Our Review of the Epson Home Cinema 1040

Epson has produced yet another “bright room” projector. This has been the trend for the last few years as the projectors have gone “bright” enough to project in mildly lighted rooms. Before that, projectors are usually relegated to relatively dark rooms. Epson’s commitment to developing bright room projectors shows that they are attentive to trends. The projector in question here is the Epson Home Cinema 1040. The review below will talk about its specifications, qualities, pros and cons.

front image of the Epson Home Cinema 1040 Specifications:

  • The Epson Home Cinema 1040 can produce up to 3,000 lumens
  • The color output rating is also rated at around 3,000 lumens
  • The contrast is rated at 15,000:1
  • This projector has the Auto Iris
  • Resolution is rated at 1920 by 1200
  • Aspect ratio is 16:10 (WUXGA)
  • The Epson Home Cinema 1040 supports the following video modes; 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/30, 1080p/50, 576i, 576p, 480p and 480i
  • The max power in this projector is 291 watts
  • Meanwhile, the voltage is rated from 100 volts to 240 volts
  • The Epson Home Cinema 1040 weighs around 5.7 pounds
  • The following are compatible with the connection panel; Audio In (RCA), HDMI (MHL), USB, HDMI, VGA In and Composite (RCA)
  • The lamp inside the projector will last for an estimated 5,000 hours
  • If eco-mode is activated, the lamp will instead last for 10,000 hours
  • The type of the lamp in the Epson Home Cinema 1040 is UHE
  • Lamp wattage is rated at 200 watts
  • Only one lamp can be found inside the chassis of this projector
  • The display type in use is that of the 3 LCD variant
  • The focusing of the lens needs manual operation
  • The Epson Home Cinema 1040 can project an image from 3.6 feet to 29.3 feet
  • The image projected on the screen ranges from 30.3 inches to 300.5 inches
  • This projector will emit background noise at 37 decibels
  • However, this will be tone down to 28 decibels if the eco-mode will be activated
  • The Epson Home Cinema 1040 has a speaker built in to its chassis and it is of the 2.0 W Mono Type
  • Digital zoom is a feature included by Epson in this projector
  • Digital keystone: both horizontal and vertical
  • Said projector also has Closed Captioning as one of its feature
  • Lastly, Geometric Correction is also included here

As stated above, the Epson Home Cinema 1040 is a “bright room” projector. That entails that said projector can perform even in rooms that has lights. As also stated above, the trend of bright room is just a recent development in projector technology. This means that the Epson Home Cinema 1040 and the whole of Epson is keeping abreast with said developments.

A side consequence of this is that bright room projectors such as the the Home Cinema 1040 can now compete with LCD flatscreens in the living rooms and alike. LCD flatscreens are also much more expensive than projectors, making the development of bright room projectors more critical for the projector industry as a whole. Epson made sure that they are on top of that.

back image of the Epson Home Cinema 1040

Viewing Experience

Overall, the Epson Home Cinema 1040 is a solid hitter. Its 3000 lumens will surely satisfy your viewing needs. The gone were days were a measly sub- 1000 lumen projector is the only alternative choice for a much brighter flatscreen. The Epson Home Cinema 1040 is such choice.

image showing the screen resolution for the Epson Home Cinema 2040

The Epson Home Cinema 1040’s resolution is also in High Definition. Specifically, the resolution is in 1080p (1920 by 1080). The 1080p trend, which started earlier than the bright room trend, is also exhibited by this Epson projector. This goes to show that Epson is really committed to further develop the existing technology for projectors.

The guys at Epson saw fit to also include a built in stereo for the Epson Home Cinema 1040. Of course, external stereos are still the better choice if you are going for a total viewing experience. While the native stereo inside can produce decent sound, you will have an endless choice of bigger and badder audio systems that the built in stereo just can’t reproduce. Of course, if you do not have the patience to lug around heavier stereo systems the built in one is there for you to utilize.

Split Screen

Sometimes, you will want to project two images at the same time. Say, you want to watch a football game but also want to know the news and switch over to the news image the minute something interesting happens. The Epson Home Cinema 1040 will let you do that. It has the split screen mode, wherein you can project two images at the same time. The only caveat here is that only one of your sources can use HDMI

As a Gaming Platform

Like all projectors, the Epson Home Cinema 1040 has this thing called input lag. As the name suggest, there is a bit of lag in transmitting the images from the source on to the screen. This is fine as long as you are just watching a film but this might be problematic when you want to project the screen of your computer or gaming device while you are playing. You might want to project your gaming experience so that a wider audience can view but the lag might be prohibitive especially in high pace games. For betting gaming options check out our Epson Pro Cinema Reviews

However, this problem is minimized in the Epson Home Cinema 1040 owing to the inclusion of the Fast Mode. This mode vastly reduces input lag with a rating of 57 ms. That is pretty fast and is usually adequate when playing games. Your game performance need not to suffer when you’re using a projector.

Couple that with Epson’s wireless LAN module (sold separately) and you can easily project your gaming experience ( of course, you can still project rather easily without the optional wireless LAN module).

PROS:

  • A very bright display means that it is more versatile than the usual projectors
  • The HD resolution greatly enhances the viewing experience. Couple that with Auto Iris (which helps in producing better blacks) and the viewing experience will be more than accurate
  • The Split Screen mode will really attract multi-taskers
  • The Fast Mode is conducive for gamers
  • Epson’s track for quality products and an expansive 2-year warranty is always a plus

CONS:

  • Only one HDMI port can be used for those who want to project two images, as is the case usually in projectors
  • No 3D mode, although 3D modes have fallen in usage in recent years

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