Panasonic PT-DW5000U DLP Projector Review

Pros

  • Very bright
  • Very good contrast, black levels and shadow detail
  • Especially good color handling
  • Industrial strength build quality
  • Dual lamps for non-stop operation
  • Six quick release bayonet style lenses to choose from
  • Optional long life lamps allows up to 47 weeks of continuous 24/7 operation
  • Horizontal (manual) and vertical lens shift for placement flexibility and to allow multiple projectors to be stacked for maximum brightness
  • Liquid cooled: Unbelievably w ide operating temperature range
  • Networking capabilities, with web browser control, and email notification for up to 65 projectors
  • 3D color control (not mentioned elsewhere in the review)
  • RGBCYM color control
  • Wireless presentations (with remote, plus optional wireless mouse receiver)
  • Lamps can be replaced without unmounting the projector
  • Good compression technology
  • Very good video performance
  • 3X color wheel
  • Easy filter cleaning
  • Cool down with power disconnected
  • Can operate with projector at any angle
  • Plenty of inputs
  • Reasonably quiet
  • 8 built in test patterns for easy professional setup
  • Very good manual
  • 2 year warranty with overnight replacement program both years

Cons

  • Color in brightest mode not quite as good (yellows and reds) as LCD projectors
  • Standard lamp life at full power is only rated 1300 hours
  • A little bit of image noise in video

Typical capabilities

  • Remote control
  • Menu layout and navigation

As you can see, there are tons of Pros, and I could barely come up with a handful of Cons and Typicals. The PT-DW5000U is simply loaded with high performance capabilities, and innovative design features. More to the point, there are no serious deficiencies that I could find. Whether your application requires heavy duty operation cycles, harsh operating environments or you just need a high power widescreen projector, the PT-DW5000U should be at the top of your shopping list. Boardrooms, auditoriums, church sanctuaries, command and control centers, the list of environments and applications where the PT-DW5000U would be exceptional is extremely long.

If I had to come up with my biggest complaint, it is probably that this projector should have been on the market sooner. And, as long as I mention bringing projectors to market, it is my hope that Panasonic will quickly follow the PT-DW5000U with a widescreen version of their much less expensive less powerful, non-liquid cooled, single lamp PT-D3500U. True, dual lamp projectors (if you need to run both lamps simultaneously) are fairly expensive to operate, but, if you need high power and reliability, they are sure easy to justify

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There are less expensive widescreen projectors available, but I’m not aware of any with that can match the DW5000U’s 4500 real lumens, video performance or operational flexibility.

I almost hate going on and on with such enthusiasm, but I would have to say that the DW5000U is simply the most impressive commercial projector I have tested to date. I believe that, overall, to surpass this projector’s overall performance, you will need to look to 3 chip DLP projectors costing $25,000 to $75,000+. I think that says it all. Congratulations to Panasonic.

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