Epson EB-W6 review

£660
Price when reviewed

The Epson EB-W6 stands out among the grey boxes this month, with its Apple-esque white finish curving down to a partially hidden lens with a sliding cap. It’s a projector you don’t need to hide away, and its range of features only adds to the appeal.

Epson EB-W6 review

On the back you’ll find an HDMI port to go with the usual VGA and S-Video inputs and, uniquely this month, it’s joined by a standard USB port and a SD card slot for running presentations, videos or slideshows directly from a USB stick or memory card. An integrated 7W speaker made a good, punchy partner to the HDMI port, although bear in mind there’s no 3.5mm input, so you’ll need RCA cables to get audio from a VGA input device.

It’s a TFT projector, so it produces oversaturated colours that verge on the luminous in some cases, and it’s also widescreen with a resolution of 1,280 x 800, which may appeal if video is used a lot in your presentations. Our tests showed plenty of detail, particularly at the high end, but a bit of a weakness with darker images; the comparatively low brightness of 2,200 lumens plays its part in this, with dark grey tones sometimes merging into one.

But the average image quality will do fine for much office work, and the Epson has value on its side. Not only is its £574 exc VAT purchase price reasonable given the features it offers, but it also won’t hit you for a great deal more in the future. The initial lamp lasts 3,000 hours, or 4,000 in eco mode, and if you do reach that limit a replacement is just £118. Plus, with a three-year on-site warranty and a year for the lamp, the EB-W6 is amply covered should anything go awry.

The value is plain to see, even before we mention the three-second power-down and the 64in image size at 2m. The only major weaknesses we found were the noise levels and the fact that the auto-keystone correction led to an image with slightly disappointing focus. Unless you’ll be projecting at quite an angle, however, the Epson is a solid everyday projector with plenty of extras to offer for that affordable price.

Details

Image quality3

Basic specifications

Projector technologyLCD
Resolution1280 x 800
Lumens brightness2,200 lumens
Contrast ratio2,000:1
Keystone correction?yes
Speakers?yes
Speaker typeMono
Speaker power ouput7W

Dimensions

Dimensions327 x 245 x 92mm (WDH)
Weight2.800kg

Optics

Max diagonal image size7.6m
Measured image size at 2m64.0m

Lamp & running costs

Lamp power170W
Lamp life, standard mode3,000hrs
Lamp life, eco mode4,000hrs
Replacement lamp cost

Power & environment

Typical power consumption231W
Peak noise level35.0dB(A)
Idle/eco noise level28.0dB(A)

Video inputs/outputs

VGA inputs1
DVI inputs0
S-Video inputs1
Composite video inputs1
HDMI inputs1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs0

Data ports and connectors

Front panel memory card readeryes
Other memory media supportSD

Audio inputs/outputs

3.5mm audio input jacks0
3.5mm audio jacks0
RCA (phono) inputs1

Miscellaneous

Carry caseyes

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