Excerpt: Best projector for the price range of [$]$.I spent 1 year until purchasing this baby and I've done all the researh, checking what I needed for my home theater, what quality I wanted, and checked a lot of review on this product.The only cons I could say is that it doesn't have lens shift, BUT, since I didn't need this feature and I had to have the short throw lens, the choice was pretty obvious!
Pros: Clear Image, Energy Efficient, Good Remote, Great Blacks, Short throw
Summary: Wow. Such projector, many HD! This projector replaced my (awesome) 720p 3D Viewsonic projector. In the TV space, the difference between 720p and 1080p is usually hard to notice. Not so in the projector space. 1080p essentially doubles your pixel count, and it makes all the difference in the world when your screen is 9' across. And the very nice short throw lens on this unit makes these kind of screen sizes possible.
Summary: You can't get better quality than this at this price point. Great quality and good settings. Although it doesn't have horizontal shift like the other model (non short throw), it still has keystoning correction so you can correct the tilt angle from not being able to use horizontal shift. Also, look up online what color settings are best.
$4,000+ for a 60 inch TV, or <$1,000 for 300 inch?
20 May 2014
Summary: The header should say it all, but if you would take the argument that projector lamp replacements every 4000-6000 hours of use at $120-$250 a pop, that's still quite a lot of (several years worth) of breath taking home theater that also delivers the world's most high end 3D (144hz powered active shutter lenses) at the same time. How long do we keep TVs and technology these days before something comes along and we have to get the next thing?
Summary: I bought this projector as used and an open box item. No issues with the open box item. Hooked it up in about 30 minutes. Distance to screen 5 feet 6 inches. Awesome picture. I have surround sound. The slight noise from the benq cooling fan is not noticeable. The down side is that I have to wait now for the patriots season...
Summary: I originally purchased the ViewSonic PJD5533W Projector but ended up returning it for this one, and I'm glad I did. For my needs, it's worth the extra 450. The ViewSonic projector was a great projector for its price. If you don't need a short throw and you don't have a big budget, I highly recommend the ViewSonic. However, for me, I have a small living space and the throw on the ViewSonic was just way to long.
Summary: I love my TV so much! I turned my 'normal TV room' into a true home theater for less than I spent on my 60" LCD TV just a couple years ago. This amazing! TV throws up 150" of crisp, bright, beautiful 1080p onto my permanent-mount wall screen. The effect is shocking - for all the world it appears as if I have 150" LCD TV! This size is not yet even available and every single person who has seen my TV in real life can't help but comment.
Fantastic value. Manual lens shift not a big deal.
15 March 2014
Summary: Since Panasonic stopped making plasma tvs, I took the same money I was looking to spend and purchased this plus the dvdo edge green video processor/scaler. Although the overall picture quality isn't as good, it's absolutely good enough and it's twice the size! Watching blu-ray Gravity in 3D on a 120 inch screen sitting 7-8 feet back is a joy you must experience. Projectors are so much better now and they deserve a good look when looking to upgrade a tv.
Summary: Very good and bright projector. It sits really close to the screen. So the projector will be in front of you instead of being on top of your head or behind you. The projector is really bright so you can keep it on eco mode and save your bulb. On eco mode the fan is virtually silent , no sound at all. I live in NYC it's freezing outside and the heat is on full blast in my house and still no fan sound at all. I'm playing 1080p MKVs and they look great .