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Epson PowerLite S3

Epson PowerLite S3
alaScore 77

66 reviews

Jul, 2015

alaTest has collected and analyzed 66 reviews of Epson PowerLite S3. The average rating for this product is 4.5/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and reliability. The usability and price also get good comments, but there are some mixed comments about the size.

image quality, price, usability, reliability, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Epson PowerLite S3 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 77/100 = Good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 54 user reviews of Epson PowerLite S3 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Views about the design and reliability are generally positive. The usability and price also get good comments. Reviews are divided on the size.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Epson PowerLite S3 LCD Projector

Jul, 2015

Expert review by: (

Epson PowerLite S3


Certainly the most eye-catching feature of the Epson PowerLite S3 is the $799 direct price. But don't misread the price to mean that the S3 is anything less than a first-rate LCD projector. The SVGA native resolution (800-by-600) is the right choice...

Reasonably bright image. Excellent image quality. Relatively light weight. Pass-through monitor connector. On-screen menu is easy to navigate and understand

No digital input. Relatively low volume. The button layout on the remote often makes it hard to find the right button

By pairing a bargain-basement price with excellent image quality and cutting very few corners in the process, Epson has come up with a winner in the PowerLite S3. Easy to set up, easy to use, and light enough to carry around in the supplied carrying...

Consumer review by: Samuel_R_Daines_II (

Really Like - Samuel R Daines II


We've had this projector for a while and it is an excellent all around projector. Our favorite use is for home DVD watching! Samuel R Daines II.

Cheap and robust

not too bright

Jul, 2008

Consumer review by: moshang (

Great first projector


I use it as a home cinema projector, and also to project visuals during live onstage performances. On stage, it's sometimes hard to prevent other stage lights from spilling on the screen, but the S3's picture is clear and bright nontheless. It's a...

Easy to use, clear picture under various lighting conditions

None at the price

Oct, 2005

Consumer review by: rjpros (

Good quality, great price


Great entry level projector for a great price!

Easy setup, no directions needed, good color and bright

Box was missing one cable

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: sonicr30 (

Truly Amazing Projector That Surpasses It's Entry Level Title


I'm a Beginner to the world of projectors but I do have a Brother with a Epson Powerlite. His is a way older model but I took his advice and got to research the new Epson Powerlite S3 against other entry level projectors. My budget was to not spend...

Bright, Clear,Vivid Images- Alots of preset modes for watching video sources of all kinds,(Movies, Games,TV, Sports, or Presentations, or Well Lit Room) - Fits any Budget and Delivers Well

Mono specker could be louder - Could use better Zoom option - Screen Door effect if up too close

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: picklebunker (

reasonable product, reasonable price


For $800.00 CDN this is a great deal if you are looking for entry level stuff. It's not perfectly clear and sharp but within seconds, you have a bright and smooth image.

nice colors, ease of use, cheap bulb

some screen door, needs more definition

Aug, 2005

Consumer review by: asspants (

I am happy


I have no regrets for making this purchase. Plus everyone that walks in to my living room thinks it's awesome too.

I have this hooked up with a 15pin d-sub connector with component video to my directTV HD satelitte receiver. I have it mounted upside down on the celing far back enough to have a 96" screen. For this purpose it is AWESOME. The picture is beautiful. It...

The only thing I don't like about this projector is the fact that it only has a digital zoom. If you can't live with that don't buy this projector

Mar, 2006

Consumer review by: leb120 (

A little limited


I think it will probably get mounted in a room at the church. If it's mounted the correct distance you don't have to worry about zooming at all. And we'll get another LCD Projector has a few more features. :)

It has a nice heavy duty (as LCD Projectors go) case. Nice brightness for smaller presentations

NO Optical Zoom :( I was very disappointed with this and had never seen it before, but it uses a digital zoom it actually resizes the images on the LCD itself reducing the total resolution. Not a very good portable projector unless you have a cart and...

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: K-DOG (

EPSON POWERLITE S3 800 x 600 LCD Projector 1600 ANSI lumens (High Brightness), 1400 ANSI lumens (Low Brightness) 500:1


This is a good starter projector for the novice. It is very easy to use and has a good picture that works just about anywhere its dark. I have enjoyed having a 300 inch LCD display without having to pay thousands for a TV

THe pixel is a little low, but the picture wtill is good enough

Jan, 2006

Consumer review by: N/A (

EPSON POWERLITE S3 800 x 600 LCD Projector 1600 ANSI lumens (High Brightness), 1400 ANSI lumens (Low Brightness) 500:1


I use this in an office for presentations and training. It works great. Very bright for my uses. Not really any fault of NewEgg but UPS absolutly blows. Thier "3 Day Select" took 6. I will continue to pay more for FedEx.

Works great for my application

Not DLP & it seems a tad bit big

Jan, 2006

Product Specifications

Enjoy larger-than-life images that fill your home, office, or classroom. It's easy with the Epson PowerLite S3. An affordable 5.6 lb projector, this SVGA ultraportable delivers 1600 ANSI lumens so you can experience the thrill of movies, sports, video games and more with expansive images that surpass even big-screen TVs. Epson 3LCD technology ensures accurate color and remarkable saturation, even in well-lit rooms. And, specialized color modes mean you get the most vibrant images, whatever the situation. With smooth video playback, on-screen action sequences come alive. Best of all, the PowerLite S3 makes setup a breeze, even for first-time users. With its 5-second startup time and time-saving Instant Off feature, it's always ready to perform!

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Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Color Support:24-bit (16.7 million colors)
Display Resolution Abbreviation:SVGA
Image Brightness:1600ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:500:1
Max Image Size:25ft/25ft / 300in/300in
Max Resolution:800 x 600
Max Screen Distance:34ft/40ft
Min Image Size:2.5ft/2.5ft / 30in/30in
Min Screen Distance:3ft
Native Aspect Ratio:4:3
Recommended Use of Projector:Presentation and multimedia
Type:LCD projector


Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Epson PowerLite



Projector Lamp

Lamp Life Cycle:2000hour(s)
Lamp Type:UHE

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty

Video Input

Analog Video Format:NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL 60 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM/PAL 60 / NTSC 4.43 / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analog Video Signal:Composite video / S-Video / RGB/Composite video / RGB / S-Video