For a couple of years I was happily gaming on my Infocus IN76 DLP 720p projector. Last year it started going south so I got the 8700UB. I have been trying to find my way back to gaming bliss ever since. The 8700UB is amazing in so many ways but all I want to do is game. People who said in this thread that the 8700UB was the best of both the movie and gaming world, I have to strongly disagree. The 8700UB has bad input lag in comparison to decent DLP pj's or even the Epson 8350. The 8700UB also processes the image too much. It doesn't look natural, which I find to be a negative for games as I like a clean picture that looks as the developers intended, and when gaming in long sessions it makes my eyes hurt after a while. I also hate the motion blur.
Recently I decided to try the BenQ W6000. I was really pleased with gaming on the BenQ. What a difference it made. The motion is great and the lag is practically undetectable. I thought I was out of practice with Geometry Wars lately but the first time I played it on the BenQ I blew away any score I have made on the Epson. It was like I was playing it on my IN76 again. Of course, with no possibility for convergence issues, the BenQ also threw a very sharp image which is good for gaming as well. If the W7000 is similar in performance to the W6000 then it should be a great gaming projector with 3D capability. Unfortunately I was not impressed with the black levels. They were good but not the mind blowing black levels of the 8700UB. Ultimately I had to send it back, not because of the black levels, but because the dynamic iris made a low-volume high pitched sound that actually caused discomfort and left my ears ringing after extended viewing. I can't have a projector destroying my hearing just so I can get great input lag. I also found the fans to be on the loud side though that wasn't a terrible nuisance as the IN76 wasn't much quieter when it really got hot. If someone doesn't have the projector as close to them as I do this would be a great solution.
Between this thread, another input lag thread in the $3,000+ forum, and other sites I took a hard look at the Sony offerings. What I read about them makes me think they are my dream unit. They have great black levels, low input lag, great LCoS image, lens shift, etc. Unfortunately it is just a little on the steep end of price for me. I don't think I can justify it.
So I think I'm settling right in between these units and looking at the Panasonic PT-AE7000. Someone had mentioned a projector being the best of both worlds and I think the PT-AE4000 or PT-AE7000 might be the projector they should have been talking about. Numbers I've seen seem to put it at 41ms which, I think, is in the range of acceptable input lag. It also has great black levels... not matching the 8700UB/5010 blacks but being in the range where they are hard to tell apart. It has good zoom, plenty of lens shift, motorized zoom and focus, one of the best implementation of CFI (if you like that sort of thing) which actually adds surprisingly little additional input lag, it has a very natural image, and it uses the Epson 420hz D9 panels. I think the PT-AE7000 has to look like a winner over the Epsons for gamers. I'm about to find out and I will report back when I do.
Here is the other input lag thread btw: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showthread.php?t=1068844
Here is where I converted the frame delay numbers from projector central which includes the 5010, W7000, and PT-AE7000U: http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...068844&page=15
Hopefully reviews will start including figures on input lag because I do think gamers are a growing segment of the home projector market. It would be nice to know what our options really are. It's tough to buy the best rated projector in your price range and find out it is absolutely terrible for the purpose you intend for it.