Just got my projector and all I can say is WOW!
I should preface this by saying that this is my first projector, but the HS201 is really impressive.
I was only testing the thing on my green living room wall, while I wait for the work on my basement (and theater room) to be finished. I'm still deciding where to mount it.
Couple of things I noticed. I put it out to test it. I laid out the tape measure and looked at it from different distances.
1. 7 feet is too small. May as well not even have a projector. It looked like my 42 inch Vizio panel.
2. 20 feet (I think. I just put it on the side table well beyond where my tape measure ran out) was too far. Couldn’t even get the thing to focus completely. Also, the screen was about 12 feet by 10 feet.
3. The distance with the biggest screen but still with a tight focus was about 11 feet. This was while it was sitting on the entertainment center. Things may be completely different from the ceiling
Overall, though, I was REALLY impressed. The quality was great. It wasn’t HD but you could never tell at that size. All this on a Green Wall, which should make it look pretty terrible. A Netflix Streamed movie over HDMI and Tinker Bell on a VGA connected DVD setup looked amazing. As for brightness, it was good. It has 3 modes. I can’t remember the name, but 1 is useless, too dim. Then there is Economy, and Presentation. Economy was good. We watched it with the sun still shining through the blinds and it was okay. Then with the lights just dimmed, and darkness outside, it was perfect. Presentation mode was really bright. Would work probably in any light. The trick is there is a fan, and it was quiet in Economy. In Presentation, you could really hear it.
What does this all mean? Well, the projector is a great buy. It’s really tiny, too. Only about the size of small book. It will give a great picture, and should last forever. We could also break it out for events, or parties, and move it anywhere around the house pretty easily. The only trick will be the mounting. We may have to have it hanging farther back, than I anticipated. The other option is a floor mount. When I was holding it, it projected fine from my arm height at about 5 feet from the floor.
I just can't say enough how impressive this was to me. I have used office projectors for years, and never thought I could get this quality out of a machine this small and affordable.
Thanks for all help from the folks here.