While reviews are more plentiful and more complimentary for the competing Optoma HD33, the Epson Home Cinema 3010 can still be a good choice for many. Picture quality is pretty good, but some say the HD33's is better -- particularly when viewing 3D images. Experts say the Epson's 3D image is less stable and more artifact-prone than the HD33's. The 2D image is also pretty good, but it's also beaten out by some other projectors -- including the older and 2D-only Epson Home Cinema 8350 (*Est. $1,300) .
But there are positives as well. Rainbow effect artifacts can be an issue with the DLP-based HD33, but not with the Epson Home Cinema 3010, which uses LCD technology. Brightness is also excellent, making it a good choice for a setting with some ambient light. In a departure from most other projectors, two pairs of 3D glasses are included. For those who want to get rid of cord clutter and the fuss of needing a home theater sound system, a built-in 10-watt per channel sound system does a decent job. There's also a version with a wireless HDMI link available, the Epson Home Cinema 3010e (*Est. $1,800) , although that is a little more expensive and does not include the free 3D glasses.
The Epson Home Cinema 3010 hasn't received a ton of press. However, two well regarded reviewers, ProjectorCentral.com and ProjectorReviews.com, provide thorough and comparative reports.
Bill Livolsi finds some things to like in the Epson Home Cinema 3010, but lots to grouse about as well. He compares it to the Optoma HD33, and he finds that similarly priced 3D projector to be a better performer in most ways. For those more interested in 2D than 3D, he recommends the Epson Home Cinema 8350 instead.
Review: Epson Home Cinema 3010/Epson Home Cinema 3010e 3D 1080p Projector, Bill Livolsi, Oct. 19, 2011
ProjectorReviews.com also looks at the Epson Home Cinema 3010, but Art Feierman comes away more impressed -- so much so that he gives the projector a Hot Product award. He notes some shortfalls in picture quality, including blacks that could be better and 3D artifacts that he calls minor, but those are outweighed in his view by the positives, which include good color, good brightness and great value.
Review: Epson Home Cinema 3010 Home Theater Projector Review, Art Feierman, Oct. 18, 2011