Tried & Tested

Projector: Epson EMP-DM2a

15 Jul 2009 by Mark Caswell

Epson’s DM2 is a superb product – a small projector that’s simple to transport and includes a DVD player. It’s pretty dinky so you can store it in a cupboard, and a built-in handle means you can carry it easily between meetings.

The DVD player is a standard-resolution version, so no Blu-ray here, although it does play audio CDs as well. It also has a slot for a USB drive, and can play back most file formats you’ll find online. This is a great feature as it means you can download films or TV shows online (legally, of course) and watch them by plugging in a USB thumb drive.

However, these features come at the cost of picture quality. With a widescreen resolution of only 854 x 480 pixels, the DM2 is nowhere near a high-definition projector. That’s not to say the quality is awful – feed it normal images and it’s fine. Just don’t expect the jaw-dropping clarity of its HD rivals.

As a home projector that’s occasionally used for films or games, the DM2 is ideal. For business, it’s also pretty decent – all you’ll need is a VGA cable and a power point, and you’ll be able to present almost anywhere.

What’s more, it’s relatively cheap and simple, so if you’re not after the latest in high-definition technology, it might be the perfect budget option. It’s also worth shopping around, as the DM2 can be purchased online at varying rates.

PROS Easy to use, built-in DVD

CONS Performance not great


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