Epson EH-TW5300 Projector Review- Lively Home Cinema Entertainment Product
• Delightful form factor
• Tactile buttons
• Bright and colourful picture production
• Active Full HD 3D Mode
• 1080p at 60fps
• Exceptional lamp life
• Easy controls
• Powerful Speaker
• Super calm in Eco lamp Mode
• Below average picture production in properly lit areas
• Substandard Black level
• A bit of Noise in picture quality
• Images seldom are less detailed
• Noisy in Normal mode
• Remote control is not backlit
What is Epson EH-TW5300?
Epson EH-TW5300 is a cute compact home projector that could substitute your costly LED Television. The printer which is priced at more than Rs.75K offers upto 300-inch of screen size, only if you have enough space to maintain the appropriate disptance. Highlights of the Projector include its 2,200 lumens of claimed brightness, a dynamic contrast ratio of 35000:1, MHL mobile connectivity and 3D playback.
Look and Feel
The moment I unpacked Epson EH-TW5300 out of the box, its glossy white finish looked perfect and shining. Controls are well stacked over the device, while connectivity ports are placed at the rear side of the projector.
Compared to other sharp edge projectors, Epson designed it the other way round. Its curvy frame and rounded edges make it look adorable in high-gloss white finishing.
On one side there is a large heat vent that sits aesthetically pleasing.
On the front, there is a large lens that looks big enough for a projector of this price range.
The controls over the lens include a lens cover, pit for zoom and focus ring, adjacent to which is a keystone correction control. All the controls work precisely and react instantly to even the slightest of touch.
There is a silver-metal trim surrounding the lens that adds to beauty. So yes I would say its one of the finest designs and not the earlier black boring types.
Number of ports on Epson EH-TW5300 include Two HDMI ports out of which one is MHL, a composite video input, a VGA port, and a USB 2.0 port through which you can connect your USB drive directly.
Again, the eye-catching features of projector includes its 2,200 lumens of brightness, 35,000:1 contrast figure and 7,500 hours of lamp life does impress very much, compared to the other projectors that fall in the same price range.
Epson EH-TW5300 Home projector SETUP
We all love easy to set-up products, the sooner we can start using them, the fun it is. Complicated products do consume time and require one to go through the user manual thoroughly as well. Now, the Epson EH-TW5300 unit we received was packed decently with all the cables and accessories bundled with it. It took me close to 10-minutes to understand the device completely, and once I was done I could use it like it a pro. The set-up is easy and works like plug and play.
There is a 1.2x optical zoom ring on front along with a physical keystone adjustment slider adjacent to it. The keystone works fine, however I missed Vertical keystone correction.
LCD Projectors generally have a lesser life compared to their DLP siblings, and that was one of the reasons why 7,000 hours of lamp life impressed us very much.
Epson EH-TW5300 Home projector supports optional active 3D glasses that support 480Hz of driving system. The system ensures that you get sharp and non-ghosting picture quality. The projectors frame interpolation system works great in providing judder less videos. However, there is still some room left when we talking about upscaling, as the low quality videos do show little noise around the edges.
Epson EH-TW5300 projector Picture Quality
Starting with the picture quality in Dark room area first. Using the projector in dark area is entertaining; the colours are precise and look very accurate. I didn’t find any issues with the projectors performance in dark areas. If you have the content in Full HD quality, Epson EH-TW5300 will never disappoint you. Images produced by it are sharp and colour calibration is also good. However, Even if Epson claims such an unmatchable contrast ratio, I did find Blacks and greys getting affected in dark areas. The blacks are not super black and look like grey instead. Due to this, other colours get affected as well.
Moving on to the picture quality in slightly dim areas. The picture quality in slightly dim areas is decent and would work good in most of the situations.
Lastly, one can only counter the actual black colour shortage in well lit areas. In well lit conditions the content is visible, everything is visible, however the blacks are tough to find. Colours are not very saturated like the dim areas.
This is when you are using the projector only for home entertainment purpose. For example watching movies and videos on it. If the product is used in office like environment, one can read PDF files and presentations without exerting many efforts on their eyes.
You can also select ‘Cinema Mode’ for best picture colour balance.
For better shades, one can use Epson Super White that gets white calibration done pretty well. However, there’s nothing one can do for the black levels. Using Eco-mode does soothe the wounds a little. But, this is a common issue that we generally counter with budget projectors and is not something major. Epson has come up with a creative product and I would appreciate it as a complete package for what you pay.
One could only grumble about the blacks that turn into grey or the less punchy colour quality in dark areas.
The remote control packed with the projector is not backlit, just like the remotes of other projectors and requires special attention in low light conditions.
I would recommend that you only play Full HD content on the Epson EH-TW5300 Home projector and you’ll never be disappointed by the quality that it delivers. Full HD Content is sharp and crispy, the details on the screen are crystal clear. For a small home gathering or a full movie night, TW5300 works great except the sound generated by its fan in Normal mode.
Projectors motion reproduction quality looks spotless and one can also use frame interpolation system on mid and high settings if you want something much smoother. But that will look un-natural. We would suggest not using the interpolation in most of the conditions.
Epson EH-TW5300- 3D Picture Quality
The issues that we faced in normal mode worked as an advantage in 3D. The whole cinema experience turned mesmerising while using the active 3D glasses. The glasses can easily charged easily from a micro-USB charger. Whether you should buy the glasses or not is not what you should ask, there’s no second thought about it, just go for it.
Quality in 3D mode is way crispier and well saturated than normal mode. Blacks are good and colours are also accurate. One might say that the brightness levels are a little sub-dued, but I won’t totally agree with it. What the projector is delivering is something none of the other brands are offering, which is good. The ghosting effect is also very less in videos.
Epson EH-TW5300 packs a 5W mono speaker at the rear side of the device. The sound quality produced by the speaker is loud, very loud. However, the audio lacks bass and distorts at higher levels.
But, overall quality produced by the speaker is satisfactory and one could enjoy any sort of movies on it.
Epson EH-TW5300 projector is a beautiful looking product from Epson. The projector is good if you’re looking for a machine that looks great in design and would fit well in a household. The overall performance of the projector is good depending on what you use it for. If you’re looking for a machine for movies and videos, it’s great. However, if you’re looking for a hardcore gaming machine you can check out Benq w1110, which is priced slightly higher but delivers darker blacks and better colour calibration.