Just last week I got EPSON home projector in Tachikawa Garden Town. There’s a rental program on EPSON’s official website. This program is for those people who are considering to purchase their projector but eager to test it for a few days. Even though there are so many affordable projectors on Amazon nowadays, buying home projector, especially the one with high resolution, is a big expense. This rental program is only for 5 days but it was just enough to see how it is.
The projector I tested “Dreamio EH-TW5650”
This is actually something I wanted to try for a long time but I wasn’t too sure if fits well in my apartment. Although the Oak Apartment “Tachikawa Garden Town” is big enough to project something as big as 100 inches on the wall, I still wanted to test if there’s a right space for the projector itself.
Buying TV set was something I wasn’t sure
Ever since I moved in Tachikawa Garden Town in March, I’ve been thinking about what to buy for the apartment. Even though I don’t know how long I’m going to stay here, this is going to be a place where I raise my first kid (for at least a few years). I wanted to make this place as comfortable as possible. However, buying TV set was always something I wasn’t sure. Firstly, it costs. Big TVs like 40-50 inches are very affordable nowadays. My little brother got 50 inches 4K display for 80,000 yen. This is something unbelievable 5 years ago. Still, it’s a big expense and to be honest, I don’t think I cared so much about 4K display.
Then I came up with this idea of installing home projector instead of buying TV sets. These are the reasons why I think this is a good idea.
Even if I live in an apartment twice as big as Tachikawa Gardentown I would still hesitate to buy TV sets just because I’d be putting extra stuff in the room. I like the idea of minimalism. Owning less stuff is actually about gaining more. Besides, owning a big TV set means owning a big TV board too. Setting up a projector, on the other hand, does not require any instrument on the wall side. Some people choose to buy white screens for a projector but I knew I don’t need one because the wall in Tachikawa Gardentown is so white that it actually works as a screen.
The white wall of Tachikawa Garden Town
Even bigger screen than TVs
I usually don’t watch TV programs at all but I like watching movies. I even have an annual membership that I pay a couple of thousand yen a year for watching discounted movies at a local movie theater. I know now is an era of Netflix and other streaming services but watching good movies on a big screen is something fundamentally different from watching movie on a smartphone. Good movies deserve to be seen on a big screen.
This is as big as 120-inch. Much bigger than the most expensive TVs in the market.
Great thing about home projector is that the size of the screen can be adjusted. As long as you have a white wall and some distance from the wall, even making it 120-inch screen is doable. 120-inch TV does not exist. Even if there is it’d be very expensive. I thought home projector is actually cost effective if I want to watch something on a big screen.
It is as beautiful as high definition TVs
As far as I remember, projectors were not really built for beautiful movie scenes. It is for business where someone needs to show something to a large number of people at once. In a business situation, image quality does not matter much. This was the impression of a projector until I knew about projectors for home use. I did not know there are such things exist in the first place.
This is how I installed the projector. In Tachikawa Garden Town, there’s a small storage space above the sofa space which is perfect for installing a projector.
I tested EPSON’s mid-range home projector “Dreamio EH-TW5650” and the quality of the image literally blew me away. The projection was so clear and beautiful that I instantly thought I don’t need TV if I have this little machine. If you have the same impression toward projectors like me, I strongly recommend to try one for yourself.
A high quality projector is actually futuristic
This is the editor side of me talking. Projecting something on the house wall is a futuristic design. I really think the high quality projectors can replace TVs in the near future. For now, buying TV for a living room is so natural that no one even thinks about buying a projector in the first place. I bet these time will change. In some cool museums, there are projectors with Microsoft Kinect to make their displays interactive. I think this is how future home will look like combined with Amazon Echo or something.
For those who are interested in testing projectors at home, here’s the link. It’s all in Japanese but you can basically rent a high quality projector for 5 days for 3,000 yen.
Epson rental projectors
The house I tested: Tachikawa Garden Town