Brilens Technology LS1280
Laser/LED Hybrid Portable Projector
The Brilens LS1280 is an impressive first attempt at an LED/laser hybrid DLP projector by a company that has no long history making and marketing projectors, at least under its own label. But the flaws in the product appear to stem from a lack of experience. The company is going up against competitors who have far more expertise in projector design. Nevertheless, the LS1280 is unquestionably head and shoulders above the other products we have seen coming direct from China under largely unknown labels. If Brilens were to hire a good video systems consultant to help get some of the basic wrinkles ironed out, it appears that they may have the capability to produce some interesting and competitive products in the future.
At the moment, the LS1280 at $999 does not represent a viable competitive value in today's market despite its 20,000 hour claim on lamp life. Brilens faces formidable competition from companies like Viewsonic that are both aggressively priced for the mass consumer market, and now kicking it up several notches when it comes to picture quality and performance. This comparison just drove home the point for us that Viewsonic PJD5555W is the most impressive video projector we've yet seen under $500. see current Amazon price listings. Brilens product management might want to take a close look at the PJD5555W and use it as a benchmark to be surpassed in their next generation products.