Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e LCD Projector


Conclusions about the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e LCD Projector

The Highlights

  • Lots of light output
  • Accurate color and grayscale after calibration
  • Flat gamma tracking
  • Excellent lens and screen uniformity
  • Wireless HDMI adds convenience with five inputs
  • No visible crosstalk and a bright picture makes for excellent 3D

My Wish List

  • Lens shift would increase installation flexibility
  • CMS still needs work to be truly useful
  • Out-of-box color and grayscale performance could be better

Epson has always been a value leader with their front-projection models and the 3020e continues that tradition. This is the fourth generation I've reviewed and they just keep getting better and better. Making the wireless HDMI available in a sub $2000 model is another thing that sets them apart. Add to that prodigious light output from only a 230-watt bulb, excellent optics and decent color accuracy; and you have a winning product here. It's the little things that count and it seems every year, Epson adds just enough to stay ahead of the competition. You'd have to spend quite a bit more money to do significantly better. If you're on a tight budget, it'll be difficult to improve on the Epson Home Cinema 3020e.