Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700 UB LCD Projector


Introduction to the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700 UB LCD Projector

Commenting on value in a review is always risky. The worth of a product is ultimately in the eye of the beholder. In the case of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8700 UB, I have every confidence that you will agree when I say, this projector is one of the best values on the market today. For less than the price of many big-screen TVs, you can have the front projection experience with plenty of light, accurate color, high-end video processing, and all at full 1920x1080p. Epson has truly discovered a secret sauce with their products that delivers performance even the pickiest videophiles will appreciate.

When Epson broke through a few years ago with their C2Fine D7 LCD chipset, they opened the door for everyone, not just the well-heeled, to be able to afford quality front projection in the home. Though other manufacturers use the same chips in their projectors, Epson has always had a slight edge in quality and value. I’m continually impressed that even their less-expensive units offer full calibration controls and HQV video processing. And the poor black levels of LCD projectors from not too many years ago have been replaced with rich, deep, and dark tones that only the best LCoS projectors can surpass.


  • Design: Front Projector; LCD (Three 0.74")
  • Native Resolution: 1920 x 1080
  • Anamorphic Lens Support: Yes
  • Zoom Ratio: 2.1:1
  • Lens Shift: Vertical +/-96.3%, Horizontal +/-47.1%
  • Light Output: 1600 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 200,000:1 (Dynamic)
  • Iris Control: Off, Auto (Normal or High Speed)
  • Image size: 30” – 300”
  • Inputs: HDMI 1.3 (2), Component (1), S-Video (1), Composite (1), 15-pin VGA (1)
  • Control: RS-232 (1), 12v Trigger (1)
  • Lamp Power: 200 Watts
  • Rated lamp life: 4000 Hr
  • Dimensions: 5.4" H x 17.7" W x 14.2" D
  • Weight: 16.5 Pounds
  • Warranty: 2 years, 90 Days on Lamp
  • MSRP: $2,199
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