Epson Home Cinema 1060 Review – Best Budget Home Theater Projector?

There are many projectors available for a movie-theater like experience at home.

But, finding one within your budget is a challenging task, isn’t it?

This is where Epson comes in. It offers you the Epson Home Cinema 1060 projector, specifically meant for home theaters, without burning a big hole in your pocket!

Even though it costs a fraction, compared to Sony VPL-HW45ES. But, does it offer a comparable movie watching experience? That is the question.

In this review, we’ll check if the Epson Home Cinema 1060 is worth your penny and what features are there on offer.

Are you ready?

Let’s get started!

Epson Home Cinema 1060 Review

  • Widescreen Full HD 1080p entertainment up to 300 inches life sized images upto 25x larger than a 60 inches flat panel, on virtually any blank wall or screen
  • Bright ideal for a variety of lighting conditions, the projector has 3,100 Lumens of color/white brightness (2)
  • Versatile connectivity 2x HDMI ports (1x MHL) to Connect your cable/satellite box, Blu ray Disc player, gaming console or streaming device
  • Innovative 3LCD technology amazing action scenes with no rainbow effect
  • Operating Distance - 19.0 feet (6.0 meter)

First Impression & Design

We were thoroughly impressed by the aesthetics of this projector. It is housed in a curvy cuboidal body with dimensions of 11.9 x 9.8 x 3.4 inches. The box weighs a standard of 5.6 lbs.

Epson Home Cinema 1060 - Budget Oriented Movie Projector

In short, Epson Home Cinema 1060 seems to have reliable built quality. However, we’d not recommend intentionally thrashing it! The projector comes in a white-colored wall-mounting frame; pre-equipped with an installation kit!

That being said, it definitely has all the portability features you need in a home-projection device!

Epson Home Cinema 1060 is capable of projecting bright and vibrant images and videos up to 300 inches. This is 7-10 times the usual screen size of most television sets these days!

The projector even houses 2x HDMI ports. One is a general port, while the other is MHL (Mobile High Definition Link) compatible. This means that the projector can connect with a wide range of mobile devices.

Thus, it can be used for generalized movie streaming (Blu-ray Discs), educational presentations, and casual gaming sessions.

It comes equipped with Epson’s patent 3LCD display technology and ability to project images at 3,100 lumens. Therefore, you get sufficiently bright images with impressive color distribution.

With 3100 lumens brightness, you can easily use this projector during the daytime, albeit with a high-gain projection screen [LINK].

In other words, this device is compatible with image and video projection on a blank screen. It can even do the job just as good with a mere white space. The built-in speaker, though, is sort of a letdown.


Built Quality & Performance

Epson Home Cinema 1060 uses multiple connectivity modes for better compatibility. 2x HDMI ports at the back of the projector can easily connect with most computer and TV set-top box.

Epson Home Cinema 1060 - Connectivity Options with MHL

At the same time, the inbuilt Wi-Fi enables connection with MHL integrated mobile devices.

It sports a full white body, housing a projection lens, and multiple grilled hinges.

These hinges serve as exhaust points for the fan. The fan does a great job of cooling the device. However, the fan noise is reasonably audible (28dB – 37dB) in a quiet room, common with most projectors.

As far as image quality is concerned, we were impressed by the projector’s performance! The Epson Home Cinema 1060 comes with a default aspect ratio of 4:3.

The images projected in this aspect ratio seemed better. However, you can easily customize the projector to get an aspect ratio of 16:9 (widescreen).

The Epson 1060 project images and videos with a dynamic contrast of up to 15,000:1. The contrast ratio is 3 times more when compared to our favorite budget projector i.e. the Vankyo Performance V630.

This feature is complemented by the integrated 3LCD technology patented and perfected by the parent company.

Epson Home Cinema 1060 - Best Home Theater Projector

This further allows Epson 1060 to project full-HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) resolution images up to 1.2x zoom. The images projected are crisp with zero rainbow effect, unlike most of its counterparts! It comes with a 210W UHE lamp with a life span of 4,500 hours.

In short, the projector lamp will last around 4-5 years if used daily, and a lot more if used frequently.

The lamp projects at 3,100 lumens accompanied by the 3LCD feature equally balance brightness and contrast in images. This enhances the projector’s performance even in areas with ambient light.

This allows you to enjoy a movie-theater like experience in your home while watching all and every type of movie you enjoy.


Important Features & Functions

To be honest, we find Epson Home Cinema 1060 surprisingly feature-rich for its price range! It supports multiple input signals, including NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, M-PAL, N-PAL, PAL-60, and even SECAM!

The projection size can be tuned from 30 inches to 300 inches at will. The projector offers an automatic vertical keystone correction across ± 30-degrees. You must manually adjust the horizontal latches across ± 30-degrees, nonetheless!

Epson Home Cinema 1060 - Under 1000 Home Theater Projector

This means you can get a properly aligned viewing experience, even if the projector is placed in a corner.

It is capable of projecting images and videos as far as 19 ft. The projected images and videos are cast with up to 15,000:1 contrast ratio and 1.07 billion color variations. Thus, you get near-perfect image colors even under brighter environments.

Please note that the ideal viewing distance is between 7-12ft to get a bright and color-accurate image quality.

It hosts multiple connection ports at the back, including two HDMI ports, one d-Sub 15 pins (for computers), one RCA port (for composite video), and two Audio-in ports.

It even hosts a USB type-A and a USB type-B port for plug-n-play options. These are complemented by the projector’s in-built Wi-Fi that allows all MHL connections!

The projector comes with an integrated 2W mono speaker. Which, in reality, is not that good, and you’re better off getting a dedicated speaker like Anker Soundcore 2 and connecting it to the projector via an AUX cable.

One of the best features included within this projector is the ‘Quick Corner.’

This feature enables the user to adjust each corner of the image separately. In short, you can now get a uniform rectangular projection. This is a massive boost from previous models. And, it is definitely a giant leap for the perfectionists out there.


Epson Home Cinema 1060 Review – Pros & Cons

Pros

  • Offers 3100 lumens brightness that makes it ideal for daytime viewing too
  • Supports native 1080p resolution for a crisp image quality even at 150-200 inches of display
  • Multiple connectivity options including MHL for easily connecting your mobile device
  • 3LCD feature makes it ideal for watching movies with a movie-theater like experience
  • Offers 4500 hours of lamp life that can last anywhere between 4-5 years with moderate use
  • Lightweight enough to carry anywhere with you

Cons

  • Fan noise is audible during a quiet viewing environment
  • Gaming can be a bit laggy due to a slower refresh rate

Conclusion

We like the overall performance of Epson Home Cinema 1060. It grants a right blend of primary and secondary features. Plus, the Wi-Fi connectivity makes it truly portable.

That being said, the lack of a properly integrated speaker is a letdown. However, you should not have any complaints about it, considering the price you get this device.

We would have loved it even more if the input latency was slightly reduced, affecting gaming performance. However, the projector is meant for a movie-theater like experience in your home, and it indeed delivers that!

In fact, this is one of the best projectors to be used for leisure purposes. Plus, with high lumen support, you can also use the Epson Home Cinema 1060 in your backyard for an outdoor movie experience in the evening.

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