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Expert Reviews Are Good
Data projector expert review website PC Mag scored this 15000:1 contrast ratio data projector 80 out of 100.
Epson Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors
15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors built by Epson have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all multimedia projectors (not just 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors) and found that Epson also has good reviews across its entire range.
Good Product Quality
Several Epson VS345 owners mentioned in their reviews that the product was good quality. In December last year Pcmag.com said on expert website PC Mag “The Epson VS345 WXGA 3LCD Projector ($459.99) is a low-price yet capable model, with good image quality for both data” in their review. Pcmag.com also said “The Epson VS345 provides good data- and video-image quality for a low-priced WXGA projector”. Pc Mag said on PC Mag “Good video- and data-image quality in our tests” and gave it a score of 80 out of 100.
Good Picture Quality
One person mentioned that it had good picture quality.
One person who bought the product concluded that it was well made. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote in their Epson VS345 review “A solid selection of ports”.
Has a Built-In Speaker(s)
Like most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and type, the Epson VS345 has a built-in speaker(s).
We compared all the other multimedia projectors which also have a built-in speaker(s) to this projector and we think the Optoma W316 ($877.00), or the Benq W1110 ($1,030.08) is also worth considering.
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1400 X 1050 (SXGA+) Supported Graphics Resolutions
The highest resolution supported by the Epson VS345 is 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+). That's over three times the resolution of the most common supported graphics resolutions of 800 x 600 (SVGA) (which is also supported by this projector). This multimedia projector also support supported graphics resolutionss of 1440 x 900 (WXGA+) and 1152 x 864 (XGA+) and 1280 x 1024 (SXGA). Across all projectors of this age and spec the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).
Quite Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
The average service life of lamp (economic mode) of 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for more than a year is 8,600h. At 10,000 hours, the Epson VS345 has a fairly long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other projectors that came out around the same time as the VS345.
100V AC Input Voltage
This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most frequently found AC input voltage on comparable spec data projectors that came out around the same time as it.
The Epson VS345 is one of the lighter comparable spec projectors that were released more than a year ago (only 2.4 kilograms) amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age. 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the VS345 have weights of between 2.3g and 4kg, and the average weight is 2.6kg.
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Inferior Sound Quality
One Epson VS345 owner said in their reviews that it did not have good sound quality.
Inferior Technical Features
One person reckoned that this projector did not have good features. Pcmag.com mentioned “It doesn't have the range of features and the powerful sound system of the Editors' Choice Eps” in their Epson VS345 review.
Poor 3D Picture Quality
One person said in their reviews that the Epson VS345 did not have a good 3D picture quality. Pc Mag mentioned on PC Mag “Can't project 3D content” but despite that they gave the product a score of 4 stars.
Does Not Support Full HD
The Epson VS345 does not support full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the VS345 also do not support full HD.
Alternative projectors which also support full HD that you might want to consider include the Benq W2000 ($1,344.72) which also has a higher rating.
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Does Not Support 3D
The Epson VS345 does not support 3D. Most of the other projectors of this age and type also do not support 3D.
Other projectors which also support 3D that you might want to look at include the Benq W2000 ($1,344.72) which also has a higher rating.
Does Not Support Wi-Fi
Like most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were launched more than a year ago, the Epson VS345 does not support wi-Fi.
Quite Dim Projector Brightness
The Epson VS345 has a fairly dim projector brightness (only 3,000 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that were released more than a year ago. The projector brightnesss of 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that came out around the same time as the VS345 range from 2,000 ANSI lumens to 5,000 ANSI lumens.
Very Low Number of Colours
The numbers of colours of comparable spec projectors that have been available for a similar time to the VS345 range from 1M to 1,100M. At only 1.07 million, the Epson VS345 has a quite low number of colours compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the VS345.
Fairly Loud Noise Level
With a noise level of 37 decibels, the Epson VS345 has one of the louder noise levels amongst data projectors of this age. The average noise level of 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the VS345 is 35dB.
If you would consider a data projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the Optoma W316 ($877.00) (29dB).
Quite Dim Colour Light Output
With a colour light output of only 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Epson VS345 has one of the dimmer colour light outputs amongst multimedia projectors of this age. The dimmest colour light output of 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been available for around the same time as the VS345 is 2,800 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 3,300 ANSI lumens, and the average colour light output is 3,100 ANSI lumens.
Quite Dim White Light Output
With a white light output of only 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Epson VS345 has one of the dimmer white light outputs amongst projectors of this age. The white light outputs of similar spec projectors that have been on the market for more than a year range from 2,800 ANSI lumens to 3,300 ANSI lumens, and the average white light output is 3,100 ANSI lumens.
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WXGA (1280x800) Projector Native Resolution
This projector has a projector native resolution of WXGA (1280x800), which is the most frequently found projector native resolution on similar spec multimedia projectors that were launched more than a year ago.
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
3,000 ANSI lumens
3-panel (p-Si TFT active)
Keystone Correction, Horizontal
-30 - 30
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Colour Light Output
3,000 ANSI lumens
White Light Output
3,000 ANSI lumens
Number of Colours
Projection Distance (tele)
9 - 9
Projection Distance (wide)
0.9 - 0.9
0.9 - 9
Supported Aspect Ratios
Native Aspect Ratio
Number of Colours
1.073 billion colours
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Service Life of Lamp
Aperture Range (F-F)
1.58 - 1.72
Focal Length Range (f-F)
16.9 - 20.28
Supported Graphics Resolutions
1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1440 x 900, 1152 x 864 (XGA+), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+)
Analog Signal Format System
SECAM, NTSC, PAL, NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL 60, PAL, PAL M, PAL, PAL N
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