Epson PowerLite 3020

The Good The Epson PowerLite 3020 offers up decent amounts of shadow detail and black level for a budget-minded projector. It's easy to use and offers a lot of tweaking capabilities. 3D and 24P playback are miles ahead of what a TV at the same price can offer.

The Bad WirelessHD (3020e only) is an expensive upgrade and needs clear line of sight to work; colors are a little off compared to the cheaper BenQ W107; black levels come at the expense of a noisy iris motor.

The Bottom Line The Epson PowerLite 3020 projector series offers up a decent deal with a sophisticated picture and a couple of unique features.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 7.0
  • Value 7.0
6.9 Overall

Review

Epson packs features, OK performance

In the past if you wanted a really big screen you'd get a projector. But with companies like Sharp now releasing 90-inch televisions, big-picture aficionados with extra cash can avoid the hassles of buying a projection screen and having to nurse a pitch-black room.

For others with the room, time, and money, a projector is a great option and can give you a much bigger screen than any flat-panel LCD or plasma for a fraction of the price. As a wise man once said, don't buy a jumbo TV, but a projector.

Epson has built some impressive projectors in its time, and for the money the PowerLite Home Cinema 3020 does some things very well. You have the choice of two versions, the 3020 ($1,599) and the 3020e ($1,899) which includes a WirelessHD hub. Personally, I think you should opt for the one without the wireless HDMI and save yourself some money. Whichever version you pick, the Epson is a competent projector which offers decent black levels and shadow details for an LCD-based model. Only some slight color aberrations, a very noisy iris motor, and a better performance from the cheaper BenQ W1070 spoil things for this Epson.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $1,599
  • Brand Epson
  • Color Category gray, white
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model Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020

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