Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD
Compact & bright projector that produces a lot of light, but lackluster color performance.
The input ports for this projector are grouped on the back of the body. There are a rather minimal number: one HDMI, one S-Video and one composite video. Alongside the composite video are two inputs for analog stereo audio to drive the small built-in speaker. Not present are any component video inputs, or any DVI ports. To drive this projector from a computer with a DVI port, you'll need to add a DVI to HDMI converter. Fortunately, these only cost a few dollars.
Two USB ports are present: one for connecting devices such as USB thumb drives or digital cameras (the type A one) and one that allows the proejctor to be serviced and calibrated from a PC. If you plug a USB thumb drive or digital camera into the first port and press the USB button on the remote, the projector will try and display the images it finds on the device as a slideshow.
The ports are well located for everyday use, as befits a projector that is likely to be used on the go a lot of the time.
Internet & Media Features
There are no internet features: the projector does not allow for Internet access for streaming video and the like. If you plug a USB thumb drive or digital camera into the USB port and press the USB button on the remote, the 705HD will search the device for files and display the images it finds as a slideshow. This is limited to JPG files only, though; it cannot display PDFs or other image formats. A few basic slideshow controls are offered: you can decide how long each image is shown and how it transitions between images, but that's it. There is no way to show images in a certain order or to create more complex slideshows: you'll need to attach a computer to do that.
Menus & Manual
A basic printed quick-start guide is supplied with the projector, with a fuller manual on the included CD-ROM. Both of these do a decent job of explaining the features of the projector to the user.
The on-screen menu system is similarly basic, but adequate for general use. It divides the options into 6 categories, shown as tabs on the left side: Image, Signal, Settings, Extended, Info and Reset. This structure works well, putting the most commonly required features (such as changing imag
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