Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD 3LCD Projector

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD - Front View
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD - Front View. Photo (c) Epson


The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD is a compact video projector, with an off-center mounted lens that incorporates 3LCD technology with 720p display resolution and is 16x9, 4x3, and 2.35:1 aspect ratio compatible.

Light Output

Epson rates the 710HD as having a maximum 2,800 Lumens light output (for both color and B/W), and up to a 3,000:1 Contrast Ratio. This is supported by a 200 watt lamp with a life of 4,000 hours in standard mode and 5,000 hours in ECO mode.

Lens Characteristics

The lens assembly features manual zoom 1.00-1.2 lens, with an image size range from 29 to 320 inches. The Home Cinema 710HD can project 80-inch 16x9 image from 8.5 ft or a 120-inch image from about 13 ft. The projector can be placed from 3 1/2 to 35 1/2 feet from the screen. The lens manual focal characteristics are: F 1.58 - 1.72, f 16.9 - 20.28 mm. Lens Shift is not provided, but the 710HD does feature manual Keystone Correction settings: Horizontal/Vertical +/- 30 degrees.

Resolution and Input Signal Compatibility

NTSC/PAL/480p/720p/1080i/1080p60/1080p24 input compatible. Built-in video processing upscales or downscales all incoming signals to 720p for screen display. NOTE: The Home Cinema 710HD is not 3D compatible.

Input Connections

The inputs provided on the 710HD include One of each of the following: HDMI, VGA, Component (via provided Component-to-VGA Adapter Cable), S-Video, and Composite Video. DVI-HDCP equipped sources can also be connected to the Home Cinema 710HD via a DVI-to-HDMI adapter cable or connector. Built-in 3.5mm analog audio input connection with Mono speaker system also provided.

2 USB Inputs are also included: Type A USB port for access to external USB media devices, and a Type B USB port for direct connection to a PC or Laptop.

Picture Modes and Settings

Four Preset Picture Modes are provided: Dynamic (enhanced brightness and sharpness - such as for viewing live or live-on video TV programming), Living Room (Normal living room viewing conditions - best when drawn curtains are used to dim room light), Game (best when playing video games in a room with ambient light), Theatre (optimized setting for dark room when watching movies).

In addition to the preset picture modes, the 710HD also features manual setting controls that allow further tweaking of color, contrast, sharpness, color temperature, etc...


Color Onsreen Menu accessible via onboard controls located on top of projector as well as via included wireless remote control. In addition, the remote control can be used as wireless mouse or a presentation pointer. It is important to note that remote signal can be interrupted by bright fluorescent lights or direct sunlight.

Other Characteristics

Built-in Speaker: 2 Watts Monaural output. This is loud enough to hear sound in a small room - but an external audio system is definitely preferred for a good home theater experience.

Fan Noise: 29 db (Eco Mode) - 37 dB (Normal Mode). Based on these specifications, Fan noise will definitely be more audible in Normal Mode than in ECO mode, but is it also important to point out that in a darkened room, the ECO mode setting should project more than enough light for a good viewable image - which definitely extends lamp life and saves on the electric bill.

Unit dimensions: 11.6 inches (W) × 9.0 inches (H) × 3.1 inches (D)

Weight: 5.1 lbs

My Take on the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD carries on in the tradition of its previous entry-level PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD (see review). The 710HD is compact, easy to set up, and easy to use. To make setup and use even easier, the 710HD features both a quick start up and shut down modes. Also, connections are provided for a host of devices, including smartphones, tablets, and game consoles, in addition to Blu-ray Disc and DVD players.

The Home Cinema 710HD provides several setup options via its Projection Mode setting. The options include positioning on a table or rack, or mounted on a ceiling, either in front or behind the screen.

The Home Cinema 710HD utilizes 3-Chip LCD system (3LCD), which employs separate LCD panels and color filters for red, green, and blue. The chips used in the Home Cinema 710HD have native 720p resolution. Epson supports their LCD technology with a high power E-TORL lamp that maximizes light output so that the projector can even be viewed in rooms that cannot be completely darkened. Granted, as more light present in the room, the perceived contrast level and color saturation decreases, but it does provide a viewable image where many projectors would not.

On the other hand, one thing to watch for is the Screen Door effect which is a common LCD artifact. However, since the 710HD is an LCD projector, it doesn't suffer from the Rainbow Effect, which is an artifact that may be visible in many DLP video projectors.

The 710HD is a great choice to use for home entertainment, game play, classroom, or business presentations. In fact, this projector is a good candidate for outdoor on those warm Summer nights for watching movies or photo slide shows. If you are looking for a new home theater projector that is very reasonably priced, that provides all the connectivity you need, can perform well in rooms with some ambient light, and you aren't interested in 3D-capability, be sure to check out the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 710HD.

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