Epson Home Cinema (5040UB) REVIEW
4K resolution is slowly taking over when it comes to TV sets, and UHD projectors are following. Sony has been dominating the market with its native 4K units, but they come at a very steep price.
This situation has created room for companies like Epson to step up their game. As a result, we have the Epson 5040UB Home Cinema Projector on our test which comes at a fraction of the price but offers stellar performance, even though it’s not true UHD. To find out how it stacks up, read our full review below.
This Epson 5040ub home theater projector comes with a stark white color scheme and has rounded edges. The design is pleasing to the eye and features a symmetric front panel that has cooling vents on each side. On the top of this unit, there are three lights in total, the status, lamp and temp light. Off to the side, behind a small slider, you’ll find buttons to navigate menus and a set for keystone adjustment. There is also a small door for the lens which is automatic and certainly adds to the experience.
When we first picked up this model, we noticed it was quite heavy, besides being huge. Its weight comes in at 24 lbs, and its dimensions are 20.5 x 17.7 x 6.7 inches. The size and weight might pose a few challenges during setup, especially if it’s going to be attached to a ceiling mount.
This 4K home theater projector from Epson uses a 3-LCD chip to provide an image with a top resolution of 1080p. The contrast ratio 1,000,000:1 is impressive as well as the 2500 ANSI lumens of brightness this unit can put out. When it comes to image size, you can achieve anything from a 50″ to a 300″ diagonal with a throw distance of 10 to 30 feet.
There’s no true 4K with this HD projector, but it does have UHD enhancement which shifts pixels half a pixel to the side and up for more detail.
Moving on, we this unit has ten presets for motorized lens shift, focus, and zoom. That way you’re able to save your settings and switch to them in a matter of moments which is very convenient.
In regards to connectivity, the Epson Home Cinema 5040UB has a lot to offer. Using this model, you’ll have no problem reading and viewing all the usual sources for UHD (4K) content. There is full support for HDCP 2.2 and HDMI 2.0. Then there’s support for HEVC formatting of video compression and HDR10 which are crucial to 4K Blue-ray programs and movies.
For sound, you will need to have a set of speakers, because this model doesn’t have any integrated which is to be expected of a high-end unit. Make sure you take that into account when planning your home theater room design.
The user interface on this home entertainment project offers many options for picture calibration, but it lacks good keystone adjustments. Other models in this price range have a four corner keystone correction which makes them easier to work with. When you consider the price of this Epson, it should have a better keystone feature.
Even though you can access the menu with keys from the unit itself, there’s no need to most of the time. Included in the package is a well-designed remote control that has access to all the options. It also sits nicely in your hand and has back-lit buttons so that you can see what you’re doing in the dark. This remote can manipulate the lens controls, various color modes, controls for image enhancement and so on. There’s also the ability to access memory presets which include different aspect ratios. This means you can set everything up once and then quickly switch when necessary.
- We’ll start off with the “4K enhancement” because it’s surely on everyone’s mind. Epson’s technology shifts pixels to create more detail, and while it does make a difference, it’s nowhere near real 4K. On the upside, this video projector reads the native 4K material even though it can’t truly display it. What you end up with is something between 4K and 2K, as well as the full benefits of HDR color.
- That’s right; the Epson 5040UB has HDR10 support for when you’re watching HDR Blu-Ray content through HDMI 2.0. You will be able to enjoy a high dynamic range, an excellent wide color gamut, support for 10-bit color as well as the full contrast ratio range that this unit offers. The result of all these features ends up being an experience which surpasses anything you can get with a standard 1080p projector. Moreover, this model is better than some units with full 4K support because of its HDR color features. High video quality depends more on HDR capability than on the added pixels a native UHD resolution brings.
- When tested with different video material, this HD home theater projector offered quite the experience. We enjoyed stunning, vibrant colors, deep blacks, and shadows along with excellent brightness. Even with some light in the room, it was hard to bring down the picture quality. 3D content also looks great on this model, just like 2D.
- Games look just as good with this projector as movies thanks to Epson’s contrast and color performance. Furthermore, the picture is sharp, and there are very few image problems in fast-paced scenes. One thing that might bother some PC gamers is the fact that they won’t be able to go above 60 fps with the 60Hz refresh rate. For those that have consoles, this won’t present a problem at all since they won’t need more than 60 fps.
Final Verdict – Don’t let the spec fool you, the Epson 5040UB is an HD projector, not 4K. In spite of that, it provides a stunning image which will please even the pickiest of users.