Samsung SP-A600 Projector Review

All considered, the Samsung is likely a good value, with only real question relating to the performance of those new low cost models, which could pose a serious threat to the Samsung’s price/performance. That said, the Samsung SP-A600 is well balanced, very watchable, and brighter than most, low cost 1080p home theater projector!

It’s one of those projectors that a first-time buyer can really enjoy, and a good first step 1080p projector for those who catch the “bug” and become enthusiasts.

Samsung SP-A600 Projector: Pros, Cons, and Typical Capabilities

Samsung SP-A600 Projector: Pros

  • Good out of the Box picture quality
  • Very good color accuracy post calibration in best mode (Movie 1)
  • Well balanced, good overall picture quality (although gamma is off a bit)
  • A very bright entry-level projector in its “best” mode, just above average brightness in its brightest mode
  • Two HDMI 1.3 inputs, full support for 24 fps, Deep Color, CEC etc.
  • Well laid out menu system
  • Longer than average lamp life for lower cost of operation
  • No filters to change, minimizing maintenance
  • Rainbow effect minimized, and not an issue for most who are moderately sensitive

Samsung SP-A600 Projector: Cons

  • The remote control’s lack of a backlight
  • Dark shadow detail, while good, isn’t up to a few other projectors priced similarly
  • Limited placement flexibility, and no lens shift
  • Black level performance is definitely entry level
  • Slight light leak out one side (minor)
  • Gamma is off: Film gamma too high, Video too low
  • No support for an anamorphic lens

Samsung SP-A600 Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • Audible noise – just about average, and a little quieter than most DLP models
  • Documentation? That’s a maybe, as this pre-production projector didn’t come with one
  • Warranty (2 years)

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