Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5020

The Good The Epson 5020 projector can deliver great dark-room images yet has enough light output for moderately lit rooms, too; excellent color accuracy; deep black levels with ample shadow detail; plenty of features including motorized lens cover, horizontal and vertical lens shift, and two pairs of 3D glasses.

The Bad Black levels not quite as deep as some competitors; auto iris required for peak performance; iris still makes some noise; WirelessHD option (5020UBe) not as good a value.

The Bottom Line The Epson 5020UB projector offers excellent picture quality for the money, and is versatile enough for both dark and moderately lit rooms.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Value 9.0
8.2 Overall


Great picture, value goes beyond the dark

Mar 2013

Editor's note: Epson has two versions of this projector on the market: the 5020UB and the 5020UBe. The differences between the two are the inclusion of a WirelessHD module on the 5020UBe and a $300 premium.

First impressions count, and in the case of the Epson 5020 they're dead-on. This projector's design initially struck me with its kidney-grille facial resemblance to a certain luxury car, and it performs like one.

The image quality of the 5020 is characterized by excellent color, prodigious light output, and very good black levels. You can pay thousands more than the $2,500 or so the 5020 will set you back, but you will be able to get only incremental improvements in the most important area: black levels.

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Specs / Prices

  • Brand Epson
  • Color Category black, white
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model Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5020UBe

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