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Epson Home Cinema 1080 Projector Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Feb 27, 2024 at 08:30 am

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 is a 1080p LCD projector. It can project a 30-inch image at a distance of about 2.2 feet and up to a gigantic 300-inch at a distance of approximately 22 feet. It has auto vertical keystone and manual horizontal keystone technology to help fix any geometry errors resulting from its installation, and it has a 1.2x optical zoom to adjust the projection's size without physically moving the unit. The projector has Epson's 3LCD technology, allowing it to project bright 1080p images. The projector has two HDMI 2.0 ports for full 1080p @ 60Hz gaming and has integrated Wi-Fi 5 with Miracast support for screen mirroring.

Our Verdict

7.5 Movies

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 is good for watching movies. It's very bright and performs quite well in moderately lit rooms. Its contrast is adequate, although its blacks are visibly raised; thus, this projector is at its best in dim, rather than pitch black, rooms. While it doesn't have a wide color gamut, its colors in SDR look good due to the projector's brightness. You can't improve the unit's image accuracy much with calibration, but it won't matter for all but the most hardcore color enthusiasts due to how great it already is out of the box.

Pros
  • Very bright projector that can handle a few lights with ease.
  • Great color accuracy out of the box.
  • Has Wi-Fi 5 with Miracast support for easy screen mirroring.
Cons
  • Doesn't support HDR.
  • Lacks a smart OS.
  • 7.5 Movies
  1. Updated Feb 27, 2024: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 21, 2024: Early access published.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

We bought and tested the Epson Home Cinema 1080. It is one of the projectors in Epson's Home Cinema line, which also includes the Epson Home Cinema 3800 and the Epson Home Cinema 5050UB. The more expensive models can do 4k through pixel shifting, with HDR support and better speakers.

Compared To Other Projectors

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 is one of the better buys at its price point, as it is very bright and has great image accuracy. You could save some money by going for the cheaper and slightly brighter Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01, but the Home Cinema 1080 is definitely the better option for movies due to its superior contrast, projection resolution, and image accuracy.

Epson Home Cinema 3800

The Epson Home Cinema 3800 is much better than the Epson Home Cinema 1080. Everything the 1080 can do, the 3800 can do better. The 3800 is brighter, has HDR support, has better contrast and a wider color gamut, and projects a sharper image with its pixel-shifting technology. It even has slightly better pre-calibration accuracy than the already great 1080.

Epson EpiqVision Flex CO-W01

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 Home Cinema 1080 is better than the BenQ HT2050A. The Epson is significantly brighter, so it's easier to use in rooms with a few lights and has vastly better pre-calibration image accuracy than the BenQ. The BenQ does have better contrast and more extensive calibration options than the Home Cinema 1080, so if you are willing to put in the time to improve the unit's color accuracy, then it can offer superior image quality to the Epson, but out of the box, the Epson model is the better-looking product.

XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 is much better than the XGIMI MoGo 2 Pro, but the Epson is a much bigger unit and doesn't serve the same purpose as the small and light XGIMI. Still, the Epson projects a vastly brighter and more accurate image than the XGIMI. Even though the XGIMI has better contrast, the vibrancy of the Epson is more important for a satisfying image. The XGIMI does have more smart features than the Epson, as the Epson only comes with Wi-Fi 5 and Miracast, while the XGIMI has the Android TV 11.0 smart OS with Chromecast, Wi-Fi 5 and Bluetooth 5.0 support, and an ARC port for audio passthrough.

BenQ TH671ST

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 is a bit better than the BenQ TH671ST. The Epson is significantly brighter and looks better in rooms with lights. It also has Wi-Fi and integrated casting support, making it easier to use out of the box than the barebones BenQ. Still, the BenQ does have better contrast, so it performs better in dark rooms.

Epson EX3280

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 and Epson EX3280 have similar image quality. However, the Home Cinema 1080 is better for watching movies due to its 16:9 aspect ratio, which is far better suited for content consumption than the 4:3 aspect ratio of the EX3280. The Home Cinema 1080 has Wi-Fi 5 with Miracast support, while the EX3280 has no smart features or wireless connectivity options.

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Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
5.0
Design
Portability
Height 3.5" (9.0 cm)
Width 11.8" (30.0 cm)
Depth 9.8" (25.0 cm)
Weight
5.9 lbs (2.7 kg)

This projector isn't meant to be portable, as you need to plug it in because it lacks an integrated battery. Still, it's only 5.9 pounds and has automatic vertical keystone correction, so it's quite easy to carry around. It doesn't have an adjustable stand, but you can change its projection angle slightly with its adjustable foot. It has one 2W monoaural speaker.

Design
Projector Technology
Imaging Technology
LCD
Light Source
Lamp
Resolution
1080p
Aspect Ratio
16 : 9
Minimum Throw Ratio
1.02
Maximum Throw Ratio
1.23

This LCD projector uses a lamp as its light source, which can last from 6000 to about 12000 hours, according to the manufacturer, after which you'll need to swap the lamp for a new one. As it's a 1080p projector, it's limited to outputting a 1080p @ 60Hz resolution and doesn't have HDR support. Its 1.2x optical zoom lets you adjust the projection size without physically moving the unit.

Picture Quality
8.4
Picture Quality
Brightness
White Light Output
2,168 lm
Color Light Output
2,201 lm
Brightness Uniformity
87%
Screen Brightness
239 cd/m²

This projector's peak brightness is great. Like other projectors, it looks best when you dim the lights, but it's nevertheless bright enough for a moderately lit room.

6.5
Picture Quality
Contrast
Native Contrast
113 : 1

Blacks on this unit are quite raised and look gray, but the projector's whites are bright in comparison, giving the unit adequate contrast overall.

8.3
Picture Quality
Pre-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
1.69
Color dE
2.71
Gamma
2.13
Color Temperature
6,743 K
Picture Mode
Game
Color Temp Setting
4
Gamma Setting
No Gamma Setting

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 has great pre-calibration accuracy. However, there are minor accuracy errors in its white balance and colors, as blues are overrepresented in near blacks, and saturated reds lean slightly orange. The unit's gamma is very close to the 2.2 target for moderately lit rooms, but brighter scenes are a tad too bright. Still, most people won't notice these issues, and the projector's color temperature is very close to target, even if it does lean cold.

8.3
Picture Quality
Post-Calibration Color Accuracy
White Balance dE
1.62
Color dE
2.53
Gamma
2.16
Color Temperature
6,869 K
White Balance Calibration
2 point
Color Calibration
No
Picture Mode
Game

This projector has limited two-point white balance calibration and no color calibration, so you can barely improve on its pre-calibration accuracy. It is however possible to slightly improve the unit's color accuracy and gamma, but at the cost of a slightly colder color temperature.

6.6
Picture Quality
Color Gamut
Rec. 709 xy
91.34%
Rec. 709 uv
92.91%
Rec. 2020 xy
49.03%
Rec. 2020 uv
52.85%

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 does a very good job with the Rec. 709 color space used with SDR content. It struggles with the wider Rec. 2020 color space used in HDR, but the unit doesn't have HDR support anyway.

Features
Features
Inputs & Connectivity
HDMI
2
ARC/eARC
No
Wi-Fi Yes
USB Data Ports
1

The projector has a USB-A port to which you can connect USB devices such as a flash drive or a streaming dongle. The USB-B port is meant to let a computer control the projector. The unit has Wi-Fi 5 built-in.

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

The Epson Home Cinema 1080 doesn't have a smart OS, but it has Wi-Fi 5 built-in with Miracast support for screen mirroring.

Features
In The Box

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