PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBeby Epson

  • PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
  • PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
  • PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
86%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The 5030UBe's picture is bright enough to be viewed in less than pitch-black environments.
  • Epson's Auto Iris feature for the projector generates exceptional black levels.
  • The wireless HDMI transmitter that comes with the 5030UBe conveniently lets you route HD video to the projector without having to fuss with cables.

CONS

  • Epson's wireless HDMI transmitter needs to be in the same room as the projector.
  • Fan noise is high with the projector's Extra Bright mode selected.
  • Lens adjustments are all manual and can only be adjusted by hand, not remote control.
Given its overall great performance, Epson's PowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBe represents an exceptional value for a 1080p home theater projector. The image is bright enough to satisfy in both dark and dim rooms, and an Auto Iris feature ensures that black levels remain deep and rock-solid even with challenging material. Another big plus is the 5030UBe's wireless HDMI transmitter, though this only works when projector and transmitter are in the same room. Rounding out the package is the Epson’s impressive 3D performance, with two pairs of active shutter glasses included.
NamePowerLite Home Cinema 5030UBeDLA-X500RPowerLite Pro Cinema LS1000HC1200VPL-VW350ES
ManufacturerEpsonJVCEpsonBenQSony
Techwalla Score
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List Price$2599$5000$7999$1299$9999
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The "UB" in the projector's name stands for Ultra Black, a designation that does not disappoint once you have the projector properly configu…

The "UB" in the projector's name stands for Ultra Black, a designation that does not disappoint once you have the projector properly configured.

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90%

Epson’s 5030UBe surprised me with its excellent contrast—I didn’t think I’d ever see blacks this deep come from an LCD projector. Otherwise,…

Epson’s 5030UBe surprised me with its excellent contrast—I didn’t think I’d ever see blacks this deep come from an LCD projector. Otherwise, the 5030UBe’s all-around great performance in both 2D and 3D modes and an ample brightness reserve make it a solid choice for a midrange home theater.

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80%

There's not much the Epson 5030UB does wrong. Its black level is superb, lending the image more pop and contrast than just about any project…

There's not much the Epson 5030UB does wrong. Its black level is superb, lending the image more pop and contrast than just about any projector at or below its price range.

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80%

There are a lot of budget projectors out there that boast high light output. What you pay for when you step up to the 5030UBe is the ability…

There are a lot of budget projectors out there that boast high light output. What you pay for when you step up to the 5030UBe is the ability to also get a good black level for better contrast with movies in a dark room.

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80%

Image quality for 3D is good to excellent, with the projector offering the same strengths as for 2D images, including excellent color qualit…

Image quality for 3D is good to excellent, with the projector offering the same strengths as for 2D images, including excellent color quality in particular.

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This Epson needs to be on your short list if you are shopping anywhere near it’s price point. It just provides a whole lot of picture and f…

This Epson needs to be on your short list if you are shopping anywhere near it’s price point. It just provides a whole lot of picture and features for a really reasonable price.

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The “e” means you get a wireless HDMI transmitter that supports up to five sources and a cable-free link to the projector. If you want to sa…

The “e” means you get a wireless HDMI transmitter that supports up to five sources and a cable-free link to the projector. If you want to save $300, go for the 5030UB that is identical in every other way.

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You won’t be disappointed with the 5030.

You won’t be disappointed with the 5030.

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