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Epson MG-850HD

We have collected and analyzed 33 expert reviews and 82 user reviews from international sources. Experts rate this product 72/100 and users rate it 90/100. The average review date is Aug 14, 2012. We have compared these reviews to 136887 reviews from other Projectors. The alaScore™ for this product is 92/100 = Excellent. Last update: Dec 10, 2018.

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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 People really like the price and size. The noise and image quality are also appreciated.

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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

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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

Editor's Choice

Expert review by : Tony Hoffman (

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.

Expert review by : Clint DeBoer (

Epson MG-50 and MG-850HD MegaPlex Projectors Preview


Epson America today announced its innovative new line of portable, combo projectors, the MegaPlex MG-850HD and MegaPlex MG-50. Both systems pair a value-priced, bright projector with stereo speakers.

Sep, 2011

Expert review by : Ng Chong Seng (

Epson MG-850HD - A 720p Projector with a Dock for Your Apple Device


The MG-850HD is a regular-sized 720p home entertainment projector with a built-in dock that features 2,800 lumens of light outputs, a 1.2x non-powered optical zoom lens, and a lamp life of 4,000 hours under typical use. Read on to find out if it delivers.

Jan, 2013

Expert review by : Electronic House (

Hands On: Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD Projector with iDock

Aug, 2012

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Budget home-entertainment projector


Videophiles who want the very best projector performance will want to walk right past the Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD. But families who want to enjoy an evening of big-screen viewing in their living room or family room should take a good, long look at this...

Good value, excellent color, high brightness, useful built-in audio, iThing dock, portable

Weak black levels, limited compatibility with streaming video via dock, only 720p resolution, some issues when upscaling standard-def content

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Chad Sapieha (

Epson MegaPlex’s high quality projector brightened by low cost


Epson’s $820 MegaPlex MG-850HD home entertainment projector is making a convincing argument for my post-Christmas gift card cash. It’s such a good little performer for its price that its integrated Apple device dock – an undeniably useful feature...

Dec, 2011

Expert review by : Adrienne Maxwell (

Epson MegaPlex MG-850HD Projector Reviewed


Epson has created the new MegaPlex series, which feature really impressive features that are a first of their kind. Adrienne Maxwell takes a look at these features as she evaluates the MG-850HD projector....

The MG-850HD is an HD-capable projector with integrated speakers and a cradle for the iPod/iPhone/iPad ; The docking cradle will charge your iDevice, and you can navigate your media via the projector remote. You can view purchased/rented video content...

The MG-850HD does not have a 1080p resolution. It's a 720p projector ; The projector doesn't have as many advanced picture adjustments as you get in a higher-end model ; It lacks RS-232, IR ports, and a 12-volt trigger ; There are no lens-shift...

A 100-inch HD display for $799? That's essentially what the MegaPlex MG-850HD brings to your table, along with the ability to easily watch and listen to entertainment content from your iDevice and other mobile devices. Granted, you don't get a 1080p...

Nov, 2011

Product Specifications


Battery Type:AA


Energy Star certified: Yes


Cable lock slot:Kensington / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Color of product:Black
Form Factor:Desktop
LED Indicators: Yes
Product color:Black
Product type:Desktop projector


Built-in display: No

Energy Management

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


Bulb power:200
Lamp Type: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):0.665 - 0.798 / 16.9 – 20.28
Throw ratio:1.3 - 1.56:1


Built-in speaker(s):Y
Built-in speakers: Yes
Number of built-in speakers:2
RMS rated power:10 / 20


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

Operational Conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 90000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):20 - 80
Operating relative humidity range:20 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Operating temperature range (T-T):5 - 35

Other Features

Aspect Ratio: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):13.4 x 11.5 x 5.1 / 13.4 x 4.53 x 11.5
F-number (relative aperture):1.58
Package dimensions (WxDxH):16.8 x 14.7 x 10.7
Power LED: Yes
Wireless technologies:Wired

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Battery Type:AA
Cables included:AC
Handheld remote control:N / Yes
Manual: Yes


Air filter: Yes
Noise Level:35
Noise level (economic mode):29
Plug and Play: Yes
Preset modes: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 port:1
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video in: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 input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power consumption (PowerSave):267
Power consumption (standby):0.23
Power consumption (typical):267 / 319
Power Source:AC
Voltage tolerance:10


Contrast ratio (typical):3000:1
Keystone correction, horizontal:+/- 30 / -30 - 30 / ± 30
Keystone correction, vertical:+/- 30 / -30 - 30 / ± 30
Matrix size:0.59
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 colors:16.78 million colors
Objective projection distance:32.7 - 319.7 / 35.4 - 425.2 / 5.51 - 6.69 / 88.6 - 106.3
Projection distance:32.7 - 319.7 / 35.4 - 425.2 / 5.51 - 6.69 / 88.6 - 106.3
Projection technology:3LCD / LCD
Projector brightness:2800
Projector native resolution:WXGA (1280x720) / WXGA (1280x800)
Screen size compatibility:33 - 318 / 33 - 320
Zoom capability:Manual
Zoom ratio:1.2:1
Zoom type:Manual


Card reader integrated: No


3D compatibility: 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 / 4.53
Height:11.5 / 4.53 / 5.08
Package depth:14.7
Package height:10.7
Package weight:12.5 / 12.6
Package width:16.7