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Review status at Thanksgiving break

It has been a hectic few weeks in review activity. Here is where we currently stand with reviews just completed or in process...

For those looking at entry level 1080p home theater projectors in the $650 price range, the BenQ HT1070A and the Epson Home Cinema 1060 both just appeared this fall. Here is our shootout of the BenQ HT1070A and Epson HC 1060 posted three weeks ago.

For a small step up in price to $899, see our shootout of the Epson HC 2150 and Optoma HD39Darbee, posted two weeks ago.

For those interested in ultra short throw 1080p, take a look at the new reviews of the Epson Home Cinema LS100 and its relatively close competitor, the Vivitek DH765Z-UST. Both are priced at $2999. Both of these are laser driven Full HD models intended for use in ambient light. Epson has targeted the LS100 at the home entertainment market, while Vivitek has focused the DH765Z on conference and classroom applications.

Entry level 4K projectors. Since 4K projectors under $2,000 are rare (only two so far) the Optoma UHD60 and Vivitek HK2288 are getting loads of attention. They both feature the 4K UHD DLP chip. We are still working on these, but due to the high volume of email asking about these units we have just posted these preliminary notes on how the UHD60 and HK2288 compare.

After the Thanksgiving break we will be focusing on the Optoma UHZ65, a laser based 4K DLP projector at $4,495, and the JVC DLA-RS440K with JVC's latest eshift 5 technology. Priced at $3,999 it is close in price to the Optoma UHZ65, and it fits price-wise below the Sony VPL-VW285ES at $4,999, and above the Epson HC 5040UB and the Optoma UHD65, both at about $2500.

We are also in the final stages of completing a review Dell's new laser 4K ultra short throw projector, the Dell S718QL. Rated at 5000 lumens and priced at $5,999, this 4K UHD DLP projector has just started shipping in the last few weeks. The review will be posted no later than next Wednesday.

Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving weekend!

Evan Powell


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