Summary: After having it for several year, running for around 1000 hours I'm giving it up. It's far to noisy and picture quality is only average or below average. It's only 2000 lumen and thats not enough in our room for a clear sharp picture. Wide screen getting more common so thats another reason for me to get a modern "silent" one. Replacement parts far to expensive.
My VP6120 is unreliable -- and I think I know why >
16 February 2009
Summary: When I first set this up it performed perfectly - picture is great, I bought it for DVD play back and use a PC for doing just that; you can't beat XGA DVD play back using a PC. (well you couldn't at the time anyway, but you can buy HD DVD players now which should do just as well). 2 months later it kept shutting down with the Lamp Fail indicator lit. I phoned HP and after a few calls they sent a new lamp with little fuss, cheers HP!
Summary: We bought this unit for use at the office and it worked great for the first few months. Then it started searching for signal from time to time. Now it just quits working after about 30-40 minutes with the Lamp Fail indicator lit. A shut down wait 5-10 min and restart gets it running again, at least for a time. After reading the other review about BenQ insides did a little searching and found the BenQ PB8220 looks very much the same as the VP6120.
Summary: It's now 2007 and I bought this projector in 2003 and it's still running strong. I use it to watch TV and DVDs. About half a year ago the bulb popped and I had to replace it. This was expected to happen at some point, but HP doesn't make it very easy to order the bulb online, you have to call and then they can't find the part etc.. And it was quite expensive ($500). The only other complaint I have is the noise level of the fan.
Summary: I have been reading the other reviews on this item and I thought I would say something about mine. I have not had any problems with it nor has it broken down within the past 4 months i've had it. the only problem i found with mine is the noise(i think it might be the fan or color wheel that needs to be lubricated). But other than that I think it is a very good projector. I just wish it had an HDMI input along with component.
Summary: First of all, the picture quality of this is amazing and I had no complaints for the first 6 weeks before breaking down. It is currently being repaired at HP and has been out of service for 3 weeks. They have no clue when they can return it because of the number of people in front of me for there repair. I told them to just send me a new one but they wouldn't budge on there warranty policy. I just have to wait. So now Im out $2000 and have nothing.
Summary: Personal Experience Well, just as long as you have a good source to hook up to it, then the picture is great. Problems the main problem i have found is the noise it makes. one of the fans is bad and i can't seem to find a replacement fan. Also, another person mentioned a "bleeding" of light out the front of the projector, mine has that too. Its not bad, just annoying.
Summary: Personal Experience If you have the opportunity to pick up one of these units, seriously consider it. I have owned mine for a little over a year having purchased from a large chain retailer on sale as a refurbished unit. We primarily use it as our main television source, giving us a 100 inch diagonal picture from less than 12 feet. This little unit is running at least 6 to 8 hours a day (generally more).