Panasonic PT-AX100U Projector Review: Summary, Pros, Cons
Panasonic has done it this time. They took a very good PT-AE900U projector - which they say, has been the best selling home theater in the US, and improved on it. Not just a little, but dramatically.
I'll get this over with now.
Then, it has improved black levels, taking them to an acceptable level for at least 95% of the projector buyers out there. The black levels, which I described as very good, is one of the few things that the PT-AX100U does that isn't exceptional. The PT-AX100U's improvement in sharpness over the older PT-AE900U, is significant, although the softness of the older Panasonic projector was one of its weaknesses. The new PT-AX100U isn't the sharpest projector out there. For example, my own more expensive BenQ PE8720 is visibly sharper (not drastically, just a little). Overall, sharpness is typical for a projector in this price range, and that's not a bad thing! What is really significant about the improvement in sharpness, is that at the same time Panasonic dramatically improved their "Smooth Screen" technology which makes pixels less visible. They have gone so far with the technology, that the PT-AX100U has noticeably less visible pixels than even the DLP projectors, which normally are better than LCD projectors in this regard! This is a big deal, because you can now sit significantly closer than with any other LCD projector, and also closer than any DLP projector, and not be bothered with seeing pixel structures, or the Screen Door Effect. Overall, the Panasonic offers the maximum placement flexibility in your room, has plenty of control over image quality, feels like it's well built, and is certainly priced right considering its impressive performance! Here's a pretty lopsided list: