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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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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 Review, Hands On With the Silver Edition Projector
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 Silver Edition SVGA 2600 Lumens HDMI Projector (White) Reviews

12 Reasons For

Three Industry Awards

This projector has received three awards from experts in projectors.

The experts at Trusted Reviews and IT Reviews.com both concluded that concluded that they would recommend this multimedia projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

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

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Average Expert Reviews

Seventeen experts from sites including Trusted Reviews, Expert Reviews, Techradar and T3.com have rated this 3000:1 contrast ratio projector on average 77 out of 100.

Epson Has Good Reviews for Its Data Projectors

Epson is one of the better rated multimedia projector manufacturers according to average reviews from experts and users, and Epson also has good reviews for its 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Good Size

A few Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewers who reviewed this projector agreed that it was compact. Expert website Expertreviews.co.uk mentioned “This Epson replaces the existing PictureMate, which is our favourite compact photo printer” in their review. Expert website Dvhardware.net said eleven 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 Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewer who reviewed this projector thought it was a good size.

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Easy to Use

Two Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 owners agreed that the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 was easy to use. Pc Mag wrote “Bright enough to use in a living room or family room” in their Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 review but in spite of that they gave the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 a rating of 60 out of 100. Pcadvisor.co.uk said on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “We praised its dinky dimensions, sturdy carry handle and creditable ease of use”.

Good Technical Features

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewer who reviewed it reckoned that it had good features. Electronicsme.com mentioned eight years ago “An even more impressive list of features, this workhorse i”.

Good Product Quality

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewer concluded that it was good quality. Nine years ago Laptopmag.com gave the product a rating of 5 stars and said “This all-in-one printer works fast, delivers quality prints” in their review.

Good Picture Quality

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 owner who bought the product considered that it had good picture quality. Itreviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “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(s)

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a comparable age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 also have a built-in speaker(s).

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1400 X 1050 (SXGA+) Supported Graphics Resolutions

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

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many data projectors of this type and age.

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Very Light

The weights of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 range from 230g to 30kg, and the average weight is 4.9kg. The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is quite light (only 2.3 kilograms) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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14 Reasons Against

Not Robust

A number of Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewers thought it was not well made. Pcadvisor.co.uk mentioned on expert review site PC Advisor.co.uk “We found the flimsy build a disappointment” although they rated it 4 stars. Productsifter.com wrote in their review of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 “Poor build” .

Unacceptable Noise Level

One Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 reviewer who purchased the product thought it was not noisy. Pc Mag gave it a rating of 3 stars and mentioned on PC Mag “Internal speakers aren't loud” in their review.

Does Not Support 3D

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

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Does Not Support Full HD

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 does not support full HD. Most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for more than two years also do not support full HD.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 also do not support wi-Fi.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is SVGA (800x600). That's 53% less resolution than the most common projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is actually the worst resolution across all 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

Across similar types of data projector the best resolution is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

The projector brightnesss of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a similar time to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 range from 100 ANSI lumens to 8,000 ANSI lumens. At only 2,600 ANSI lumens, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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Very Dim White Light Output

The average white light output of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for more than two years is 3,200 ANSI lumens, and the white light outputs range from 2,500 ANSI lumens to 5,000 ANSI lumens. At only 2,600 ANSI lumens, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a fairly dim white light output compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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Very Dim Colour Light Output

Across all the similar spec multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 the colour light outputs range from 2,500 ANSI lumens to 5,000 ANSI lumens. With a colour light output of only 2,600 ANSI lumens, the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has one of the dimmer colour light outputs amongst multimedia projectors of this age.

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Very Small Digital Zoom

The PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has one of the smaller digital zooms (only 1.35 times zoom factor) amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. Across all the projectors of a comparable age and spec to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 the digital zooms range from 1.3x to 4x, and the average digital zoom is 2.6x.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

With a bulb power of only 200 Watts, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has one of the smaller bulb powers amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The average bulb power of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago is 240W.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has one of the lower RMS rated powers (only 2 Watts) amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The average RMS rated power of 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is 11W, and the RMS rated powers range from 0.5W to 20W.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 is a one VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity data projector.

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Quite High Power Consumption (PowerSave)

Comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500 have power consumption (PowerSave)s of between 0.1W and 330W. At 234 Watts, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a fairly high power consumption (PowerSave) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this projector was released.

Average Noise Level

At 37 decibels, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 500 has a fairly standard noise level compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the PowerLite Home Cinema 500.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Colour Light Output
White Light Output
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance (tele)
Projection Distance (wide)
Supported Aspect Ratios
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Lamp Type
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Digital Zoom
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Focus
Video
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Plug and Play
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
AC Adapter Included

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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers epson eb965, epson epson, epson eb965h, epson eb1970, epson eb1970w, epson c11ca15011, epson c12c802651, epson c11ca15011b, epson c11ca15011bx, supplies c12c802111, supplies c12c802042
Barcodes 00010343905375, 08715946538259, 08715946539041

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