Epson 2045 Projector Review – Read This BEFORE You Buy

Steve Scott

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Things to Love:

For a projector priced at less than $1,000, the BenQ HT2050 has remarkably good image quality. This is mainly thanks to its over-the-top black levels, which provide excellent contrast. Additionally, this model has a shorter-throw lens, which means that it can provide a large image even in a small space. 

Epson Home Cinema 2045 projector

Key Features:

  • 2,200 Lumens
  • Resolution: Full HD 1080P
  • Image Size: Up to 300 inches
  • Contrast Ratio: 35,000:1
  • 5 Watts Speaker


  • Very bright
  • Ideal resolution
  • Huge image size
  • Great audio
  • Vibrant Colors
  • 3D Performance


  • Blacks on the screen are more of a gray
  • There is no lens shift, which makes it difficult to adjust the image
  • Loud fan noise
  • Remote not very helpful

The Epson Home Cinema 2045 a beautiful image. It is a pleasure for just about any of your visual entertainment needs whether it be to watch movies in HD from a blu-ray player or play video games on a giant screen from a PC or console.

As Bright as You Would Need it to Be

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Lumens indicate how bright the image produced by a projector is. The more lumens there are, the brighter the projected picture is. This projector uses 2,200 lumens, which is pretty bright. The average amount of lumens that a projector typically uses is about 2,000, so this one is brighter than most.

A projector this bright will help you to easily see the screen, even if you are not in the darkest room possible. This is helpful if you planned on multitasking during a movie since you will be able to see what you are doing. There certainly are other projectors out there that use a larger amount of lumens, but this one is definitely as bright as you would need a projector to be.

Ideal Resolution

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The resolution of this projector is Full HD 1080p. HD is also known as high definition. HD has become the standard resolution for TVs, video game systems, projectors, and other forms of visual media. Any blu-ray you watch or video game you play on this projector will look absolutely amazing because this ideal resolution.

The only resolution that is better than HD is 4K. However, even though 4K is amazing quality, finding a projector that can produce 4K images and video at an affordable price can be tough. 4K just is not that accessible yet. The HD images and videos produced by the Epson Home Cinema 2045 are as clear as you could ever want.

See related - Best HD Projectors.

Huge Image Size

One of the most impressive features of this projector is the size of its image. The size of the projected picture can reach up to 300 inches. For the sake of comparison, a large TV is around 60 to 80 inches. That means that the Epson Home Cinema 2045 can produce an image that is more than triple the size of a large TV screen. Can you imagine having your friends over for late night gaming on a screen that big? It will be like having a mini movie theater in your own home.

Vibrant Colors

epson 2025 movie viewing

This projector has an especially fantastic contrast ratio. The contrast ratio is 35,000:1. The contrast ratio of a projector indicates how bright the whitest whites on the screen are from the blackest blacks. This particular contrast ratio implies that the whites are 35,000 times brighter than the blacks. Because of this, the colors on the projected image are vibrant and completely stand out from each other. This makes the picture look absolutely stunning.

Surprisingly Great Audio

The Epson Home Cinema 2045 contains a 5 watt speaker built into it. Projectors do not always have the greatest built-in speakers. However, this particular one stands above most others. It still is not amazing, but as far as projector speakers go, it is not bad. You will still most likely get a much better experience out of an external speaker or sound bar to have higher quality sound.

Incredible 3D Performance

One of my absolute favorite features of this projector is that it can produce 3D images. Watching the intense lightsaber duels in Star Wars movies or playing through the Assassin’s Creed video games in 3D is a purely magical experience.

There are other options on the market for projectors that can produce 3D images, but they can often be blurry in 3D. This one has particularly great 3D visuals that do not hurt or bother the eyes whatsoever. Of course, you do also need to purchase the 3D glasses for it and wear them, but it is definitely worth it.

See related - Best 3D Projectors.

There Are Some Drawbacks

Even though this is definitely a terrific projector, there are certainly some big drawbacks to it. For one, even though the colors are vivid and stand out from each other, the blacks in dark scenes of whatever you are watching or playing appear more like dark grays.

This certainly is not the biggest problem a projector can have, but it is rather annoying. It can definitely break one’s immersion. The most likely reason as to why this would happen is that the projector is so bright that it struggles to produce scenes that look dark.

Difficult to Adjust

The projector has no lens shift. This makes it very difficult to adjust the image to how you want it. A lens shift allows you to adjust the projected image without having to physically move the projector itself. So, in order to adjust the picture of this one, you will have to pick the projector up and move the whole device so that the image is the way you want it. 

Epson Home Cinema 2045 hanged

This is something that can get extremely cumbersome and annoying. Technology like this is meant to make our lives easier, but this issue makes things more frustrating.

A Noisy Fan

The fan inside of the projector can get extremely loud. The fan still definitely does its job and successfully keeps the device cooled. However, the fan noise is still a big problem. You are most likely using the projector to watch movies and TV shows or to play video games. Each of which require you to listen to the audio.

The fan noise is loud enough to distract you from what you are watching or playing, which is obnoxious. If you decide to not go for an external speaker to use with the projector, the audio might not be loud enough to drown out the fan noise. N external speaker will most likely do the trick, thankfully.

Epson 2045 fan

The Remote is Virtually Useless

The Epson Home Cinema 2045 comes with a wireless remote. Usually, this is very helpful. However, the remote that comes with this is virtually useless. A lot of the options that you would want to change via the remote, like the keystone correction, are not even on the remote at all. You have to get up and manually change it on the device itself.

Epson Home Cinema 2045 remote control

This basically defeats the purpose of having the remote entirely. Sure, it can be used to adjust the volume, but I feel that by now things should be made easier and more efficient than just being able to change the volume from your seat. If you have the projector hanging from the ceiling, this can be an even bigger issue since it is harder to reach.

Our Final Thoughts:

The Epson Home Cinema 2045 is a pretty decent projector. It is compatible with video game consoles, DVD and blu-ray players, tablets, smartphones, laptops, and just about anything else you would want to play your media from. It has two HDMI ports to make connecting multiple devices to it at once a viable option. It is a wireless device, which makes using easier since you do not need to untangle any cords or worry about tripping over them.

All media you use with this projector, whether it be a TV show, movie, or video game, will look beautiful thanks to its HD visuals. Video games known for their HD graphics, like The Last of US or the Resident Evil 2 remake, will be an absolute pleasure to experience on a massive 300 inch screen with Full HD 1080p visuals.

However, as great as its visuals are, it still could be better. The blacks on the screen should be black, not dark gray. If it comes with a remote, the remote should actually work. It suffers hard from problems that should not be present on a modern projector.

What do you think? What are your thoughts on the Epson Home Cinema 2045 wireless projector if you have tried it out yourself? Let us know what you think about it in the comments.

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