Mitsubishi HC4900 LCD Home Theater Projector Review

Mitsubishi HC4900 Projector: Pros

  • Superb sharpness
  • Quietest home theater projector we have ever seen (or heard)
  • Better than average brightness in “best” mode (Cinema)
  • Average brightness in “brightest” mode
  • After minor “tweaking” produces an extremely watchable image, overall, and in terms of skin tones
  • Out of the box color balance is good, better than many
  • Excellent gamma, in part responsible for suprisingly good shadow detail
  • Good menu system
  • Good warranty
  • Very good manual, with good levels of explanation for most items
  • Two digital inputs (one DVI, one HDMI)
  • Focus, zoom, and lens shift are all powered, and controlled by the remote
  • Easy to use, full featured
  • Overall, good price performance
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Mitsubishi HC4900 Projector: Cons

  • Black levels are very so-so, better than a typical DLP with Darkchip2, but not up to the HC5000, or most of the other 1080p competition
  • HDMI 1.2, not 1.3 (only a couple of projectors with 1.3 are currently shipping as of this writing)
  • Pixel visibility is worst of the 1080p projectors, but it still isn’t an issue at normal seating distances. If you like to sit very close, though, you may notice it
  • Remote Control’s backlight is dim, which I found annoying in a dark room
  • Small “main” menu stays on screen until you close it.
  • Although good placement flexibility, not as good as other LCD 1080p models

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