Posted on August 29, 2015 By Art Feierman
Some quick comments about the best of the non-winners:
One of many low cost 1080p projectors that are mostly “crossover” projectors – designed primarily for business/education, but suitable for home entertainment. What sets this ViewSonic apart from other good, but not exceptional low cost projectors is its 3 year warranty, and low price. Color is only good, out of the box but it calibrates nicely. Of the lowest cost 1080p DLP projectors, probably my favorite especially priced in the low $600s. At this price point I think a longer warranty is a real plus, and the Viewsonic delivers on that.
A single chip DLP projector with particularly fine black level performance for under $2000. Color accuracy held this one back. Calibrating it certainly helped, but it still came up short of the great color we like. I much prefer the new HD161X aka HD50, which is new this year. The HD25-LV is over four years old. It just won’t go away.
A fine projector even if I prefer the Epson UB projectors that use the same LCD panels. Not quite as good at black levels or brightness, or warranty, but some interesting features. It’s the least expensive good projector with lens memory, and motorized zoom and focus (which lens memory needs). The PT-AE8000U is finishing its fourth year on the market (the price has come down a great deal).
Another projector more than a year on the market, the W7500 is a tough competitor, with good blacks, every good color, and lots of brightness. It was a serious contender, but its price point was a little high, typically selling for about $2500 compared to its competitors. The W7500 is a cut above the lower cost DLP projectors, including the Optoma HD50 which was our Runner-Up in the $1000 – $2000 range.
Please remember that it’s not which is the best projector, but which is the best projector for your viewing tastes, your room conditions, your budget, etc. That said, these projectors are the standouts of the reviewed projectors shipping at this time – which is summer of 2014.
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