Reliable and compact. Beware auctions claming it is HD and/or wide screen!
7 November 2012
Summary: A nice compact projector, aimed at the business presentation user. It is not a "home theater" grade device, but ok for movies if you're not looking for HD. I've seen many auctions claim this projector is HD and wide screen; it is neither. Keep in mind that the display is 800 x 600 pixels, a 4:3 aspect ratio. This is *not* HD or "wide screen"! Yes, you can feed up to 1080i HD signal into it and it will work; but the display is 800x600, and that's that.
Summary: I took a chance on this projector even though it was offered with no power or video cables. I happen to have had both wires in my boneyard so it turned out that I payed very little for a valuable piece of equipment. This was my first video projector so my expectations were low, but I have been using it as a centerpiece of a home theater setup and with that I am very pleased.
Summary: Like most LCD projectors, the money is in the bulb. Don't leave the unit on for long periods of time, especially if you are not using it. Keep the cooling air fan filter clean, so it doesn't overheat. Be fairly gently with the unit and it will serve you a long time. When it comes time to replace the bulb, be prepared for sticker shock. Don't be surprised if the bulb doesn't cost about half the cost of the unit itself. Prices do vary though.
Summary: Personal Experience After reading a ton of reviews on projectpr central.com I still brought a cheap 400-1 contrast ratio projector and am pretty happy. I watch movies in the dark so it is great- I don't have anything to compare it to tho. The picture can be excellent but it suffers from the screen door effect and I seem to notice it more than my friends. This is a kool little projector with tons of features and I highly reccomend it.
Summary: Personal Experience Went through several stores here in NZ, not much variety. Infocus SP4805 retails for US$2000+, AE700 for US$2800.. so not much value either! Looked at several projectors, the last one was the LM2.. brightness and quality were great! wasnt really affected by low contrast at all, from a distance and a medium lit environment it wasnt that far off an AE700 in my eyes. No DLP, but no headaches either. Its very quiet as well.