Thanks to the liquid cooling system, the Panasonic is rated to be able to work in temperatures up to 110 degrees fahrenheit!
Unlike a few new widescreen DLP's just now reaching the market, from the likes of Mitsubishi (we just reviewed the HD4000U) and Optoma EP1690 (review follows this one), the Panasonic PT-DW5000U is a true commercial projector, built for heavy duty cycle operation, if need be. And even if you aren't running it 8 or even 24 hours a day, it still has far more brightness and more features than those much smaller portable widescreen projectors. In addition it even offers two types of lamps, the standard ones and extremely long life lamps. The list of other enhancements goes on, and on. I'll try to touch on as many as possible in this review. Despite the power, and big time features like dual lamps, the PT-DW5000U is surprisingly light, weighing in at only 32 pounds. Most dual lamp projectors start at about 50 pounds. That combined with a sealed light path that keeps dust from interfering with the projected image, should make this the darling of the commercial rental community.
The PT-DW5000U should be popular in a wide range of locations and applications. These should include: auditoriums, sports books and bars, churches, digital signage, general "rental and staging" applications, universities, high end boardrooms, and also, it should be especially desirable in movie theaters to project movie trailers and advertising before a movie.
There are two versions of the DW5000: The PT-DW5000U, which comes with a standard zoom lens, or, for those needing a different lens, the PT-DW5000UL, which comes without a lens.
Time to get started!