Originally Posted by bse53
From the projector central review:
"While contrast on the W1100 is higher than the Pro8200, it does not match the other projectors in its price class. The BenQ W1200, Epson 8350, and Mitsubishi HC4000 all beat the W1100 in black level and contrast. "
This is emphasizing just one attribute as reviews often do, they focus on contrast. None of these projectors are great at dark scenes, the Mits hc4000 is the best out of all of them in this list (people say the 8350 but not really, 8350 only wins in pure blackouts vs. the hc4000). For better blacks, the Benq w6000 is the next step up for a DLP over a Mits hc4000, than the Acer 9500bd.
IMO, 3000:1 Native On/Off vs. 1800:1 On/Off is a decent difference, but the problem is 3000:1 On/Off still isn't really high enough to get good enough black levels to really make this the deciding factor. It is one factor for sure, give me 5000:1 On/Off and an IRIS, and then it becomes a much bigger factor.
In reality, there are trade-offs with all these projectors.So let's go over this one more time for the lurkers:
1) Benq w1100/w1200 has issues with gaming lag, especially w1200 don't remember the w1100's exact timing. The w1200 was tested around 120ms lag.
2) Benq's and Mits DLP has far more RBE for rainbow sensitive people. This is something the reviewers cannot always tell because the Viewsonic on a new lamp is so bright the reviewers had no way to equalize the brightness correctly. This is one of the main reasons I bought the Viewsonic. It is the ONLY sub-$1500 DLP I can take so far due to low RBE. This is a BIG advantage, because I doubt many will be bothered by the Viewsonic's RBE unless they watch it way too bright.
3) Benq's OOTB calibration is rough for newbs that don't have calibration meters or aren't paying for a calibration. The Benq's do calibrate better than the Viewsonic, but OOTB is rough.
4) The Mits hc4000 and Epson 8350 do have the best OOTB calibrations, but they are not NEARLY as bright as the Viewsonic in best mode. The Viewsonic is 3x brighter in BEST MODE. The Viewsonic's OOTB calibration looks good after some lamp wear, not as good as these, but fairly close.
5) The 8350 is not as sharp as the Viewsonic unless you get really good convergence. The Mits and Benq DLP's are slightly sharper than the Viewsonic, but not hugely so.
In bright scenes, the Viewsonic Pro8200 is very close to the other DLP's, the Mits hc4000 and Benq w1200 still look a tad better, just a bit. The Pro8200 isn't really in the same price class as these IMO, they are $200 to $400 more depending on when you buy it. Normally I'd say $200 to $400 difference is not much, but it is when you're only paying $600 to $750 for a projector
The Viewsonic often sells for $600 to $700, I've never seen a Mits hc4000 sell much below $1000, and usually they cost $1100, same with the Benq w1200.
IMO, this price class only consists of the Optoma hd20 and MAYBE the Benq w1100/w1200 or Epson 8350 during a sale. When I bought the Viewsonic, the Benq's were still hovering around $1100 to $1300, it's only recently that dropped the price a lot.