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Epson PowerLite 1775W Projector Review

Great performance and wonderful features in an impressively compact package.

September 28, 2011
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Motion Smoothness

The Epson PowerLite 1775W's only issue in our motion performance test was a tendency to judders – that slight visual stutter as a picture pans from side-to-side. Unfortunately, there are no motion processing features in the projector to smooth away the judder.

Motion Artifacting

The Epson PowerLite 1775W showed no obvious motion artifacting. Well done, Epson.

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3:2 Pulldown & 24fps

When displaying native 24fps content (like you get from many Blu-Ray movies), the Epson PowerLite 1775W showed only slight problems. High contrast, high frequency patterns could flicker. There's also the judder in side-to-side panning shots that we mentioned above. Overall, though, it's no major problem.

Resolution Scaling

The Epson PowerLite 1775W has a native resolution of 1280 x 800 (WXGA). That's a computer resolution, not a TV resolution. As such, any TV signal you send to the projector needs to be scaled to map to the projector's LCD chips. Fortunately, the projector has a lot of options in its menu to allow for complete control over screen fitting and overscan.

The closest NTSC TV resolution is 720p (1280 x 720), which looked great. Fine details were well-rendered and small text could easily be read. A 1080p signal presented problems. Fine text was quite difficult to read. Movies looked a little better, but it's clear that the Epson PowerLite 1775W struggles with 1080p. If you're planning on using a video projector as your main home theater device, invest in a native 1080p projector.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity & Media
  9. Power, Noise & Heat
  10. Optoma HD20 Comparison
  11. Canon LV-8310 Comparison
  12. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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