The other modes, Bright Cinema, Natural, and Cinema, all came in around the 1,700 lumen mark, and all have excellent color, right out of the box. The HC2100 and HC2150 are 3LCD projectors, so they have as many color lumens as white ones, and appear to be both brighter and have more accurate color than competing DLPs. I did favor Cinema Mode over the others, but as all the modes with great color measured about the same, your favorite mode will be a matter of preference.
The Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150 are feature-laden. They have a generous 1.60:1 manual zoom lens, and +60% lens shift! It’s rare that you see lens shift on a sub-$1,000 projector. The projectors use a Dynamic Iris for improved black level performance – and the black levels here are better than entry-level.
They also come with CFI – Creative Frame Interpolation – for sports viewing, and are 3D ready. The HC2100 and HC2150 have an HDMI with MHL port for an Amazon Fire Stick, Apple TV, or other such device for streaming. As mentioned, on the Home Cinema 2150, we have wireless via Miracast. These projectors also have a built-in media player for viewing images and videos from a flash drive.
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Gamers rejoice – the Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2050 have got game! We measured a 29ms input lag, which is less than most competitors. This amount of lag will be acceptable for most gamers – even some of the more hardcore, competitive types, though not all. The best of the best input lag times measure around 16ms. If you require a lower lag time, see this year’s Value winners in the Under $1000 Class: the Optoma HD143X and HD243X projectors.
These Epsons have a fantastic warranty, standard with all of their projectors. That’s a two year parts and labor warranty with two years of rapid replacement. If your Epson fails under warranty, it’s just a simple call and you can expect a replacement in no more than two business days. As someone who has used this replacement program (my first Epson HC5040UB had a power supply failure), I can tell you Epson is true to their word. I received my replacement the morning of the second business day.
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