I picked up a 5020ub refurb for $1000 that arrived last week. The hidden menus show that it has ~500hr total and had only 1 lamp prior. Coming from a 3010, I'm noticing a few defects that bug me and not sure if my expectations were just too high. Haven't called epson yet, have seen notes in forum that they'll let you swap until you get a refurb you like, except they have no other 5020s so they may just offer a refund in that case...
Defect 1: When image is very dark (or if I hit "blank" button), there's an area near upper right that is getting a reflection from somewhere inside the projector. See attached image 1 (caveat on white balance/focus/etc with camera, but I took several pictures and picked one that showed it as close as possible to what I see, although shows it a little bluer and brighter than I actually see it). The lit up area covers mostly part of the rectangular screen area but also extends outside of the rectangle.
Defect 2: Convergence is off pretty far, 2-3 pixels horizontal and/or vertical and different amounts on each corner, limiting benefit of the alignment correction function. However, worse than the "convergence" is that the right side of the image the pixels seem to be reflecting wrong inside the projector and results in a ghost vertically taking up space of ~3 pixels with the test patterns. Video definitely appears less sharp on the right half of the screen
. See image 2. Is there a technical term for this other than "convergence"? It shows up for all 3 LCDs individually and is not a product of not aligning them to each other.
Defect 3: Much more nuanced, an all white or light-colored screen (AVS forum background, for example) appears slightly off on the right ~5th of screen, but not enough to show up in pictures. So I could live with this.
Possibly normal or a defect?: There's a column of 3 green pixels always on the right side of the projected image and 1 pixel column of green pixels on the left side.
Any suggestions or comments, especially of experiences with #1
would be great!