Epson Home Cinema 4010 (EH-TW7400) review

Epson Home Cinema 4010 (EH-TW7400) review
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Last Updated on by Daniel Osakwe

Epson’s Home Cinema 4010 projector is a very capable and well-made projector. But there are a few issues that are worth mentioning.

If you’re planning to buy a projector, it’s important to understand what’s going on with the technology. It’s not just about having a good projector; you also need to know the technology and how it works.

Here’s a review of the Epson Home Cinema 4010.

Epson Home Cinema 4010: Design

Epson Home Cinema 4010 (EH-TW7400) review

There is nothing flimsy about the 4010/EH-TW7400. It will stay put, however, not on a flimsy table. It’s either a ceiling mount or a large, heavy AV rack. The projector measures 520 x 450 x 193 mm and weighs 11.2 kg. It looks like something from an actual movie theater.

Due to its size, this machine would otherwise be an austere-looking machine due to its curved, rounded chassis. The real design star, however, is the sliding door lens cap, which automatically unfolds in two parts when the projector is activated, and vice versa when it is turned off.

Since Optoma doesn’t offer Alexa or Google voice control, tinkering with the 4010/EH-TW7400 requires a remote control. Nevertheless, the buttons are not only pleasingly large and light but are also well laid out, as well as nicely backlit in orange. It is necessary to press a specific button on the remote in order to wake the backlight, which somewhat defeats the purpose.

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Epson Home Cinema 4010: Setup

Using an 80-inch projector screen was no problem for the 4010/EH-TW7400. Although its 2.1x optical zoom and throw ratio of 1.35-2.84:1 will be overkill for most rooms wanting something smaller than its maximum 300-inch image, we liked its powered focus. Combined with the powered vertical (96%) and horizontal (47%) lens shift, you can sit down while setting up and do everything using the remote control. Is remote control really dead?

Inputs and outputs are housed in a deep canyon on the back and include two HDMI inputs (though only one is HDCP 2.2 compatible for 4K support), a VGA port for hooking up a PC, an RS-232C port for integrating it into a home entertainment control system (such as AMX, Crestron, or Control4), and a USB 2.0 port in case you want to add a WiFi dongle (optional). An Ethernet wired LAN port is also provided.

Following the basic steps, you can choose to add some picture enhancements or ignore them as you see fit.

Epson Home Cinema 4010: Performance

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This projector’s user interface has a dedicated homepage, which is different from the hub page found on most smart TVs. But instead of being cluttered with apps, it merely provides panels to choose between sources and color modes.

In daylight, Dynamic, Bright Cinema, Natural, Cinema, and Digital Cinema all do an acceptable job out of the box. Watching daytime TV revealed plenty of bright, contrast-y colors, with the Bright Cinema mode excelling in ambient lighting.

Motion sequences and camera pans will appear smoother with the 4010/EH-TW7400’s frame interpolation mode. This is a good idea, but the drawback is that the more frames are inserted, the smoother the action becomes, but the more fizzing, flashing, and snapping you’ll see around moving objects.

There are three different settings offered here – Low, Normal, and High – and surprisingly it’s the middle level that offers a good balance (the Low version isn’t worth bothering with, and the High setting is almost unwatchable). Sadly, it does not appear to work with live 4K TV broadcasts, which is disappointing considering its sports-centric purpose.

Dimming the lights enables the 4010/EH-TW7400 to achieve a native contrast ratio of 200,000:1 in Cinema and Digital Cinema modes.

What about 4K sources? The detail in Solo: A Star Wars Story is exquisite thanks to its ‘4K enhancement’ toolbox on its second most powerful setting. The peaks of Vandor are full of detail as Han and Chewbacca struggle on top of the coaxial-carrying train, while Dryden Vos’ lair is full of vivid colors and convincing blacks.

The 4010/EH-TW7400’s detail is excellent despite not being a native 4K projector. This is clearer when playing a standard Blu-ray disc. Though The Pacific is a highly watchable WWII miniseries, its Full HD images lack a little pizazz, with colors that are muted and more uniform, and close-ups that lack the biting detail of 4K.

If anyone still plays 3D Blu-ray discs, the 4010/EH-TW7400 can also handle them, though there are no 3D active shutter glasses included.

Even though it is rated at 31 dB and as low as 20 dB in eco mode, during our tests the 4010 / EH-TW7400 clocked in at 44 dB in the high brightness mode, and 44 dB in the eco mode. The 4010/EH-TW7400, when it was not operating at high power, was whisper-quiet to our ears.

FOR & AGAINST

Pros Cons
Seven-year lamp life Massive size
Very quiet No HLG HDR playback
4K detail and color No wireless control
Affordable Not ‘true’ 4K
Versatile lens-shift

Verdict

Do projectors represent the future or the past? In order to become the hub of the smart home, projector manufacturers are adding features such as voice control, built-in speakers, and streaming apps.

The Epson projector fails to care about any of that, instead of focusing solely on creating clear, contrasty, and colossal 4K Ultra HD images.

There are models with more bells and whistles – even Epson offers models with more bells and whistles – but the 4010/EH-TW7400’s combination of must-have features and the uncompromisingly cinematic image is hard to beat.

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