People throwing parties at home will benefit from the simplicity of this all-in-one home cinema projector as it makes it a cinch to experience the big screen indoors and outdoors -- all you'll need is to drag an extension cord out to the backyard and you're ready to go.
DLP technology drives the ep9010's images with a 6-segment colour wheel to minimise the "rainbow effect" that is apparent on some 3-segment DLP projectors.
Downside: The ep9010's maximum resolution is 800 x 600 pixels, which is about the lowest resolution you'll get these days on a home theatre projector. Enthusiasts will want at least 1024 x 768 or even higher to experience all that high definition (HD) has to offer.
The HP Instant Cinema tips the scales at about 10kg which is very heavy for a projector, but when you consider the combined weight of an external DVD player, speakers and amp, we think the ep9010's extra heft is justified.
Outlook: Instant Cinema is a brilliant concept from HP and the projector should make a big impact in the consumer space when it is released. HP expects the ep9010 to be in stores by Christmas 2004 for a recommended retail price of about AU$4,500.
Compared to standalone projectors in the budget to mid-range price bracket, the image output specifications of the HP unit aren't all that great (native SVGA, 840 ANSI lumens, 1600:1 contrast ratio). The addition of a built-in DVD player and 2.1 channel sound certainly bumps up the price. If you are looking for a unit without the built-in extras, take a look at these budget home-theatre projectors.