The Epson Home Cinema 4010 is the latest entrant into Epson’s series of 4K-capable home entertainment projectors. The Home Cinema 4010 (HC 4010) is an upgrade from the Epson Home Cinema 4000, which is also a 4K-compliant projector. Compared to its predecessor, the Epson Home Cinema 4010 is cheaper and comes with improved features and display quality. According to Epson, the Home Cinema 4010 utilizes its 4K PRO-UHD Enhancement technology to further polish up the projector’s image production as well as production. In addition, if the specs of the device are anything to go by, the Epson Home Cinema 4010 is brighter and offers better contrast.
The 4K PRO-UHD enhancement algorithm is particularly one of the highlights of the new HC 4010 projector as it signals a significant step in the right direction; the evolution of the ability of faux 4K pixel-shifting projectors to produce true, native 4K resolution. For $1,999, let’s see what the Epson Home Cinema 4010 4K projector has to offer.
Epson Home Cinema 4010 4K Projector Key Specs
- 1920 x 1080p imaging chips with improved 4K PRO-UHD pixel-shifting for input signals up to 4096 x 2160
- High-quality 15-element glass lens
- Up to 10 saved lens memory positions for Constant Height Image (CIH) installations on a CinemaScope 2.4:1 screen
- 2,400 lumens white brightness; 2,400 lumens color brightness
- 200,000:1 rated contrast ratio with auto-iris to optimize dark scenes
- HDR10 high dynamic range playback
- Wide color gamut support to 100% of DCI-P3 color space
- Up to 12-bit color depth for standard dynamic range content; 10-bit for HDR
- 2.1x motorized zoom with long +/-96% vertical and +/-47% horizontal lens shift
- Support for 1080p 3D
- Optional WiFi dongle
- USB power port for fiber optic HDMI cable
- Lamp rated for 3,500-5,000 hours max
- 2-year limited warranty
Design and Connectivity
Embodied in a white plastic material, the Epson Home Cinema 4010 is a little less than 25 pounds weight-wise (24.3 lbs) and has a 17.7 x 20.5 x 6.7-inch dimension. Basically, the physical construct is identical to its predecessor, the Home Cinema 4000. The dual lenses, as well as the heat vents, are the only components of the projector you’d find on the front. On the rear is where most of the ‘noise’ (read: connectivity ports) is — just like every other projector. From HDMI to USB Type A, Mini USB, LAN, RS-232c, D-sub port etc., the Epson 4010 supports wired (and wireless) pairing with your smartphone, tablet, Tv dongles, digital camera, and other gadgets.
Regarding video quality, brightness, and projection size, the Epson Home Cinema 4010 4K Pro-UHD is almost twice a step up from its predecessor. The projector boasts of up to 2,400 lumens of white light and colour brightness level. About the lens, it uses a 3-axis motor which allows for 2.1x zoom as well as +/-47 percent and +/-96 percent horizontal and vertical and horizontal lens shift respectively. The device’s minimum projection diameter measures 50-inch while it maxes out at 300-inches, which is pretty impressive.
While projector’s 4K Pro UHD algorithm enhances image gradation and quality of contents, users have the option of turning off the feature and sticking with 1080P only when viewing contents that aren’t 4K. For UHD contents and sources, the feature will automatically stays on and cannot be deactivated. Covering the lens is a 15-element glass which helps improve resolving power of the lens across the screen. The lamp of the Epson 4010 is officially rated to last for a minimum of 3,500 hours and 5,000 maximum. Another noteworthy feature of this projector is its light leakage reduction capabilities which it achieves thanks to the lens chamber that’s coated in black.
For improved rendering of HDR content on the Epson Home Cinema 4010, the manufacturer used its new tone-mapping algorithm on the projector. Contrast ratio has equally been beefed up to 200,000:1 to allow for improved shadow detail and enhanced level of black when viewing dark contents. The Epson 4010 is actually one of the best 4K home cinema projector to buy at the moment.
The Epson Home Cinema 4010 4K UHD projector has an asking price of $1,999. However, depending on your location or point of purchase, you can cop the projector for $1,799 — $200 less than its original price. The price of the projector even makes it more of a big deal because despite the fact that it sports better features, it is cheaper than its predecessor (the Epson 4000) which sells for $2,200.