May 27th, 2011 Art Feierman
First, Pete – our new gaming blogger has shipped me the GT720 so I can do the full review. He’s done for now. Pete reports he played a range of different types of games on it, with great success, and has much to report, which he’s already posted in his Art of Gaming blog. His blog still isn’t well known, and a bit harder to find than mine, so this is just a: Read the rest of this entry »
May 24th, 2011 Art Feierman
Naturally, Mike picked up the Runco, for measurements and possible calibration. Naturally, it did not require a real calibration, though Mike did tweak a couple of things. As he put it, Runco pretty much starts out calibrated. So, what have we here?
The Runco LS-5 is one of two single chip, 1080p DLP projectors in Runco’s LightStyle series (their closest thing to “entry level”. this LS-5 for example, has an MSRP of $6995. Now considering 1080p DLP home projectors start at something like $800 to $900, what makes this Runco special?
Sorry, can’t tell you until the full review is published… (Kidding!) If first impressions are anything, both Mike and I had the same reaction (one similar to that of other Runco projectors we’ve reviewed. “Geez, this looks really good.” Tell you the truth, MIke brought it back last night, so I’ve only watched a few hours so far, and all of that HDTV. I’ll be doing a usual First Look Blog after I’ve got some hours under my belt. Certainly that will publish by the end of this weekend, if not sooner. The review should publish the following week, before I head to Infocomm.
What is different about this Runco, is less brightness. Unlike the LS-10d and LS7 – a pair of 3 chip DLP’s we’ve reviewed in the last year, this Runco is not a light cannon. It’s brightness is more in the range (or a little brighter) than some of the competition, such as the JVC RS50 and X7, the Sony VPL-VW90ES.
Without the big lumen advantage, it should be interesting to see if the Runco, comes though as a top contender in the over $5K price range, as only a single chip DLP. Certainly, over the years, there have been any number of impressive, and in some cases, very refined single chip DLP’s in this price range, both volume names like Optoma, and also some “exclusive” brand names as well, including Marantz, (and of course Runco). It should prove interesting. I’ve got my JVC RS20 and an Epson 8700ub here for my side by side look-see. Stay tuned! -art
May 24th, 2011 Art Feierman
UPDATE: The BenQ W1200 projector review has been posted!
Just a quick update: The W1200 is now at photo shoot stage (tonight), and I’m already starting to write up the standard stuff – the Physical Tour, Performance page, etc. -art
I needed this – the BenQ W1200 to review.
BenQ W1200 - Impressive in the Family Room
Ahh, finally, the Classroom projector report is pretty much history, and it’s home theater projector time again. Good thing, I need my fix. Sure, I’ve been watching plenty of home theater, including basketball playoffs, but it’s been two months since I worked on a home review – the Sony VW90ES. This BenQ, unlike the ten thousand dollar Sony, is rather affordable, at about $1500 street price (based on a quick web search).
So, what is the scoop with the BenQ W1200 – it’s a single chip DLP, 1080p resolution projector. Sorry, no 3D for those who were wondering. It claims 1800 lumens, and while I haven’t seen the measurements yet, the first thing that struck me when I powered it up was: Bright!! (and I was coming from an Epson 8700ub in Dynamic mode, which is already fairly bright.
The BenQ W1200 is really more of a home entertainment projector than home “cinema”. It’s strengths include a very bright picture, rich colors, and a very sharp image, but the projector isn’t quite so spiffy when it comes to dark images, and dark shadow detail.
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May 21st, 2011 Art Feierman
Greetings everyone, Sorry I’ve been a bit out of touch. Two weeks of travel in the last 23 days, (from So. Cal, to Hawaii, then a break, then Washington D.C. But I got a lot of work done (and some play). I’m back for a good 10 days, then off to Infocomm, where I expect some interesting home theater projector announcements. But more on that in the next blog or two.
Projector Reviews, you may have noticed, has a “new” homepage. Or rather, the new homepage is based on the homepage we were running several years, until Read the rest of this entry »