The Epson Home Cinema 5040UB is a 1080p projector that uses advanced image processing to display 4K-like content that looks much more detailed than standard 1080p. In addition, the projector has great brightness, contrast and colors. For under $3000, this projector offers the best possible picture quality.
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Pro 4K content support
When playing 4K content, this Epson has an amazingly detailed picture. 5040UB uses pixel-shifting, which approximates the image of a native 4K projector. It does not produce an actual 4K picture like a 4K projector does, but it makes the content look much sharper than 1080p.
Pro Amazing picture
The 5040UB is bright, at around 2500 color brightness and 2500 white brightness, thanks to its 3LCD technology. It has vibrant colors and a bright picture and an outstanding contrast ratio of 1 000 000:1.
Though the number is boosted by the dynamic iris (regulates light output actively), the native contrast ratio is still 4600:1, ensuring a detailed picture also during darker movie scenes.
Pro Convenient set-up
Exceptional set-up features ensure the picture is always in line with the screen. Powered lens position with 10 presets give you different settings to choose from. Motorized focus, 2.1x zoom, and ultra wide lens shift let you set up the projector easily. The picture is easy to position on the screen.
Pro Quiet fans in Eco-Mode
The fans on 5040UB can be just a bit noisy in performance mode. In ECO mode they produce only 20dB of noise, which is barely noticeable.
Pro Low input lags for gaming
The input lag on this Epson is only 30.8 milliseconds, beating most of its rivals. If you want to use your projector for gaming, 5040UB is the best option.
Pro No rainbow effects
Like all LCD projectors, the Epson 5040UB will not show you any rainbow effects.
Con Average lamp-life and expensive lamp
The lamp life is 3500 hours, though it can go up to 5000 hours when used in Eco-Mode. Replacement are available for $300, which is on the expensive side.
Con Bad motion handling in 4K - blurry picture
Creative Frame Interpolation technology (fixes motion blur) does not work with the pixel-shifting technology. In other words, the picture might still get blurry during fast motion, when watching an enhanced 4K picture.