Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010e LCD Projector


Design of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 5010e LCD Projector

My first impression when unboxing the 5010e was “this thing looks like an Imperial Storm Trooper.”  The case is all-white with black vents and back panel.  Its  shape is unmistakably retro Star Wars. This is not a bad thing but I can't help but think that a serious sci-fi fan designed the look of the 5010e. The lens is center-mounted with a motorized door to keep out dust. A cleanable air filter is located behind the right side vent and lamp access is through a side hatch. This is nice for ceiling installations because you don't have to take the projector down to perform maintenance.

The back panel has a full complement of connections including two HDMI 1.4a, one component, one composite and one VGA. WirelessHD counts as the sixth input. For convenience, Epson includes HDMI cable clips that securely fasten cables to the projector. This is a very nice touch and long overdue in my opinion. For control there is a single RS-232 port. I missed the 12-volt triggers. These are useful to activate motorized screens and anamorphic lens sleds. As it turns out, the 5010e doesn't support anamorphic lenses. To get that feature, you have to move up to the Pro Cinema 6010 which is nearly the same model but comes with a three-year warranty, a spare lamp and a ceiling mount.

The remote is extremely functional and well thought out. At the top are discrete power buttons and a key to turn on the backlight. Then there are keys for the six inputs, very handy. Below that are transport controls which will operate HDMI-CEC compatible devices. Menu navigation is next followed by nine buttons which operate various functions without going into the menu system. You can toggle the auto iris, frame interpolation; access the CMS, change the aspect ratio or turn on the split screen function. There is also a User key which can be assigned different commands from the menu. The IR is very powerful and always worked when pointed at the screen in 2D mode. In 3D mode, it was less reliable so I pointed the remote up at the projector instead.