Epson EB-1945W review - Has amazing picture quality and is very easy to set up for the best picture quality

The Epson EB-1945W is a powerful projector that easily has the best picture quality on test here. This is due to its stunning 4,200 ANSI lumen rating (it also has an economy mode that turns it down to a still respectable 2,910 lumen).

It’s extremely bright and can display an impressive image even in daylight. It also has an extremely high contrast rating (3,000:1) so images are crisp and clear. They can also be large, thanks to its powerful projection you can go all the way up to 280-inches. Epson claims a healthy 5,000 hour maintenance cycle.

Of course all this doesn’t come without a few caveats. The primary one being price: at £1,300 it’s by far the most expensive model on test. Then there’s both the size and, especially, weight of the Epson EB-1495W. Packing in a just under 4 kilograms it’s by no means a light projector. It’s certainly not that suitable for taking on the road, although carrying it from one classroom to another is perfectly possible. We think the style also leaves a bit to be desired.

The weight is somewhat compensated by the ease with which the projector can be set up. The Epson EB-1945W has some clever tricks that can be used during setup. A ‘testcard’ approach enables an amatuer projectionist to get the correct adjustments. It displays a figure on the screen and several modes, such as the Focus Help, assist you in making adjustments.

It also has an impressive range of connections including DisplayPort and HDMI so you can easily hook it up to a MacBook or iPad. It also has VGA, Composite and USB 2.0. On top of that you can hook it up to gigabit ethernet or connect it to a Wi-Fi network and share files. You can even just insert a USB stick with PDFs and play them right from the device. If anything it may have too many connections at the back, it seems to suffer from kitchen sink-itis, and some Apple complexity bashing would perhaps make it a bit easier.

OUR VERDICT

All-in-all this is a great projector for the office or classroom. The weight is a big issue, however, and we certainly wouldn’t recommend adding four kilograms to travel pack. Also the price takes it into a whole different bracket.

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