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Mitsubishi HC5000 Projector Reviews: Summary, Pros, Cons-4

Posted on October 25, 2006 by Art Feierman

HC5000BL Cons

  • Brightness is average - limiting screen size, and a potential problem with those dealing with more than a minimum of ambient light
  • Remote's range is slightly limited
  • Backlight comes on when you press any button - I prefer a dedicated backlight button

HC5000BL - Typical Performance

  • Average brightness
  • Lamp life at full power
  • Warranty


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Mitsubishi HC5000 Projector - The Bottom Line

The HC5000BL's overall color performance is excellent, black levels very good, shadow detail very good, and virtually no blown out near whites either. It one of the best projectors we have seen in terms of Performance out of the box, without adjustment. Combine that with an impressive feature set, including motorized zoom, focus, and lens shift, plenty of placement flexibility, and, as previously noted, a very sharp image, then consider it is the lowest priced of any of the announced 1080p projectors. The end result is that the Mitsubishi HC5000BL is an excellent projector at a very excellent price (for 1080p), and thus, truly deserving of our Hot Product Award.

Overall, I have been impressed with just about every Mitsubishi home theater projector I have reviewed. In the past, Mitsubishi has been a bit premium priced, and that has been one of their only weaknesses. This time around, looks like Mitsubishi wants to be the low price leader. That's really nice for all of us!

I am pretty confident, that just about anyone who buys an HC5000BL will end up loving it!

I, too, am shopping for a 1080p projector. Having watched the HC5000BL extensively (about 14 hours of content viewing), it is certainly a serious contender for my theater. My only reservation is brightness, which again is "average", because of my very large screen. Of course, none of the other announced under $10,000 1080p projectors is claiming to be brighter than the Mitsubishi HC5000 - what a dilemma! -art

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