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Home Theater, Ultra Portable
EpiqVision™ Mini EF11 Laser Projector
1920 x 1080
Mobile to screen
Android, Apple iOS, Apple iPadOS, Mac, Windows, Chrome, Fire OS, Linux
HDMI, USB Type A
Two-Year or 12,000-hour Use Limited Warranty Terms and Condition
– April 3, 2021
Epson – EpiqVision™ Mini EF11 Laser Projector – Black
A wonderfully portable powerhouse of a projector.
* Surprisingly bright even under brightly lit room conditions. Surprisingly so.
* Up to a 150″ projected image with stunning quality.
* Native 1080p “HD” resolution. Not upscaled 720p.
* Picture correction actually works pretty well on its own. Sometimes you need to make some manual adjustments. But on the whole, it adjusts the picture correctly accounting for orientation, skew, tilt. Not focus.
* Price point seems fair for true native HD support and overall quality.
* Must use remove for everything. There is a single button on the projector. There is a rotating slider that allows you to adjust the focus. But the remote must be used for every other setting. Don’t lose it!
* A retractable lens cover/protector would have been nice.
* This unit only supports MiraCast. This means no AirPlay which means no instant-sharing stuff from an iOS device. It’s pretty annoying and I’m not sure just how big of a con this is. Still, the unit is small enough that you can easily colocate an AppleTV or something next to it without much fuss. I just really think projectors should be able to natively stream stuff or wireless connect to sources other than Miracast. Huge ask, I know and I understand the implications, but no less a bummer.
The principal use for this projector was to watch movies outdoors. However, all of my testings had to happen indoors since it is snowing outside. The indoor tests involved me projecting against a flat textured wall. The image was unbelievably surprising. I wanted to rearrange all of the furniture to possibly make it a permanent fixture in the living room. But I will have to wait and plan that out since my main living display is a 75″ LG 4K television. With a project this large, I’m not sure I would “lose” much. I am still impressed.
Practically, however, since my original use for this is outdoor or spontaneous wall projection, I have to say that the throw distance is pretty large. This means that you do need a substantial distance to get the large display of 100″ or more. I just don’t have an indoor space that large.
I tried cartoons, 3D rendered animations and movies. They all looked amazing, even when I projected against brown texture sliding door panels! I also tested the projector without closing the shades or turning off all of the lights. The unit is definitely usable in a brightly natural/ artificially lit room.
Unfortunately, I can’t submit videos or I would show the different lighting conditions, textures, throw, and general performance of the projector.
I think this is going to be a fine addition to my entertainment arsenal.
For 200$ more you can get HDR support, Auto-Focus, built-in AndroidTV, YAMAHA virtual surround sound, built-in Bluetooth, better skew correction, and up to 4K INPUT resolution.
I would recommend spending the extra money on the more expensive model if you can.
You can find these on the product support site, however, for your convenience, I’ve listed them below:
Projection System Epson 3LCD Laser
Chip Design (Architecture) 3-Chip
Projection Method Front/Rear/Upside Down
Product Color Black
Driving Method Poly-silicon TFT active matrix, 0.62″
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Native Resolution 1,920 x 1,080
Compatible with 4:3 Yes
Color Brightness3 Color Light Output: 1,000 lumens
White Brightness3 White Light Output: 1,000 lumens
Contrast Ratio 200,000:1
Color Reproduction Full-color (up to 16.77 million colors)
Image Size 30″ – 150″ (Zoom: Wide)
Keystone Correction Auto/Manual
Vertical: +/- 34 degrees (Auto)
Horizontal: +/- 40 degrees (Manual)
Color Processing Full 10-bit
Light Source Type Laser Diode
Light Source Life 20,000 hours (normal/quiet mode)
Built-in Speakers 1.5 W (2-way mono)
Type No Optical Zoom/Focus (Manual)
Focal Length 13.9 mm
Throw Ratio 1:1
Color Modes Dynamic, Vivid, Bright Cinema, Natural, Cinema
Input Signal 1x HDMI (HDCP 1.4)
Audio Output Signal 1x Stereo Mini
Operating Temperature 41°- 86°F (5° – 30°C)
Power Supply Voltage 100 – 240 V AC +/- 10%, 50/60 Hz
ECO Mode: 73 W
Normal Mode: 102 W
Fan Noise 22 – 27 dB
USB Type-A 1x (5 V/2 A power supply, PC Free and
USB Type-B 1x mini (for service)
Security Kensington Lock
Country of Origin Philippines
Dimensions (W x D x H)
Including feet: 6.9″ x 6.9″ x 2.6″
Weight: 2.7 lb
Features Front directional
Operating Distance 16.4 ft (5 m)
Right/Left: -30 to +30 degrees
Upper/Lower: +15 to -15 degrees
What’s in the Box
EF11 projector, power supply, 1x remote control, 2x AAA
batteries, Quick Setup Guide
– April 5, 2021
We have been using the Epson EF11 projector for the past few days, moving it around the house with one of our Roku sticks connected to it, and (with some caveats) the overall experience has been very good.
– Favorable: Small, easy to carry around, great video quality overall.
– Not-favorable: audio mono, still needs a power cable to run (not truly portable), lacks Bluetooth connectivity, manual focus.
I unpacked the device, connected the power cable, attached my Microsoft Miracast adapter to it (later on I found out the EF11 already had the screen mirroring capability), put the batteries in the remote, turn the projector on and I was ready to project from my computer and phone.
Once your device is connected and projecting, you would need to adjust the focus, tilt and Vertical/Horizontal Lens shift. Focus and tilt settings are manual, while Vertical/Horizontal Lens shift is achieved by using the remote.
– Wired: 1 HDMI input, 1 USB input and 1 stereo minijack output.
– Wireless: Screen Mirroring via Miracast.
I use the USB/HDMI combo to power my Roku stick and project from it. It would have been great that this device included a Roku player in it (I guess its bigger brother EF12 has Android TV in it already). It looks like this is the best configuration to use as it gives smart capabilities to the projector.
I was not aware of the Screen Mirroring capability and I had my Microsoft Miracast stick connected to it at first, well not anymore, I can project from my laptop as well as from my phone with the built-in Miracast, this is very handy. When connecting to it, though, make sure you use the remote to change the Input to Screen Share as it doesn’t automatically switch to that input.
I would say that in general the video quality is great; however, I still have mixed feelings with respect its resolution. This device resolution is HD, so projecting with my HD Roku Stick and the bigger Roku 4K player (it seems to do a good job at downgrading to HD from 4K), I can start discerning the pixels when the screen size goes beyond about 60” at a distance of 10’ or so. So be mindful if you are one person who likes high video quality at high refresh rates. Colors are vibrant though, and it looks like the projector does a good job at presenting/adjusting the myriad of colors. Projector is usable at close distance even with a fully lit room. I attached some pictures to the review, but they don’t really pay respect to how vibrant the colors are (fail on my camera taking the pictures). We usually watch nature/science shows and we like to see the finer details in color and texture, no major complaints so far with the Epson EF11.
This is one area that I think needs improvement, the audio seems fine for a whole room, but soon one gets tired of the mono audio that comes out of the device. I connected a pair of stereo speakers that make the experience much better. I wish it had Bluetooth capabilities to connect to external speakers, that way I could hook up to any of my good sounding Bluetooth speakers I have and experience a blast of a movie night anywhere in the house (or even outside).
If you are looking for a truly portable device, perhaps this is not the one you want. This does not run on rechargeable batteries, so you need to have an outlet or extension to connect the power cable to and make it work. Otherwise, it is a very good device for its size. The other thing is that no matter how portable your device is, you still need a place to put it on, this has been some kind of an issue for us when moving the device around the house, since if there is not already a table or stand near-by I need to carry a stand for it. I am thinking of getting a tripod or something similar to carry with it and make my “portable” experience better.
Finally, there is always the chance that you are not really looking for a projector to move around the house, but one that is small and imperceptible to be used in your media room. Well, this one could be your solution provided you wire a good set of speakers to it.
– April 15, 2021
This projector is the perfect setup for someone looking for a portable way to create a large image for events. This would be perfect for projecting a movie on the side of your home or wall, using for exercise rooms to create an immersive workout, or as your main home theater projector. Be aware that the is a very limited amount of adjustment from the rear feet to allow for the project to be placed above people and objects, so you may have to place a book under it to get the right angle. This can also be solved by mounting the projector to either a wall or ceiling mounts (mounting holes hidden under the rear feet). The setup is incredibly easy and quick, with a very intuitive remote and the minimal selection of ports offers exactly what you need to get this to work as intended, for HDMI connected devices. The only real drawbacks to this unit are the lack of dust/lens cover and the price difference to the EF12 with built-in WIFI streaming is really not much higher.
This projector is an excellent value and I would definitely recommend it for for anyone who wants a versatile, lightweight, easy to use projector that is bright enough to work in all but direct sunlight!
– April 23, 2021
Was not expecting this to be so clear and easy to set up. My sons and my wife were all blown away too. I’m questioning why I’ve never looked into projection screens before. This machine is lightweight. Focus lever on top makes it easy to focus from any distance. Right now we just have it projected on a wall, painted very light tan. I plan on building a screen for it. There are some great instructional videos online. Playing video games on it is amazing. Never thought I’d be playing Super Mario 64 for Nintendo Switch on my wall! I grew up playing that game on a tube tv. Oh how times have changed.
height adjustment easy to use
pre-settings for picture quality we found to be best
sheer size of viewing area
only 1 HDMI input
speakers on bottom make for low volume when used on a table or shelf (this will more than likely not be an issue when projector mounted on ceiling)
Miracast is an option to project phone, seems very archaic for this day and age. Got it to work but very laggy
Lack of Bluetooth.
Sunlight or bright room is not ideal for this.
Purchased UFC Connor McGregor fight for my sons b-day and watched it @ home using this projector. Made wings from the store. Who needs Buffalo Wild Wings!! This product is incredible. Buy it and you will not have any regrets.
I would def recommend this ,and will more than likely look to Epson when it comes to buying another projection screen.
– April 23, 2021
So far I am enjoying my new projector! Great lighting and image. The only negative would be the built in sound systems is not the best BUT I connected it to a potable speaker (Ion Sport XL) and it feels like I have a personal movie threaten in my room.
I have figure out how to have it mirror my home so that was a bum too but have been able to use the Apple TV with the HDMI adaptor.
Still need to try it for outdoor movie night.
– May 12, 2021
If you want lumens and technical info. this review won’t help you. If you want setup and fun factor info. look no further! Setup was super easy as it’s just plug the cords in, hit power and it comes on. I was disappointed at first as I was hoping to cast directly to the projector but the instructions are much less than helpful in this regard. They mention an app but it doesn’t work and Epson’s own website has zero information on the subject so after about an hour I gave up and grabbed an old Chromecast dongle I used to use for an older non-smart TV we used to have. After I updated the Chromecast software I plugged it into the projector and instantly had access to my full library.
Another complaint is that our projector sat on a significant tilt and it rests on 3 itty bitty feet that have very little adjustment. Adjusting the feet to maximum capability still left the image tilted so I just shimmed it with cardboard until it was level.
We have a 10 foot wall with nothing on it that’s painted an off-white color and it made a perfect screen. We played our first movie and my 3 girls had as much fun making silhouettes on the wall as they did with the movie. The projector was approximately 12 feet from the wall and the image measured 6.6 feet high x 10.3 feet wide which seems HUGE and I was very impressed with the image.
The sound sucks so I plugged one of my bluetooth speakers into the AUX jack and we were all set.
We watched 3 movies the first night and at least 1 or 2 for 10 consecutive nights. I’m pretty easy to please and don’t mind minor inconveniences and making my own adjustments but if you’re super-techy and want a perfectly set up machine with theater quality sound you might be disappointed but for me and my family, once it’s connected, level and paired with an adequate sound system this tiny little projector is awesome and we have had a ton of fun with it, popcorn and root beer floats. Can’t wait to go out in the yard and try it on the side of the house next Spring!
– May 20, 2021
So I was a bit skeptical when the EpiqVision Mini EF11 Laser Projector was delivered. We were looking for a projector to use around the house, but also something we could take on the road. Well, Epson has certainly created a very mobile high-end projector.
In the box there is the projector, power cord/brick, a remote and quick setup guide…that’s it. My first thought was, jeeze, no HDMI cable. I get it, everyone has a bunch of them at this point, but was still a little surprised. After taking a look through the Quick Setup guide, I grabbed one my Roku boxes and connected it via HDMI cable to the projector. Connected the power cord and turned everything on…voila! It couldn’t have been easier. The Roku menu was not a massive image on the bedroom wall, approximately a 150″ 1080p screen!
Picture – In terms of the picture, there is a manual focus adjuster, but very little adjustment seemed to be needed. Even with being projected on to a light cream-colored wall, the picture was still very impressive. If you’re expecting the same output of your 4K TV, you need to set your expectations a bit differently. The output was so impressive, I’ve started construction on a multi-media room with a projection screen to take advantage of the new projector.
Sound – The sound is one of the less impressive aspects of the system, but is easily overcome by using the headphone jack to connect external speakers. The native audio is a meek 1.5W per channel mono speaker system. There is one speaker for highs and a bass specific used for the lows. The system is serviceable, but most users who are used to modern soundbars/etc. will not be impressed.
Size – This is one of the highlights of the system, it’s small, very small and light. We plan on taking it on the road and based on its size will be very easy to store without taking up much room. The power brick is actually about 20% of the size of the actual projector.
Connectivity – There is a single HDMI for connecting to your selected system, I used a Roku box and it was easy to connect and use. There’s also USB-A port for connecting flash drives, cameras, etc. There’s also a headphone jack. Miracast is also supported for casting to the projector.
Adjusting – there is a full menu for adjusting the picture and audio output. Just a couple of the many available adjustments, the system will correct color and the audio can be set to a number of different listening modes.
– Portability – this thing is small and light, 4 pounds light.
– Ease of use – connect your streaming or storage device and turn the system on you’re ready to go!
– Output – at 1080p the video is crisp and impressive
– Operational sound – this unit is quiet, it’s not the old science class projector – 27 decibels
– Audio – Native 1.5W Mono audio
– Must use remote to operate projector
Overall the Mini EF11 is super easy to setup and use. The output is very impressive and the unit is very compact and portable. I would certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a projector to use at home or on the road.
– June 2, 2021
From the size of the box, I could already tell I was in for a surprise. I am used to projectors that are the size of an encyclopedia, but when I opened the box and removed the shipping wrap, I was really surprised by the entire size of this projector. I would consider it much more portable than your standard projector.
Set up is simple: plug in the power cord and power brick it has, plug in your HDMI device, turn on the projector and start watching TV or play video games. I hooked this up to my Nintendo Switch in the living room and after some minor adjustments.
I had an awesome picture on the wall. I was worried about the illumination of the picture during the day since we have floor-ceiling windows and a lot of light bleeds through, but the picture was solid and for a projector, does well with some high-speed gaming (Used Overwatch as a benchmark)
Having a remote to control all the functions is nice but be aware: There is only one button on the projector, and it is the power button. So, do not lose it!
The sound was pretty good to, nothing like you would get from a home theater system, but it projects good enough sound for watching TV or playing games.
This is definitely a projector I would take with me if I was going to be stuck in a hotel for a week since you can’t play games on the hotel TVs… if you’re looking for a small projector with a big and bright picture, definitely consider this for your entertainment needs.
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