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Epson Home Cinema 1080

1080p home theater projector with Wi-Fi

Item # 278HC1080

Get a big, bright picture without breaking the bank with this value-packed projector.

Get a big, bright picture without breaking the bank with this value-packed projector.

Item # 278HC1080

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About the Epson Home Cinema 1080

A bang-for-the-buck projector

Epson packs some great features into their budget-friendly Home Cinema 1080. Most importantly, it delivers a big, bright picture that makes movie nights at home feel almost as special as sitting in a theater. You'll also get rich, realistic colors thanks to Epson's 3-LCD design with separate red, green, and blue image chips. Each chip has full HD 1080p resolution to reveal lifelike textures and details in every scene.

A bang-for-the-buck projector

Epson packs some great features into their budget-friendly Home Cinema 1080. Most importantly, it delivers a big, bright picture that makes movie nights at home feel almost as special as sitting in a theater. You'll also get rich, realistic colors thanks to Epson's 3-LCD design with separate red, green, and blue image chips. Each chip has full HD 1080p resolution to reveal lifelike textures and details in every scene.

Simple setup

Epson's Home Cinema 1080 sets up easily on a table, or you can pick up a bracket and ceiling-mount it. Keystone adjustments can assist if the best mounting spot is a little bit off-center. It's also compatible with rear projection.

The projector's built-in speaker helps facilitate a quick setup. But if you want a little more, use the minijack audio output to connect to headphones or a pair of powered speakers. 

Flexible connections

The 1080 has two HDMI inputs for your high-definition sources, and there's also a couple ways to connect your computer. Or you can keep the wires to a minimum and use the built-in Wi-Fi to cast content from compatible phones, tablet, and laptops. 

For the best picture quality from any projector, we recommend using a projector screen.


Product highlights:

    • 3-LCD, 3-chip technology with Full HD 1080p resolution (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
    • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 and 16:10 material)
    • recommended image size: 30" to 300"
    • light output: 3400 lumens
    • color modes: dynamic, bright cinema, cinema, and game
    • dynamic iris for enhanced contrast and black level
    • 16,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
    Image adjustments:
    • 1.2X zoom lens (optical zoom/manual focus)
    • vertical keystone correction: +/- 30° (auto)
    • horizontal keystone correction: +/- 30° (manual)
    • Wi-Fi 5 (802.11ac) provides fast, reliable wireless streaming
      • Miracast® screen mirroring lets you display content from your compatible phone, tablet, or laptop
    • 2 HDMI inputs
    • 1 composite video input
    • stereo RCA input
    • VGA input for connecting a computer
    • USB Type A input for connecting a camera, thumb drive, or storage device
    • USB Type B input for instant "Plug 'n Play" computer setup
    • 3.5mm stereo minijack output for connecting to a sound bar or home stereo system
    • detachable power cord
    General features:
    • 210-watt UHE lamp (lasts up to 10,000 hours in Eco mode)
    • quiet cooling fan (28 dB in Eco mode)
    • built-in speaker
    • remote control
    • projection method: front, rear, upside down
      • can be ceiling-mounted with bracket (sold separately)
    • 12"W x 3-3/4"H x 10-7/8"D
    • weight: 6.17 lbs.
    • warranty: 2 years parts & labor — in-home or carry-in service (90 days on lamp)
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • this projector does not include any type of built-in TV tuner
    • MFR # V11H980020

    What's in the box:

    • Video projector
    • 6' AC power cord
    • Remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Quick Setup
    • Suppliers Declaration of Conformity
    • Online Registration Note
    • Congratulations Letter

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    Features & specs

    Native Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
    Resolution with Pixel Shift N/A
    Picture Size Range 30 to 300 inches
    Display Technology 3-LCD
    3D-Capable No
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Contrast Ratio 16,000:1
    Dynamic Iris Yes
    Brightness (in ANSI Lumens) 3400
    Mounting Options and Design
    Ceiling Yes
    Tabletop Yes
    Ultra Short Throw No
    Portable Design No
    HDR (High Dynamic Range)
    HDR10 No
    HDR10+ No
    HLG No
    Dolby Vision No
    Next-gen Gaming Features
    VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) No
    ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) No
    4K/120Hz HDMI Inputs None
    eARC No
    Smart TV Features
    Apple TV App No
    Apple AirPlay 2 No
    Android TV No
    Chromecast Built-in No
    HDMI Inputs 2
    HDMI Version 1.4
    Audio Return Channel No
    Wireless HDMI Input No
    Audio Output 3.5mm
    USB Media Port Yes
    RS-232 Port None
    Built-in Speakers Yes
    Wireless Features
    Bluetooth No
    Wi-Fi Yes
    Other Info
    Light Source Lamp
    Approximate Lamp Life 6000 hrs (10000 ECO)
    Bulb Wattage 210 Watts
    Vertical Lens Shift No
    Horizontal Lens Shift No
    Vertical Keystone Correction Yes
    Horizontal Keystone Correction Yes
    Fan Noise 37dB(Norm),28dB(ECO)
    Width (inches) 12
    Height (inches) 3-3/4
    Depth (inches) 10-7/8
    Weight 6.17 lbs
    Parts Warranty 2 Years
    Labor Warranty 2 Years
    Type of Warranty Service In-home or Carry-in
    The Epson Home Cinema 1080 replaces these items:

    Product Research


    3LCD: The Epson Home Cinema 1080 projector utilizes 3-chip LCD technology for amazing color, incredible detail and solid reliability. 3LCD's 3-chip architecture dedicates an entire chip to process each primary color - red, green, and blue, continuously. Unlike single-chip technology that delivers color sequentially, you get full-time color. The result is vibrant, realistic images and video all delivered with 3LCD's true-to-life color (up to 1.07 billion colors).

    • True-to-Life Colors: 3LCD delivers up to 3x brighter colors in comparison with 1-chip DLP projectors. Color Brightness (Color Light Output) measured in accordance with IDMS 15.4. Color Brightness will vary depending on usage conditions. Additionally, 3LCD projectors have up to 3x Wider Color Gamut than 1-chip DLP projectors. With its 3-chip design, 3LCD delivers clear and vibrant images that are true-to-life. In contrast to 3-chip 3LCD projectors, 1-chip DLP projectors use a rotating color wheel that spins at a rapid speed, only displaying colors sequentially, which can result in color break-up or the "rainbow effect".
    • Greater Detail & Contrast: 3LCD projection efficiently uses light to project to the screen with no color disruption. 3LCD technology delivers sharper and brighter images with superior grayscale detail. Grayscale is the shades of gray (from black to white) required for greater image depth and detail; it allows greater variation in shadows and brings superior accuracy to color, creating a jaw-dropping, true-to-life visual experience
    • Energy Efficient: 3LCD projection technology uses light efficiently to create stunning images. In contrast to 1-chip technology, 3LCD requires 25% less electricity per lumen of brightness. 1-chip projectors use a color wheel, which leads to an inefficient design, thereby causing light loss. 3LCD does not rely on a color wheel. On average, 3LCD projectors are 25% more energy efficient.
    • Simple & Reliable Design: 3LCD systems are reliable and use a simple optical design which includes 3 chips and 1 prism. Light flows seamlessly through the system to produce brilliant on-screen colors and sharp images every time.

    Projection Lamp: The projector uses an energy-efficient 210-watt Ultra High Efficiency (UHE) lamp with a life span of approximately 6,000 hours in the Normal Mode. In the ECO mode, the life span is increased to approximately 12,000 hours. The lamp (Part # V13H010L99) and air filter (Part # V13H134A32 ) are the only user-serviceable parts.

    • Light Optimizer: When Power Consumption is set to Normal, the lamp brightness is adjusted based on the projected image; you can set this option for each color mode
    • Fan Cooled: The projection lamp is kept cool by a fan. The fan noise level is 37dB in Normal mode and 28dB 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.

    Projection Lens: The Home Cinema 1080 features a F1.58-1.7 lens with a focal length of 14.06mm to 16.82mm. It has a manual focus and a manual zoom ratio of 1.0 to 1.2. To provide the best possible image quality, adjust the projector's position to correct the image shape. If this isn't possible, then use the Zooom Ring, Keystone or Quick Corner setting to correct the image shape.

    • Zoom Ring: You can resize the image using the projector's manual zoom ring.
    • Keystone: 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.
    • Quick Corner: You can use the projector's Quick Corner setting to correct the shape and size of an image that is unevenly rectangular on all sides.

    Note: The projector does not have a lens shift feature.

    Projection Image & Distance: The Home Cinema 1080 projector can produce an image that is adjustable from 30" to 300" (measured diagonally). 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 26" to 326". The distance at which you place the projector from the screen determines the approximate size of the image. The projection distance can be determined from this chart:

    Screen Or Image Size (16:9 Aspect Ratio) Projection Distance (wide to tele) Offset From Lens Center
    50" 44" - 54" -1.6"
    80" 71" - 86" -2.6"
    100" 89" - 108" -3.3"
    150" 136" - 163" -4.9"
    200" 180" - 217" -6.7"
    250" 225" - 272" -8.3"
    300" 270" - 326" 9.8'

    High Brightness & Dynamic Contrast: In the normal mode, the Home Cinema 1080 outputs 3,400 lumens of white light and 3,400 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. The projector is capable of a dynamic contrast ratio up to 16,000:1 for rich detail in dark scenes.

    1080p Native Resolution: The Home Cinema 1080 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.

    Multiple Source Inputs: The Home Cinema 1080 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 and a composite video input with a stereo RCA input. You can also connect your computer to the projector via the VGA input (D-Sub 15-pin), USB-B input, or HDMI inputs. There is also a USB-A port for connecting a USB thumbdrive.

    • HDMI: The projector's two HDMI 1.4 inputs can be used to connect home theater equipment, like your Blue-ray player and satellite receiver. Or, it can be used to connect your Windows PC or Mac computer. The HDMI 1.4 inputs support up to 1080p (1920 x 1080).
    • Composite: The composite video input with stereo RCA inputs is used to connect older AV gear that only feature analog output connectivity like a VCR. The composite video input supports up to 480i.
    • VGA: You can also connect your Windows or Mac computer to the projector via VGA (D-Sub, 15-pin). The VGA input will support video up to 1920 x 1080.
    • USB-B: You can connect your Windows (XP/Vista/7/8/10) PC or Mac (OS X 10.5.8-10.12.x) computer to the projectors USB-B port. Once your computer is connected to the projector, your computer will be prompted to download the Epson USB Display Software. The USB-B input will support video up to 1920 x 1200.
    • USB-A: The projector's USB-A port can be used to connect a USB thumbdrive for playback of JPEG (8192x8192)/BMP (1280x800)/GIF (1280x800)/PNG (1280x800) still images and AVI (1280x720) video images. The USB mass storage class device must be formatted in FAT16 or FAT32.

    Screen Mirroring via Miracast: Miracast technology allows you to quickly connect your Windows PC (8.1+) or Android device (OS 4.2+) to the Epson mini-laser projector and stream or mirror Full HD content including movies, videos, photos and music - all without a single cable or network router.

    Epson iProjection App: Epson iProjection is an intuitive mobile projection app for Apple iOS 12.0+ and Android OS 5.0+. Epson iProjection makes it easy to project images and files wirelessly from your compatible mobile device to the Epson projector. You'll be able to move about the room and effortlessly display content from your Apple iOS or Android device on the big screen. Key features include -

    • QR code easy pairing is now supported.
    • Display documents loaded in the Epson iProjection app on your mobile device.
    • Display web pages and images stored in the "Photo" library of your mobile device.
    • Use the built-in projector remote control feature to control input sources, AV mute, freeze, audio settings, operate menu, zoom by finger with Touchpad and more.
    • Send files from your email or cloud storage apps to the iProjection app.
    • Marker function enables highlighting and annotation of projected photos and documents and also saving annotation to your device


    • Supported Formats & Activities: Microsoft Word (.doc, .docx, Office 2003 or later), Microsoft PowerPoint (.ppt, .pptx, Office 2003 or later), Microsoft Excel (.xls, .xlsx, Office 2003 or later), Keynote (.key), Adobe PDF(v1.7) (.pdf, Acrobat 8 compatible or later), .JPG, and .PNG.
    • Activities Not Supported: The Epson iProjection app does not support video playback, PowerPoint and Keynote animations, or mirroring.

    Split Screen: You can use the split screen feature to simultaneously project two images from different image sources next to each other. You can control the split screen feature using the remote control and the projector menus. While you use the split screen feature, other projector features may not be available and some settings may be automatically applied to both images.

    Note: You cannot use the split screen feature with the following input source combinations.- HDMI1 and HDMI 2, HDMI 1/2 and Screen Mirroring, Computer and Video, or USB and USB, or USB and LAN.

    Built-in Speaker + Audio Output: The Epson Home Cinema 1080 has a built-in, rear-panel mono speaker (2-watts). It also features a 3.5mm analog audio output for connection to a soundbar, powered speaker, or AV receiver.

    Image Settings: Settings on the Image menu let you adjust the aspect ratio and quality of your image for the input source you are currently
    using. The available settings depend on the currently selected input source.

    • Aspect Ratio: You can select the following image aspect ratios, depending on the input signal from your image source. Black bands and cropped images may project in certain aspect ratios, depending on the aspect ratio and resolution of your input signal.
      • Auto: Automatically sets the aspect ratio according to the input signal.
      • Normal: Displays images using the full projection area and maintains the aspect ratio of the image.
      • 16:9: Converts the aspect ratio of the image to 16:9.
      • Zoom: Displays images using the full width of the projection area and maintains the aspect ratio of the image.
      • Full: Displays images using the full width of the projection area, but does not maintain the aspect ratio.
      • Native: Displays images as is (aspect ratio and resolution are maintained).
    • Color Modes: The Home Cinema 1080 offers four 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:
      • Dynamic: Best for projecting in a brightly-lit room; this is the brightest mode.
      • Bright Cinema: Best for movies projected in a brightly-lit room.
      • Cinema: Best for movies projected in a dark room.
      • Game: Best for games projected in a brightly-lit room.
    • Image Enhancements: Choose from a variety of image enhancements for optimum picture quality.
      • Auto Iris: In certain color modes, you can turn on the Auto Iris setting to automatically optimize the image based on the brightness of the content you project.
      • Picture Adjustments: You can manually adjust the images Brightness, Contrast, Color Saturation, Tint, Sharpness, and Color Temperature.
      • Noise Reduction: This setting reduces flickering of analog images. You can select from 3 levels of noise reduction. This is not be available with a signal input through the PC port.
      • Detail Enhancement: Enhances details to create clear outlines for sharper and more refined images that are more lifelike. 
        Converts interlaced to progressive signals. Leave the setting on Film/Auto for viewing movies on a player that produces interlaced output. Select Video for watching videos captured with a video camera. Set to Off when viewing images with a large amount of movement.

    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 19.7'. The projector has infrared receivers on the front and rear to give you control from most anywhere in the room. If you connect your computer to the projector via VGA, USB-B, or HDMI, you can set up the remote control to act as a wireless mouse.

    Mounting Options: The Home Cinema 1080 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 two rear feet and one front foot. For ceiling mounting, you will need an optional projector ceiling mount (sold separately). Three M4 x 9mm 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.

    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 1 to 30 minutes.

    Firmware & Software Updates (via USB): You can download files to update the software of the unit from Epson's Online Support Site. Simply copy the downloaded files to a USB thumbdrive, then  insert the USB thumbdrive into the USB port of the projector and perform the update.

    Warranty & 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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