WVGA (854x480), 1000 ANSI Lumens,Post your own User Review
7.8 lbs, $999 (MSRP)
by Tin_Foil - Jun 12, 2006
This is my intro to the wonderful world of projectors, and I'll have to say, I'm plesantly surprised. I've had this projector for about two months now and friends and family are still awed by it. The quality for the price seems simply unmatched. I did about six months of research before picking up this seemingly obvious choice. The built-in DVD player works very well and the built-in speakers was as big a surprise as the picture quality! I've been asked by three different people where my surround sound speakers are (since my projector is on a lower section of a coffee table, out of view). I run the screen on a white painted drywall surface measuring 138" in wide screen mode. Simply an amazing projector for the price! And perfect for beginners like me or anyone wanting to travel with the largest TV they could ever hope for!
Everything is not puppy dogs and sunshine, of course. The HDTV adaptor plugs into the DVI slot, thus not allowing you to have HDTV and a CPU plugged into at the same time without a switch box. Also, the HDTV adaptor is big, all but blocking the the S-Video inputs. It takes a lot of cramming and shoving to get a HDTV source and an S-Video source plugged in at the same time. The screen is suggested for no larger than 100" which I do surpass with excellent results minus one problem. The Keytone and adjustments in general won't allow me to get perfectly straight edges on all four sides. In other words, I have a / looking side to my screen. It's not always obvious (usually only when using a computer source), but a tad annoying. And finally, the remote. While the on-screen menus are easy and helpful, the remote almost seems like an after thought. There are arrows for controlling the GUI and arrows controlling DVD menus. That might not sound like a problem, but I promise you'll confuse the two over and over again. It's just how the remote is set up. Functional, by which I mean all the buttons you'd expect to be there are there, but dis-functional due to the layout.
Understand though, I am nit-picking. Overall, I'd give this purchase a solid 8/10. It was almost exactly what I was looking for with the situation I was in. Cheaper than a big-screen TV and oh so much better. As long as you can shut out the sun, you're gonna love this projector for games, movies, television, and even a few moments of surfing the web in super large mode.