Nintendo Wii on Epson MovieMate 72 Projector a Hit with the Neighbors.
“Is that a Wii projector? Where did you get it?” More than one passerby asked this as we played our Nintendo Wii on a 100-inch screen filled by the Epson MovieMate 72 projector in our front yard. At one point, we literally stopped traffic on our side street as someone stopped their car just to ask about our setup.
[ Photo: Screenshot of the Nintendo Wii on a 100-inch screen filled by the Epson MovieMate 72 projector in the front yard. ]
Because the Epson MovieMate has built-in speakers, and decent, powerful ones at that, setup is literally a snap. Get power to the projector, plug in the Wii, and play. We use the wireless sensor bar so that we can have the Wii next to the projector without the cord to the sensor bar getting in the way of our movement. The MovieMate speakers are loud enough for outdoor use, even when we had a dozen people chatting while waiting to play.
How Does the Epson MovieMate 72 Perform with HD Movies?
As the name implies, the Epson MovieMate 72 is not just a “Wii projector.” It is an all-in-one digital projector with built-in, up-converting DVD player. It is actually the very first of it’s kind to include built in HD (720p) native playback. It is full 720p (1280 x 720) resolution and 1200 lumens bright. It produces a beautiful image with very rich blacks. (See the video of a scene from The Polar Express as displayed by the Epson MovieMate 72 in our front yard this past weekend too.)
The MovieMate 72 has four 5-watt speakers built-in. These speakers are loud enough for groups of 10-15 people. But for larger audiences, or particularly chatty children, then the Epson MovieMate 72 also has an optical audio and subwoofer outputs so you can connect to more robust speakers if you wish.
So, what will an all-in-one, portable Wii and movie projector cost you? The Epson MovieMate 72 is $1,199. It is in stock now at ProjectorPeople.com and it qualifies for free ground shipping.
Images of the Epson MovieMate 72 in action
Screenshot of the Nintendo Wii on a 100-inch screen filled by the Epson MovieMate 72 projector in the front yard.
Nintendo Wii Bowling on a 100-inch screen filled by the Epson MovieMate 72 projector in the front yard.
Playing a scene from The Polar Express on a 100-inch screen filled by the Epson MovieMate 72 projector in the front yard.
Video of the Epson MovieMate 72 in action
The Nintendo Wii in action. Of course as it is with any YouTube video, things are slightly compressed in the video. It looked very good, even though the Wii isn’t a high-definition source (480p) and we used just a regular composite cable. The MovieMate 72 handled the conversion well, and the image looked good even at 100-inches plus.
We also ran the Wii on the Panasonic PT-AX200U a few weeks back. The Wii is just fun in general, but make your Mii life size, and somehow the fun gets kicked up a notch. Who knew? Now if only I could find a Wii in stock to buy my mother for Christmas!
Here is the Epson MovieMate 72 again… this time showing a scene from The Polar Express. No cables were needed to hook this up (except the power cable), since the MovieMate has a built-in 720p DVD player. The sound you hear is coming out of the projectors built-in speakers.
One more look at The Polar Express on the MovieMate 72.