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Epson wants to replace your TV with its new smart laser projector
Is this the future of TV?
Fifty inches is pretty standard for a smart TV these days. Heck, it almost verges on small. But with next-gen gaming (not to mention the new season of The Mandalorian) finally here, Epson is going one better and turning your whole damn wall into a TV with their new EpiqVision EH-LS300B smart laser projector.
Launching in January, the powerful unit can sit close to the wall (36cm away, to be exact) and projects full HD picture up to 120 inches - four times the size of a 60-inch telly. It’s also suitable for use in most well-lit rooms, with a brightness of 3,600 lumens. Under the hood, you’ll find a Yamaha-engineered 2.1 sound system with two high-end drivers and a dedicated subwoofer for a more immersive viewing experience.
Software-wise, the EpiqVision EH-LS300B runs on Android TV and as such has Chromecast built-in and access to 7,000+ apps, including the likely suspects like Stan, Prime Video, Youtube and more. Unfortunately, Netflix isn’t available natively, so you will need an external streaming device like Chromecast or Apple TV to access the entertainment giant.
The system is available on its own (for those with a screen already installed) or as a package with Epson’s own 100 or 120-inch Ambient Light Rejection (ALR) screen, which filters out outside light sources to keep the picture bright and vibrant.
At $3,999 ($5,099 with a 100” screen and $5,699 with a 120”), it’s by no means cheap, but given its size and capability, it’s actually quite reasonably priced. For comparison’s sake, Hisense’s 100-inch laser TV will set you back $6,999, and Samsung’s mammoth 98-inch 8K QLED beast will take a bigger chunk out of your bank account than a Benz - $99,999, in fact.
On the downside, the EpiqVision EH-LS300B isn’t 4K capable, and you’ll need to fork out an extra grand or two to upgrade to the 4K-enabled EH-LS500B model. That said, for serious gamers and home theatre enthusiasts, it may be worth the investment.