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Epson LS800B Review

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While the LS800B doesn’t deliver the widest color gamut, its excellent brightness, and remarkably low 12.3 ms input lag make it an excellent choice for gaming and budding cinephiles.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The Epson LS800B is the brand’s mid-range laser UST projector, released in 2022. Like many of the best projectors in Epson’s home theater lineup, it has a 1080p native resolution 3LCD system with Epson’s PRO-UHD pixel shift technology enabling 4K content. LS800B has a 4000-lumen light output and ultra-short throw distance, with a throw ratio of just 0.16:1.

Connectivity options include WiFi 5, three HDMI 2.0 ports, USB ports, analog audio, and digital optical audio out. An auto-iris feature makes it easier to set up and focus. A dedicated gaming mode bypasses the Android TV interface and lowers input lag to less than 20 ms. Yamaha-designed 20-watt speakers enable stereo sound.

Best For

  • Bright Room

  • Church

  • Daylight Viewing

Consensus

our Verdict

The Epson LS800B offers great image quality for a mid-range TV replacement projector, with an above-average 4000-lumen brightness and 2,500,000:1 contrast, enabling immersive gaming and cinema. While not native 4K, its PRO-UHD pixel shift technology allows 4K content. Input lag is less than ¾ of certified tested projectors, at just 12 ms in 120Hz gaming mode.

The 15-watt built-in speakers sound better than most, but it lacks HDMI eARC support and Dolby Atmos compatibility. Its 0.16:1 throw ratio is among the shortest of any projectors currently, enabling a 100” screen size from just 17” away. Digital keystone adjustment and lens shift make setup easier. However, the color gamut isn’t as wide as some, and color accuracy is below average. Console gamers may wish for 4K 120Hz capability.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Great brightness
    • 4000-lumen brightness, among the top ⅓ of tested projectors, enables daytime viewing and gaming

  • Good image quality
    • 2,500,000:1 dynamic HDR contrast ratio is higher than ¾ of tested projectors, meaning very dark blacks and cinematic scenes

  • Low input lag
    • Class-leading 12 ms input lag, in the top quarter of tested projectors, benefits gamers

    • 120Hz 1080p capability for smooth, high-framerate gaming

  • Ultra short throw
    • 0.16:1 throw ratio is the shortest of any UST home cinema projector that displays a 100” image from just 17” away.

Reason to Avoid

  • Limited color gamut
    • Doesn’t show the full DCI-P3 color range. Below average color accuracy with dE scores in the 5-10 range

  • Limited connectivity
    • There’s no HDMI eARC for digital surround sound and no Ethernet port, so streaming is via WiFi 5 only

  • Not 3D-enabled
    • Unlike some competing 3LCD home cinema projectors, the LS800B doesn’t offer a 3D mode.

Epson LS800B Specs

3D Ready3D ReadyNo
Aspect RatioAspect Ratio16:9
BrightnessBrightness4000 Lumens
Contrast RatioContrast Ratio2,500,000:1.
DepthDepth13.4"
Digital KeystoneDigital KeystoneNo
Display TechnologyDisplay Technology3LCD
HDRHDRYes
HeightHeight6.1"
Integrated SpeakersIntegrated SpeakersYes
Light SourceLight SourceLaser
Light Source LifeLight Source Life10 years²
Max DistanceMax Distance19"
Max Screen SizeMax Screen Size150"
Min DistanceMin Distance11"
Min Screen SizeMin Screen Size80"
No
Noise LevelNoise Level19 dB
PortablePortableNo
Refresh Rate240 Hz
ResolutionResolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Smart FunctionalitySmart FunctionalityAndroid TV, Bluetooth, Energy-Saving, Remote, USB
Sync TechnologySync Technology
TV TunerTV Tuner
ThrowTypeThrowType0.16 to 0.40:1
Video InputsVideo InputsHDMI 2.0, USB
WeightWeight27 lbs
WidthWidth27.2"

All Specs

Test Results

SDR Brightness (nits)0
HDR Brightness (nits)0
SDR Brightness (Lumens)4,084
HDR Brightness (Lumens)0
SDR Color Temperature (K)0
HDR Color Temperature (K)0
Contrast Ratio (x:y)0
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)92.6
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709)0
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020)0
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (BT. 709)137.4
Input Lag (ms)21.75

All Tests

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Product Comparison

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Market Context

The Epson LS800B is the brand’s mid-range laser UST projector, released in 2022. Like many of the best projectors in Epson’s home theater lineup, it…

The Epson LS800B is the brand’s mid-range laser UST projector, released in 2022. Like many of the best projectors in Epson’s home theater lineup, it has a 1080p native resolution 3LCD system with Epson’s PRO-UHD pixel shift technology enabling 4K content. LS800B has a 4000-lumen light output and ultra-short throw distance, with a throw ratio of just 0.16:1.

Connectivity options include WiFi 5, three HDMI 2.0 ports, USB ports, analog audio, and digital optical audio out. An auto-iris feature makes it easier to set up and focus. A dedicated gaming mode bypasses the Android TV interface and lowers input lag to less than 20 ms. Yamaha-designed 20-watt speakers enable stereo sound.

Compared to the Epson Home Cinema 3800 projector, the LS800B’s lamp is brighter, at 4000 peak lumens instead of 3000. The LS800B’s .16:1 throw ratio…

Compared to the Epson Home Cinema 3800 projector, the LS800B’s lamp is brighter, at 4000 peak lumens instead of 3000. The LS800B’s .16:1 throw ratio is much shorter than the 3800’s 1.32:1 minimum throw, making the LS800B better suited to TV replacement and large screens. The laser-based LS800B has a much higher dynamic contrast ratio of 2,500,000:1 compared to 36655:1, so dark scenes will look darker.

Compared to the Optoma ML1080, the Epson LS800B offers much more brightness, with 4000 lumens instead of 550. The Epson can display 4K content thanks…

Compared to the Optoma ML1080, the Epson LS800B offers much more brightness, with 4000 lumens instead of 550. The Epson can display 4K content thanks to its pixel shift feature, while the Optoma’s top resolution is 1080p. The Optoma is more compact but has a longer throw, with a minimum ratio of 1.2:1 compared to the Epson’s 0.16:1. See our Optoma ML1080 review for more details. Or, to see how another Epson projector stacks up to the competition, check out our BenQ Ht5550 Vs Epson 5050ub comparison.

Compared to the pricier Epson Home Cinema LS1100, the LS800B lacks native 4k resolution and uses HDMI 2.0 instead of HDMI 2.1 ports, limiting bandwidth….

Compared to the pricier Epson Home Cinema LS1100, the LS800B lacks native 4k resolution and uses HDMI 2.0 instead of HDMI 2.1 ports, limiting bandwidth. When using 120Hz, the LS800B maxes out at 1080p while the LS1100 goes up to 4K 120Hz. The LS800B has a much shorter throw, .16:1, compared to a range of 1.32:1 to 2.85:1 for the LS1100. See our Epson Home Cinema LS11000 review. Or, for a very different Epson option, see our Epson PRO EX 7280WXGA review.

3D Ready

No

No, Yes

No

No

Aspect Ratio

16:9

16:9

16:9

Brightness

4000 Lumens

3000 lumens

1200 Lumens

2500 lumens

Contrast Ratio

2,500,000:1.

100,000:1, 200,000:1

3,000,000:1

1,200:000:1

Depth

13.4"

13"

5.3"

17.6"

Digital Keystone

No

± 30° (manual)

Yes

Yes

Display Technology

3LCD

3LCD, LCD

DLP

3LCD

HDR

Yes

No, Yes

HDR10, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)

Yes

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Projector Reviews
    77.15

    Category Trust Rating

    NR

    By:

    Philip Boyle
  • PC Mag
    70.9

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Epson LS800 is an excellent gaming or TV replacement projector thanks to good color… Read More

    By:

    M. David Stone
  • Projector Central
    64.75

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    Epson’s new LS800 is a smartly crafted, well-engineered, 2nd generation UST designed to appeal to… Read More

    By:

    Rob Sabin
  • Techradar
    42.31

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The Epson LS800 pairs good color, clarity, and sound with simply stunning brightness levels for… Read More

    By:

    Mark Knapp

Customer Scores