Ever since the native 854x480 video projectors appeared on the market they have had great success due in part to their low street prices, but also because they allow users to watch 480-line material such as DVD video in its native format. As an entry-level projector or for someone who primarily watches 480-line material, it's hard to go wrong with the Viewsonic Cine1000, which is currently available at street prices under $1000. This is Viewsonic's first widescreen projector, and their first model to target the growing home entertainment market.
Specifications. 1000 ANSI lumens, 2000:1 contrast, native 16:9 format, 854x480 resolution DLP chip with a 4x speed, 6-segment color wheel.
Compatibility. HDTV 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i. Full NTSC / PAL / SECAM.
Lens and Throw Distance. 1.20:1 manual zoom/focus lens. Throws a 100" diagonal image from 11.3 feet to 13.8 feet.
Lamp Life. 2,000 hours, 3,000 hours in eco-mode.
Connection Panel. One DVI-I port, one 15-pin RGB-in, one 15-pin RGB-out, one USB port, one 1/8" audio in, one set of YPbPr component inputs, one S-video port, one composite video port, RCA audio-in, one 1/8" audio-out, and one RS-232C port.
Installation Options. Table mount, rear shelf mount, ceiling mount.
Warranty. Three years.