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Epson MG-850HD

alaTest has collected and analyzed 115 reviews of Epson MG-850HD. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category for all reviews. People really like the size and price. The noise and image quality also get good feedback. There are some negative views about the black level.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other products in the same category the Epson MG-850HD is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 92/100 = Excellent quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 44 user reviews of Epson MG-850HD from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other products in the same category on Reviewers really like the price and size. The noise and image quality also get good feedback.

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98% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD 720p HD 3LCD Portable Digital Dock Projector and Speaker Combo for iPod, iPhone and iPadEpson MegaPlex MG-850HD 720p HD 3LCD Portable Digital Dock Projector and Speaker Combo for iPod, iPhone and iPad

Oct, 2018

Expert review by : Trusted Reviews (

Epson MG-850HD iPod projector


Epson delivers a casual projector aimed at the iThing set. But is it as 'cool' as the Apple products it's designed to support?

Pictures are bright enough to watch in ambient light, Docking functionality is well integrated, Speakers are pretty decent

Very low contrast, Lack of resolution very noticeable, No image shift

Feb, 2012

Expert review by : Danny Phillips (

Epson MG-850HD review


The ubiquitous iPod has infiltrated most areas of home cinema but the projector market has always been an Apple-free zone. Until now that is. Epson's MG-850HD is the world's first home cinema projector with a built-in iPod dock, allowing you to watch...

Bright, colourful pictures; convenient iPod playback; easy to set up and use

Blacks could be deeper; HD only 720p; speakers too tinny for music; a bit noisy

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : James Galbraith (

Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD review


Weighing in at 3.8kg, the piano black MegaPlex is compact and easily portable. It uses 3LCD technology and offers native 720p resolution in screen sizes from 33 to 320 inches diagonally.

If you’re looking to watch the video on your iPad or iPhone on a screen up to 320 inches across, the MegaPlex MG-850HD can accommodate. The direct mirroring of your desktop with audio to the projector over USB is handy, but the speed of the connection...

Apr, 2012

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Epson MG-850HD review


Epson's latest entry-level LCD projector has an integrated iPhone and iPad dock, so is intended to live on a coffee table or bookshelf rather than be screwed to the ceiling.

A decent entry-level LCD projector with some clever features, but if you don’t need the dock you can find 1080p at this price

Feb, 2012

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Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD Projector review


Can the Epson MG-850HD iDevice docking projector shine a light on the competition?

Sep, 2012

Expert review by : TechSmart (

Quick review - Epson MG-850HD projector


Additionally, this projector comes with a remote control and carry handle making it easy to move or transport. The recommended retail price of Epson’s MG-850HD is a steep R10 009, which could also afford a 1080p-class projector. You do get a very...

Aug, 2012

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Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD projector is a powerful iOS companion


When it comes to giving presentations, teaching classes, or even watching videos or photos in a group environment, there's still nothing to replace the tra...

Apr, 2012

Expert review by : Rick Broida (

Review: Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD


You can connect your iDevice to any projector and make a poor-man's home theater. Or you can hook it to Epson's MegaPlex MG-850HD and enjoy...

Docks Apple devices and plays all the media within. Movies sound great and look even better. Simple controls on both the projector and its onscreen menus. Clever “coffee break” button pauses the video but turns the image white so you can find your way...

iPad use requires a clunky plastic bracket. Remote doesn’t work with apps like Netflix, and only some of its buttons are backlit. Some of the best third-party video apps aren’t compatible

Jan, 2012

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Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD Projector


The Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD Projector combines a projector, an iPhone dock, and a good audio and speaker system into one unit equally good at projecting movies and business presentations.

Very good data and video image quality. Docks with and projects from your Apple mobile device.

A little too heavy to be easily portable. Could use a VGA connector to use with computers that lack an HDMI port.

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Oct, 2011

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Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD


The patterned black MG-850HD measures 4.6 by 13.4 by 11.5 inches (HWD). At 8.6 pounds, it's too heavy to have as a frequent traveling companion but light enough to take with you in a pinch. The iThing dock is in back; in front, the lens has focus and...

Very good data and video image quality. Docks with and projects from your Apple mobile device

A little too heavy to be easily portable. Could use a VGA connector to use with computers that lack an HDMI port

The Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD is an iPhone-friendly home entertainment projector with data presentation chops; it handled both data and video with aplomb.

Product Specifications


Battery Type:AA


Energy Star certified: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Colour of product:Black
Form factor:Desktop
LED indicators: Yes
Product Type:Desktop projector


Built-in Display: No


Bulb power:200
Lamp Type:E-TORL / UHE
Lamp-door protection: No
Lamps quantity:1
Service life of lamp:4000 / 5000
Service life of lamp (economic mode):5000

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):1.58 - 1.72
Digital Zoom:1.2
Focal length range (f-f):16.9 - 20.3 / 16.9 – 20.28
Throw ratio:1.3 - 1.56:1


Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
RMS rated power:10 / 20 / 4
TV tuner integrated: No


Bluetooth: No
Ethernet LAN: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 2286
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Storage temperature (T-T):-10 - 60

Other features

Aspect Ratio:16:9 / 4:3, 16:9, 16:10
Audio input:2
Compatibility:-PC, Mac;\n-iPad/iPhone/iPod Devices / iPad, iPad 2\niPhone 3G/3GS/4G\niPod Touch 2G/3G/4G\niPod Nano 3G/4G/5G
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):340 x 115 x 291 / 340.4 x 292.1 x 129.5
F-number (relative aperture):1.58
Package dimensions (WxDxH):426.7 x 373.4 x 271.8
Power LED: Yes

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes


Air filter: Yes
Noise Level:35 / 37
Noise level (economic mode):29
Plug and Play: Yes
Preset modes:Cinema / Cinema, Dynamic, Presentation, Standard

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in: Yes
Audio (L,R) in:1 / 2
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1 / 3
Composite Video In:1
DVI port: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
Microphone in: Yes
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
Serial interface type:RS-232
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1 / 2
USB connector type:USB Type-A, USB Type-B
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (PowerSave):223 / 267
Power Consumption (Standby):0.23 / 3.3
Power consumption (typical):267 / 270 / 319
Power Source:AC
Voltage tolerance:10


Contrast ratio (typical):3000:1
Keystone correction, horizontal:+/- 30 / +/-30 / -30 - 30 / ± 30
Keystone correction, vertical:+/- 30 / +/-30 / -30 - 30 / ± 30
Matrix size:1.5
Matrix type:3-panel (p-Si TFT active)
Maximum analog resolution:1280 x 800
Maximum digital resolution:1280 x 720
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Number of Colours:16.78 million colours
Projection distance:0.14 - 0.17 / 0.83 - 8.12 / 0.9 - 10.8 / 0.9 - 9 / 2.25 - 2.7
Projection Technology:3LCD / LCD
Projector brightness:2800
Projector native resolution:WXGA (1280x720) / WXGA (1280x800)
Screen size compatibility:838.2 - 8077.2 / 838.2 - 8128
Zoom capability:Manual
Zoom ratio:1.2:1


Card reader integrated: No


3D: No
3D-Ready: No
Analog signal format system:NTSC, NTSC 4.43, PAL, PAL 60, PAL M, PAL N, SECAM
Full HD:No / Yes
HD-Ready: Yes
Supported graphics resolutions:1280 x 720 (HD 720) / 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1280 x 800 (WXGA) / 1280 x 800 (WXGA)
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p / 1080i, 1080p, 480i, 576i, 576p, 720p / 1080i, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p / 720p

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:11.5 / 29.1 / 29.2
Height :11.5 / 12.9 / 29.1
Package depth:37.3
Package height:27.2
Package weight:5.69 / 5.7
Package width:42.5
Weight:2.3 / 3.9