The Epson Home Cinema 640 3LCD Video Projector Profiled

Epson Home Cinema 640 3LCD Video Projector
Epson Home Cinema 640 3LCD Video Projector. Images provided by Epson America

Following up its previous video projector product announcements for 2015 (read my reports: Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 740HD, 2040, and 2045 Projectors Profiled and The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1040 and 1440 Video Projectors Profiled), Epson is adding another one to the list, the PowerLite Home Cinema 640.

What The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 640 Offers

Here is the listing and explanation of features and connectivity providing on the Home Cinema 640. 3LCD technology, which utilizes a separate LCD imaging chips for the red, green, and blue primary colors.

Native Resolution: 800x600 pixels (SVGA) - input resolutions up to 720p and 1080p are supported, but the projector will downscale those resolutions to SVGA parameters for projection onto a screen. By the same token, input signals with resolutions below 800x600 will be upscaled for display.

Light Output: 3,200 Lumens (B&W and Color). What this means is that the 640 can project a viewable image even in rooms with some ambient light.

Contrast Ratio: 10,000:1 (measurement method not stated). This a adequate contrast ratio, but keep in mind that if you are using the 640 in a room with ambient light, blacks will not be as deep.

Lamp: UHE Lamp with 200 watts output, Lamp Life: Up to 6,000 hours (ECO), 5,000 hours (Normal). This is a pretty respectable lamp light, depending on daily use, this could last up to several years.

Image Size: 30 to 300 inches depending on distance (Check out Epson's Distance Calculator).

Keystone Correction Vertical + or - 30 degrees (Automatic based on projector tilt), Horizontal + or - 30 degrees (Manual using slide bar to top of the projector behind the lens).

Mounting Options: The Epson Home Cinema 640 can be mounted on either the front or rear of the screen (rear mounting requires screen that also accommodates light coming from the rear), on either a table, shelf, or ceiling.

Inputs: 1 HDMI, 1 USB (type A) for accessing photos and videos on USB flash drives, 1 USB Type B, 1 set of analog audio inputs, 1 Composite, and 1 PC monitor input.

Audio: 2 watt amplifier powering a single built-in speaker. Keep in mind that the built-in speaker system might be good in a pinch (small room or business presentation), however, an external audio system, such as Under-TV Audio System or a full 5.1 or 7.1 channel home theater setup would be better options.

Remote Control and Menu Wireless remote control provided - operates easy-to-use Advanced Home Screen menu system.

More Info

As you can see from the above feature and connection overview, on the one hand the Epson Home Cinema 640 has some great capabilities, such as strong light output, wide-enough contrast ratio for typical settings, and all the inputs you need for source devices, such as Blu-ray/DVD player and PC.

The projector can be used for basic home entertainment, classroom, or even a business setup. It is also very compact, which is great for traveling (11.6-inches W x 9.0-inches D x 3.1 high). However, if you are looking for a home theater projector - keep in mind that you will not see as detail of an image (especially on very large screen sizes).

On the other hand, for those that already have home theater setup with a 720p or 1080p capable video projector, the 640 might be a great second projector to have in the house to move around from room-to-room, or even use outdoors when the weather is good, and the nights are warm.

Also, the 640 might also be a good choice for students looking a big screen movie viewing experience in apartment.

Of course, there is always that teacher looking for affordable way to present video content in the classroom, or the business person looking for something that is easy to travel with, but doesn't cost a lot.

NOTE: The Epson Home Cinema is not 3D compatible.

The Home Cinema 640 carries a suggested price of $359.99 (Price Comparisons Coming Soon) - Official Product Page.