With all the talk about 4K “Ultra HD” these days, it’s easy to forget that most people could probably easily get by with 720p, given how far the average viewer sits from the screen. And as Jeff demonstrated in his review of the BenQ W1080ST projector, front projection is becoming less of a Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous aspiration and more of a Joe Six Pack reality every day. So don’t automatically dismiss Epson’s new PowerLite Home Cinema 730HD Projector because of its 720p resolution until you see its sticker price.
The 730HD delivers some seriously high-bright output, with 3,000 lumens of color brightness and 3,000 lumens of white brightness, with an absolutely rainbow-free image thanks to the projector’s three-chip 3LCD engine.
Setup also promises to be incredibly neophyte friendly, thanks to the 730HD’s 1.2x optical zoom, automatic vertical keystone correction with a range of ±30 degrees, and easy-slide horizontal correction. The projector also feature’s Instant Off technology to ensure that you won’t spend a lot of time sitting around, waiting for it to power up or down.
In addition to HDMI, it also features Component Video, S-Video, and USB Type A and B digital inputs, along with a USB 2.0 port you can use to share photos with the fam. It also includes four pre-set color modes, including a special color mode dedicated to gaming, so you can project up to 300 inches of horizontal image, whether you’re inside or outside.
The cost? $649.
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