Epson 5040UB 4K Projector Review
The Epson 5040UB is a powerful home theatre projector which has many high-end features. At a price that ranges between $2400 and $2999, it performs very well compared to higher-end projectors by Epson, and top competitors like Sony and JVC. It combines support for HDR10 and native 4K content with 4K upscaling which simulates 4K resolution on its Full HD LCD display.
Buyers who want to upgrade their home theatre systems will be impressed by what the Epson 5040UB has to offer. In this detailed review, we break down its coolest features and highlight its drawbacks.
Complete Review for Epson 5040UB 4K Projector
|PRODUCT||Epson 5040UB 4K HDR Projector|
|PRICE||$2400 - $3000|
|LENS||16-piece 2.11x motorized zoom lens|
|DISPLAY TYPE||3-chip LCD|
|HDR SUPPORT||Yes, HDR10|
|4K INPUT SUPPORT||Yes|
|RESOLUTION||Full HD 1080px with simulated 4K capability via Pixel-Shift Technology|
|INPUTS||HDMI 2.0 + HDCP 2.2 (x1), HDMI 1.4 (x1), Opt-HDMI (x1), VGA D-sub 15 pin (x1), USB (x2), Mini USB (x1), LAN (x1), RS-232C (x1)|
|PROJECTOR SIZE||20.5 x 17.7 x 7.6 inches|
PROS AND CONS
The Epson 5040UB Projector excites experts and enthusiasts alike because it performs extremely well for a projector in its price range. it delivers superb image quality in SDR and HDR. It also has support for native 4K content through its HDMI 2.0 port. Furthermore, though the Epson 5040UB sports a Full HD display, its 4K upscaling feature, known as Pixel Shift Technology, does a decent job of simulating 4K resolution.
Another great feature of the Epson 5040UB Projector is its motorized lens. Its 16-piece 2.11x lens can be adjusted for focus, zoom and shift by remote-control. This makes it convenient to use in an immersive home theatre environment.
On the downside, the Epson 5040UB projector is no substitute for a native 4K resolution projector. Its upscaling feature is limited and support for HDR, while impressive, is not quite perfect. Also, the Epson 5040UB does not come with speakers onboard.
One thing home theatre enthusiasts are happy to see in the Epson 5040UB is its motorized lens. Its 16-piece 2.11 zoom lens is so powerful that it can display imagery at a max width that’s significantly larger than some of the bigger 4K TVs on the market.
Being able to control this zoom feature entirely by remote-control afford users a classic TV viewing luxury. It enhances the home viewing experience significantly, making it easy to zoom in and zoom out imagery from the comfort of a seat. Add to this the Epson 5040UB’s support for HDR10 and native 4K content, and it’s easy to see why it has received rave reviews since it was released almost a year ago.
The design of the Epson 5040UB 4K Projector is minimalist. It has an all-over white finish that makes it look less like a complex machine and more like a home device. Its lens is located front and centre with sliding doors that open once the projector is activated.
Its power button and control panel are located on its right side. The control panel is neatly concealed behind a protective sliding door which also serves to preserve its seamless white look.
Connectivity on the Epson 5040UB is great by any measure. Its input panel is located in a protective notch on its back side. It includes an HDMI 2.0 port for native 4K and HDR content, an HDMI 1.4 port, USB and mini USB service ports, a PC input port, and an output port for speakers.
Overall, the Epson 5040UB is a bit heavy and somewhat bulky. While it’s easy to imagine placing it on a shelf or table, users may find it best to invest in a ceiling mount. Moving it from surface to surface risks crashing or bumping it in potentially damaging ways.
Picture quality on the Epson 5040UB projector is great. It renders imagery with sharp contrast, rich black levels, stunning colour depth and high brightness levels. It’s a combination that make watching movies and live performances great in a dark, cinema environment.
Actual picture quality for viewers will depend on how well the Epson 5040UB is calibrated as well as the lamp mode and image preset selected. The 3 lamp modes of this projector offer different max lumens for its 6 in-built picture presets. When the lamp is in high mode, lumens for all presets are highest. In medium and eco modes however, max lumens is reduced, affecting the peak brightness of pictures displayed.
While the Epson 5040UB projector does not have native 4K resolution, its 4K upscaling feature simulates 4K resolution well-enough for casual viewers to observe no flaws when watching native 4K or HDR content.
Despite its overall good image quality, it is worth pointing out that the Epson 5040UB is by no means the top performer on the market. Its actual rendering of HDR is affected by its limited black and brightness levels in certain modes, and its simulation of 4K resolution falls short of the real deal. According to some reviewers, the 5040UB’s 4K upscaling actually simulates 2K not 4K resolution.
While these observations are important, they will only be obvious to people who have experienced HDR imagery on more powerful projectors or top-notch OLED TVs. Users of the Epson 5040UB can choose between 4 HDR settings and can calibrate brightness and contrast to achieve best results.
With a refresh rate of 60Hz and an input lag time of 28ms when 4K enhancement is active, the Epson 5040UB projector can handle many console video games flawlessly. Its response time is quick enough for epic RPG games that don’t involve too much rapid movement. However, competitive gamers who need higher refresh and response rates for rapid action games may find it more convenient to opt for a gaming monitor instead.
Viewers need Epson’s optional RF 3D glasses to experience the 5040UB’s rendering of 3D videos at its best. Most reviewers find its 3D performance to be satisfactory with no noticeable artifacts or flaws in how 3D video is rendered. However, 3D video is rendered at 1080p resolution and quality. 4K enhancement appears to have no effect on how 3D video is rendered.
As mentioned above, the Epson 5040UB projector does not have onboard speakers. It does have a speaker output jack located in its back panel. This is a big drawback because without speakers, the overall viewing experience for users is diminished.
Users may resort to input devices like PCs and DVD players for audio output. However, these devices are unlikely to provide sound volume, quality and depth to match the immersive imagery of the Epson 5040UB. In the end, buyers will need to invest in a compatible home theatre sound system, adding to the total cost of owning an Epson 5040UB projector.
It’s hard to not be impressed by the combination of features packed into the Epson 5040UB 4K Projector. Whether you consider its 4K tag a misnomer, there’s no denying the impact of Epson’s upscaling Pixel Shift Technology.
Most reviewers observed a marked improvement in image depth, colour and contrast when 4K enhancement is enabled.
This projector is also very user friendly. Its remote-control adjusts the motorized lens without a glitch, and provides seamless access to its robust calibration panel. It also lets users switch between SDR and HDR input at the touch of a button.
To conclude, people who are new to 4K and HDR content will find it worthwhile investing in the Epson 5040UB projector. It has all the right features and functionality. For their part, more experienced users who cannot afford higher-end projectors will find that the Epson 5040UB provides a good trade-off between features, performance and cost.
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