When it comes to purchasing anything technology-centric for the home, I find the word “expert” to be a byte overwhelming. I want to know the real deal and while “techs and specs” are meaningful, for this guy, who still cannot fully comprehended how his DVR works… I need the facts presented straightforward and simple.
Therefore, when I started a web search for a home theater using unnamed search engine to look for the best and the brightest it was a more than slightly overwhelming. I have the utmost respect and harbor no ill-will towards those in the field who revel in the importance of pixels versus Paxil, but for me I want to be able to take it out of the box like a kid on Christmas morning and starting using it ASAP.
So when I visited the closest unnamed large electronic chain I made it very clear to the salesman wearing his unnamed glasses created by the top unnamed search engine company. “Sir, I want a home theater that does it all, is portable, can be used indoors and out and will tell me I am handsome and smart each time I power it up.” Clearly the last was delusional but I felt it necessary just in case it was possible.
Seriously, I wanted something that would provide home theater quality without a big price tag and what I found was the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema Projector.
It’s impossible to give a man on the street review without naming the product that allowed me to break out the popcorn and unnamed beverages as I quickly settled in for a night of fun. I wasn’t disappointed. The movie was shown against a wall, but the projector can also be used outside which will be great for next summer’s entertaining. Without blowing my cover, I also must add that images can be efficiently scaled up to 300 inches, so it’s perfect for watching with all my unnamed pals.
The unit can be mounted from the ceiling but I prefer just using it on a tabletop so I can put it away after movie night. What’s in a name? In this case a great deal as when they say, “PowerLite”, they mean it. Although I usually start in a dark room, someone is invariably turning the lights yet the video quality was great, even in a dimly lit room. The sound quality was excellent, and it can be hooked up to external speakers as well.
Connectivity was not a problem with features including PC-free connectivity and USB 2.0. It also includes two HDMI ports, and comes with MHL capabilities. Since it uses LCD projection technology, the colors are bright and crisp and if you are into high definition and 3D movies, this projector will keep up with you.
Watching quality movies in the comfort of your own home is possible. As is a real review from a real guy who knows just enough about that techie stuff to be marginally capable at Trivial Pursuit but a fish out of water at a consumer trade show.
I like what I like and I keep it real and this time around my advice? Consider this as a viable option and as for the experts? Bless you all as without you I would be just another technophile with no one to call to get my Geek on.