Panasonic PT-AE700u Projector Review

Lamp Life

Depending on the modes of operation you select the Panasonic projector claims 2000 to 5000 hours on a lamp. That’s about as good as it gets. Of course, the projector lamp dims over time, but most projectors are happy to claim about 2000 hours, so this is impressive.

Connections

The AE700u has everything you need: 1 computer input, one HDMI (DVI compatible), 1 component, and the usual S-video and composite. There is also a screen trigger. This is as much as any projector in the price range – or even a couple of thousand more – has to offer. A second set of components or HDMI would of course be nice especially the components – for anyone who doesn’t have an AV receiver that has component switching. In the real world one could have as many as 3 or 4 total digital (HDMI) and Component sources.

Setup

No problems to report here. It will take you almost as long to unbox the projector as to get it hooked up. Lots of room between connectors on the back, so that larger cables aren’t a problem. The first thing, though once you have power and an image on the screen. Go to the options menu and turn on Noise Reduction and Digital Reality. Later once you determine what is best in terms of brightness you can decide what to do about lamp brightness.

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