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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020

3-LCD 1080p high-definition projector

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Item #: 278HC3020

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Projectors generate more "wows" than just about any other audio/video component. Epson's Home Cinema 3020 will make movie lovers feel like they're sitting in a theater, and sports fans feel like they're on the field. Sure, the image size is impressive, but there's more to it. This is a 3-chip projector with separate red, green, and blue image chips to produce rich, realistic colors. Each chip has full 1080p resolution to reveal lifelike textures and details in every scene.

Go beyond TV with a high-definition projector

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020

Epson's Home Cinema 3020. For the quickest, most hassle-free projector setup, consider the Epson Home Cinema 3020e with wireless HDMI.

Projectors generate more "wows" than just about any other audio/video component. Epson's Home Cinema 3020 will make movie lovers feel like they're sitting in a theater, and sports fans feel like they're on the field. Sure, the image size is impressive, but there's more to it. This is a 3-chip projector with separate red, green, and blue image chips to produce rich, realistic colors. Each chip has full 1080p resolution to reveal lifelike textures and details in every scene.

Connect a 3D video source to the 3020 and watch the action spill off your wall and into your room. And if you don't have a library of 3D material yet, don't worry. Epson included a nifty 2D-to-3D conversion feature that does a good job of adding dimensionality to standard 2D video. It's not as convincing as true 3D, but it's fun.

Designed for living rooms and family rooms, not caves

Many projectors are designed for use in darkened or dimly lit rooms, which is fine if you have a dedicated room, but otherwise it can be a limitation. The 3020 has loads of light power, so it's ideal for real-world family rooms, home theaters with really big screens, and situations where others in the room need to keep some lights on. This projector's exceptional brightness also comes in handy for 3D viewing since 3D glasses tend to reduce brightness a bit.

Flexible placement and hookup options

For spontaneous or "event" viewing, the 3020 sets up easily on a table. Or you can get a bracket and ceiling-mount it. Two HDMI inputs and a component video input are available for your high-definition sources, and there's also a standard PC input. Think how cool it would be to have a super-sized image from your cable box or game console whenever you want. Use the USB input to connect your camera or a thumb drive — the projector's internal software lets you run slide shows without connecting a computer.

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This is the first projector I have ever owned. The setup was much easier than expected. The picture quality is amazing for the money. The 3D images are equally amazing. Would definitely recommend this projector

ShaneL, Illinois

What's in the Box:

  • Video projector
  • 10' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 HDMI cable clamps
  • 2 RF Active 3D glasses
  • Two 40" USB charging cables (with a USB type-A connector on one end and a micro-USB connector on other end)
  • 2 Drawstring pouches
  • 2 Cleaning cloths
  • CD-ROM User's Guide
  • Quick Setup Guide
  • Extra Care Home Service booklet
  • 3D Glasses Specifications
  • Declaration of Conformity

Product Highlights:

  • high-definition home theater projector
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
  • 3LCD, 3-chip technology (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
  • 3D projector (includes 2 pairs of Epson's RF active 3D glasses)
  • Split Screen mode simultaneously projects two video sources side by side (not available when using two HDMI sources, or with 3D viewing)
  • 40,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • light output: 2300 lumens
  • dynamic iris for excellent contrast and black level
  • 1.6X zoom lens (manual zoom/focus)
  • horizontal and vertical keystone correction
  • 230-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 5000 hours in Eco mode)
  • quiet cooling fan (24 dB in Eco mode)
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • illuminated remote control
Connections and Dimensions:
  • 4 video inputs, including:
    • 2 HDMI
    • 1 component video
    • 1 composite video
  • PC input
  • USB input for connecting a camera, thumb drive, or storage device
  • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
  • detachable power cord
  • 16-1/2"W x 5-9/16"H x 15-7/8"D
  • weight: 13.2 lbs.
  • warranty: 2 years parts & labor — in-home or carry-in service (90 days on lamp)
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Note: front projectors don't include any type of built-in TV tuner, but they can display signals from an HDTV tuner, satellite receiver or cable box

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020

Average Customer Review(s):

(15 Reviews)

Great product!

Shoshana from lancaster, CA on 1/29/2016

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I love my Epson. It projects a great crisp picture on my brand new screen, and it's beautiful. I have it standing up on a concrete low height wall. My whole home theater is minimal and beautiful and so far it has been working well. It is my first time to create a home theater, and the selection of the projector was done intuitively. I am glad I have made such a great choice.

Pros: crisp picture, beautiful, large, high definition

Cons: none

EPSON 3020

ShaneL from Illinois on 1/3/2016

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This is the first projector I have ever owned. The setup was much easier than expected. The picture quality is amazing for the money. The 3D images are equally amazing. Would definitely recommend this projector

Pros: Great Picture, easy setup, great price

Cons: None

Theater in your home!

Manutd from Ohio on 12/20/2015

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This is the second projector I have owned. My first projector was another brand that I was very happy with and got many years of use out of. I decided to upgrade and spend just a little bit more with this projector. I was not expecting a huge difference but Wow was I wrong! The picture was even brighter and more crisp than my last projector and this one is noticeably more quiet. If you don't have the auto iris feature on, you can't hear a thing. If you are in 3D mode the fan kicks up more but is not noticeable while watching movies. I also upgraded for the 3D feature which is fantastic! I was not expecting much from the 2D-3D conversion but that has been a pretty cool bonus feature for watching sports and some other programming. I can't speak to the longevity of the lamp as I have only had the projector for a month but I am very pleased so far. You don't even have to go to the movie theater if you pair this up with a good surround sound system. We watched a few 3D movies and were blown away with how much better the 3D was over the passive glasses we tried on other 3D TV's. I ceiling mounted the projector and have been very happy thus far.

Pros: Brightness, picture quality, 3D performance, quiet

Cons: None so far really. The auto iris noise is a little annoying if you are watching TV at a quieter level but you can turn it off and it is not audible if you are watching a movie at a typical volume.

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020

Anonymous from New York on 9/13/2015

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great picture I would and have recommended to friends. Just don't forget there is no tuner.



Epson 3020

Casey R from Bend Oregon on 7/5/2015

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The Epson 3020 projector is a very nice machine. Picture looks amazing the quality is there at an affordable price. I would defiantly recommend it.

Pros: Great quality easy setup

Cons: None


Randy from Millbrook, AL on 11/24/2014

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Could not have asked for a better projector in this price range. The unit was easy to install and set up, the picture quality is awesome and the 3D was unbelievable!

Pros: Picture quality, 3D and came with 2 pair of 3D glasses, easy to configure

Cons: None!

Great Buy

Tchello from The Colony, TX on 1/6/2014

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Great Projector ! It's a beauty in our media room. Powerful, and projects nicely even with daylight and glare from the windows nearby

Pros: Quiet, powerful

Cons: None

Excellent picture and relatively quiet

MarkK from Knoxville, TN on 1/2/2014

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Easy set-up and excellent picture. Remote control layout works well for me and is compatible with a Samsung Blu-ray player. Also like the wide range of picture angle adjustments. Our ceiling mount is a bit off center from the screen location.

Pros: Picture Quality; Set-up; relatively quiet


Epson 3020 - I'm a believer

Paul S from Dayton OH on 12/28/2013

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Years ago I dedicated my basement to a home theatre room. The room itself was finished top drawer but my InFocus Projector never lived up to the room, but that was the technology available for the day. With my new Epson 3020 the room does not live up to the projector. I have a high end LED and a Plasma flat screen and the picture quality meets or exceeds both. The 3D is unbelievable! Hung the unit on the ceiling and the fan noise is minimal, I don't hear it at all.

Pros: Picture quality is bright and crisp, exceeds the price point. Easy set up and easy to follow remote commands.

Cons: Buying extra glasses can get a little pricey.

Epson 3020

Chris from SLC, UT on 12/16/2013

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Nice product. Fantastic picture. The 3D is amazing.

Pros: Easy to use.

Cons: Remote doesn't do all fine tuning. Some adjustments only on the projector itself.

Epson 3020

Don H. from Hoschton, Ga. on 10/22/2013

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So far so good - Nice clear picture - in process of doing a 140" wall screen -

Pros: did a lot of research & this is the bang for the buck -

Cons: none so far.

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020

Anonymous from Harrisonburg on 8/2/2013

I reseached this product for quite awhile before purchasing. The setup was simple and quick. Picture quality is excellent. The 3-D is awesome.

Pros: High quality projector for price, easy setup.

Cons: A little large.

Cinema 3020

Louis B from Gaithersburg, MD on 7/3/2013

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Great brightness, nice crisp image, very easy set up. A very user friendly product.

Pros: Native 1080p High Definition Multiple HDMI inputs

Cons: Large footprint Manual focus Manual image size adjustment

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020

Mike M from Kansas City on 2/17/2013

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Worked great right out of the box. Easy to set up. The 3D is great!

Pros: Great picture.

Cons: None so far.

bright and beautiful!

antnate from NJ shore on 2/1/2013

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Glad I did my research! Bright display, blacks could be better, but otherwise, fantastic 1080P picture. Could have never believed how crisp a picture would be on a 115" screen!

Pros: Also, great to have the added 3D glasses that operate as RF so projector can be in the back of the room out of site. Lighted remote very helpful.

Cons: blacker blacks.


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Overview: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020 is a Full HD 1080p LCD projector 3D capability. With the Home Cinema 3020, you can project movies, videos, games, slideshows, and presentations up to 300" (diagonally). The Home Cinema 3020 also has built-in 10-watt stereo speakers.

C²Fine 3LCD, 3-chip Technology: The Home Cinema 3020 features C²Fine 3LCD, 3-chip technology to give you rich, vibrant images for enjoying spectacular movies, games, and sporting events in your home, or to deliver sizzling business presentations at the office. This technology requires 25% less electricity per lumen of brightness when compared to 1-chip DLP projectors.

Projection Lamp: The projector uses an energy-efficient E-TORL 230-watt Ultra High Efficiency (UHE) lamp with a life span of approximately 4000 hours in the Normal Mode. In the ECO mode, the life span is increased to approximately 5000 hours. The lamp (Part # V12H010L68) and air filter (Part # V13H134A38) are the only user-serviceable parts.

Fan Cooled: The projection lamp is kept cool by a fan. The fan noise level is 32dB in Normal mode and 24dB in ECO mode. If the projector is to be used at an altitude above 4921 feet (1500 meters), the High Altitude Mode should be turned on so the fan can properly cool the projector at the high altitude air pressure.

Lens: The Home Cinema 3020 features a F1.51-1.99 lens with a focal length of 18.2mm to 29.2mm. It has a manual focus and a manual zoom ratio of 1.0 to 1.6. The projector automatically compensates for vertical keystone distortion (+/- 30°) when it is tilted upward or downward. Manual horizontal keystone adjustments (+/- 30°) can be made using the top-mounted slide control. The projector does not have a lens shift feature.

Light Output: In the normal mode, the PowerLite Home Cinema 3020 outputs 2300 lumens of white light and 2300 lumens of color light for bright, balanced colorful images. The white light output is measured using ISO 21118, a more rigid standard than the ANSI lumens rating used by many competitors. Light output in the ECO mode is 1000 lumens. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 40,000:1 (auto iris on) in 2D mode, and up to 1600:1 in 3D.

1080P Native Resolution: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3020 has a native resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080; 16:9 aspect ratio). The total number of pixels is 2,073,600 dots (1920 x 1080) x 3. You can resize the picture by changing the aspect ratio to 4:3 or 16:10.

Multiple Sources: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3020 has inputs for multiple sources to give you lots of choices. For connecting to your video equipment, the unit features two HDMI (Ver.1.4) inputs, a component video input, and a composite video input. You can also connect your computer to the projector via the VGA input (D-Sub 15-pin). The unit also has a stereo RCA audio input. Two cable clips are included to help secure the HDMI cables to the projector.

3D Ready (w/ 2D-to-3D conversion): Epson's advanced Bright 3D Drive technology enhances the brightness giving you theater-quality 3D images in your home. To view 3D content, you must first connect a 3D-compatible video device to one of the HDMI ports. You will also need Epson RF Active Shutter 3D glasses for each viewer. Two pair of glasses are included; additional 3D glasses (278RF3DG, sold separately) available. The projector's 2D-to-3D Conversion setting will transform 2D images to 3D content.

Compatible Video Formats: The projector supports analog video in NTSC, PAL, and SECAM formats, and it automatically adjusts to the incoming signal. It can receive these formats as composite or component video. The projector also supports digital video (SDTV, HDTV) and various monitor display formats. Digital video is accepted by the HDMI and Component video ports. The PC port accepts analog RGB computer monitor signals.

Video Input Format Refresh Rate (Hz) Resolution
Composite Video NTSC 60 720 x 480
PAL 50/60 720 x 576
Component Video SDTV 480i 60 720 x 480
576i 50 720 x 576
480p 60 720 x 480
576p 50 720x 576
HDTV 720p 50/60 1280 x 720
1080i 1920 x 1080
Analog RGB (computer display) VGA 60/72/75/85 640 x 480
SVGA 56/60/72/75/85 800 x 600
XGA 60/70/75/85 1024 x 768
SXGA 70/75/85 1152 x 864
60/75/85 1280 x 960
1280 x 1024
WXGA 60 1280 x 768
1360 x 768
60/75/85 1280 x 800
HDMI (2D) VGA 60 640 x 480
SDTV 480i 60 720 x 480
576i 50 720 x 576
480p 60 720 x 480
576p 50 720 x 576
HDTV 720p 50/60 1280 x 720
1080i 1920 x 1080
1080p 24/50/60
HDMI (3D) 720p 50/60 1280 x 720 (Frame Pack)
1080i 1920 x 1080 (Side by Side)
24 1920 x 1080 (Frame Pack)

USB Storage Devices: Using the projector's USB (type-A) port on the rear panel, you can connect a USB storage device, such as a USB flash drive or digital camera and project still images (JPEG, BMP, GIF, and PNG). The device must be USB Mass Storage Class compatible, and the images formatted in FAT or FAT32. The images can be displayed in a "contact sheet" fashion to help you locate specific photos, in full-screen manually one at a time, or automatically in a slide show with custom settings.

Color Modes: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3020 offers six color modes to optimize viewing for different environments and image content. The Color Mode adjusts the brightness, contrast, and color for the best possible picture. A different color mode can be selected for each input source. You can select from the following choices:

  • Auto: automatically adjusts to the brightness of your surroundings
  • Dynamic: for projecting the brightest picture available
  • Living Room: for watching television programs during the day
  • Cinema: for viewing movies in a dimly lit room
  • 3D Dynamic: for projecting the brightest 3D picture available (3D mode only)
  • 3D Cinema: for viewing 3D movies in a dimly lit room (3D mode only)

Advanced Color Adjustments: You can adjust the gamma and individual RGBCMY color tones using the remote control. There are five gamma settings to choose from (2.0 to 2.4), or you can customize your own settings from your image or a displayed graph. You can also individually adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness for each of the red (R), green (G), blue (B), cyan (C), magenta (M), and yellow (Y) components.

Auto Iris: The Auto Iris system constantly controls the light output based on the gamma and black/white levels of the projected content to give you perfectly adjusted images and deepest blacks. Using the remote, you can select either Normal or High Speed to indicate how quickly you would like the projector to respond to changes in the brightness of the image.

Adjustable Image Size: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3020 projector can produce an image that is adjustable between 30" and 300" (measured diagonally).

Lens Projection Distance: The projector's adjustable lens provides a wide range of placement possibilities for a given screen size. The projection distance (distance from lens to screen) range is 2.85' to 47.57'. The distance for several screen sizes at 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios are given below:

Screen Size
Projection Distance (in feet)
16:9 4:3
40" 3.8 to 6.2 4.7 to 7.6
60" 5.8 to 9.4 7.1 to 11.5
80" 7.7 to 12.6 9.5 to 15.4
100" 9.7 to 15.7 11.8 to 19.3
120" 11.6 to 18.9 14.2 to 23.2
150" 14.6 to 23.7 17.8 to 29
180" 17.5 to 28.4 ---
200" --- 23.8 to 38.7

Split Screen Mode: The Home Cinema 3020's Split Screen mode allows you to simultaneously project two images from different image sources next to each other. The side-by-side images can be equal size or one larger than the other. You can also choose which audio source you want to hear between the displayed images. The Split Screen mode is not available in 3D mode, or when USB is the active display source.

Remote Control: In addition to the control panel, the projector can be controlled by the supplied wireless remote control, which has a range of approximately 32 feet. The projector has infrared receivers on the front and rear to give you control from most anywhere in the room. An RS-232C port is included for connecting the projector to a 3rd party A/V controller or automation system.

HDMI Link: When you connect HDMI CEC-compatible devices, such as a receiver or DVD player, to the projector via HDMI cables, you can control them using the HDMI-Link control buttons on the projector's remote control. You can register the devices you want to operate in the HDMI Link section of the projector's menu.

Sleep Mode: The projector turns off automatically when no video signal is received for a preset amount of time. You can set the sleep mode to 5, 10, or 30 minutes.

Mounting Options: The PowerLite Home Cinema 3020 can be placed on a tabletop or inverted and mounted on the ceiling. It can be used for front or rear projection. For tabletop use, you can adjust the image position by raising or lowering the front feet. For ceiling mounting, you will need an optional projector ceiling mount. Four 4mm threaded screw holes are provided on the bottom for a ceiling mount. A commercially-available Kensington security lock can be attached to the unit to prevent theft when installed in a public location.

Warranty and Extra Care Home Service: The projector is covered by a 2-year parts and labor warranty, while the lamp is covered for 90 days. Included with the warranty, Epson offers Extra Care Home Service. A replacement unit (in most cases, a refurbished unit) will be shipped to you immediately. (A credit card is required for security deposit.) If it's important that you receive your original projector back, you should use the basic carry-in service instead of Home Service.

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Why did you buy this?

Needed to upgrade my projector, and this one met my criteria [ Theodore  Jan 11, 2016 ]

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No, it can be set up on a table [ J NICHOLAS  Feb 13, 2016 ]
No it doesn't. [ ERIC  Feb 13, 2016 ]
Nope [ JUNHENG  Feb 12, 2016 ]
No this projector can be on a table it has adjustable feet on it hope this helps. Great product by the way. [ CASEY  Feb 12, 2016 ]
No, you can mount a shelf on the wall and just sit the projector there. Just make sure the throw distance for the screen you are getting is within the projector's range limits. [ Ken  Feb 12, 2016 ]
I did mount mine on the ceiling but if there in not any obstructions in the way I see no reason why not [ Christopher  Feb 12, 2016 ]
This unit will work on ceiling or on table. [ ESSERVILLE  Feb 12, 2016 ]
No. Before we bought our ceiling mount we used a table as a stand. Hiding "the light beam being" from the field of vision is one of the most noticeable benefits of having ceiling mount. [ Kimberly  Feb 12, 2016 ]
No, it can be sat on a shelf or stand. It asks you what orientation it's mounted during setup. [ Zach  Feb 12, 2016 ]
It's the universal projector ceiling mount model elpmbpjf. Works ok. There is a plastic piece that it mounts to I wish was metal. [ KIRK  Jun 11, 2014 ]
Sanus VMPR1...just be sure to tighten the screws well after it's adjusted properly. And that is a very nice projector. [ TOM  Jun 10, 2014 ]
Hi Diana, I have a soffit running around my media room, so I needed a mount that will have the projector approx. 16in from the ceiling. I ended up using this mount and it works really well - Universal Projector Ceiling Mount for DLP / LCD Video Projectors (Heavy Duty Steel, Black, Adjustable Height 16.9-inch - 25.6-inch, Built-in Cable Management, Easy Installation) Regards, SK. [ SUBRAMANIAN K  Jun 09, 2014 ]
Thanks very much Louis! I wonder if the Chief Mini fits this model. [ Diana  Jun 09, 2014 ]
I am using a Chief RPA elite mounting bracket. Easy to set up and offers great adjustment capability. [ LOUIS A  Jun 09, 2014 ]