Everything you need for watching DVDs on a big screen.
- Inbuilt DVD player works well, convenient, crisp picture
- No digital inputs, only DVD resolution
For the DVD enthusiast, this all-in-one solution cuts down on cables and clutter without sacrificing picture quality.
Price$ 1,099.00 (AUD)
The Epson EH-DM2 combines the limitations of a standard-definition DVD player with the advantages of a crisp, vibrant LCD projector. For easy transportation and set up it cannot be beaten.
It is quite squat and ugly — it's significantly taller than other projectors with a similar width. Its satin white finish is unobtrusive, however, so you will not be too unsettled by its addition to your living space.
The front of the unit is home to a slot-loading DVD player, which is integrated into the lower part of the projector’s body. The other main feature on the front is the sliding cover for the lens, which is quite chunky and lends an air of solidness to the unit.
All you need is a power cable and you are ready to go. Once plugged in, the EH-DM2 brings up a simple interface that mimics that of a regular DVD player. Apart from the in-built DVD player there are also composite, component and VGA inputs for your external devices; these are navigated using an equally simple menu. We would have liked some digital inputs but their absence is understandable given that it is a standard-definition projector.
The menus also let you adjust video settings. Contrast, sharpness, brightness and various other options can be adjusted simply, with a range of settings for both video and audio equalisers.
The audio side of the EH-DM2 deserves some attention. Stereo analog inputs let you connect an external player, and sound will then be routed to the inbuilt eight Watt stereo speakers. While these will not hold a candle to discrete stereo speakers — let alone a full home theatre system — they are acceptable for an impromptu big-screen movie session. If you intend to use the EH-DM2 with a home theatre system then coaxial digital audio output is available.
The projector outputs video at a resolution of 848x480 pixels. While this is not a high resolution, it exactly matches DVD resolution. This means the picture is as crisp as possible, with no internal up- or down-scaling necessary.
The end result is a clean picture that is full of colour. The official lumen count from Epson sits at 1200 on the ANSI scale — so the EH-DM2 is not fantastic for outdoor or daylight viewing. It is still visible, however.
In a darkened room the picture is well contrasted. Dark scenes are represented well and don't lack detail. Sharpness is consistently high — slightly too high by default — and the end result is a picture that exposes plenty of detail in DVD movies.
At default settings colours were slightly blue tinged, but this was easily rectified. Once adjusted we found the colours very vibrant and involving — one of the best standard-definition efforts under $2000.
If you’re looking for an all-in-one system that does away with the need to fiddle with cables, have a look at the EH-DM2 from Epson.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Sony's Android-powered Xperia projector turns any flat surface into a touch screen
- Sony’s new liquid-cooled 4K home video projector delivers 5000 lumens of brightness, costs $60,000
- BenQ targets Epson with revamped home entertainment projectors
- LG's new Laser Display gives you 100in of full HD glory
- Vivid Sydney 2012 gets some love from will.i.am
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Huawei P10 smartphone review
- Huawei P10 Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- Moto G5 smartphone: full, in-depth review
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- FTTest Manager / Test LeadQLD
- FTAccount Manager - Technology SolutionsNSW
- FTJava Technical Team LeadVIC
- CCReporting System Specialist - Port MacquarieNSW
- FTSenior Analyst - Rostering ProjectNSW
- FTSoftware TesterACT
- FTSales Client Services Manager (Mid-market)QLD
- FTUX / UI Designer MobileNSW
- FTJunior-Mid Level Implementation CoordinatorQLD
- TPTechnical AnalystVIC
- TPImplementation Planner - Payroll PortfolioQLD
- TPTechnical Business AnalystQLD
- CCBusiness Analyst | Recruitment Focus | DocklandsVIC
- TPBusiness AnalystNSW
- FTAccounts and Office AdministratorNSW
- TPSenior Business Systems AnalystQLD
- FTDesktop Support EngineerSA
- FTProject Manager - ERP Experience NeededVIC
- FTFull Stack Developer - JavaNSW
- CCSSIS / SSRS DeveloperNSW
- FTSenior Java DeveloperVIC
- TPICT Customer Support OfficerNSW
- TPAV Design Specialist - Newcastle BasedNSW
- CCSplunk Software DeveloperVIC