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post #121 of 373
Thank you. This is one of the easier to navigate service menus.

I can't get any setting to stick, not just Dynamic Black. I'm somewhat glad about this because I accidently killed the projector when I was playing with the scaling factor setting (hoping I could turn scaling off completely since I'd prefer to have a 1:1 mapping with 720p content & just zoom in the lens a bit). Thankfully letting it sit unplugged for a bit fixed it.

Anyway, even after doing every factory reset available in the service menu, I still cannot get Brilliant Color to come back on. I think "Brilliant Color lock" might have something to do with it, though its choices for settings are 0, 1, 2, 3 which mean nothing to me, and get reset back to 0 anyway as soon as I close the menu.

leckian, how did you figure out how to get into the service menu anyway? If you share your source I can look into it further. I'm hoping there's a service manual available. I sent ViewSonic an email two days ago and they have yet to respond.
post #122 of 373
Thread Starter 
When I was looking for the service manual I could not find one. The service code was trial and error from reading other Viewsonic manuals that I did find.
post #123 of 373
Hello,
Here are the steps you can take to get to your brilliant color settings on your PJD7820HD projector.

1. Open the projector OSD
2. Go to the second tab on the Menu
3. Change the Color Mode to User 1 or User 2
4. At this point Brilliant Color can be turned on or off.
5. You can select to Save Settings and exit

If you have further questions our 24/7 Online Customer Support can also assist you, or call us toll free (U.S.) at 1-800-688-6688.

Thank you,
ViewSonic Corp.
(North America)
post #124 of 373
Thanks for the reply, but I'm already using User 1. User 2 doesn't let me enable Brilliant Color either.

Like I said, I was able to turn it on and off with ease in the past, but now it doesn't do anything at all. It's not greyed out, so it has to be a bug in the firmware. I can select it and push left & right all day on both the remote and the unit itself, but it adamantly stays in the off position. Can you tell me if there's a timeframe for the first firmware update? Tomorrow I will provide a list of all the bugs I've found. Most of them are minor, except for the Brilliant Color issue. I will also upload a video showing you proof that I'm not dumb or making this up.

Also, I finally got an email response and this was their solution:
Quote:
1. From Main Menu please go to no.5 System Setting
2. Select Reset All Settings

Note: This will returns all settings to the factory preset values.
The following settings will still remain: Keystone, Language,
Projector Position, High Altitude Mode, Security Settings,
Remote Control Code.

Just in case Reset All Settings will not work please try the Reset Color Settings

1. From Main Menu please go to no.5 System Setting
2. Select Reset Color Settings

Note: Returns all color settings to the factory preset values.
I tried both, and I still can't turn it on.

Anyway, thanks again for the help. Unless you have more solutions I'll just deal with it until you guys update the firmware.
Edited by Psythik - 5/3/13 at 12:04am
post #125 of 373
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Psythik View Post

Thanks for the reply, but I'm already using User 1. User 2 doesn't let me enable Brilliant Color either.

Like I said, I was able to turn it on and off with ease in the past, but now it doesn't do anything at all. It's not greyed out, so it has to be a bug in the firmware. I can select it and push left & right all day on both the remote and the unit itself, but it adamantly stays in the off position. Can you tell me if there's a timeframe for the first firmware update? Tomorrow I will provide a list of all the bugs I've found. Most of them are minor, except for the Brilliant Color issue. I will also upload a video showing you proof that I'm not dumb or making this up.

Also, I finally got an email response and this was their solution:
I tried both, and I still can't turn it on.

Anyway, thanks again for the help. Unless you have more solutions I'll just deal with it until you guys update the firmware.
I have not run into this problem so it may not be a firmware issue...Have you tried a reset in service mode?...If not why not use the replacement warranty that comes with the first year of ownership?
post #126 of 373
Yep. Tried every reset possible from the service menu. I'm not gonna send it in because I don't want to wait two months to get my projector back. I would rather just deal with it.
post #127 of 373
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Originally Posted by Psythik View Post

Yep. Tried every reset possible from the service menu. I'm not gonna send it in because I don't want to wait two months to get my projector back. I would rather just deal with it.

I believe I read Viewsonic has "express exchange - 48hrs from u called" during the first year as long as you register the product within 30days (please check their website)
post #128 of 373
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Originally Posted by leckian View Post

That is not a problem it can support a much larger screen. The short throw could be a problem for some...it was for me...I had to redesign my installation had to move the projector forward but it is all good because it allowed me to mount my Epson 8500UB in back of it. Gonna try to get them both in perfect alignment to I can watch them both at once.

Where did you get that pj mount? Thanks. I think it'll give me better placement flexibility.
post #129 of 373
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Cowboys View Post

Where did you get that pj mount? Thanks. I think it'll give me better placement flexibility.
That is a universal static flat panel display wall mount I adapted. Get the largest size and make sure you bolt the cross-members holding the projectors to the parallel tracks so that you have a safe installation. I have screws with spacers underneath the front and rear hole of the round plates to prevent wobble.
post #130 of 373
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Originally Posted by sirip View Post

I believe I read Viewsonic has "express exchange - 48hrs from u called" during the first year as long as you register the product within 30days (please check their website)
Well considering that this projector has been sold out everywhere for about a month now, somehow I doubt ViewSonic has enough units on hand to honor the 48hr policy. I'll wait it out until the hype dies down.
post #131 of 373
Would the Benq W1070 or W1080ST be better? I want a 170 inch screen
post #132 of 373
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Originally Posted by pandabear86 View Post

Would the Benq W1070 or W1080ST be better? I want a 170 inch screen

You'll need to look at some calculators and see if they might work for that size screen. Taking a quick look at the Benq 1070, you'd might need a 10' ceiling and mount the pj about 14' 2" from the screen. The screen would need to be about 1.3 gain to keep the brightness up to around 15.6fl. 16fl is about the movie theater standard. The larger a screen is, the brighter the pj needs to be so it can light up all that screen area. Different pj's require different placement requirements being if they have lots of "lens shift" or not, a feature that is on most of the lcd pj's and somewhat limited on the less expensive dlp pj's.
post #133 of 373
what are some short throw PJs you would recommend?
post #134 of 373
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Originally Posted by pandabear86 View Post

what are some short throw PJs you would recommend?

Well the W1080ST will do 170" at a distance of 9' 4" and 15fl on a 1.4 gain screen. If the features and the placement works? Without any other information regarding how much you can spend, what it will be used for, what distances your dealing with in the room, ambient lighting etc..... I guess that is the one you should research and see if it would work for you.
post #135 of 373
yeah man. thats what i am going for. its going on a wall. size will be 165 inch. I cam up with 19.2 Lamberts is that okay? or should I shoot for 30?
post #136 of 373
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Originally Posted by pandabear86 View Post

yeah man. thats what i am going for. its going on a wall. size will be 165 inch. I cam up with 19.2 Lamberts is that okay? or should I shoot for 30?

"16fl is about the movie theater standard", 19.2 is reasonable and will accommodate some loss of brightness as the bulb ages. 30fl if you want to wear sunglasses while you watch it.......smile.gif
post #137 of 373
So the Viewsonic PJD7820HD would be about the same as the W1080ST just cheaper with more lumens and lesser color control. I wonder if anyone could tell me how the Viewsonic throws light out? I am so confused on how and where to place this thing? Above me? behind me? haha biggrin.gif
post #138 of 373
Hey everyone. First of all, this is my first post on avsforum. I'd like to say thanks to the community as a whole for helping me in past years with purchase decisions and tweaks.

With that out of the way...


Overview

I just got my PJD7820HD today and have been playing with it since. They are in stock right now on Newegg if anyone's interested! For me it was a toss up between this one and the Acer h6510bd. By the time I had the funds for a projector, all the Acer ones were gone. Even though this one is $100 cheaper, I probably still would have gone with the Acer to have lens shift, but oh well. I can forgive a little skewedness in my picture (middle of room is not an option right now).

This is my first projector, so I wanted to make it count. I'm 29 now and it's been a lifelong dream to have video on my wall, not limited by the confines of a TV border. With this in mind and after much research, my goals were 1080p, 3D, 3000 lumens, and 150+ inch diagonal screen (16:9). I'm happy to say that I achieved all of those goals with this projector, with some limitations.

Now for my observations and review about this projector...


Review

Picture Size/Projector Placement

Firstly, picture size and projector placement. This projector seems to have a sweet spot when it is against the wall opposite of the screen and for me about 3 feet off the floor. Any higher than that creates keystone and when using keystone correction, it made my viewing area much smaller than I want. I don't see how this projector could be mounted on the cieling without having a lot of keystone correction. So, 3 feet off the floor, about 14 feet from the wall, and with the lens zoomed all the way, I get a screen diagonal of about 158 inches. I was shooting for 170 inches, but had a minimum of 150, so I'm happy with that. Because of the low to floor placement, I would give a 3 out of 5. However, because of the short throw distance I would give it a 5 out of 5. I'll take the average. When I move in a few months, I'll make sure to reserve the largest room for the projector and get my 170.

In cast anyone wants to know, you can adjust a setting to flip the image upside down, left to right, whatever for in-front projection floor or ceiling and rear projection floor or ceiling.

4 out of 5

*edit: realized later that hanging from ceiling would probably give an accurate experience with placement and be out of the way.


Picture Quality/Screen Resolution

On 1080p HDMI for my Xbox 360, picture is very clear. Color is not washed out like some people say. My girlfriend and I watched a 1080p quality Who Framed Roger Rabbit and picture was as good as sitting in a movie theater (except for some lighting issues below). I am using standard mode, not Eco mode. Eco mode is a joke and looks like crap, even at night with no other lights on.

With a VGA connection to my PC (using a DVI adapter on my video card), I was able to fudge around and get 1080p. At first it wanted to give me either a weird resolution that I've never seen before and was much smaller than it should have been (still 16:9 through extended mode with a smaller picture), or it wanted to give me what my monitor's resolution is (1680:1050, or 16:10) and that resulted in a squished picture. After about 30 minutes of screwing around with settings in my video card settings I miraculously got a 1920 x 1080 on the wall from my PC. It is not as big as 1080p through HDMI, but it is pretty darn close and acceptable. I did have to move the image to the right for some reason through video card settings. My PC video card right now is an XFX Radeon HD4850 (way out of date, but acceptable).

5 out of 5


Brightness

The HDMI on "Brightest" for my Xbox 360 is great. I don't have to tweak any settings for that. In a moderately lit room (during the day, ambient outside light from both sides and shades drawn on window directly in front of projector screen), I'd have to give the HDMI brightness and contrast a 3 out of 5. 3000 lumens was definitely the way to go for me, and anything less would be too dim for my setup and screen size. Right now I am just projecting on a ugly beige colored, textured wall because my diy screen material hasn't arrived yet, so my expectations were a little low. I am happy with the results and expect to raise my rating to a 4 out of 5 for the same lighting conditions but on an actual screen. Again, Eco mode sucks.

Brightness from my PC was just as good, though I can of course change stuff on the video card settings or Windows Media Player/VLC Player settings to get it even better. VGA brightness and contrast gets a 4 out of 5 before my new screen arrives.

4 out of 5

*edit: an actual screen really makes a lot of difference in the brightness. It's still not what I would like, but with dim lighting it's more than acceptable. At night, the picture is terrific.


3D

I don't have my 3D glasses yet (I ordered the Okeba ones referred to in an earlier post here) so I don't know about the picture quality or 3D effect yet. However, I messed around with the 3D settings on the projector and am disappointed with how dim it is and no option to correct it through the projector. When I go to the movies, its hit and miss with the 3D brightness...Tron Legacy RealD was very bright, but Monsters Inc RealD wasn't. Thor Imax 3D was very bright, but Jurassic Park Imax 3D wasn't. Maybe its how its converted, but I think at a movie theater they should have a brightness control to make every movie equally bright (for the money it costs). Anyway, 3D brightness on this projector is inadequate for my tastes. However, I was able to get the brightness/contrast ratio to an acceptable level once again by tweaking my video card settings. It's a pain, but I don't watch 3D that often so I won't mind doing it every now and then.

That being said, I played with the different 3D formats on the projector and on various movie trailers on YouTube and can guess that the 3D will be close to movie theater RealD quality.

4 out of 5 (tentative though this may go up or down once I test it out)

*edit: 3D is about what I expected. The 3D effect is about equal to theater RealD 3D, but not as good as Imax 3D. With a screen, the brightness improved slightly, which is why I am giving it a 4 instead of a 3.5. Like I said above, you can improve the brightness a lot by adjusting your video settings on your computer, but you may get either a washed-out or over-contrasted picture. Several minutes of tweaking the settings for each different movie is required.


Nit Picks

A few minor things...because I have to place the projector so low to the floor (about end-table height), it makes a home theater setting impossible (unless you like sitting on one side of the screen; I don't, I like to be in the middle). So there goes my plan to put a couch in the middle of the room unless it's behind the projector; this is pointless because then the picture would be too small. I'll just make do with being off to the side a few feet in front of the projector. Also, the projector gets very, very hot, equivalent to a small electric heater. The fan it has is a bit loud, but so is my computer and window AC. I swear it sounds like mission control in here when everything is on. The remote control only works when pointed directly at the projector; lame considering my Tivo remote works through walls. Like I said earlier keystone correction results in a smaller picture so get you placement about 3 feet off the floor. There is no lens shift, so placement as close to the middle of the room as possible is necessary. Also, there is no lens cap, so I'll have to cover it with cardboard or something when not in use.

The low price and other great features make up for these little annoyances.

4 out of 5


Overall Score

21 out of 25

That's about all I can think of after my first day with my first projector. Overall, I'm very pleased considering I only paid $700 for features usually not seen under $1000. It's like a Comcast DVR vs a Tivo: mostly functional with several minor flaws. At least this cheap projector works, unlike a Comcast DVR which doesn't record a third of the time its supposed to. Despite this being my first projector, I give this projector a B+.
Edited by ptbcomposer - 6/23/13 at 11:57am
post #139 of 373
so what about black levels?
post #140 of 373
It was hard to tell because of my wall. Whenever there was just a little bit of light, the color of the wall shown through even when the picture was supposed to be black. My screen will have a gain of 1.0, so I'll report on it when it gets here. At the darkest I had the room though, I'd say it was pretty near pitch black. It didn't bother me at all though or else not enough to really think about it.

Something I'd like to add about placement is that even though I said you pretty much have to sit off to the side, the viewing angle is very good. I was about 3 feet in front and 2 feet to the left and I wasn't in the way of the projection. Also, there is no noticeable difference in contrast when looking at it from the far side of the picture. This might change though with the actual screen.
post #141 of 373
Thanks for the great review smile.gif
post #142 of 373
Ok, I got my glasses today and played around with 3d. It seemed pretty good at first even though the brightness dims a lot. Again, this was on my wall. Later tonight I tried it again with no other lights on and it looked almost as good as movie theater RealD. Adjusting the contrast brightness through the computer helps bring it up to spec.

In the pics below I have a few of 3d in use (first 3), but obviously they are blurry because you just can't take a picture of 3d. You can see the picture is washed out compared to the non-3d pics (also in these pics). However, the glasses restore the contrast very well. Just raise levels a little on your pc and you're good to go. Right now I recommend night-time for 3d but a screen will probably improve that.

Which brings me to the other pic of my wall with pvc pipes around it. This is going to be my screen frame. I overbuilt it by accident, not taking into account the extra length of the couplings and not being able to screw it together completely. The frame is made with 1.5" pipe to make it more rigid; the middle piece prevents sagging. I will attach my Carl's Blackout Cloth screen using grommets and ball bungees. You can see how the frame is so big I couldn't get it all in one shot; I had to piece 4 shots together. This frame will accommodate 170" but because of the size of my room I could only get the picture up to 158". Check out the puny 19" TV by comparison.

As you can see, the Xbox and Fast 6 pics look great. I'll upload some more pics after I get the screen hung.








Edited by ptbcomposer - 6/5/13 at 10:45pm
post #143 of 373
Can someone please tell me if the ViewSonic PJD7820HD supports the checkerboard 3D format? Older models seemed to unoffical support it

Thanks
post #144 of 373
So to any owners out there... I just bought this thing and i am curious of your thoughts on the SCALING quality of Non-1080p sources and resolutions. I have heard it has a 1:1 pixel mapping

I am looking forward to playing 3d games on this beast BUT I will be limited to 720p frame packed, 60hz modes as well as 720p Frame sequential 120hz modes. How does this unit display a full 720p 1280x720 resolution image?

Have you guys noticed any scaling artifacts? Does it still look sharp and smooth just not as sharp as 1920x1080p? I would hope in a 2013 model projector like this that the scaling from 720p would be good.

I friggin HATE nVidia... They need to add SBS and Top and Bottom 3D support for 1080p@60hz lol
post #145 of 373
Just received this yesterday. This is my first pj experience, and I completely agree that these new breed of pj's are definitely something.
I have a ps3 to pair with this.
I also followed the calibration settings posted by psythik - i was just wondering, is there anything else i can do to optimize this pjd?
post #146 of 373
I have revised my review slightly and given this projector a 21 out of 25. I have been using my new screen to watch just about everything since I posted about my monster screen frame above, and I am very impressed. I had some friends over last week, and they just said "Damn. I mean damn." Gaming never looked so great. 3D is not as impressive, but I would still recommend it if you are watching at night with the lights out and you have a fairly bright source image.

I have watched a couple of movies and TV show downloads that were 720p and they were pretty good. I think you won't be disappointed with it. As for artifacting, I don't know, because I only do 1080p now biggrin.gif. Especially the PCSX 2 and Dolphin emulators (ps2 and Wii, respectively) look amazing when settings are on 1080p.

If you can find it and have a small budget, this is the projector to get. Also, you get a 3 year warranty on the projector and 1 year on the lamp, so by the time that warranty wears off, it would be time for a projector upgrade anyway.
post #147 of 373
I will do a VERY extensive review on this when I get it... Nvidia 3D options/Tridef DD, everything all the formats for 3D that are available. I will even share some custom refresh rates and timings I find.
I will also go through how bright this thing looks in 3D... If you guys want just READ this review until I post mine

http://www.stereowiseplus.com/2013/05/viewsonic-pjd7820hd-review-by-mike.html

He has some good pics and great info on the experience with this unit.
post #148 of 373
EDIT: I moved this post over to the next page so it can be seen.
Edited by Psythik - 6/27/13 at 12:03pm
post #149 of 373
Quote:
Originally Posted by leckian View Post

You have CMS System to adjust the colors....I have no DLP-Link Flash with in 3D with Okeba Ultralight Active Shutter Rechargeable Glasses. It is a little bit noisy granted. It produces a sharper picture than my Epson 8500UB.



A SHARPER PICTURE THAN YOUR EPSON 8500UB?!!?

REALLY?!?!
post #150 of 373
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Originally Posted by ptbcomposer View Post

Hey everyone. First of all, this is my first post on avsforum. I'd like to say thanks to the community as a whole for helping me in past years with purchase decisions and tweaks.

With that out of the way...


Overview

I just got my PJD7820HD today and have been playing with it since. They are in stock right now on Newegg if anyone's interested! For me it was a toss up between this one and the Acer h6510bd. By the time I had the funds for a projector, all the Acer ones were gone. Even though this one is $100 cheaper, I probably still would have gone with the Acer to have lens shift, but oh well. I can forgive a little skewedness in my picture (middle of room is not an option right now).

This is my first projector, so I wanted to make it count. I'm 29 now and it's been a lifelong dream to have video on my wall, not limited by the confines of a TV border. With this in mind and after much research, my goals were 1080p, 3D, 3000 lumens, and 150+ inch diagonal screen (16:9). I'm happy to say that I achieved all of those goals with this projector, with some limitations.

Now for my observations and review about this projector...


Review

Picture Size/Projector Placement

Firstly, picture size and projector placement. This projector seems to have a sweet spot when it is against the wall opposite of the screen and for me about 3 feet off the floor. Any higher than that creates keystone and when using keystone correction, it made my viewing area much smaller than I want. I don't see how this projector could be mounted on the cieling without having a lot of keystone correction. So, 3 feet off the floor, about 14 feet from the wall, and with the lens zoomed all the way, I get a screen diagonal of about 158 inches. I was shooting for 170 inches, but had a minimum of 150, so I'm happy with that. Because of the low to floor placement, I would give a 3 out of 5. However, because of the short throw distance I would give it a 5 out of 5. I'll take the average. When I move in a few months, I'll make sure to reserve the largest room for the projector and get my 170.

In cast anyone wants to know, you can adjust a setting to flip the image upside down, left to right, whatever for in-front projection floor or ceiling and rear projection floor or ceiling.

4 out of 5

*edit: realized later that hanging from ceiling would probably give an accurate experience with placement and be out of the way.


Picture Quality/Screen Resolution

On 1080p HDMI for my Xbox 360, picture is very clear. Color is not washed out like some people say. My girlfriend and I watched a 1080p quality Who Framed Roger Rabbit and picture was as good as sitting in a movie theater (except for some lighting issues below). I am using standard mode, not Eco mode. Eco mode is a joke and looks like crap, even at night with no other lights on.

With a VGA connection to my PC (using a DVI adapter on my video card), I was able to fudge around and get 1080p. At first it wanted to give me either a weird resolution that I've never seen before and was much smaller than it should have been (still 16:9 through extended mode with a smaller picture), or it wanted to give me what my monitor's resolution is (1680:1050, or 16:10) and that resulted in a squished picture. After about 30 minutes of screwing around with settings in my video card settings I miraculously got a 1920 x 1080 on the wall from my PC. It is not as big as 1080p through HDMI, but it is pretty darn close and acceptable. I did have to move the image to the right for some reason through video card settings. My PC video card right now is an XFX Radeon HD4850 (way out of date, but acceptable).

5 out of 5


Brightness

The HDMI on "Brightest" for my Xbox 360 is great. I don't have to tweak any settings for that. In a moderately lit room (during the day, ambient outside light from both sides and shades drawn on window directly in front of projector screen), I'd have to give the HDMI brightness and contrast a 3 out of 5. 3000 lumens was definitely the way to go for me, and anything less would be too dim for my setup and screen size. Right now I am just projecting on a ugly beige colored, textured wall because my diy screen material hasn't arrived yet, so my expectations were a little low. I am happy with the results and expect to raise my rating to a 4 out of 5 for the same lighting conditions but on an actual screen. Again, Eco mode sucks.

Brightness from my PC was just as good, though I can of course change stuff on the video card settings or Windows Media Player/VLC Player settings to get it even better. VGA brightness and contrast gets a 4 out of 5 before my new screen arrives.

4 out of 5

*edit: an actual screen really makes a lot of difference in the brightness. It's still not what I would like, but with dim lighting it's more than acceptable. At night, the picture is terrific.


3D

I don't have my 3D glasses yet (I ordered the Okeba ones referred to in an earlier post here) so I don't know about the picture quality or 3D effect yet. However, I messed around with the 3D settings on the projector and am disappointed with how dim it is and no option to correct it through the projector. When I go to the movies, its hit and miss with the 3D brightness...Tron Legacy RealD was very bright, but Monsters Inc RealD wasn't. Thor Imax 3D was very bright, but Jurassic Park Imax 3D wasn't. Maybe its how its converted, but I think at a movie theater they should have a brightness control to make every movie equally bright (for the money it costs). Anyway, 3D brightness on this projector is inadequate for my tastes. However, I was able to get the brightness/contrast ratio to an acceptable level once again by tweaking my video card settings. It's a pain, but I don't watch 3D that often so I won't mind doing it every now and then.

That being said, I played with the different 3D formats on the projector and on various movie trailers on YouTube and can guess that the 3D will be close to movie theater RealD quality.

4 out of 5 (tentative though this may go up or down once I test it out)

*edit: 3D is about what I expected. The 3D effect is about equal to theater RealD 3D, but not as good as Imax 3D. With a screen, the brightness improved slightly, which is why I am giving it a 4 instead of a 3.5. Like I said above, you can improve the brightness a lot by adjusting your video settings on your computer, but you may get either a washed-out or over-contrasted picture. Several minutes of tweaking the settings for each different movie is required.


Nit Picks

A few minor things...because I have to place the projector so low to the floor (about end-table height), it makes a home theater setting impossible (unless you like sitting on one side of the screen; I don't, I like to be in the middle). So there goes my plan to put a couch in the middle of the room unless it's behind the projector; this is pointless because then the picture would be too small. I'll just make do with being off to the side a few feet in front of the projector. Also, the projector gets very, very hot, equivalent to a small electric heater. The fan it has is a bit loud, but so is my computer and window AC. I swear it sounds like mission control in here when everything is on. The remote control only works when pointed directly at the projector; lame considering my Tivo remote works through walls. Like I said earlier keystone correction results in a smaller picture so get you placement about 3 feet off the floor. There is no lens shift, so placement as close to the middle of the room as possible is necessary. Also, there is no lens cap, so I'll have to cover it with cardboard or something when not in use.

The low price and other great features make up for these little annoyances.

4 out of 5


Overall Score

21 out of 25

That's about all I can think of after my first day with my first projector. Overall, I'm very pleased considering I only paid $700 for features usually not seen under $1000. It's like a Comcast DVR vs a Tivo: mostly functional with several minor flaws. At least this cheap projector works, unlike a Comcast DVR which doesn't record a third of the time its supposed to. Despite this being my first projector, I give this projector a B+.



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