Originally Posted by jaydillyo
They cut corners on the lenses. 1.2 zoom range isn't going to cut it for a lot of us.
Cutting the zoom range makes sense - people only use a single zoom setting anyway. If you took the AX100 and gave it a fifty-bazillion:1 zoom range, it wouldn't really benefit anyone. The AX100 2.0:1 (IIRC) zoom range just means people can mount it in more different locations, but each person will only be using one zoom setting from that range.
The choice for people with long HT rooms will be to buy the W500 and ceiling mount or spend twice as much to get a brighter image and a rear shelf-mount option.
That choice is a tough call, and many people will be able to mount the W500 in their desired location despite the 1.20:1 zoom range. There are a LOT of projectors out there without a 2.0:1 zoom range that still sell fine. The Optoma HD70 for example...
And we don't even know what the default throw is yet - this could be a long throw projector with a small zoom range, which would screw the people with short rooms rather than those with long rooms. The W500 can't cover all the bases that the AX100 can, but those that are covered ought to seriously consider the W500.