The PowerLite 5520W has a rated fan noise of 38db at full power, 28db in ECO Mode. Though that’s not considered quiet, it’s definitely one of those sounds that disappear into the background – that is, you get used to it. I was standing right next to the projector to take my photos, so naturally, the fan was louder than you can expect for your installations. This projector will likely be ceiling mounted, far above the heads of the audience, so that sound will diminish with height. I’d rate it as about the same volume as the low hum of an air conditioner.
Now, that ECO Mode rating is quiet. 28db is quieter than my home theater projector when operating at full power. In the home theater market, fan noise is supposed to be kept to a minimum, and if 31db is acceptable for home theater projectors, 28db is awesome for a business and education projector such as the Epson PowerLite 5520W. With the volume on, I couldn’t hear the fan at full power, and I definitely couldn’t hear it in ECO Mode. I wouldn’t worry about the fan being a distraction, whether presenting or showing video content.
That does it for our review of the Epson PowerLite 5520W projector! On the next page, I summarize everything you learned in the review, and tell you my take on the pros and cons to the 5520W. See you on the last page!
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