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Opinion of Steve - Sep 2, 2003

Panasonic PT-L200U Projector
WVGA (858x484), 700 ANSI Lumens,
6.4 lbs, $1,999 (MSRP)
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by Steve - Sep 2, 2003
Image Quality 5.0
Features 3.0
Construction 5.0
Ease of Use 5.0
Reliability 4.0
Value for Money 5.0

Personal Experience
I've owned this projector for 6 months now and I couldn't be happier. I had the Sanyo Z1 but returned it due to color uniformity problems, a common complaint with this PJ. No such trouble with the Panasonic. The Panny does have slightly more screen door effect than the Z1 but not as much as I expected considering its lower resolution. As others have stated, it's easy to minimize this almost to the point where you don't notice the screen door at all after a while. There aren't as many picture adjustments on the Panny compared to the Z1, most notably, you cannot individually control the red, green, and blue levels. I bought a glass polarizing lens which has helped the picture quality tremendously in terms of contrast and green level. The picture with DVD through component inputs is outstanding considering the price. My friend has a X1 and we agree that both pictures are quite comparable. The unit itself is fairly quiet and non-obtrusive. TV viewing at 4:3 with digital cable and the VGA input is very good but not great, however. Definitely better than my old 36" tube TV but not as good as I expected. I haven't tried HDTV or the S-video input. Lighted remote is a nice feature. If you're not convinced yet, the estimated lamp life is 3000-5000 hrs. easily making the Panny the best long-term deal in my opinion. If you're looking for an affordable projector for mainly watching DVDs and occasional TV viewing, then you can't go wrong with the Panasonic.

Problems
Had a problem once where the unit would turn on for only a couple minutes then shut down unexpectedly. After a few tries, I turned off the power switch on the PJ itself (I usually leave it in "standby mode") for a minute then back on and it's worked flawlessly ever since. Weird.

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