Current version's Dynamic Iris provides respectable blacks
This is a projector that will be more at home in a theater than a livingroom, based on lumens. Still, the Pro 9000 projector has enough brightness to work in more of a family room environment as long as you don't go too large on screen. Movies can certainly look good at night, and sports can work in the daytime with some ambient light.
Today, thanks to 3D capable projectors needing extra brightness, most of those are simply a brighter proposition for a livingroom family room.
Good placement flexibility, high contrast
At its core, the Viewsonic Pro9000 is a promising concept - a home theater projector built around a hybrid light source. Its LED/laser engine boasts a lifespan of 20,000 hours, making lamp replacements a thing of the past. As one of the first LED/laser projectors to be specifically built for home theater, many people will find themselves salivating at the prospect of a maintenance-free projector.
Excellent colour resolution
Given the extreme contrast demands placed on projectors by many of our favourite Blu-rays, the ViewSonic Pro9000's difficulties handling dark scenes represent a major hurdle to us taking the company's bold new projector technology to our hearts just yet.
That said, the ViewSonic Pro9000 also gets enough things right in both performance and practical terms to convince us that it's a technology worth pursuing. File under "one to watch", then...
Motion resolution is great
Judged solely as a projector, the Pro9000 is vastly outperformed by Sony, Epson, and JVC, all of which are basically the same price as the ViewSonic. Even if you figure in not having to pay for lamps over the lifetime of the projector, it is still not a decent value.
As a glimpse at the possible future of projector lighting technologies, though, it's fascinating.
Quiet, cool operation, Excellent color accuracy
We think ViewSonic has a winner of a projector on its hands with the PRO9000. Its cool and quiet operation, relatively compact size and light weight, excellent color reproduction, stellar remote, and admirable brightness levels are trumped only by its 20,000-hour "lamp" rating. We didn't miss this projector's lack of 3D capability for a second, but we'll let you decide whether lens shifting trumps never having to swap out a pricey light bulb.
Image delivers 1080p clarity
As a technology development, Laser Hybrid LED has a lot going for it. It's only marginally more expensive than similarly specified LCD and DLP models, and its colour performance is striking. However on the Pro9000 it's not quite bright enough to function well in a moderately lit room and blacks still have some way to go before they're Dark Knight approved. Whether the lack of 3D will prove an additional deterrent for buyers remains to be seen.
Very sharp image with any resolution and good color accuracy
The Viewsonic PRO8300 does not dazzle with features, but instead targets a specific market quite well. Most high resolution multimedia projectors also come with a fairly high price, well above that of the PRO8300's sub-$1000 street price. While the PRO8300 is 1080p (1920x1080) and the others are WUXGA (1920x1200), that difference in vertical resolution is not going to be visible in most circumstances.
Pictures genuinely watchable in ambient light
If you're thinking about buying a Pro8300 as a cheap movie projector for watching mostly in a darkened room, you should think again. Fast. It's simply not up to the job.
What the Pro8300 does do quite well, though, is serve up sports footage and even at a push animated films with so much brightness and colour richness that you can genuinely enjoy them in daylight conditions. Even if you're just projecting onto a wall or zero-gain screen.
Delivers bright, full-HD resolution images
This full-HD projector excels in well-lit rooms where its powerful brightness can make presentations really pop, be they stills or anything up to 1080p video. All this is assisted by its large selection of inputs, built-in speakers and a handy laser-pointers. However, it fairs considerably worse in colour accuracy in dim home-cinema lighting.
Definitely Recommend the Optoma DW339 WXGA
I would recommend the resolution of the DW339 WXGA model - it has a Native WXGA resolution of 1280 x 800. Not only is this way better than a resolution of 800x600, but it's also widescreen so it won't cut off the top and the bottom. This way, everything widescreen uses the full resolution of your projector and not just part of it. The price difference is minimal for getting such an improved picture quality that will still be considered good a year or a few years from now.
Combination of performance and low price
The Optoma HD33 is a projector of firsts. It is Optoma's first 1080p 3D projector. Previously, the company has made a number of 720p DLP Link 3D projectors meant to be used with PCs, but this is their first foray into HDMI 1.4 compatible 3D. It is also the first 1080p 3D projector under $3000. Other 1080p 3D projectors start at $3499 and go up from there.
Startlingly good 3D performance
There's no denying that the HD33's 2D pictures lack some of the refinement you'd expect to see with more expensive DLP projectors - including Optoma's own HD83, notwithstanding that model's curious shadow detailing issues. Considered fairly, though, in its context of being by a country mile the cheapest full HD 3D projector yet launched in the UK to date, the HD33 is actually such unexpectedly good fun to watch - especially with 3D - that it's almost silly.
Very good image quality
The HD33 provides a great 2D and 3D viewing experience, especially for the price. The 3D features were easy to use and the 3D glasses provided for this review were comfortable, and the color consistency was very good. However, the black level and contrast range although acceptable, may not satisfy "videophile" users.
We all know that 3D is suffering through some growing pains, mostly with regard to multiple formats, multiple types of glasses and the annoying lack of standardization in movie theaters. With some cohesion amongst the studios and exhibitors and a more targeted marketing effort, the format might survive and hopefully thrive.
Highly satisfying 2D and 3D image quality
The Optoma HD33 is a great-performing projector that delivers highly satisfying 2D and 3D image quality at a very affordable price. The inclusion of both RF and DLP-Link 3D synchronization lets the consumer choose from a range of 3D glasses, although Optoma's optional 3D glasses are certainly affordable enough at a list price of $99. That compares very favorably to other 3D rechargeable glasses currently on the market, which can cost up to $179 or even more.
Overall, the Optoma HD33 is a solid performer and delivers good value in its price range. Some people who have trouble with single-chip DLP might want to spend some time looking at one in a showroom before making a decision, but if that's not a problem for you, this projector is a great entry-point for big-home theater and will be ready when more 3D content starts becoming available.
Great color, good contrast and strong black level
At first glance, Optoma's DLP-based HD33 struck us as the Charlie Brown of this batch. While it was the first 3D video projector in this price range to reach the market, it delivers only 1,800 ANSI lumens of brightness, its zoom lens is limited to 1.2x, and you must buy the 3D glasses separately. Like the Epson, the HD33 doesn't have a lens-shift feature, but it is the least-expensive model we looked at, and its image quality is at least as good as the other two.
Good picture quality in 2D and 3D modes
The Optoma HD33 is one of the few full HD 1080p 3D projectors on the market for less than $2,500 - it actually sells for under $1,500. Although the lack of lens shift and lack of extended zoom capabilities restrict its placement, you can work around this if you have the right room and suitable placement options. The HD33 is a solid performer in both 2D and 3D modes presenting a bright and detailed image with full 1080p resolution.
Superb colours and straightforward operation
The bright lamp, high resolution, Ethernet-based remote control web interface and low price look great on paper, and the superb colours and straightforward operation mean it's pretty impressive in the flesh, too. Less-than-perfect focus and the high cost of replacement lamps take the shine off, though. Until such time as we see a better-performing business projector at this price, we'll give it a cautious recommendation.
Built-in installation pattern
The Acer K330 provides an attractive option for those looking for a portable projector that's has decent light output at a reasonable cost. It provides a sharp, fairly bright image across a screen size of 80" diagonal. It handles non-native resolutions quite well and displays good color rendition in all but the brightest picture mode.
Easier to set up
Like all the projectors in this newly emerging category, the K330 fits neatly into the niche between slightly lighter, but significantly dimmer, pocket projectors below and brighter, but heavier, lamp-based projectors above. Small and light enough so it's nearly as easy to bring along as a pocket projector, it can throw a much larger useable image any given level of ambient light, and it's easier to set up thanks to its use of standard connectors rather than proprietary connectors and...
Extremely good color accuracy post calibration
It's an improved HC3800, with improved firmware, but most notably, the move from Darkchip2, to Darkchip3 performance. While this doesn't appear to be a really significant difference, one can see that black level performance has improved. The HC4000 is several hundred dollars more than the least expensive 1080p DLP projectors, though I do believe it is still less than any current 3LCD home theater projector on the market, (though a couple are close in price.)
Produces a bright, clear, three-dimensional image
The Mitsubishi HC4000 is an impressive home theater projector. For a modest $1,299, you get a high quality cinema image that rivals that of much more expensive models. What you give up is a lot of the extra features you find on pricier units. It is a great projector for the budget videophile, the one who wants pure image performance but doesn't want to empty his or her wallet to get it.
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