Posted on September 23, 2016 By Art Feierman
There aren’t a whole lot of frills with the HC1040, this is a “light warrior” prepared to battle ambient light. True, it does have a dynamic iris to help out with black levels, but like really all sub-$1000 projectors, black levels are still definitely “entry level.”
Most noticeably missing, as noted is 3D. Now I’m a fan, but I realize most folks don’t have 3D on their list, so that probably won’t cost the Home Cinema 1040 many sales. Still, if 3D is your thing, consider the not quite as bright Home Cinema 2040 which took the Best Value award in the under $1000 “class”, but is still pretty bright. Because of the HC2040’s feature set it is the better selling of these two competing models (same price), but the HC1040 does have the extra lumens for those brighter rooms or just more intentional ambient light.
Warranty is great for the price. 2 years with 2 years of rapid replacement service. Most near the price have a 1 year parts/labor warranty, although Viewsonic has a 3 year warranty.
Hardware wise, there’s a manual zoom lens with a typical amount (1.2:1) of zoom for the price, lots of keystone correction, for respectable placement flexibility. Did I mention that at 5.7 pounds it’s “backpack” portable, in a pinch. There’s a pretty decent built-in speaker and an audio out. Of course, a separate sound system is always better.
I seem to recommend this projector to a lot of folks who aren’t mounting it, but taking it out when using, as well as more permanent setups. Some of those folks are projecting onto walls, not screens. This is a brute force projector designed to give you a “huge” image with great color. Not a whole lot of frills (few in fact), but the first time you fire up 100+ inches you’ll immediately remember why you like this projector. Bright, powerful imagery, with really good skin tones and color in general, “right out of the box.”
If you aren’t an aficionado, just want big and beautiful, and also easy, and no hassle, this is a great first projector!
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