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Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 Projector Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 13, 2024 at 10:37 am
Latest change: Writing modified Apr 03, 2024 at 11:09 am

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 is a 1080p LCD laser projector. It's an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector, so it's capable of projecting content at an extremely short distance from the screen or wall: it projects a 61" image at a distance of 1" and up to a 120" image at a distance of 15.2". It has two HDMI ports - one of which doubles as the ARC port - with 1080p @ 60Hz support and has an integrated 2.1 Yamaha sound system with two full-range 5W speakers and a 10W subwoofer. It has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support and comes with the Android TV smart interface with full Chromecast integration.

Our Verdict

7.8 Movies

The Epson LS300 is very good for watching movies. It's very bright, so it performs well in bright rooms. While it doesn't have a wide color gamut, colors pop due to the projector's brightness. Its contrast is decent, so blacks look fine if unspectacular in a dark room. The LS300's color accuracy is excellent overall without any calibration, which is a good thing as the projector doesn't have any white balance or color calibration.

Pros
  • Very bright.
  • Excellent color accuracy nearly out-of-the-box.
  • Has a full suite of smart features with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • Ultra Short Throw projector that can be placed very close to the wall or screen.
Cons
  • Doesn't have any calibration features for color accuracy purists.
  • 7.8 Movies
  1. Updated Apr 03, 2024: Mentioned the newly reviewed Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 in the Differences Between Sizes and Variants section of this review. We also added links to some of our recommendations in the Compared To Other Projectors section.
  2. Updated Feb 13, 2024: Review published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the Epson LS300. This projector has no variants, but Epson has other projectors in their EpiqVision line, like the Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01 and Epson EpiqVision Mini EF12. This projector also has a higher-tier model, the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800. The higher-tier model projects sharper images due to its pixel-shifting technology, and it's also capable of projecting 1080p @ 120Hz, which is great for gamers.

Compared To Other Projectors

The Epson LS300 is a very good projector. It's expensive and is limited to 1080p output, but it's bright, is very color-accurate, and comes with a full slate of smart features. Plus, the LS300 is an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector, so it can project a large image at a short distance from the screen. Still, if you're not cramped for space, other products offer better image quality for a similar or cheaper price. The Epson Home Cinema 3800 is a 4k projector with pixel shift and offers better image quality but without any wireless connectivity or a smart OS. It doesn't have UST, so you need to place it further away from the screen. Similarly, the XGIMI HORIZON Ultra is another 4k projector with pixel shift and without UST capability but offers just slightly better image quality than the LS300, this time with full wireless connectivity and Android TV. 

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Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 and Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS800 are very similar projectors, with the main difference being that the LS300 is limited to 1080p @ 60Hz on its two HDMI ports. In comparison, the LS800 is a 4k pixel shift projector capable of up to 4k @ 60Hz on its three HDMI ports and 1080p @ 120Hz on its third port. This means that the LS800 also projects a sharper image overall, but the LS300 is much more accurate out-of-the-box.

XGIMI HORIZON Ultra

The XGIMI HORIZON Ultra is a bit better than the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300. However, the Epson is the most accurate projector of the two and has Ultra Short Throw capability for smaller rooms. Still, the XGIMI is a 4k projector (with pixel shift) and offers better image quality with better contrast and a wider color gamut. Plus, the XGIMI is smaller, lighter, and has full auto keystone correction with object avoidance and autofocus, so it's easier to set up than the Epson.

Epson Home Cinema 3800

The Epson Home Cinema 3800 is better than the Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300, although the LS300 has more connectivity options and smart features. The LS300 is also an Ultra Short Throw projector, so you can install it very close to the screen. Still, the Home Cinema 3800 is a 4k projector (with pixel shift), is a bit brighter, has better contrast, and is noticeably more color-accurate after calibration, so it's the better-looking of the two projectors.

Hisense PX1-PRO

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 is better than the Hisense PX1-PRO for watching movies. They're both Ultra Short Throw projectors, but the Epson is significantly brighter, with much better pre-calibration accuracy. The Hisense has a much wider color gamut but can't emphasize its colors due to its low brightness. The Hisense is a 4k projector with HDMI 2.1 ports, while the Epson is limited to 1080p, so the Hisense is enticing for gamers. Still, it's not bright enough to provide a graphically pleasant experience.

XGIMI AURA

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 is better than the XGIMI AURA. They're both Ultra Short Throw (UST) projectors, which can project large images from very short distances. The XGIMI is a 4k projector, so its image looks sharper overall and is better in a dark room due to its better contrast. However, the Epson is significantly brighter and has vastly better image accuracy, so it looks truer to the content creator's intent.

Samsung The Premiere LSP7T

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 is better than the Samsung The Premiere LSP7T. The Epson is limited to 1080p, while the Samsung is a 4k projector with pixel shift. Still, the Epson makes up for it with a vastly brighter image, has better contrast, and is extremely accurate without needing to be calibrated. It's also more versatile as it can project on more screen sizes and at a shorter distance than the Samsung.

Formovie THEATER

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 is better than the Formovie THEATER. The Epson is much brighter and has far superior color accuracy. Still, the Formovie does project a sharper image than the Epson due to its pixel-shifting 4k technology, while the Epson is limited to 1080p. The Formovie also has better contrast and a wider color gamut, but it's not enough to compensate for the Epson's brightness and accuracy advantage.

Optoma GT1090HDR

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 is much better than the Optoma GT1090HDR. The Epson is designed for use as an Ultra Short Throw projector, so it can be placed much closer to the screen, making it more convenient to set up. The Epson also handles colors much better, resulting in better accuracy and much brighter colors relative to pure white. Finally, the Epson has a built-in smart interface, so you can easily access your favorite streaming services directly on the projector without the need for an external streaming stick.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
4.0
Design
Portability
Height 5.9" (15.0 cm)
Width 18.2" (46.3 cm)
Depth 15.7" (39.8 cm)
Weight
15.7 lbs (7.1 kg)

The Epson LS300 isn't meant to be portable as it's a big and heavy projector, and it lacks an integrated battery, so you need to plug it in. The projector lacks auto keystone correction, so you'll need to adjust the image manually, and it also doesn't have autofocus. It does have an integrated 2.1 speaker system, so you won't need to worry about connecting it to a soundbar if you do move it.

Design
Projector Technology
Imaging Technology
LCD
Light Source
Laser
Resolution
1080p
Aspect Ratio
16 : 9
Minimum Throw Ratio
0.27
Maximum Throw Ratio
0.27

The Epson LS300 projector uses a laser light source, which requires no maintenance and will last for 20,000 hours or more. You likely won't ever have to worry about replacing it. As it's a 1080p projector, it's limited to outputting a 1080p @ 60Hz resolution. It's an Ultra Short Throw (UST) projector, so it's capable of projecting on a 61" screen at a distance of 1" and up to 120" at a distance of 15.2".

Picture Quality
8.3
Picture Quality
Brightness
White Light Output
2,168 lm
Color Light Output
2,274 lm
Brightness Uniformity
80%
Screen Brightness
228 cd/m²

This Epson EpiqVision LS300's peak brightness is great. Its brightness uniformity is only alright, but it's very bright overall, and it's bright enough to make colors pop. It can easily handle bright rooms.

7.1
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
130 : 1

The projector has decent contrast, so the projector looks fine when watching content in a dark room, although its blacks aren't very inky.

8.7
Picture Quality
Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
1.98
Color dE
1.17
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
6,801 K
Picture Mode
Natural
Color Temp Setting
8
Gamma Setting
0

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300W has excellent pre-calibration accuracy. The white balance is great, with only very minor accuracy errors, and its color accuracy is fantastic. Its color temperature is a tad on the cold side, giving everything a slight blue tint.

8.7
Picture Quality
Post-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
1.98
Color dE
1.17
Gamma
2.18
Color Temperature
6,801 K
White Balance Calibration
No
Color Calibration
No
Picture Mode
Natural

The projector doesn't have white balance or color calibration, and modifying the contrast/brightness or color temperature doesn't yield any improvement. Thankfully, the projector is very accurate without needing to be calibrated.

7.0
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Rec. 709 xy
93.98%
Rec. 709 uv
93.91%
Rec. 2020 xy
50.65%
Rec. 2020 uv
54.86%

The Epson EH LS300B has a decently wide color gamut. It does an excellent job with the Rec. 709 color space, which is used with SDR content. Unfortunately, it doesn't display the wider Rec. 2020 color space very well.

Features
Features
Inputs & Connectivity
HDMI
2
ARC/eARC
Yes (ARC)
Wi-Fi Yes
USB Data Ports
1

The projector has two HDMI ports, one of which doubles as the ARC port. It also supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi.

Features
Smart Features & Sound
Smart OS
Android
Cast Capable
Yes
Speaker(s)
Yes

The Epson EpiqVision Ultra LS300 projector has Android TV built-in, and it's smooth and fast to use with a ton of available apps. The projector has full Chromecast integration, so you can play content from your phone directly on the projector. Finally, the projector has an integrated 2.1 speaker setup from Yamaha, with two full-range 5W speakers and a 10W subwoofer.

Features
In The Box

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