Originally Posted by ace27
You will have to give a short review of the gaming lag you find and how it does with a bit of light on!! One last thing, like I said in my first post, with a good BD source would there be any sort of comparison to a plasma?
Just concluded three days of daytime viewing and have to say there is no doubt about it...the 5010 is substantially better at handling ambient light that the old Mits. With the Mits, a little background light (even indoor lights) left me seeing only the brighter parts of images. The only way to get back the full picture was to pull the blinds closed or turn out the lights.
With the Epson I haven't felt this need at all, at least not when viewing standard material like sitcoms and sports. So much already stands out from the background light that I could only imagine having to do this for darker movies, or maybe certain types of games.
Speaking of gaming, I fired up the PC and logged some time there too. Unfortunately, I have to report that the dreaded lag is for real on the 5010. It was obvious as soon as I started clicking around the desktop...my brain just started telling me something wasn't quite right as I swept the mouse around the screen. Convinced that lag was in play, I performed a little test using my digital camera and found that on average, the 5010 was 88ms behind a 23" LCD monitor I also had sitting around. I didn't compare to my Mits because it's already packed away, but I might see if I can do so because now I'm curious how it would've scored.
I did end up playing some games anyway, and would say that if you're a serious gamer you should probably look elsewhere. I'm more the casual type, playing maybe 2-4 hours a week so the lag is not a deal breaker for me. However, it is definitely a factor when playing FPS-style games and definitely can get under your skin at all the wrong times...
On the plus side, the Epson was giving me WAY more shadow detail in Crysis, truly a major improvement over the Mits. As an example, I had been struggling to get through one of the darker levels using the Mits a few weeks back. On Sunday, using the Epson I breezed through on the first try because I could finally see what the heck was going on! And it wasn't because the gamma was cranked up or anything like that, it was more that the Mits always seemed to fade to black in areas that should've really been dark gray. I'm tempted to start the game over now just to see all the detail I missed the first time around.
As far as comparing the 5010 to a plasma is concerned, I can't really offer much. I did take a trip through my local Frys before I took the dive, but honestly the plasmas were just too small! I guess I've been spoiled by 5+ years of viewing a 106" screen and there's no turning back now. My wife was of the same opinion, so I crossed that option off my list right then and there.