Panasonic PT-D3500U User Reviews
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Overall, this is an excellent projector. It has excellent image quality and very good brightness and contrast. The lens shift feature is useful because it does not distort the image. The projector has every input option imaginable, including RGBHV (the highest quality analog video format). It can be controlled with the included remote, the serial port, and its own web interface. The web interface is well laid out, although there is room for improvement. The projector’s main menu is transparent. All of the on-screen menus can be turned off, but are still accessible in the web browser. They have the same layout and appearance as the on-screen menus, which makes them easy to use. I have used Panasonic brand electronics for years, and have always had great reliability with them. This projector is no different.
Any Problems: The lamp life is rather short in high power mode. The web-browser can be slow to refresh. The projector does not include the receiver required to use the remote to control a computer. At 17 pounds, it is not your portable presentation projector. Even with these cons, I think it is an amazing piece of equipment.
Excellent projector. Paid 3.200 EUR for it in Germany (before tax). This is a lot less than the 7.500$ MSRP. In high contrast mode, the black level is really good (main reason for using a DLP). Lens shift (vertical and horizontal) comes in very handy. Professional menu. All adjustments you could wish for. I connected it with a Mac Mini over a 10m VGA cable. Used it for an artist's show. Video artists are probably the most demanding projector users, but this one was really happy.
Any Problems: No real problems. Two remarks though: 1. Unfortunately, I am very sensitive to the rainbow effect. The Panasonic 3500 shows rainbow artifacts, but a lot less than other projectors. 2. It doesn't have a de-interlacer. Can be annoying when displaying certain video sources. Despite these 2 remarks, I still gave it a 5 out of 5 for image quality, because these are things you can expect when using a 1-chip DLP without a de-interlacer.
I have just installed my first PT-D3500U unit for a client and had the opportunity to test it before the instalation. When I did the demo for the client they were very impressed and so was I. For HD I connected my MAC PowerBook with HD QuickTime movie trailers. This projector was made for "King Kong". It has become the best projector at their site at a price lower than what they paid for other other brands with less output and quality. When I tested it at home all I can say is that its picture is as good as the 50" HD plasma I was comparing it to. It envies nothing to a HD plasma display. You won't be dissapointed. This projector with a high quality screen costs about the same amount as a 50" HD plasma... No brainer. Get the projector if you can only afford one of the two. It has a lot of useful professional utilities for setup and calibration. Very nice. It has a comprehensive and easy to use menu system. It its large and heavy but has all the connections that you can use plus a few more. It also has a removable lense system so you can customize it to you professional needs. This is the proyector I'll be recommending and installing for all my future projects.
Any Problems: No problems so far. I only wish it was 16:9 but I guess it is 4:3 because its design was not focused for HT use. I just hope they can come up with a 16:9 version of it.
This projector is absolutely phenomenal. As always ignore the MSRP, but just look at what this thing has to offer! Absolutely everything is controllable remotely via a computer. And I mean, everything. The color, brightness, contrast and overall picture is stunning. It's a little big and beefy for a HTP, but it has one heckuva picture on it. I've already ordered 2 more for myself and 1 for a client!
Any Problems: None so far, I couldn't ask for more control or a better picture!