Conclusion: Vivitek's H5080 is an intriguing machine. On the one hand, Vivitek is clearly trying to strengthen its position in the home theater marketplace, and the H5080's heft and attractive looks certainly give it a dose of high-end panache. On the other hand, the H5080's video processing capabilities could definitely stand some improvement and it does suffer from at least a few ergonomic quirks.
Pros: No 3D (yeah, I said it), Plenty bright, Vibrant, punchy colors, Deep blacks, good shadow detail, Available fixed short throw and long throw lenses
Cons: No 3D (for those who actually like that sort of thing), Loud, mechanical noise during iris adjustments, Mediocre video processing, Grayscale adjustments in Service Menu only, Less-than-ideal lens shift control location
Conclusion: The Vivitek H5080 offers a ton of quality and performance for the price and would make a fine addition as the centerpiece in any home theater, game room or man cave. Its performance matches its stylish looks and it has enough inputs to make even the biggest consumer electronics junkie happy. With a price below $3,000, Vivitek has a projector solution for anyone that wants to invest in a high-quality projector without paying an elevated price.
Conclusion: Long before I spent some time with Vivitek’s H5080 home theater projector, I had been enthusiastic enough about Optoma’s similar HD8600 to give it a Hot Product Award, despite the overly visible iris action (in certain situations). With that in mind, it should be no surprise that the Vivitek H5080 also receives a Hot Product Award, afterall, it’s more similar, than different to the Optoma, but sells for less than half the price!
Pros: One of the brightest home theater projectors we’ve reviewed in the last year, Very sharp image (typical of a good DLP projector with good quality optics), with a slightly sharper overall image than any of the LCD or LCoS projectors, Excellent color, post calibration, especially skin tones which tend to almost always look really correct, Good, but hardly exceptional color accuracy right out of the box, A light canon in best mode, Minimal rainbow effect (RBE). I’m sensi...
Cons: One of the noisier projectors out there. They say 28 db and 33 db (in low and high power). I believe them, and those aren’t impressive numbers, CFI – Creative frame interpolation: does not work with 1080 60fps, which means most broadcast HDTV sports, which is too bad, Watching movies with CFI on: As with most projectors sporting CFI, it creates a live digital video (or “soap opera”) look to the image, as is typical. The low setting does seem to have a bit more of that...