Originally Posted by coderguy
You will find that reviewers do not spend enough time with a projector in most cases (they are rushed).
As far as user reviews, well many people buying lower cost projectors will be too hung up on every issue they find, because they do not really understand what people go through with projectors (they tend to be new buyers).
Anyways, not saying any of the above issues are or ARE NOT valid, I am just saying that don't expect to buy a PJ without some issues (no matter what the price), you just have to know which issues you can live with.
What you describe about the Viewsonic Pro8200 I would regard as problems. But like you, I would read as much as I can to see if there are solutions to those problems. Then I see if I can or would want to try to implement those solutions. If the price is right and the solutions are simple then it is a no brainer.
But that is NOT the case with the HW300T.
When I turn on my projector I get a beautiful, richly saturated picture. It is much better than a conventional TV because not only can I adjust the screen size to dramatic proportions but I am not constantly reminded of the wasted space on a TV because of the black borders.
Every time I have channel surfed, I always seem to stop at ALL SPORTING SCENES no matter what they are. The HD images are simply stunning.
Since I am not trying to set up a home theater I don’t have the problems that it seems many have regardless of their projector with contrast and black levels. I use files the AVSforum HDDVD, my AMD video card and the projector itself for quick calibration. With images less than 100 inches I am extremely pleased.
I tried to double the output brightness so that I could have an even larger screen and I was even more impressed. I used the Eyefinity function on my computer to display side by side halves of the picture. It worked quite well but required more space and resources than I wanted to use. I also tried to overlap images to double brightness. That required perfect alignment and I intend to experiment with prisms (it is a very small projector) to see if I can align the images and double the brightness. But it does work.
Anyway, my point is a lack of a feature is not the same as a problem.
Expecting an ATSC tuner to work where ATSC is not the standard and the tuner does not work is not a problem.
Expecting to play a 50 hertz picture on a system designed for 60 Hz but does not play properly is not a problem.
Expecting movies to play when those with DTS audio do not play audio is not a problem since other movie formats play extremely well.
Expecting a 1920x1080 signal (16:9 aspect ratio) to play on a 1280x800 (16:10) via HDMI but the signal is stretched to 16:10 is not a problem. Let’s face it how else would you get a 16:10 signal to be displayed?
Not adjusting the display to create a pleasing (stunning) picture is not a problem.
Using diagonal pixels instead of horizontal pixels is not a problem.
Loud fan output is not a problem especially if a lower (but dimmer) output option exists.
These are design considerations. These are FEATURES NOT PROBLEMS. I believe that a product should be judged based on whether or not it says it does.
Problems should be BASED on a FAILURE to do what was specified. I feel a lack of features should be listed as “it would be nice if…”
After all, there has to be a reason for the various projector forums based on price.