I too am very interested in this projector and really wish that someone would review it or post their impressions. It appears that it has been available for at least a while as it has been "in stock" at various places for at least a week or two.
I am looking to get a projector in the next week or two and am leaning towards either this one, the HD65, or the HD20.
The things that I like about this projector include:
-2500 lumens (waiting for review to see actual lumens and color performance)
-LCD (I did see rainbows on an X1 years ago, don't know if I would on newer 3x/4x CWs).
-Instant on/Instant off technology
-USB port allowing easy viewing of digital camera or PC free presentations
-Lamp life of 4000/5000 hours, depending on mode
-2 year parts/labor warranty with 48 hour replacement program
I just wish that there were more info out on it. I have searched and all I have found is the following:Art's first look/blogLink to manual (from PC)
I am very curious as to the measured brightness and the contrast/blacks. Is is safe to assume that it will perform at least as good as the HC 720 (since it is being released almost two years after that one, shouldn't it perform similarly, and maybe even better)?
The main difference that I see between it and HC 720 is the lack of lens shift and wider zoom range but increased lumens and some additional features. For installation differences, I see there always being a $100-$200 difference between the two (although with the bulb rebate on the 720, it makes the projectors about the same price, right?). I have been hoping that the HC720 or AX200 prices would drop with the release of the updated projector, but so far that hasn't been the case and I question whether or not it will happen.
I am looking for a small, light, bright projector to use for the next year or two until I get my dedicated theater finished, at which point it will be a spare and used for outdoor theater/events/trips/etc.
I am curious to hear anyone else's opinions regarding this projector, especially any hands on experience/reviews as well as how you think it would stack up against the HC720/HD65/HD20/others?