Projector or LED TV? We Review EPSON EX7200.
You are looking for a new way to watch TV, play games or present materials. TV’s and projectors are two good ways to watch, but which one should you get?
Advantages of the Projector:
The biggest would have to be portability. Even though LED TV‘s are light-weight, a projector can be put in a case and slung over the shoulder. When you are ready to present, set it up and connect to the source.
You can scale the screen from small to extra- large. The screen we shot in the basement was 65″ in a diagonal pattern.
You can flip a projector and put it on the ceiling. Some LED TV’s have a 90 degree rotation option, but there is usually no need to hang them upside-down.
The EPSON EX7200 has a USB monitor feature. Therefore, if you want to connect this projector up as a second or even third monitor, just plug the USB-B cable into the USB of your computer.
Disadvantages of the Projector:
Even though you have a smaller unit to carry around, you have to find a wall to project on. Screens use what is called “Blackout cloth“, so the picture can be it’s sharpest. We projected on a green wall, which didn’t help in the color. I placed a white background on part of the wall to show color difference in the video.
If I was to set this up in a home theater situation, I would definitely plan to build a proper screen for it. You can buy screens, but check out this cool way to make the screen
The projector is not as green – The 2600 Lumen light will definitely give you a great picture, but the unit will take more energy and give out more heat. When you use the projector, make sure it is in a well-ventilated area.
A little about the EPSON EX7200 (a review)
The EPSON EX7200 has a resolution of 1280×800 – only allowing video in 16:10 mode or movies and games in 720p. If you connect a larger resolution, the EX7200 will project a part of the screen – you can move the mouse around to scroll the hidden parts of the screen.
The EPSON EX7200 has only one HDMI1 port. If I wanted to connect this to multiple HDMI1 units, you would have to get a repeater. The EX7200 does have VGA, S-Video and the aforementioned USB ports for connection as another external monitor.
The first computer (an older Pentium 4 I use for multimedia – XP loaded) had difficulty recognizing the USB-VGA cable. When I connected to a newer machine with Windows7, the projector installed and connected without issue.
If you use this for home theater, then make sure you have a decent sound system. The speaker from this projector is meant for minimal use – or simple sound effects from a presentation.
I liked the ease of use and easy setup of the projector. I also liked the compactness of this device. One thing noted in the video was when I went to CES, I took this projector with me. Hotels that have flat screens will break out or glue the buttons so you cannot connect other devices and watch video. I connected my Roku to the projector and was able to get the content we were creating at CES.
So Should I buy the EPSON EX700?
If you don’t care about screen size and want sunlight in the room, then the LED TV is the way to go (especially since it has a TV tuner in it). If you are looking for that theater experience and want a screen bigger than 52 inches, then a projector will be the best value (at about $700).
As for the EPSON EX7200, it is a decent 720p projector. It’s definitely something you can take with you and connect up to a PC easily. The USB monitor can come in handy in some situations.