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Gaming tests and upcoming reviews

Which projectors are the fastest for gaming? You've been asking, and we've got some answers...

When it comes to video gaming, it simply does not do you any good when the video signal gets bottlenecked in the buffer. Long buffer delays will prevent you from achieving the best scores in a game that depends on rapid response. And when it comes to projectors, they are not all created equal in this regard.

Bill has done some lag tests on some of the units we have on hand. They were all measured in their fastest operating modes with frame creation systems disabled, and the units put into gaming mode if they have one. Tests were done with an input signal of 1080p/60 over HDMI.

RESULTS: The fastest projector we have in house at the moment is the Panasonic AR100U, which clocks in at a screaming fast 1.5 frame delay. Right on its heels is the Mitsubishi HC7800, at 2.0 frames lag time. Next in line were the Acer H9500 and Panasonic AE7000, both of which measured 2.5 frames in their game modes. The BenQ W7000 comes in at 3.0 frames. And bringing up the rear is the Epson Home Cinema 5010, with a pokey 5.5 frame delay in its fastest mode.

Frame interpolation systems slow things down on all models as you would expect. With these feature on their low settings, the Acer 9500 and the BenQ W7000 dropped to a sluggish 9 frame delay. (Hey, you just don't use frame interp while gaming). The Epson 5010 dropped to 8.5 frames and the Mitsubishi dropped to 5 frames. The Panasonic AE7000 was least affected by frame interpolation, dropping from 2.5 in game mode to 4.0 in Cinema with FI on low.

We will make it a point to include lag time data in all of our reviews from now on, since the interest in video gaming on these projectors is obviously gaining steam.

Upcoming reviews... we are finishing up the Acer H9500 and hope to get it posted later this week, subject to sorting out some technical issues with the vendor. The BenQ W7000 is in house and that review will be done next week.

Evan Powell
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Comments (8) Post a Comment
Tony Posted Jan 31, 2012 10:35 AM PST
Can you please post the delay for the Panasonic AE4000? A lot of us like the 2D picture quality of the 4000 vs the AR100U, and don't want to spend extra for the 3D capability of the AE7000. Thanks.
Adam Posted Jan 31, 2012 10:37 AM PST
Bravo for bringing the input lag issue to light. It's an important consideration for many people and deserves attention. I hope Projector Central is measuring projectors against a CRT or some display with a known lag value.
Andy Posted Jan 31, 2012 11:18 AM PST
Hi Guys,

How about the Sony HW30? I've seen better response times mentioned in some forum comments versus some of the ones you listed and it's on my short list.
Matt Posted Jan 31, 2012 12:02 PM PST
What method is used to generate these figures? I'm not disagreeing with them, but it would be nice to know exactly what we're reading about.

Also, it seems that 'ms' is a better measure than "frames at 60hz) even if one can be determined from the other.
Brian Posted Jan 31, 2012 3:09 PM PST
Interesting results, and thanks so much for measuring this! I assume one frame is 1/60 sec or 16.7ms?
Brad Posted Feb 5, 2012 7:11 PM PST
Thanks guys!
Someone Posted Jul 23, 2012 9:29 PM PST
Thanks for the review, I was looking for this information. I need a projector that is fast for my gaming.
Fredrik Posted Feb 28, 2016 1:10 AM PST
Would you consider doing a new one of these for the current gen projectors?

Thank you

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