600 x 1200 (UXGA)) is actually the best supported resolution amongst all data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the 520.

Amongst similar types of projector the worst supported resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

Most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, however the Epson 520 has three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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10 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Rates

This projector has a 10|100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data rates, which is typical of many projectors of this type and age.

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10 Reasons Against

Poor Expert Reviews

On average, based on seven expert reviews from sites including PC Mag, Digitaltrends.com, computershopper.com and about.com this data projector has an overall expert rating of 63 out of 100. It seems that experts are not that keen on this multimedia projector.

Does Not Support 3D

The Epson 520 does not support 3D. Most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the 520 also do not support 3D.

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Does Not Support Full HD

The Epson 520 does not support full HD. Most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the 520 also do not support full HD.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Epson 520 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for more than two years also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other data projectors which also support wi-Fi including the EB-535W, the EB-520, or the EB-530 all from Epson.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness

The average projector brightness of data projectors of a similar type and age to the 520 is 3,100 ANSI lumens. The Epson 520 has one of the dimmer projector brightnesss (only 2,700 ANSI lumens) amongst 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age.

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Very Dim Projector Brightness (economic Mode)

At only 1,600 ANSI lumen, the Epson 520 has a fairly dim projector brightness (economic mode) compared to most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the 520. The average projector brightness (economic mode) of 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago is 1,800 ANSI lumens, and the projector brightness (economic mode)s range from 1,600 ANSI lumens to 1,900 ANSI lumens.

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Very Dim White Light Output

At only 2,700 ANSI lumens, the Epson 520 has a quite dim white light output compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been on the market for more than two years. The white light outputs of multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the 520 range from 2,700 ANSI lumens to 3,400 ANSI lumens, and the average white light output is 3,100 ANSI lumens.

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Very Dim Colour Light Output

The dimmest colour light output of similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the 520 is 2,700 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 3,400 ANSI lumens, and the average colour light output is 3,100 ANSI lumens. The Epson 520 has a quite dim colour light output (only 2,700 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Only One Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in

Most similar spec projectors that are a comparable age to the 520 have one component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in, including the Epson 520 which has one component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in.

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Very Small Matrix Size

With a matrix size of only 0.55 inches, the Epson 520 has a fairly small matrix size compared to most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the 520. 16000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the 520 have matrix sizes of between 0.55" and 0.59".

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3 Other reasons to consider the Epson 520

Released Over Two Years Ago

This 16000:1 contrast ratio data projector was released over two years ago.

Average Noise Level

The Epson 520 has a fairly average noise level (35 decibels) compared to most of the other data projectors of this type and age.

We compared this projector to all the other 35dB noise level multimedia projectors and we think the Epson EB-520 which has better reviews is also worth considering.

Alternative projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Epson EB-535W (37dB) which is also higher rated.

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XGA (1024x768) Projector Native Resolution

The Epson 520 has a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Projector Brightness (economic Mode)
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Lamp Type
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focus
Video
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Video Processing
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in
DC-In Jack
Microphone in
Audio (L,R) Out
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN Data Rates
Ethernet LAN
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Vertical Scan Range
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (economy Mode)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
Voltage Tolerance
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Storage Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Storage Temperature (T-T)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Handheld Remote Control

1 Award

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Expert Reviews

(10)
27 April 2015

The Epson WorkForce DS-520 Color Document Scanner offers a 50-sheet automatic document feeder, a capable scan utility, and fast speed...

Fast
Good text recognition
Excellent document management
Automatic document feeder
Duplex (two-sided) scanning
Fared only moderately well with business cards in our tests
2 January 2015

Our feelings about Epson's XP-520 are conflicted. It's a step-up from the sub-$100 printers you sometimes find in supermarkets. It has great photo quality output, with the photo black ink...

Duplexing
Fast print speed for its price
Excellent photo quality output
Low purchase price
Stunning output quality
No ADF
Awkward, small paper tray
Small LCD
Tiny display can be hard to read
The lack of a 'Back' button makes control panel navigation a little confusing

The Epson Expression Premium XP-520 is one of the few low-priced printers we've tested that's worth recommending. Its high-yield inks are surprisingly affordable, and it also delivers gorgeous...

8 September 2014

If something does what it does really, really well, and doesn't cost you and arm and a leg, you tend to forgive, or even forget its foibles. That's what you have with Epson's new Expression... Read more…

8 September 2014

If something does what it does really, really well, and doesn't cost you and arm and a leg, you tend to forgive, or even forget its foibles. That's what you have with Epson's new Expression... Read more…

22 November 2010

Like the Epson Workforce 610, the Workforce 520 color all-in-one printer offers a lot of printer for not much money. It prints very fast and leaves text and graphics looking good; if anything,...

Fast
Builtin wired wireless networking
Very good print quality, excellent photo quality
Automatic document feeder
Economical inks
Slow photo printing
Single paper input
Middling text quality at default settings
High-yield inks offer little savings
No automatic duplexer

The Epson WorkForce 520 came off to me as a good home office AIO for a customer on a budget. Regularly priced at $129.99, Epson is currently offering the WorkForce 520 for $89.99. For that,...

14 July 2010

899Reviewer?s Choice About the Author John Breeden II directs the GCN Lab...

The WorkForce 520 is a balanced trade-off between value and the basic features small offices need in an all-in-one inkjet printer...

25 June 2010

Epson is one of the leading printer companies in the world, and their quality is almost unmatched. We recently had the pleasure of reviewing the new Epson WorkForce 520 All-In-One printer, and... Read more…

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Electricity cost when switched on $70.88
Electricity cost when on standby $10.57
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Total running cost over 5 years $81.45
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.54 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 14 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers epson v11h674020
Barcodes 00010343915039, 00103439150398

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