FAQs: How do you determine which projectors will be reviewed, from a company who is not a partner?
Question: How do you determine which projectors will be reviewed, from a company who is not a partner?
Answer: That's easy, I look for the most interesting and potentially, the best of the projectors. With a non-binding 2 projector/year limit, there is no point in reviewing what appears to be average product. For example, on the business projector side, there are probably over 100 2000 lumen DLP and LCD projectors that weigh between 4 and 7 pounds. While there are differences, I probably wouldn't waste a projector review on a projector in this catagory, from a projector manufacturer who is not a partner.
As I said, I look for special projectors to review. Typical is the review of the Canon SX-50 an SXGA+ portable projector that sells for less than $5K, is the smallest and lightest SXGA+ projector on the market at this time, and one that is a full $2000 below the nearest competition. That makes it perfect for review, despite Canon not being a partner (as of this writing - 12/05). In other words, I try to avoid "me to" projectors.
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Another example. Sanyo is not a Partner, yet their PLV-Z4 is one of the best selling (and best) projectors out there, and Sanyo has been a major player in the $2000 home theater projector space. Deciding to do a Sanyo PLV-Z4 projector review, was a "slam dunk". And I was, fortunately able to obtain one less than a week after they started shipping. Sanyo's PLV-80, a 3000 lumen 16:9 is also on my short list, once it starts shipping, being the brightest widescreen projector on the market without getting into far more expensive projectors that would sell for over $10,000.