Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Photo Profile

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector Photos and Features

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Front View with Included Accessories
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Front View Photo with Accessories. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 is a video projector that features both 2D and 3D display capability. It also features an MHL-enabled HDMI input that can be used to connect compatible portable devices, as well as the Roku Streaming Stick, as well as built-in two-channel speaker system.

For a up-close look at more of its features and connections, continue with the following photo profile.

Shown in the first photo above is a look at the items that come in the PowerLight Home Cinema 3500 Projector package.

In the center of the photo is the projector, with the Extra Care brochure, Quick Setup Guides, and CD-ROM (User Manual).

Moving down to the left side of the projector is the detachable power cord.

Resting the front of the projector is the included remote control and two pairs of 3D glasses.

The basic features of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 include:

1. 3LCD video projector with (1980x1080) 1080p native pixel resolution, 16x9, 4x3, and 2.35:1 aspect ratio compatible.

2. Light output: Maximum 2500 Lumens (both color and b&w - standard mode), Contrast Ratio: up to 70,000:1 (2D - standard mode), Lamp life: Up to 3500 hours (normal mode) - 5,000 hours (ECO mode).

3. 3D display capability (Active Shutter system, two pairs of glasses included).

4. Unit dimensions: (W)16.1 x (D)12.6 x (H) 6.4 inches; Weight: 14.9 lb lbs.

5. Suggested Price: $1,699.99

For full details on the features and specifications of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500, refer to my Review.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Front and Rear Views

Epson PowerLite Home Cineam 3500 Video Projector
Epson PowerLite Home Cineam 3500 Video Projector - Front and Rear Views. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown above is a photo that shows both the front and rear view of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector.

Starting with top image, on the left side is the air exhaust vent.

Moving left, past the Epson logo (hard to see in this photo as it is white), is the Lens. Surrounding the lens are the zoom and focus controls.

On the right side of the lens is the front remote control sensor. On the bottom front left and right sides are the adjust feet that can raise the front angle of the projector.

Just above the lens is the Horizontal and Vertical Lens Shift Controls..

Moving to the bottom image is the rear view of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector.

The center of the rear panel is taken up by various input and control connections, while the AC receptacle and is located on the bottom.

Also, the "grill" areas to the left and right side of the connection panel is where the built-in loudspeakers are located.

For more details on the video input and control connections, proceed to the next photo...

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Top View

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Top
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Photo of Top View. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is a top view of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 that shows the onboard menu access and navigation controls, as well as the lens shift controls. Also, on the right side, there is a removable lid that provides access to the projector lamp for replacement purposes.

For close-up look at, and explanation of, the lens controls, proceed to the next photo...

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Lens Controls

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Lens Controls
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Lens Controls. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is a closer view of the external lens assembly of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector.

The zoom and focus controls the are rings wrapped around the outside of the lens, and the controls on top are the Horizontal and Vertical Lens Shift controls.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Onboard Controls

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Onboard Controls
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Onboard Controls. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page are the on-board controls for the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500. These controls are also duplicated on the wireless remote control, which is shown later in this profile.

Starting on the top left are the lamp and temperature status indicator lights.

Just below the indicator lights, are the power indicator, followed by the standby power button, and Source Select button - every push of this buttons accesses another input source.

Moving to the right are the menu access and navigation controls. It is also important to note that the two vertical buttons also do double duty as a vertical Keystone Correction control, while the left and right buttons function both as volume controls for the built-in speaker system, and horizontal keystone correction buttons.

For a look at the rear panel and an explanation of the provided connections, proceed to the next photo...

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Rear Panel Connections

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Connections
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Connections. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up look at the connections provided on the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector.

Starting on the top left are two HDMI inputs. These inputs allow the connection of an HDMI or DVI source. Sources with DVI outputs can be connected to an HDMI input of the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 via a DVI-HDMI adapter cable.

Also, as an added bonus, the HDMI 1 input is MHL-enabled, which means that you can connect MHL-compatible devices, such as some smartphones, tablets, and Roku Streaming Stick.

Just below the two HDMI inputs is a cluster of connections that include a PC (VGA) monitor input, 12-volt trigger output, RS232-C interface connection (used for custom installation control system integration), and a set of Composite Video (yellow) and analog stereo inputs.

Moving to the right is a set of Component Video inputs, a mini-USB (for service only), and standard USB port (can be used access compatible media files from a flash drive or external hard drive or for connecting the optional Epson 802.11b/g/n wireless LAN module).

Also provides is a 3.5mm audio output for connection to an external audio system.

On the far right is a rear mounted remote control sensor. For a look at the remote control provided with the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector, proceed to the next photo.

For a look a the Remote Control that is provided with the Home Cinema 3500, proceed to the next photo...

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Remote Control

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Remote Control
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Remote Control. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Remote Control for the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 allows control of most of the functions of the projector via onscreen menus.

This remote is easily fits in the palm of the palm of any hand and features self-explanatory buttons. Also, remote is also backlit, making it easier to use in a darkened room. However, one added bonus is that if you have a Roku Streaming stick plugged into the projector, you can use this same remote to navigate through most of the Roku setup and app navigation menus.

Beginning across the top (area in black) is power button, as well the input select buttons. There are also a P-in-P (Picture-in-Picture) and USB/LAN access buttons.

To use the USB/LAN feature, you must purchase the optional Epson USB Wireless LAN module. This option allows you to configure the 3500 to be able to wirelessly access compatible content from network-connected devices, such as a PC or laptop.

Below the playback transport controls (used with devices connected via USB), as well as the HDMI (HDMI-CEC) access, and Volume Controls.

Next is a row that includes the 3D Format, Color Mode, and Super Res/Detail Enhance controls.

The circular area in the center of the remote control contains the Menu access and navigation buttons.

The rest of the buttons in this area are Fine/Fast, RGBCMY (color settings menu access), Aspect Ratio, User Settings, Memory, 2D/3D, Pattern (displays projection test patterns), and AV Mute (mute both picture and sound).

Finally, on the bottom are provided controls for use with Epson's Wireless HDMI switcher, but is not functional on this projector.

For a sampling of the onscreen menus, proceed to the group of photos in this profile...

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Image Settings Menu

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Image Settings Menu
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Image Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is the Image Settings Menu.

1. Color Mode: A series of preset color, contrast, and brightness settings: Auto (automatically adjusts settings based on room lighting), Cinema (viewing movies in a dark room), Dynamic (when high brightness is desired), Living Room, Natural, 3D Dynamic (boosts brightness when viewing 3D in a room with some ambient light), 3D Cinema (sets brightness for viewing 3D in darkened room).

2. Brightness: Manual Adjustment to make the image brighter or darker.

3. Contrast: Manually changes the level of dark to light.

4. Color Saturation: Provides manual setting of the degree of all colors together.

5. Tint: Adjusts the amount of green and magenta in the image.

6. Skin Tone: Balances the amount of green and red in order optimize skin color.

7. Sharpness: Adjusts the degree of edge definition in the image. This setting should be use sparingly as it can display edge artifacts.

8. Color Temperature: Provides manual adjustment of the Warmness (more red - outdoor look) or Blueness (more blue - indoor look) of the image.

9. Advanced: Choosing this option takes the user to a submenu that allows more precise color controls that allow increasing or decreasing color saturation of each color (Red, Green, Blue or Red, Green, Blue, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow) individually.

9. Power Consumption: This option allows control of lamp light output. Normal provides a bright image that is suitable for 3D viewing or viewing when there is some ambient light present. The ECO mode reduces the light output from the lamp, but is bright enough for most home theater viewing in a darkened room. The ECO setting also saves power and extends lamp life.

10. Auto Iris: Automatically adjusts the projector light output according to the brightness of the image.

12. Reset: Cancels all user made image settings.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Signal Settings Menu

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Signat Set Menu
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Signal Settings Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the Signal Settings Menu for the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector:

1. 3D Setup: Goes to a submenu that provides the following options -

3D Display - Turns 3D display function on or off. Access to this function via the 2D/3D button on the remote control is also available.

3D Format - In the Auto position, the projector can, in most cases, detect the incoming 3D format signal. However, if the 3D signal is not automatically detected, you can select 2D (always displays a 2D image, even with 3D sources), Side-by-Side (incoming 3D signal has the left and right eye images displayed side-by-side), and Top and Bottom (incoming 3D signal has the left and right eye images displayed on the top and bottom).

3D Depth - Adjusts the degree of 3D Depth desired.

Diagonal Screen Size - This allows you to tell the projector what size screen you using. Doing this helps to optimize 3D display performance, such as reducing crosstalk (halo, ghosting) effects.

3D Brightness - Adjusts brightness of 3D images. Note: The projector also provides automatic brightness/contrast compensation when 3D images are detected.

Inverse 3D Glasses: - This setting reverses the 3D glasses LCD shutter sequence if 3D images are incorrectly displayed with the background being in front of the foreground. The Inverse function reverses the error so that the 3D planes are displayed correctly.

3D Viewing Notice - Turns the 3D viewing warning and health notice on and off when 3D images are detected.

2. Aspect Ratio: Allows the setting of the projector's aspect ratio. The options are:

Normal - Sets aspect ratio and image size for PC-based images.

16:9 - Converts all incoming signals to the 16:9 aspect ratio. Incoming 4:3 images are stretched.

Full - All incoming images are reformatted to fill the screen, regardless of the aspect ratio of the incoming signal. 4:3 signals are stretched horizontally and 1.85:1 and 2.35:1 signals are stretched vertically.

Native - Displays all incoming images with no aspect ratio modification.

3. Position Centers the image on the screen using up, down, left, and right adjustments. Most useful for computer-sourced images.

4. Deinterlacing: Manually switches between Interlaced Scan and Progressive Scan.

5. Super Resolution: Adjusts detail enhancement for the image.

6. Advanced: Access a submenu with the following options: Noise Reduction (reduces the amount of video noise in an image - but can also soften the image), Setup level (fine tunes the black level), Overscan (adjusts the outside borders of the image), HDMI video range (matches the color range of the projector to the HDMI input source), Image Processing (Fast allows the projector to display images quicker - but reduces image quality, Fine emphasize quality over quick response time).

7. Reset: Resets the above settings to factory defaults.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Video Projector - Info Menu

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 Info Menu
Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500 video projector - Info Menu. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this final look at the Epson 3500's on screen menu system is a look at the Info Menu. This is the menu tells the user the lamp hours used, technical specifications of current incoming source signal that is being viewed, and additinal information.

1. Lamp Hours: Displays the number of numbers the Lamp used. The indicator will show 0 hours until 10 hours have been used. As you can see, at the time this photo was taken, 52 Lamp Hours had been used.

2. Source: This shows what input is currently being accessed and viewed. Input source options include: HDMI 1, HDMI 2, Component, PC, Video.

3. Input Signal: Shows what type of video signal standard is being detected. In this case it is Component (not to be confused with a component video connection - this component refers to the color standard being supplied by the source).

4. Resolution: Displays the pixel resolution of the input signal. In this case, the pixel resolution of the incoming video signal in this illustration is 1080p.

5. Scan Mode: Shows whether the incoming signal is Interlaced or Progressive.

6. Refresh Rate: Provides information on the refresh rate of the incoming signal. It important to note that 60.05Hz is a correct number - in common practice, this is referred to as a 60Hz refresh rate.

7. 3D Format: Displays the incoming 3D format detected. As you can see here, there is no 3D signal detected currently.

8. Sync Info: Displays video signal/projector synch details.

9. Deep Color: Displays the deep color depth information from HDMI sources. Deep Color is not always present, as in this case.

10. Status: Displays any error information.

11. Serial Number: The serial number of the projector.

12. Version: This display what firmware version is currently installed.

13. Event ID: Displays a code number corresponding to an error issue, if any. If the projector is operating normally, this should be blank.

More On The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500

The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500, in terms of features and connectivity offers a lot of operational flexibility. Also, with its strong light output, this projector can be viewed in settings that may have some degree of ambient light or that cannot be completely dark, and is a great candidate for outdoor use (at night, of course).

For additional information and perspective on the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3500's features and performance, the also check out my Review and Video Performance Tests.

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