[note(4,,right)Hardware & HandlingLow pricing is of course synonymous with certain absent features: in contrast to the Sony VPL-HW30 and the Panasonic PT-AT5000, the EH-TW6000W doesn’t have lens-shift, which can be problematic if the projector isn’t well placed opposite your screen.
The projector is nevertheless rich in connectivity. There are two HDMI ins, a component and a VGA. Note that this model version comes with a wireless HDMI adaptor that means you won't have to run a long cable to connect up to your video source.
Available in black
2D Image QualityThe latest little Epson's default settings do wonders. It stands alone among projectors in giving a correctly set image and there’s no need to change anything, which is good news for many users who find setting their projector up a bit of a challenge. We advise you to leave it on ‘Auto’.
35% white test card and Cinema 3 mode: contrast ratio of 400:1Under these settings, the projector has a lower contrast ratio than the PT-AT5000 and HW30. On a 1% white test card contrast increases to a maximum of 850:1 and it's 400:1 on a 35% card.
1% white test card and Cinema 3: contrast ratio of 850:1
Colours in Auto (cinema) mode: average deltaE of 4
The colours are natural. Our sensor reading shows an average deltaE of 4. Overall the colours are well set but some, namely the red, green and magenta, tend to be a bit too bright.
With an average gamma of 2.1, the high and low light is well handled and there’s no loss of detail, either in the light or dark areas.
There’s no motion interpolation here and this has, like lens-shift, no doubt been sacrificed to keep pricing as low as possible. You’ll therefore have to accept some jumpiness with 24p and 25p films.
The quality of SD upscaling hasn’t improved and low definition sources (DVD, SD digital TV and so on) are still a little blurry. A little extra sharpness would be welcome. The HD image is however perfect!
3D Image QualityThere's no 2D to 3D conversion on this model, which isn’t really an issue given the mediocrity of this feature on TVs and projectors that are equipped with it.
With true 3D content (games, Blu-ray and so on), the TW6000 gives a good 3D effect, with well-rendered depth and objects springing out the screen at you. What’s more, video projectors also display much larger images than TVs, which makes for more complete immersion. The effect is very impressive! Just like Sony and Panasonic however, the image suffers from some crosstalk. Here, plasma and some LCD TVs do a good deal better.
Below you can see what you get using 3D glasses (Epson EH-TW6000W at the top, Sony VPL-HW30 below):
On a perfect image, there’s no "R" on the "L" on the left, and no "L" on the "R" on the right. Only the Panasonic and Samsung TVs are perfect.
One pair of glasses comes in the box which means you’ll have to shell out a bit more (around £85 a unit) to equip all the family. The glasses aren’t the most comfortable however and in addition to the fact that they don't suit all head shapes, they're mainly in plastic.
Energy consumption and noiseIt’s nice to be able to report that the EH-TW6000W is one of the quietest we've reviewed. With eco mode on, the fan is very quiet, but in 3D the video projector makes up for the lack of brightness when using the glasses by increasing the power of the lamp. This makes the projector heat up and the fan goes faster, creating more noise.
Energy consumption is a little higher than on the competitor solutions. We got a reading of 225 Watts against around 200 W for the Panasonic. In standby, both are under 1 Watt.