January 7th, 2013 Art Feierman
The HC750HD is expected to look like this HC710HD
Epson has just announced its brightest home entertainment projector ever. The Home Cinema 750HD, when it starts shipping in a couple of months, will be Epson’s best 720p projector. Pricing is officially $899! Or as Epson markets it: ”under $900″ on their press release.
What’s this Epson HC750HD got, you ask?
Well for openers, the Home Cinema 750HD claims a massive 3000 lumens! It’s ready to tackle some ambient light.
This projector just might be brighter than your LCDTV or Plasma TV! That should give you something to think about.
Designed for your family / living / bonus room this Epson projector should prove to be Read the rest of this entry »
December 14th, 2012 Art Feierman
BenQ's W1070: Affordable DLP, 3D, home entertainment projector
The BenQ W1070 arrived about two weeks ago, but due to scheduling, all I could do was give it to Mike for calibration. As soon as he returned it, we “put a stamp on it” and shipped it to Pete – one of our Gamer – Projector – Bloggers.
Pete should be posting his thoughts on the BenQ W1070 as a gaming projector, over the next few days.
Now, since I personally never fired up the W107o projector I’m just going to take a few paragraphs to report on the BenQ’s feature set, and also relate some of the key measurements from Mike’s calibrating of the projector. Here goes:
BenQ’s W1070 projector is a 1080p single chip DLP projector claiming 2000 lumens. It’s small – downright portable at under 6 pounds, and has a built in speaker. A contrast claim of 10,000:1 indicates more than the minimal black level performance that some other entry level projectors offer. (A typical DLP without a dynamic iris usually has claims of 2000:1 to 3000:1.)
This BenQ projector has, as we’ve seen before from BenQ, three lamp mode combinations, not the two. Officially they are rated Read the rest of this entry »
November 30th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings, projector fans,
HC7900DW projector - good in a family room, great in a home theater
As promised in the last review, I wanted to tell you a bit about how I decided in the last couple of days of the review, that the Mitsubishi HC7900 DW, deserved our HOT Product award, when only days earlier I was torn between giving it a Special Interest award (not as “major”), or no award at all.
First, I’ve been reviewing some rather bright home theater projectors lately, including several capable of more than 1500 lumens, and two breaking 2000 lumens. That seems to have “colored” my initial thoughts. I’ve also, in the HC7900 review, described it as a great projector for “condos” – in other words, smaller rooms.
Then, as part of the review, I finally moved the HC7900DW projector down into the testing room Read the rest of this entry »
November 30th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings projector fans!
Optoma's HD23 DLP home entertainment projector is our next review
I’ve been slammed for weeks, with all these projectors arriving, so time to bring you up to speed, on what’s going on, starting with the next review: Finally we’ve got our hands on the Optoma HD23, which is mostly available at Best Buy. I’ve received a number of emails and comments asking about that one, and now it’s time.
Mike had the Optoma HD23 and just returned it to me this afternoon, calibrated and ready to go. I’ve been so slammed that I haven’t done a “first look” blog in a while, but I will have one for you on the HD23, later this weekend. When exactly? I’m not sure.
The BenQ W1070 is a lower cost home entertainment projector, and that one also arrived. I’ve just shipped that out to Pete for his take on the W1070 as a gaming projector. I will be doing a full review of the BenQ W1070 when Pete returns it.
Basically my blogging gamers have gaming projector comments (some already posted on their blogs), on recently reviewed/being reviewed home projectors including the Epson HC5020/PC6020, Epson HC3020, Viewsonic Pro9000, Optoma HD23, and BenQ W1070.
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October 6th, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings gamers – who love projectors!
My bad, Scott published some info in his blog, with info on lag tests of the AAXA P4-X pico projector. Click here, to read his results. His more complete write of of gaming with this little P4-X should be posted very soon.
There he will discuss how well the P4X performs during actual gaming. The P4X has some decent brightness (80 lumens) for a pico, which is a real plus, compared to most of the others out there.
Check it out! -art
August 31st, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings, this is going to be really short. In the blog about this new Epson Home Cinema 3020 and 3020e, I mentioned I was not sure if the dynamic iris is operational in 3D!
In all of last year’s Epson’s the dynamic features were not available in 3D.
Great news: I’ve been able to confirm that the Home Cinema 3020 and 3020e, both will be able to run their dynamic irises in 3D operation.
That’s a major improvement for 3D viewing. Most pleased to here of this change, I and others complained a good bit about the iris not being available on the older 3010 and 5010 projectors.
That’s it, gotta get back to work. Remember, all this is secret until Sept 5. shhh! -art
PS, if I didn’t mention it in the original 3020 blog, I also heard that the new HC3020 projectors will have shorter lag times, which may make the projector nice and fast, suitable for hard core gamers playing First Person Shooters, etc. We shall see.
August 31st, 2012 Art Feierman
Epson's Home Cinema 3020 - Great family room projector
OK, pricing is still not set, best we can tell, but the Home Cinema 3020 and 3020e, probably won’t be more than last year’s 3010 and 3010e. So far, though Epson has not indicated the new prices. Let me clarify. Last year’s two versions (3010 and 3010e) were $1599 and $1799. the “e” version is the one with the wireless HDMI (5 inputs and Digital Audio this year, up from 2/0). Last year, the base version came with two pair of 3D glasses, while the “e” version came with wireless, but no glasses. This year all of Epson’s 3D projectors will come standard with 2 pair of 3D active glasses (newer and lighter, and rechargeable).
So, pricing may shift a bit, due to the addition of the glasses with the “e” version.
So, “what else is new?” Read the rest of this entry »
March 6th, 2012 Art Feierman
I know you’ve been waiting for this quick look at Panasonic’s new super bright home theater and home entertainment projector, the PT-AR100U.
Greetings projector fans, movie fans, sports fans, TV fans, and the world in general. I’ve had a couple of days now with the Panasonic PT-AR100U. Not as much time as I would have liked, but that’s my fault. This weekend I had a tough choice watching a dozen or so hours on the PT-AR100U projector, or heading to Las Vegas with an old friend, to catch a concert.
But, first things first. Panasonic’s pricing has dropped dramatically since the PT-AR100U was first announced around the fall. A quick look on the web the street price is obviously right around $999, despite an MSRP of $1999. Panasonic is definitely getting aggressive, price wise.
Sorry folks, in this case, the PT-AR100U projector lost out. The band, btw, that Eddie and I saw, was Alan Parson’s Project. (Yeah, just about none of you have ever heard of them, even though they’ve had some huge hits over the decades. Hey, even a lot of folks from the 60′s don’t remember Alan Parsons. More about the trip below!
The Panasonic PT-AR100U isn’t your average home theater, or home entertainment projector. It is simply the brightest of them all, at least Read the rest of this entry »
March 1st, 2012 Art Feierman
Greetings gamers, etc.
OK, I’m not the guy to write about gaming. I’ve got two hard core gamers doing that – Pete and Scott. But, Pete’s just blogged on the Epson Home Cinema 5010 as a gaming projector and I just shipped him the W7000 (click for review) so that’s next on his list.
After speaking with Pete, I did some Lag tests. As you gamers know, Read the rest of this entry »
December 24th, 2011 Art Feierman
Here we go with more juicy information on the BenQ W7000! and a quick link back to the first W7000 review blog -art
Greetings and happy holidays.
It’s almost Christmas Eve here in southern California, and we hope everyone is enjoying the season as much as we are. I’ll be knocking off after I finish this W7000 projector blog. (finally)
I had intended to try and get a good portion of the review up and running this evening, but there wasn’t enough time. I’ve still got 100+ images to process (Lisa’s overseas – so I have to do all that myself), and tons of writing to do. But, more importantly, at this point, I really want to speak with the BenQ folks for information on the newer firmware that’s already out there. (I am working with an early engineering sample – firmware 0.22). By now, Read the rest of this entry »