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Epson EH-TW5900 review

Another great LCD projector from Epson

Our Verdict

For

  • Good images
  • Runs very quietly
  • Good optics
  • 3D compatible

Against

  • Slightly longer throw than normal

Lies. Damned lies. And projector specifications. For proof, look no further than the fact that the Epson EH-TW5900's claimed contrast ratio is poorer than its cheaper TW3200 sibling. Frankly, we're not sure why they bother.

In this particular example, part of the explanation is that we're talking dynamic contrast achieved thanks to ruses like dynamic irises, lamp modulation and image processing. Much more useful are measures of native or static contrast that give you an idea of what sorts of blacks and whites a projector is inherently capable of rendering.

Sadly, Epson doesn't see fit to furnish us with that data, so pointless dynamic numbers it is. But never mind, because we've actually looked at the thing running and can tell you what it's really like to use. And fortunately, it's pretty damn good.

Like the TW3200, it's a full 1080p LCD projector. You get vibrant, saturated colours and nice, clean whites. In fact, the TW5900 is noticeably superior to the TW3200 in every regard.

The colours are even lovelier and, critically, it closes the gap that little bit further to DLP models when it comes to the perennial LCD weak spots of black level and contrast. The TW5900 is capable of genuinely cinematic visuals. It also runs very quietly indeed.

Then there are the top notch optics. Not only does it maintain focus when adjusting the image size, it also has lens shift, allowing you to adjust the image vertically and horizontally, thankfully without resorting to those horrid, image-killing digital keystone settings. The only downside in this area is the slightly longer throw. You'll get a smaller image at a given distance compared to the TW3200. But it's easily worth the extra £100 or so over the TW3200.

It's a nicer unit all round. It's also worth noting the TW5900 throws stereoscopic 3D into the mix, though you'll need to shell out roughly £80 a pop for shutter glasses and we had problems getting it to run with Nvidia's 3D Vision platform. This projector is probably best viewed as a feature for use with 3D movies and broadcast HDTV.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Projector
Native Resolution1920 x 1080
Maximum Lens ApertureF/1.99
Standard Mode Brightness2000 lm
Graphic ModeFull HD
Native Aspect Ratio16:9
USBYes
HDMIYes
Operating Power Consumption274 W
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Composite VideoYes
Input Scan Format1080p
Output Scan Format1080p
3D Type3D Ready
VGA InYes
Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m
Brand NameEpson
Contrast Ratio20,000:1
Lamp TypeUHE
Projection MethodFront, Rear, Ceiling
Minimum Lens ApertureF/1.51
Economy Mode Lamp Life5000 Hour
Vertical Keystone Correction-30°/+30°
Horizontal Keystone Correction-30°/+30°
Standby Power Consumption350 mW
Number of HDMI Ports2
Height137.3 mm
Width420 mm
Depth365 mm
Optical Zoom1.6x
Lamp Power230 W
ManufacturerEpson Corporation
Product ModelEH-TW5900
Product NameEH-TW5900 LCD Projector
Manufacturer Part NumberV11H422040LU
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.epson.co.uk
Marketing Information

Bring the power of 3D right to your living room with the Epson EH-TW5900. Immerse yourself in eye-popping 3D adventures, 2,000 lumens colour and white light output, Full HD, 1080p performance and a remarkable contrast ratio of up to 20,000:1. Amazing audio with two powerful built-in 10W stereo speakers. This high-value home theatre projector also features great 2D performance. It's never been easier to entertain family and friends with a true-to-life 3D cinematic experience.

Package Contents
  • EH-TW5900 LCD Projector
  • Power Cable
  • Remote Control
  • HDMI Cable Clamp
  • Questionnaire Sheet
Limited Warranty2 Year
Throw Ratio1.32 to 2.15:1
Weight (Approximate)6 kg