The Epson Home Cinema 2040 3D 1080p 3LCD Projector is a media projector intended for media consumption, with a set of features aimed squarely at media playback. It features a mixture of good hardware and good post-processing software that adds features such as frame interpolation, and it features a decent amount of inputs. As far as home entertainment projectors go, it\u2019s one of the best 3D projectors in the sub-$1,000 price point.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Epson Home Cinema 2040 3D 1080p 3LCD Projector\r\nThe Epson Home Cinema 2040 3D 1080p 3LCD Projector is an entry-level mid-range home theater projector that provides a great viewing experience thanks to its full HD resolution, high contrast, and high quality color reproduction. Unlike many Epson projectors, it\u2019s aimed at the home entertainment market, and it does a very good job at nailing what\u2019s important for that audience.\r\n\r\nPerformance\/Resolution Etc.\r\nFor just over $800, there\u2019s very little to complain about. 1080p is standard at the sub-$1,000 price point; 4K options such as the BenQ TK800 4K projector cost several hundreds more. Thanks to its 3LCD technology, it doesn\u2019t suffer from the rainbow effect that plagues standard DLP projectors, and overall image quality is great for the price. It\u2019s got reasonably low input lag at about 29ms, making it a decent pick for gamers as well as movie watchers.\r\nBrightness\/Lumens\r\nAt 2,200 lumens, brightness is decent but not great. It gets bright enough for rooms with some level of ambient brightness, but it won\u2019t provide a great experience in bright rooms; in fairness, it\u2019s not meant for that kind of use anyways. It\u2019s best suited for dim rooms even regardless of its lower brightness; most projectors will appear dim and washed out in brighter lighting, and the Epson Home Cinema 2040 3D 1080p 3LCD Projector is no exception. If you need something a bit brighter, consider the Optoma HD142X; it\u2019s got a similar set of features, and comes in at 3,000 lumens, though it\u2019s pricier at $1,070.10 or the Optoma UHD51A at 2400 lumens.\r\nAdjustability\/Viewing Angle\r\nAdjustability is acceptable for the price, though not perfect. Epson left out lens shift for some reason, but it at least has keystone correction, and its selection of ports is good for a projector of this price. You\u2019re looking at a fairly standard 2x HDMI, composite, and audio jack array, with no DisplayPort or VGA; the former is unfortunate but unnecessary, while the latter is nearly entirely unnecessary.\r\nDurability\r\nEven as far as DLP projectors go, the Epson Home Cinema 2040 3D 1080p 3LCD Projector disappoints a bit. You\u2019re looking at just 4,500 hours of lamp life without eco mode turned on, which isn\u2019t especially great; if it\u2019s your primary display, you might find yourself needing to replace its bulb sooner than you\u2019d like to.\r\nValue\r\nValue is the main draw here, undercutting many higher-end home theater projectors while still providing great image quality. You\u2019re getting a lot of projector for not a lot of money (comparative to high-end projectors); it nails every major checkbox, undercutting Epson\u2019s own Epson Home CInema 3700 Full HD 1080p 3LCD Home Theater by $500 while still offering very good picture quality.\r\nEpson Home Cinema 2040 3D 1080p 3LCD Projector Wrap-up\r\nThe Epson Home Cinema 2040 3D 1080p 3LCD Projector is a mid-range projector done right. It offers good image quality, great contrast, and a decent selection of inputs at a surprisingly low price point, and it holds its own very well against its competition. 3D blu-ray player support and its overall great out-of-the-box media capabilities make it a very good pick, even if there are a few aspects of it that could have been done better.