I need to vent about this piece of crap Epson 5010 projector I purchased so please bear with me.
I bought this projector right when it came out. I spent around $3,000 for it or whatever the price was when they first hit the market. I then spent another $500 on a professional calibration.
The first day I set it up, I had a dead pixel right in the center of the screen. It's obviously impossible to see when you're watching TV or a movie, but it just annoyed me that it had a dead pixel right out of the box.
Then about 9 months ago the projector started acting up. Every once in a blue moon it would either not come out of the warm up mode or it would suddenly shut off in the middle of a movie. These problems only happened 2-3 times over the span of a few months. I didn't think anything of it. I just coughed them up as weird "computer glitches."
Two nights ago this pile of crap wouldn't fire out of warm up mode. The blue status light would just blink and the fan would run. I called Epson and they couldn't tell me fast enough that the projector was out of warranty. My warranty expired January 1st of this year...how convenient.
The rep told me the projector just needed the latest firmware update and it would likely fix the issue. I installed the latest firmware and guess what? Not only did it not fix it, now the projector fan doesn't turn on. The blue status light blinks for about 20 seconds and then the unit just shuts off completely. The magic firmware update didn't do diddly squat.
The rep told me that if the firmware update doesn't work I'll have to take it to an Epson repair center in my area and have it fixed at my own expense. The rep emphasized that it would be my expense and not Epson's. The rep was also kind enough to tell me that the repair might be more expensive than just buying a new projector. Gee thanks.
So as it stands now, I have a $3,000 paper weight hanging from my ceiling after just 2 1/2 years of infrequent use. I use it about an hour a day so there is roughly only 900 hours on this machine! I'm crossing my fingers that the repair center will be able to fix it and that the cost will be under $750. If it's more than that, I'll just throw this pile in the trash and NEVER buy an Epson product of any kind again. A $3,000 projector should last more than 900 hours of usage. What a crock.