Review Snapshot
Pros

Delivers clear, sharp video playing at an affordable price; very few malfunctions have been reported.

Cons

It doesn't support 3D video play, so put away your 3D glasses.

Verdict

This is an excellent, affordable home cinema option.

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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 8350 from Epson
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REVIEW: Epson PowerLite 8350 (Home Cinema Projector)

Although it isn't the cheapest home cinema option, the Epson PowerLite 8350 still offers crystal-clear video in a powerful, compact device that easily adjusts and fits any screen.  Even better: It's a favorite of PC Mag, which they said was "an easy pick" for Editors' Choice.  Here is my review.

Pros
  • Video is very clear; little fading or color discoloration
  • Device is easy to adjust and use
  • Slim design makes it easy to place anywhere

Cons
  • Its $1,299 may still be out of consumers' budgets
  • Doesn't contain 3D video support

Design

Design-wise the Epson PowerLite 8350 doesn't stray too far from its predecessors, the PowerLite Home Cinema 8100 and the PowerLite Home Cinema 8700 UB.  The device is slim, yet sturdy, with a smooth white coating and a hefty 16.1 pounds of weight; not the heaviest device on the market, but certainly not the lightest either.  Despite its slim design, it's also a big projector, measuring at 5.7 inches tall and 17.7 inches wide.  Still, the device is slim, straight, and should easily stay put on any hard surface, provided the surface doesn't move too much.

Other than these criticisms, there's hardly anything bad to say about this home projector.  All of the necessary connections are tidily kept in the back panel, which contains a variety of video ports, including HDMI and S-Video.  The lens which displays the video is, as you would expect, located in the front, but doesn't stick out too much, so it shouldn't cause any trouble during projection setup.

Features

While it doesn't deliver the best image quality, the Epson PowerLite 8350 still delivers passable, and oftentimes surprisingly excellent quality, given its price (a cheaper buy as far as home cinema projectors are concerned).  The brightness and saturation of the video can be adjusted via projector, which should come in handy if you plan to play videos in different lighting conditions, such as during the day or during the nighttime.  The image itself can be moved by adjusting the lens, which support both horizontal and vertical positioning.

As a downside, this projector lacks a feature most high-end projectors have: 3D video support.  This model doesn't currently support 3D video play (put away your 3D glasses); if you're really desperate for this feature, you'll probably have to upgrade to a more expensive model.  Still, this model does contain a plethora of features that should satisfy the average consumer; although few problems have been reported, it does come with a two-year warranty to cover any accidental malfunctions.

Quality

Despite its "affordable" price--affordable in quotation marks since this projector is well over $1,000--the Epson PowerLite 8350 produces a high-quality image that rivals higher-end models.  During testing, experts observed the saturation and color of the video output was nearly true to life--although the blacks weren't quite as dark as expected, there was little image degradation, making for a smooth, easy watching experience.  Image quality was slightly dampened in daylight, but the quality could easily be adjusted by fine-tuning its brightness settings.  Overall, the quality this projector delivers is excellent, considering it is only supposed to be an affordable option for consumers.

Consumer Response

Consumers who have tested this product thus far seem to be very satisfied with it; on Amazon.com, it has mostly received 5-star reviews.  Most of them agree: The picture is high-quality, the device easy to adjust, and is a bargain considering the cost of other home cinema projectors.

"With a sale price under $1300, this is a no brainer," says one customer.  "Certainly, you can spend 2x to 10x more and obtain a slightly better picture.  This projector is all about performance at an amazing price."

Other customers also agree, lauding the device for its "stunningly sharp" quality, considering it a good purchase for those looking for an affordable home cinema projector.

Verdict

Although the Epson PowerLite 8350 doesn't currently offer 3D support, it still delivers stunningly clear imagery for movies, TV shows, and even video games with a cheaper price tag--though it still isn't under the $1,000 mark.  Recommendation: If you're looking for an affordable home cinema projector, get this device.
Date Reviewed: April 14, 2012, 2:07 pm
Reviewed by Annie Oh
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