720p DLP Projector Review
Great picture. The H5380BD has a bright, sharp image with plenty of shadow detail and a solid black level. While the projector has a native 720p resolution, it looks great when fed native 1080p content from a Blu-ray player or game console. For the price, it's hard to argue with the level of performance we see from the H5380BD.
3D Capable. For those who desire 3D, the H5380BD can accept signals from any HDMI 1.4 compliant 3D device. The projector uses DLP Link synchronization at a 144 Hz refresh rate, so it can use many of the high-quality, inexpensive DLP Link glasses available from a number of brands and manufacturers. DLP Link is advantageous in that it does not require an emitter, has inexpensive brand-agnostic glasses (some as low as $20 per pair) for group viewing, and is not very susceptible to crosstalk or ghosting artifacts. It's a solid, inexpensive implementation of a technology that has a reputation for being both finicky and pricy.
Lamp life. The H5380BD has an expected lamp life of 5,000 hours at full power, 6,000 hours in Eco mode, and up to 10,000 hours in Extreme Eco mode. Extreme Eco is not a user-selectable mode, rather it is a special power-saving mode the projector switches into when no input signal is selected. It is useful if you frequently forget to turn off your projector, though the H5380BD also has an automatic shut-off feature. Replacement lamp pricing has yet to be announced.
HDMI with MHL. MHL, short for Mobile High-Definition Link, is a protocol that allows certain devices to connect directly to a projector or other display. In addition to connecting mobile devices like tablets or smartphones, this can also be used to connect video source devices like the Roku Streaming Stick. Using an MHL device as a signal source is a good way to reduce cable clutter, especially during portable use.
Onboard sound. A two-watt mono speaker isn't much, but it is better than nothing when you're on the road. If you want to bring the H5380BD over to a friend's house, having an onboard speaker allows you to use the projector without connecting an external audio system.
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