Epson VS250 Review
Finding a projector can be quite difficult when you are on a budget. There are many different models available in all price ranges. But it’s always a good idea to go with a known brand. One of the most sold and highest rated budget projectors is the Epson VS250. It’s a data projector that’s designed for schools and business. Which means that it’s fantastic for displaying slideshows and delivering presentations. But that usually comes with a downside of it not being good at displaying movies or small texts. So the goal of this review is to see if that is also the case with the Epson VS250.
- Dimensions: 302×234×76 mm / 11.9×9.2×3.0″
- Native Resolution: 800×600
- Supported Resolution: 1400 × 1050 (max)
- Screen Size: 30″ – 350″
- Projection Distance: 0.88 m – 10.44 m / 2.6 ft – 34.1 ft
- Aspect Ratio: 4:3
- Brightness: 3200 Lumens
- Ports: HDMI, VGA, RCA, RCA Stereo, USB-A, USB-B
In The Box
- Epson VS250 projector
- Power cable
- VGA cable
- Remote control
The Epson VS250 is a pretty slim looking projector. It has a dimension of 302×234×76 mm / 11.9×9.2×3.0″ and weighs 2.4 kg / 5.3 lbs. Which means that it’s reasonably portable and you don’t have to keep it stationary in one place. The entire body is made out of a nice quality plastic. It comes in a white and black finish. I also really like how they have made the corners and edges rounded. It really makes the projector more pleasing to look at.
The top side of the projector has all of the buttons for changing settings and everything else related to controlling the device. You do also get a remote controller that’s included in the package. The back side has all the ports and inputs for connecting the projector to your laptop or PC. It doesn’t have a wireless feature so cables are a must. The projector does also come with a VGA cable. Or you can also use the USB-A port if you want to show images from a USB thumb drive.
That’s pretty much it about the design of the Epson VS250. There is a small adjustable stand underneath the projector that you can use to adjust the angle. That’s pretty useful if you plan on keeping it on a desk or a table. You can always purchase a projector mount as well if you plan on giving it a more permanent position. And that’s the best part about these high quality known projector brands. They already have all the accessories so you don’t need to worry about anything.
The first thing you need to understand is that the Epson VS250 isn’t meant for watching movies. It’s a business grade projector that’s designed for displaying powerpoint slides and giving presentations. A work projector you can say. This is one of the reasons why it has a rather low 800×600 resolution. The other reason being the price and at the same time keeping the quality Epson is known for. So you can’t have everything in one package.
Now I must say that the image quality is fantastic when it comes to slideshow presentations. Everything is clear and easy to see even in rooms that aren’t completely dark. You only start to notice problems when there’s a lot of smaller text. But that’s usually not the case with slideshows. It can easily handle graphics and larger texts so it’s a fantastic budget projector for businesses and schools.
Unfortunately it doesn’t perform quite as well when it comes to movies. So I can’t really recommend this as a home theater projector. Simply the resolution isn’t high enough to get a great experience and you are stuck with a 4:3 aspect ratio. Not that great when all movies are displayed as a 16:9 widescreen ratio. It also adds a light blue tint over the projection, so you won’t get true colors either. And considering the cost of TV’s at the moment, I’m sure you could find a large 42″ TV for the same price. Not only will it have a better resolution but also a more suitable color system.
I also really like how easy it is to set up the Epson VS250. It has an automatic vertical keystone adjustment and you can also use the slider near the lens to adjust the horizontal keystone. So adjusting the image is quick and easy. There are also zoom buttons there that you can use to get the image to the right size if it’s not placed at the correct distance. I also noticed that the image quality didn’t really change noticeably when I used the digital zoom. So that’s always a plus.
Brightness is one of the Epson VS250 strong points. It has 3200 lumens, which is even enough to handle daylight. It’s still better to keep the environment as dark as possible. Still, it does a great job at keeping the display bright and readable. Again, this is great for presentations and rooms that still have some light coming in even when the shades are down.
All projectors make some noise as they can get pretty hot. The Epson VS250 sounds more like a low buzz. Nothing so loud that would get annoying during a presentation. The noise did get a bit louder as the projector got warmer but still, not so loud that it would get annoying. And if there’s some background music, then you won’t notice it at all.
The Epson VS250 is designed for displaying data and that’s exactly what it’s good at. It’s a fantastic data projector for schools and businesses that often do presentations but are looking for budget options. It still has the excellent Epson quality even at this price range. But if you are looking for something that can also be used for watching movies, then I recommend increasing your budget and looking at more expensive options. At least something that has a 1080p resolution and a 16:9 aspect ratio.