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Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e

3-LCD 1080p 3D high-definition projector with wireless HDMI

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Item # 278HC3020E

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Our take on the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e

We often hear from home theater fans who are ready to move up to the projector experience, but don't want a cable running across their floor from their Blu-ray player. Epson's latest room-friendly solution is the PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e. It's a very capable 3D projector that also includes wireless HDMI technology. The wireless receiver is built into the projector chassis, while the transmitter module is placed near your video sources. The first time you see a flawless high-definition picture delivered wirelessly — in 2D or 3D — you'll feel like an audio/video Zen master.

Wireless HDMI transmitter

Epson's wireless HDMI transmitter module has inputs for up to four high-def video sources. The wireless receiver is built into the projector.

Here's something cool — wireless HDMI hookup

We often hear from home theater fans who are ready to move up to the projector experience, but don't want a cable running across their floor from their Blu-ray player. Epson's latest room-friendly solution is the PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e. It's a very capable 3D projector that also includes wireless HDMI technology. The wireless receiver is built into the projector chassis, while the transmitter module is placed near your video sources. The first time you see a flawless high-definition picture delivered wirelessly — in 2D or 3D — you'll feel like an audio/video Zen master.

Enjoy a stunning picture — in 2D or 3D

The 3020e is the wireless version of Epson's value-packed Home Cinema 3020. Picture quality is crisp and clear, with rich, accurate colors courtesy of Epson's 3-chip design. Each chip has full 1080p resolution to reveal lifelike textures and details in every scene. DVDs and Blu-ray movies look impressive in 2D, and if you have a 3D Blu-ray player and movie and Epson's active 3D glasses, the results are downright spectacular. Watching 3D with a projector comes much closer to 3D in a movie theater than 3D on flat-panel TV.

Bright enough for any room

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 3020e 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 reduce picture brightness significantly. The 3020e has more than just brightness going for it — an automatic iris delivers impressive picture contrast and black levels for nightime movie viewing.

Flexible placement and hookup options

For spontaneous or "event" viewing, the 3020e sets up easily on a table (the wireless capability really comes in handy). Or you can get a bracket and ceiling-mount it. This model offers many more hookup options than last year's 3010e. The wireless transmitter module has four HDMI inputs to accommodate your Blu-ray player, cable or satellite TV box, video game console, and more. Plus, an HDMI passthrough allows it to pass audio and video to an A/V receiver. There's also an optical digital output for use with non-HDMI receivers. There are a few more inputs on the back of the projector itself, including USB so you can connect your camera or  thumb drive — the projector's internal software lets you run slide shows without connecting a computer.

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Product Highlights:

  • high-definition projector (digital TV reception requires a separate HDTV tuner)
  • wireless HDMI connectivity provides full 1080p picture quality for both 2D and 3D without running a cable between your video source and the projector
  • wireless receiver is built into projector; wireless transmitter module connects to video source via HDMI (wireless range is 32 feet; the signal is infrared and the projector and transmitter must be in the same room)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
  • 3LCD, 3-chip technology (1920 x 1080 pixels each)
  • displays 3D images when you wear Epson's active shutter glasses (2 pairs of glasses are included)
  • 2D-to-3D conversion adds 3D-like depth to non-3D video sources (HDMI inputs only)
  • Split Screen mode simultaneously projects two video sources side by side (not available when using two HDMI sources, or with 3D viewing)
  • dynamic contrast ratio 40,000:1
  • 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:
  • 7 video inputs, including:
    • 6 HDMI (2 wired, 4 on wireless transmitter module)
    • 1 wired component video (selectable component/composite)
  • PC input
  • USB input for connecting a camera, thumb drive, or storage device
  • optical digital audio output on transmitter module for use with non-HDMI A/V receivers
  • RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
  • wireless transmitter module dimensions: 6-7/8"W x 2-3/8"H x 6-1/4"D
  • 80" HDMI cable included
  • detachable power cord
  • 16-1/2"W x 5-5/8"H x 15-7/8"D
  • weight: 13.7 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

What's in the Box:

  • Video projector
  • WirelessHD transmitter
  • AC power adapter (w/ attached 39" DC cord)
  • 6' AC power cord
  • 10' AC power cord
  • Remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 6.5' HDMI cable
  • 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
  • Bluetooth Safety/Specifications

Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Ok, but save up and buy an 80" TV

Anonymous from Dallas, TX on 7/16/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Overall it is a decent projector. There are some pros and cons

Pros: The picture has great color and resolution in a dark room.

Cons: any ambient light softens and dulls the picture. The projector makes clicking noises when there are large color or scene changes in the movie being watched. The 3D feature will only work if it is connected directly to the Bluray. It will not pass 3D video though the receiver even with the receiver set to passthrough.

Better than expected...

BrandonW from Houston, TX on 4/15/2013

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I quickly received the projector from Crutchfield and immediately fired it up...even though I had not purchased a screen yet. I projected the image onto a dark red/maroon wall in a lit room (ceiling lights and slightly open window blinds) and could see the picture VERY well! Lights out and on an actual screen will make this thing amazing! I bought this projector for three primary reasons: price, split screen capability, and wireless HDMI. The wireless HDMI worked perfect and my son and I don't notice any lag when playing on the PS3. The split screen works as advertised and is an awesome feature. This projector is fantastic for the price. This is the first projector I have owned. I am still floored how bright it is and how easy it was to set up. Great product purchased from a great company!

Pros: Brightness, wireless HDMI, split screen capability, price, easy to set up, clear picture

Cons: zero cons


Hands-on research

Product Research


Overview: The Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 3020e is a Full HD 1080p LCD projector with WirelessHD and 3D capability. With the Home Cinema 3020e, you can project movies, videos, games, slideshows, and presentations up to 300" (diagonally). It comes with a WirelessHD Transmitter and a built-in receiver so you won't have to run a signal cable to the projector. The Home Cinema 3020e also has built-in 10-watt stereo speakers.

C²Fine 3LCD, 3-chip Technology: The Home Cinema 3020e 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 3020e 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 3020e 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 3020e 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 3020e 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.

WirelessHD: The Home Cinema 3020e also allows you to wirelessly stream HD content from video devices to the projector. The supplied WirelessHD transmitter operates in the 60 GHz band, and has 4 HDMI  inputs for connecting your Satellite/Cable Box, Blu-ray/DVD player, Game Console, and other HDMI-compatible sources. The wireless transmitter should be placed within 32' of the projector. The transmitter is also equipped with an HDMI output and optical digital output to connect your WirelessHD connected sources to your TV (the WirelessHD transmitter only outputs 2ch audio). The transmitter is 6.875" (w) x 2.3125 " (h) x 6.25" (d), and weighs 1.3 lbs.

Note: If you're using an A/V receiver, the preferred hookup is to connect your AV sources to your home theater receiver first, then go out from the receiver to the WirelessHD transmitter, and then to your TV. This configuration allows you to retain multichannel playback, since the WirelessHD transmitter downconverts multichannel audio to 2-channel.

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 3020e 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 3020e 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 3020e'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 3020e 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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

1 question already asked

Any lag would depend on different variables. The type of HDMI cables that are used would effect your picture quality. As far as the actual lag that some people mention I have not experienced. I actually have my projector set up in the back yard for outdoor movies and sports. I can't honesty say that the only issues I have had is with my transmitted is someone knocking it over while they walk past the system. I have to do a better job this year with the wiring. [ PABLO V  Feb 07, 2014 ]
I have never noticed a lag myself. [ JEREMY  Feb 07, 2014 ]
I have not experienced any noticeable lag. We use the wireless HDMI to stream our Apple TV, games on the PS3, our BluRay player, and our U-verse service. Great quality picture all of the time. [ BRANDON  Feb 07, 2014 ]
I haven't used the device for direct reception from a WIFI source but I have used it in conjunction with a X Box One. Using the X Box One for Netflix I have not noticed any lag whatsoever (there was minor lag playing a racing game online) and considering that I have the projector and X Box at the extreme other end of the house I was happy with the results. FYI I know this really doesn't answer your question regarding the use of the HDMI transmitter - I did read somewhere that 3D required HDMI hook up (I am not sure though). I have no regrets buying this projector. [ DAVID A  Feb 07, 2014 ]
Yes there will be some lag of few seconds. Sometimes when u r flipping the channels. Video quality depends on quality of streaming media. Bluray 3d we used showed amazing quality. Overall I am very happy with the purchase of 5020ube. [ NAGA  Feb 07, 2014 ]