Projector Reviews

Mitsubishi HD1000U Projector Review: Summary,Pros, Cons

Welcome to the first of a new generation of low cost home theater projectors. The Mitsubishi HD1000U (link to specs) looks to be one of the very least expensive new 720p resolution projectors hitting the market this fall. Right now it looks like an excellent overall value, although we may come to find over the next few months that this projector is just typical of the newest crop of projectors priced from $999 to $1999. Excellent out of the box color performance, and a bright image are its main strengths. The HD1000U cannot match the black levels of some slightly more expensive models, but, but does do a good enough job that all, but those demanding a higher level of technical performance, will not be bothered by the black levels. On the other hand, it does a very good job in terms of shadow detail, and is better than a number of more expensive projectors in this regard.

Watching the HD1000U is very enjoyable – natural, film-like. It is just easy to watch. That first viewing of Phantom of the Opera, gave me that feeling, and now after logging around 20 hours on the projector, rewatching the same portions of Phantom, and my opinion hasn’t changed at all.

Pros

  • Very bright projector
  • Good shadow detail
  • Menus, almost all functionality on just four main menus
  • Very good manual, comprehensive, good level of explanation on most functions
  • Minimal maintainence – no filters to clean, replace lamp when needed (2000 hours full power, 3000 hours low power)
  • Brilliant Color processing provides rich images
  • 10 bit color processing for smoother gradiations
  • Very quiet in low power mode
  • Very film-like, natural, easy to watch
  • Price Performance
  • Ease of Use

Cons

  • Dim lighting on remote control
  • Limited range of zoom lens (typical of DLP projectors), Lacks placement flexibility of LCD competitors
  • Lacking a 2nd HDMI input
  • Large amount of lens offset, requires projector to be placed well above or below the screen surface
  • Moderate noise levels in full power mode
  • No lens shift (the “rule” for under $2500 DLP projectors)
  • Light leakage
  • One year warranty

Typical Capabilities

  • Must unmount the projector to change the lamp
  • Remote functionality
  • Lamp life
  • Styling
  • Inputs