Epson Home Cinema 2150 Review

Overview:

The Epson Home Cinema 2150 is a 3LC projector that is worth considering if you’re looking to get an entry-level model that is under $1,000. Epson continually provides the highest level projectors at a low price. We recommend this product for film lovers as well as gamers who are looking to play a game on something larger than a 55 inch or a 75 inch television. This projector can broadcast your image at 300 inches with little to no problems. It offers a decent contrast ratio, above-average black levels, and projects in 1080P.

PROS

  • 2500 lm
  • 3D capable
  • Vertical lens shift
  • No rainbow artifacts

CONS

  • Not HDR capable nor 4K
  • Difficult wireless setup
  • Wireless only used for mirroring/streaming and difficult to set up with iOS or Mac devices
Epson 2150

Epson Home Cinema 2150 Review

The Epson Home Cinema 2150 is a projector that has been built with home theater environments in mind. Priced at under $1,000, this is a feature laden projector that offers a lot of the bells and whistles usually associated to more expensive projectors. 

Whether you are going to use a Blu-ray disk, stream from your game console, or cast from a device, you will be impressed by the performance of the Epson Home Cinema. Miracast is a great feature that lets you mirror what is on your smartphone or tablet.

This is not a 4K projector. But the HD on it looks amazing. It comes equipped with a 10 W speaker that can produce decent sound on its own.

It is a 3 LCD, 2500 lm projector with a nice contrast ratio. A number of improvements were made in this model which replaced the Home Cinema 2040. Let’s take a look at some of the special features that set the 2150 apart from its competition.

Zoom Ratio, Lens Shift, and Keystone Correction

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One thing you’re going to notice immediately when you play around with the Epson Home Cinema 2150 is that it offers a surprisingly large amount of the lens shift. Really, the fact that it has any lens shift at all is surprising because most projectors under $1000, especially those produced by Epson, do not offer this capability. This projector offers 60 percent lens shift. Additionally, it has a 1. 6:1 zoom lens as well as a Keystone correction of +30°. You put all of this together and you have a projector that is extremely flexible and can be located in different areas of the house. 

Frame Interpolation

Frame interpolation is a technique that the 2150 uses to make the image you see smooth, especially when you are viewing events that have a lot of motion, such as sports games. The interpolation minimizes blur, giving the appearance of a more fluid motion. We recommend that you turn this feature off if you are watching a film. Using this feature during a film will distort the image.

Input and Connectors

The Home Cinema 2150 comes equipped with the standard connectors. These include: 

  • HDI with MHL 
  • A second HDMI port 
  • VGA connector 
  • USB type a 
  • Mini USB service port 
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3D Capabilities

If you are looking to watch movies in 3D, look no further than the 2150. The glasses that are used are those that have shutter technology, not those with polarized technology. It is important to make sure that you purchase the proper glasses. 

Having a 3D projector is not a dealbreaker for everyone. However, if it is for you, the 2150 may be the projector you need.

Portable

Whether or not this projector qualifies as being portable depends on what you define as portable. It will not fit into your pocket. However, it only weighs 7.7 pounds. This means that you can easily take it with you as you travel. No more 32 inch hotel screens. Now you can enjoy the 100 inch image you have become accustomed to.

Overall Setup and Design

The 2150 weighs in at a relatively light 7.7 pounds. If you extend the feet, the dimensions of the projector are 12.2” x 11.2” x 4.8” (width x depth x height). The projector is relatively portable if you are looking to carry it with you when you travel. 

A unique feature of the 2150 is its lack of a lens cover. In lieu of the lens, there is a knob that allows you to open and close the lens. This knob is situated on the top of the unit.

The unit is equipped with a powerful fan, which provides sufficient ventilation. However, it is surprisingly quiet when it runs. It has been designed to have a modern look thanks to its round edges and off-white plus copper coloring around the lens. 

The screen size ranges from 30 inches to 300 inches. 

See the Specs
  • Throw Distance:1.4 m - 8.8 m
  • Image Size:76 cm - 762 cm
  • Throw Ratio:1.33:1 - 2.16:1 (D:W)
  • Projector Placement:For a 254 cm diagonal screen, place the projector lens between 2.9 m and 4.8 m from the screen. 

When you look on the top of the unit, you will see the control panel. This includes the buttons for:

  • Home 
  • Source
  • Menu
  • Escape
  • Navigation/Tilt
  • Power

Lumens

See the Specs
  • Brightness:2,500 Lumens
  • Color Brightness:2,500 Lumens CLO
  • Eco-Mode:1,650 Lumens (eco)
  • CLO (eco):1,650 Lumens CLO
  • Contrast:60,000:1
  • Auto Iris:Yes
  • Lamp Life: 4,000 hours / 7,500 hours (eco)
  • Lamp Type:UHE
  • Lamp Wattage: 200 Watts
  • Lamp Quantity: 1
  • Lamp Code: ELPLP96

The Epson 2150 is equipped with 2500 lm. This is exceptionally bright, allowing a picture to be clearly seen in a room that has ambient light or a room that has windows. The contrast ratio is decent at 60,000:1. This unit features a wireless connection, so you can connect your projector to the Internet. 

The projector’s bulb will last up to 4,000 hours, or approximately 167 continuous days of nonstop running. When you switch to eco-mode, the life of the extends to 75,000 hours.

Setup and Use

Setting up the 2150 is easy to do. You simply connect your video sources to the back, connect the projector to a power source, and then adjust the screen for the tilt, position, and size as you desire. You are then able to choose a picture mode, set up wireless connectivity, and then watch the programming of your choice. 

The projector is equipped with a recessed lens. It sits just off center to the left when you are looking at the projector from the front. To the right of the lens, you will see the front infrared sensor. This is what allows communication with the remote control. Underneath that, you will see the drop-down adjustable foot.

On the left side of the projector, you have the exhaust vent for hot air. On the right side, there is the cool air intake. In the rear underneath the projector, you will see two more feet. These feet can be adjusted using a screw thread. The final result is that the 2150 has a stable three-point stance.

Wireless Capabilities

It is important to clarify something when discussing the wireless capabilities of this unit. Wireless in this context refers to the ability to stream videos from your phone or mobile devices. This means that if you have a chromecast, for example, you will be able to cast images to your projector. A lot of the wireless capabilities of the 2150 are designed with the business community in mind.

One of its stellar features is the ability to do multi-casting. This is where different individuals cast from their device to the projector simultaneously. The projector is divided into a grid, with each section of the grid showing an image from the different user’s computers or devices. You will still need to use an HDMI cable to connect your projector to the device that is transmitting the image.

Picture Quality

See the Specs
Video Modes: 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50, 480p, 480i 

As one would expect from a product produced by Epson, the 2150 has a stellar picture quality straight out of the box. The majority of the color modes are true to form. The only exception is the dynamic mode, which leans toward the greens and the yellows. However, this is what you would expect from a projector at this price point when the brightness is enhanced.

Bright cinema will also have a greenish or yellowish tinge to it. You are not going to notice it when you’re actually looking at the screen, but you will notice if you make the switch between the natural and cinema mode. Natural produces a warm tone, whereas cinema has a blue and cold tone. 

Skin tones come across as a natural. You should expect good color accuracy from the 2150 without needing to do a lot of tweaks or calibration.

Black levels are what you would expect from a projector that is under $1,000. It is not in the stellar range by any means, but it is above-average from what one would expect from a 3 LCD projector.

You can do some tweaking to get the black levels a little darker, but the compromise is that you will lose out on some shadow detail.

Conclusion

We feel that the 2150 is a great projector for you if you’re looking for something that’s going to work the way it should right out of the box. It offers a plug and play experience. For being less than $1,000, it has an impressive set of features.

Although the projector claims to be 2500 lm, if you measure it at its brightest, it is actually 2600 lm. The projector has good black levels for an entry-level home unit. You will enjoy using this projector in a room that has ambient light. However, it is not so bright that you will not be able to use it in the dark without the lights on.

The projector has all of the inputs that you will need. We feel this unit shines as a business/education projector. Gamers, do not fret, this projector will work for you. It has a 29.2 mega second input lag. This means that you can play whatever games that you want, including FPS. The gameplay is smooth, and there is no detectable lag.

The remote does not have a backlight. If you want to make adjustments in the dark, you will need to use the light from your cell phone. However, all in all, we were pleased with this unit and would recommend purchasing it.

We would love to get your impression of the unit. If you have used the 2150, let us know what you think. How does it compare to the projectors you have used in the past? We look forward to hearing from you in the comment section below. 

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My name is Steve Scott. Father of 2 and owner of Outdoor Movie HQ. I’ve been involved in the A/V industry for most of my life and built this blog to help people better understand projector technology. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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