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Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 Projector Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 13, 2024 at 10:37 am
Latest change: Writing modified Feb 27, 2024 at 08:46 am

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is a 16:10 LCD projector. With its relatively lightweight frame and 1280 x 800 resolution, the projector is geared towards productivity/office work rather than content consumption. It can project up to a massive 300" image, which is great for boardroom presentations. The projector has Epson's 3-chip LCD design, allowing it to project colorful images. The projector has one HDMI port, one USB-B port to connect a PC to, and one USB-A port for PC-free multimedia streaming from a USB key. Finally, it has one monoaural 5W speaker.

Our Verdict

7.3 Movies

The Epson CO-W01 projector is decent for watching movies. It's very bright, so it performs extremely well in moderately lit rooms, and it's even decent in bright rooms. Unfortunately, its contrast is inadequate with grayish blacks, so it's not optimal for watching movies in a dark room. The projector's image accuracy is decent out-of-the-box and looks fantastic after calibration.

Pros
  • Image is bright and vibrant.
  • Decent image accuracy out-of-the-box and fantastic accuracy after calibration.
Cons
  • Inadequate contrast makes for grayish blacks in dark rooms.
  • No integrated smart features or Wi-Fi support.
  • 7.3 Movies
  1. Updated Feb 27, 2024: Mentioned the newly reviewed Epson Home Cinema 1080 in the Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy section of this review.
  2. Updated Feb 13, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01. It has no variants, but Epson has other projectors in their EpiqVision line, like the small and lightweight Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12 and the Ultra Short Throw Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300.

Compared To Other Projectors

The Epson CO-W01 is a very decent projector, and nothing approaches its value for the price. You can either pay much more for something with better image quality, like the Epson Home Cinema 3800, or for a smaller and more portable product, like the Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12. Overall, the CO W01 is one of the best value propositions on the market.

Samsung The Freestyle 2nd Gen

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 and the Samsung The Freestyle 2nd Gen are quite different, as the Samsung is a small and light portable projector, while the Epson, while not huge by any means, is not as portable. The Samsung also has more smart features than the Epson, which is pretty barebones in that regard. However, if you don't need smart features, go for the Epson, as it's much better due to its vastly superior brightness levels.

Epson Home Cinema 3800

The Epson Home Cinema 3800 is much better than the Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01. The 3800 has vastly better contrast and pre-calibration image accuracy, and it projects a sharper image with its 4k pixel-shifting technology. However, the Flex is better for office work due to its 16:10 aspect ratio, while the 3800 is better suited for watching movies due to its 16:9 ratio.

Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is better than the Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12. The Mini EF12 is a bit lighter and smaller, so it's easier to carry around, and it has full auto keystone correction and autofocus, so it's faster to set up. It also has Android TV integration with full Chromecast support and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, which the Flex CO-W01 lacks. The Flex CO-W01 is, however, vastly brighter than the Mini EF12 and bright enough for rooms with lots of light. The Mini EF12 has better contrast and looks better in a completely dark room.

Epson Home Cinema 1080

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 is better than the Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01. The EpiqVision is meant for use in bright office rooms, and as such, it's a bit brighter than the Home Cinema 1080. Still, the Home Cinema is better suited for watching movies due to its 1080p resolution, as the EpiqVision projects a 1280x800 resolution, which is a 16:10 aspect ratio that is great for work but not optimal for movies. The Home Cinema 1080 also has superior contrast and way better pre-calibration accuracy.

BenQ HT2050A

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is better than the BenQ HT2050A, although they have opposite strengths. The BenQ HT2050A excels in pitch-black rooms due to its great contrast, while inversely, the Epson struggles in dark rooms with its inadequate contrast and raised blacks. The Epson is, however, much brighter than the BenQ, so it distinguishes itself when the lights are on. The Epson is also more accurate than the BenQ.

VANKYO Leisure 470

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is better than the VANKYO Leisure 470 in most ways. The Epson gets significantly brighter than the VANKYO, so colors pop more, and you can use it in a room with some lights on. Colors look better on the Epson thanks to its better color gamut and color accuracy, and you have calibration options to improve accuracy even further. However, the VANKYO is smaller and lighter and comes with a carrying case, so it's a bit easier to bring around with you, and it has better contrast for deeper blacks during dark scenes.

BenQ GV30

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is much better than the BenQ GV30, but they're different products. The BenQ GV30 is a small portable projector with an integrated battery and inadequate image quality. The Epson, for its part, is a bigger projector meant for office use, so it's not very easy to carry around, but it's no slouch as a home theater machine due to its impressive brightness and good pre-calibration color accuracy.

BenQ TH671ST

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 and BenQ TH671ST excel in different areas. The Epson is the far brighter projector as it's meant for use in bright offices with lots of light. Conversely, the BenQ has far superior contrast, making it the better choice to watch movies in a dark room. The BenQ is also a bit more colorful due to its wider color gamut, and it's much more accurate out of the box than the Epson.

BenQ HT4550i

The BenQ HT4550i is much better than the Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01. The BenQ has a much better contrast, is the more accurate projector of the two pre and post-calibration, and has a wider color gamut. The Epson is also limited to projecting an 800p resolution, while the BenQ projects up to 4k with pixel shifting. Finally, the Epson has no smart features or wireless connectivity out of the box, while the BenQ comes with the QS02 HDMI Media Streaming dongle with Android TV 11.0, Bluetooth 5.0, and Wi-Fi.

Anker Nebula Capsule Max

In most ways, the Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is better than the Anker Nebula Capsule Max. The Epson has significantly better brightness, so colors pop more than they do on the Anker, and it gets bright enough that you can use it in a room with lights on. The Epson also has much more accurate colors, which you can calibrate to further improve. If you're after portability, the Anker has a built-in battery, is much smaller, lighter, and is easier to set up thanks to its automatic vertical keystone correction and autofocus.

KODAK LUMA 350

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is much better than the KODAK LUMA 350. The Epson is much brighter and vastly more accurate than the KODAK. The KODAK does have better contrast, but it's because everything is so dim; in comparison, the Epson has raised blacks, but it has a brighter and more vibrant image overall. The KODAK is a small ultra-portable projector with an integrated battery, while the Epson is a bigger but still somewhat portable unit, although you need to plug it into an outlet. If you need a super-light projector with a battery, go for the KODAK, but the Epson is the better buy for all other purposes.

ViewSonic PX701-4K

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is better than the ViewSonic PX701-4K. However, the ViewSonic is particularly interesting to gamers with its 1080p @ 240Hz support, while the Epson is aimed more at office use. Still, the Epson is much brighter and has vastly better color accuracy, although the ViewSonic's contrast is much better. The ViewSonic also delivers sharper images through 4k pixel shifting, while the Epson projects a much lower 1280 x 800 image.

Epson EX3280

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 and Epson EX3280 are both geared towards office usage, but the EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is also aimed at home theater use due to its versatile 16:10 aspect ratio. The EX3280 is limited to a 4:3 aspect ratio, which isn't optimal for watching movies. Still, the EX3280 does have slightly better image quality due to its better contrast, higher peak brightness, and better pre-calibration image accuracy.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
6.0
Design
Portability
Height 3.4" (8.7 cm)
Width 11.6" (29.4 cm)
Depth 8.3" (21.0 cm)
Weight
5.4 lbs (2.4 kg)

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 is somewhat portable due to its fairly compact and lightweight body, although without an integrated battery. The projector lacks Auto Keystone correction and an autofocus, so you must manually adjust the image when setting it up. It does have an integrated speaker in case you need to move it.

Design
Projector Technology
Imaging Technology
LCD
Light Source
Lamp
Resolution
Other
Aspect Ratio
16 : 10
Minimum Throw Ratio
1.27
Maximum Throw Ratio
1.27

This LCD projector uses a lamp as its light source, which can last from 6000 to about 12,000 hours, according to the manufacturer, after which you'll need to swap the lamp for a new one. This projector's native resolution is 1280 x 800, with a 16:10 aspect ratio. Epson promotes a variable throw ratio for this projector, featuring a Maximum Throw Ratio of 1.71; however, this is accomplished through digital zoom, which effectively functions as a crop-in.

Picture Quality
8.8
Picture Quality
Brightness
White Light Output
2,233 lm
Color Light Output
2,265 lm
Brightness Uniformity
99%
Screen Brightness
280 cd/m²

This Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01's peak brightness is excellent. Its brightness uniformity is incredible. The projector is bright enough to look great in a moderately lit room, and it even looks decent in bright rooms. It's also bright enough to make its colors pop.

5.9
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
98 : 1

This projector's contrast is inadequate; blacks look gray in a dark room.

7.2
Picture Quality
Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
4.27
Color dE
2.05
Gamma
2.11
Color Temperature
6,806 K
Picture Mode
sRGB
Color Temp Setting
6500 K
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting

The Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 portable projector's pre-calibration accuracy is decent. However, its white balance is sub-par; blues and greens are overrepresented in near blacks, while bright whites have a noticeable red hue. Thankfully, its color accuracy is great, with only whites showing notable accuracy errors. The projector's color temperature is excellent overall, even if it leans slightly cold. If pre-calibration matters to you, check out the Epson Home Cinema 1080.

9.0
Picture Quality
Post-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
1.62
Color dE
1.26
Gamma
2.07
Color Temperature
6,490 K
White Balance Calibration
2 point
Color Calibration
No
Picture Mode
sRGB

This projector has a 2-point white balance calibration, and it looks spectacular after calibration, with fantastic color accuracy and color temperature. Its post-calibration white balance accuracy is excellent, with only minor accuracy errors, although blues and greens are still overrepresented in near blacks.

7.0
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Rec. 709 xy
94.68%
Rec. 709 uv
93.67%
Rec. 2020 xy
51.23%
Rec. 2020 uv
55.46%

The Epson CO-W01 has a decently wide color gamut. It does an excellent job with the Rec. 709 color space used with SDR content but struggles with the wider Rec. 2020 color space.

Features
Features
Inputs & Connectivity
HDMI
1
ARC/eARC
No
Wi-Fi No
USB Data Ports
1

The projector has one USB-A port through which you can play certain multimedia files directly from the projector without needing a PC. It supports only a few file formats: .jpg, .bmp, .gif, .png, and .avi files, and you need to format the USB key in FAT16/32 for best results. The USB-B port is meant to let a PC control the projector.

Features
Smart Features & Sound
Smart OS
No
Cast Capable
No
Speaker(s)
Yes
Features
In The Box

  • Power cable
  • Remote control
  • 2x AAA batteries
  • User documentation