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Huge, excellent Epson projector produces huge, excellent pictures

Here's an up-close look at a projector capable of some impressively gorgeous images.

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Geoffrey Morrison
Geoffrey Morrison is a writer/photographer about tech and travel for CNET, The New York Times, and other web and print publications. He's also the Editor-at-Large for The Wirecutter. He has written for Sound&Vision magazine, Home Theater magazine, and was the Editor-in-Chief of Home Entertainment magazine. He is NIST and ISF trained, and has a degree in Television/Radio from Ithaca College. His bestselling novel, Undersea, and its sequel, Undersea Atrophia, are available in paperback and digitally on Amazon. He spends most of the year as a digital nomad, living and working while traveling around the world. You can follow his travels at BaldNomad.com and on his YouTube channel.
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Epson Home Cinema 5050UB

The Home Cinema 5050UB from Epson is a big LCD projector capable of some impressive images. 

Check out our full review of the Epson Home Cinema 5050UB: Big, bold and beautiful.

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Filter

There's a replaceable filter on the air intake side.

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Zoom

As befitting a projector of its class, the 5050 has a generous zoom range of 2.1x, meaning you have a wider flexibility in where you place the projector in relation to a specific screen size.

It's also motorized, so you can fill a 2.35:1 screen and then zoom back in to show 16x9 content at the correct aspect ratio.

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Just talkin' about shift

There's extensive horizontal and vertical lens shift, also motorized.

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Many motors

In addition to its other tricks, the lens has a motorized cover that slides into place when you turn the projector off.

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Size

While not big compared to many higher-end home theater projectors, it is worth considering its size and weight (24.7lbs or 11.2kg) if you're replacing a smaller projector.

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Side buttons

The 5050's few buttons are hidden behind a sliding door.

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Recessed inputs

It has HDMI of course, plus an analog PC input and connections for home automation systems.

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Big remote

It will be hard to use this remote. Alternately, you can use it as a table.

Check out our full review: Epson Home Cinema 5050UB: Big, bold and beautiful.

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