Projector Review: October 2006

2:55 AM

HP VP6120 Digital Projector

HP VP6120The HP VP6100 Series Digital Projector integrates high-performance optical engine projection and a user-friendly design to deliver high reliability and ease of use.

PRODUCT FEATURES:Small and light for portability;Compact remote control;High quality manual zoom lens;One-key auto-adjustment to display the best picture quality;Digital keystone correction to correct distorted images;Adjustable color balance control for data/video display;Ultra-high brightness projection lamp;Ability to display 16.7 million colors;On-screen menus in 11 languages;Switchable Presentation/ Video mode for data/ video display;Powerful AV function to provide high quality AV picture;HDTV compatibility (YPBPR).


  • Enjoy state-of-the-art projection with better contrast and picture reliability than from comparable analog projectors, thanks to DLP technology.

  • Project an ultrabright and beautiful image even in a well-lit room, with the 2,000 peak ANSI lumens, 2,000:1 contrast ratio, and true XGA resolution of 1024 x 768.

  • Show a frame on the main image with the picture-in-picture feature.

  • Live large, watching sports events, videos, and TV shows in giant size (using an external tuner) with the S-video composite and component video inputs.

  • Plug in an external monitor to keep track of what's onscreen and ensure flawless presentations.

  • Attach and easily switch between multiple peripherals, such as a DVD player, notebook PC, and VCR at the same time; the projector recognizes what's active and optimizes brightness and color intensity for presentations and movies.

  • Instantly switch between devices; the projector recognizes what's active and optimizes brightness and color intensity accordingly. >

  • Keep it quiet; the operating noise level is only 36 dB.

  • Use virtually anywhere: it's portable, lightweight, and table or ceiling mountable.

  • Move around and engage the audience with the wireless remote control.

  • Reach the back row of the audience through the 3-watt speakers.

  • Easily set up and use; this projector automatically detects the input signal and adjusts for optimal image quality.

  • Enjoy the confidence of a two-year limited warranty. For additional warranty coverage, consider HP's Warranty Upgrades.

  • HP VP6120 Details:
  • Display technology: Single chip 0.7-in 12° DMD XGA

  • Lumens: 2000

  • Resolution: 1024 x 768

  • Contrast: 1000:1

  • Projected Image Size: Adjustable from 37.5 in to 240 in (diagonal)

  • Projection Lens: F/2.6; f=23.2 ~ 28.38 mm; manual zoom and manual focus

  • Keystone Correction: ±7º (14º total)

  • Video Capability: S-video, composite, component, HDTV (up to 1080i)

  • Output Compatibility: PC (640 x 400 to 1024 x 768), compressed (1280 x 1024), Composite-Sync, Sync-on-Green, Interlace mode (C8514A)

  • Resizing Of Images To Full Screen: Automatic

  • Detection Of Computer Signal Input: Automatic

  • Image Synchronization: Automatic

  • Remote Control Wireless: IR

  • Lamp Type: 250-watt UHP

  • Lamp life: 2,000 hours (standard), 3,000 hours (economy)

  • Power Supply: Input voltage 100-240V (+/- 10%), 50/60 Hz (+/- 3 Hz)

  • In the box: HP vp6120 digital projector; Cable, VGA; Cable, RCA (composite, 3-headed white/yellow/red); Cable, Audio (PC Audio Cable, 1 headed green/blue); Credit Card Remote for projector including battery; Power cable; Information Materials including: Warranty Information Manual, Users Guide on CD, Support Guide, Quick Set-up Guide, Video Port Instruction Card

  • Width: 12 inches

  • Depth: 9.5 inches

  • Height: 4.5 inches

  • Weight: 6.7 pounds

  • Warranty, parts: 2 years

  • Warranty, labor: 2 years

  • Customer Review: Looks ok, works like?

    We bought this unit for use at the office and it worked great for the first few months. Then it started searching for signal from time to time. Now it just quits working after about 30-40 minutes with the Lamp Fail indicator lit. A shut down wait 5-10 min and restart gets it running again, at least for a time.

    After reading the other review about BenQ insides did a little searching and found the BenQ PB8220 looks very much the same as the VP6120. Hmmmm we feel cheated and are looking into repair/return options.

    Customer Review: My VP6120 is unreliable -- and I think I know why >

    When I first set this up it performed perfectly - picture is great, I bought it for DVD play back and use a PC for doing just that; you can't beat XGA DVD play back using a PC. (well you couldn't at the time anyway, but you can buy HD DVD players now which should do just as well). 2 months later it kept shutting down with the Lamp Fail indicator lit. I phoned HP and after a few calls they sent a new lamp with little fuss, cheers HP! But the new lamp had some sort of problem and it produced bright patches on the screen (the kind I didn't want - by the way HP I don't think ANY of your users would be stupid enough to NOT try projecting a different image, DUH).

    After another couple of calls HP sent a second replacement lamp, cheers again. Everything was fine for a few months, but now the main cooling fan has failed, so the thing overheats and shuts down. I couldn't resist the temptation and opened the unit up (its just a bloody $5 fan crippling my $2000 projector):

    THE GUTS ARE ALL BENQ! This projector appears to be a rebadged BENQ projector. Only thing is that BENQ's equivalent is only 1700 lumens / 200W lamp. HPs is 2000 lumens / 250W lamp. Is my HP fitted with an overpowered lamp perhaps? Did HP decide to squeeze too much from their (ahem... i mean, BENQs, or do I really mean ACERs?) design?

    Conclusion: This projector looks and feels like HP - but does it last like HP? I might be the unlucky one.

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    5:56 PM

    ViewSonic PJ1060 Office Theater Projector

    ViewSonic PJ1060Professional presentations are a snap with ViewSonic's PJ1060 multimedia projector. Brilliant detail and vivid images are just two of the many reasons why it leads the XGA conference-room projection category. The PJ1060 features picture-in-picture for flexibility and Digital Keystone Correction so you can square the picture at almost any angle. The PJ1060 is perfect for use in conference rooms, auditoriums, large classrooms and religious sanctuaries. The addition of a ViewSonic wide-angle lens or long-throw lens allows you to produce excellent images from most any distance, and if you want to use a rear-screen application the PJ1060 can easily accommodate. No matter what kind of lighting or audience you're working with, you're sure to appreciate the performance of the PJ1060.

    With the ViewSonic PJ 1060 Office Theater Projector, giving professional presentations will be a snap! Image is everything with a projector, and with this one your pictures will be brilliant and vivid. That's because the PJ 1060 offers high resolution at 1,024 x 768 plus brightness from the XGA 2000 ANSI lumens lamp, so you'll have the convenience of making your presentation without having to dim the lights.

    Offering picture-in-picture capability, this projector will not only enhance your presentation but your audience's viewing experience as well. The picture-in-picture feature will allow you to view video and computer data simultaneously. Digital keystone correction means you can square the picture from any angle. And two ports mean you can connect two computers simultaneously. The PJ 1060 is PC and Macintosh compatible.

    Other features of the PJ 1060 include a wireless remote with image freeze and magnify and a built-in mouse and laser pointer. A power focus and power zoom lens will deliver your images to a display of 30 to 300 inches (measured diagonally). Stereo speakers are also included. The PJ 1060 has been designed to be portable, so it weighs only 13.2 pounds. Its dimensions are 11.4 by 4.9 by 15.5 inches. This projector is backed by ViewSonic's free and convenient 24-hour technical support, as well as a three-year limited warranty (only 90 days on the lamp). --Linda Anderson

    ViewSonic PJ1060 Details:

    # LCD type: 1.3-inch polysilcon (x3) stripe pixel, TFT active matrix
    # Pixel format: 2,359,296 (1,024 x 768 x 3)
    # Lens: Power focus, power zoom
    # Display size: 30 to 300 inches (measured diagonally)
    # Focus distance: 3.6 to 36 feet
    # Lamp: 190 watts, compact UHB (ultrahigh brightness)
    # Brightness: 2,000 ANSI lumens (peak)
    # Contrast ratio: 200:1
    # Speakers: Stereo
    # Power: 2 watts (1 watt x 2)
    # Video input signal: RGB analog, NTSC, PAL, SECAM, S-Video
    # Synch input signal: H/V separated (TTL)
    # Frequency input signal: Fh
    # Compatibility: PC and compatibles (from VGA to 1,280 by 1,024 noninterlaced), Power Mac (up to 1,280 x 1,024)
    # RGB input connector: 15-pin HD, mini D-sub x 2
    # RGB output connector: 15-pin HD, Mini D-sub (x1)
    # Video connector: RCA x 1 (composite)
    # S-Video connector: S-connector (separate)
    # Audio connector: M3 stereo minijack x 2, RCA x 2 (left, right)
    # Voltage: 100 to 240 volts, 50 to 60 Hz, auto switch
    # Power use: 370 watts
    # Physical controls: Standby on/off, menu (left, right, up, down), input, reset, mute
    # Remote: Power, menu, volume +/-, mute, laser, freeze, magnify +/-, menu on, mouse on, mouse left/right, timer, input, position on, cursor, reset
    # Onscreen controls: Volume, brightness, contrast, sharpness, V/H position, H-phase, H-size, color, tint, color balance, input select, keystone, video detect (auto, NTSC, PAL, SECAM, M-PAL), mirror, blank, startup, COM speed, COM bits, timer, 7 languages, auto off, startup
    # Other features: DDC1, DDC2B, H/V mirror image, controllable through RS-232 port
    # Dimensions: 11.4 by 4.9 by 15.5 inches
    # Weight: 13.2 pounds
    # Warranty: 3 years (limited), 90 days on lamp

    Customer Review: Home Theater Powerhouse

    I bought my PJ1060 for a home theatre setup. The 2000 lumen projection is more than adequate for daytime viewing of a 100" diagonal DA-Lite screen (projection distance ~15'). With inversion and keystoning features, I was able to mount the projector upside down from the ceiling using a third party mounting kit. Since I have a TV-tuner card (ATI All-in-Wonder Radeon) in my computer, I watch TV in 1024 x 768 resolution RGB mode, as opposed to Video mode. The quality is super. Projection of PC DVD movies is even better. I have had my projector for a year now without problems, operating it on average, several hours a day . I have not had to replace the bulb yet. The only reason I'm not giving the projector 5 stars, is that it does not support 1280x1024 non-interlaced. However, in my opinion, the price/performance ratio is excellent.

    Customer Review: Light, handy and useful!
    This very light, portable projector is perfect for small conference rooms. It is easy to set up and connects in a snap to your laptop. Don't leave home without it!

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    1:44 AM

    Sony VPL-HS60

    Sony VPL-HS60 Home Theater Video Projector

    Equipped with the latest in 3LCD panel technology, Sony's VPL-HS60 high-definition front projector brings your favorite movies to life. It's loaded with features like an advanced iris function, high contrast ratio of up to 10000:1, and three WXGA LCD panels that provides 1280 x 720 resolution. Also, an all range crisp focus (ARC-F) lens, Real Color Processor (RCP) and an improved lamp life combined with a lightweight, versatile design and easy-to-use features help to create the ultimate home theater experience.

    Full Digital Processing Sony's Full Digital Processing circuits include a number of processes designed to optimize picture performance of any input source. The 12-Bit Panel Driver achieves excellent gradation reproduction and a high level of detail. The I/P Converter attains a sharp image and superior diagonal line reproduction. It can also process HD I/P conversion resulting in a precise and high density image. A significant improvement in signal to noise ratio is also realized.

    Full Digital Processing Power Requirements - 100 to 240V, 50/60 Hz Power Consumption - Max 260W, Standby 5W Acceptable Signals - (Video) 15kHz RGB/Component 50/60Hz, Progressive component 50/60Hz, DTV (480/60i, 575/50i, 480/60p, 575/50p, 720/60p, 720/50p, 1080/60i, 1080/50i), 1080/24PsF, Composite video, Y/C video Acceptable Computer Signals - RGB, Horizontal 19-72kHz Vertical - 48-92Hz Maximum Input Signal Resolution - WXGA (1280 x 768 fV - 60Hz) NTSC, PAL, SECAM, NTSC 4.43, PAL-M, PAL-N, PAL60 HDMI - High Definition Multimedia Interface Digital RGB Power On - DC 12V, output impedence - 4.7 kilohms Power Off - 0V (mini jack) Digital Overscan - 0% (without mask, without scan conversion) Analog - 5% (without mask, with scan conversion) Contrast Ratio - 1200 - 10000 - 1 with Auto Iris Unit Dimensions - Width 13 5/8 x Height 5 7/8 x Depth 14 5/8 inches, 348mm x 135mm x 360mm Unit Weight - 12.

    Advanced Iris Function
    This function reproduces bright images in bright scenes and deeper blacks in dark scenes by dynamically changing the opening according to the level of input signal. Working with the Micro Lens Array and WB (Wide View) film a 4.5 times improvement in contrast ratio can now be realized over previous models. In the "Auto" mode an awesome contrast ratio of up to 10,000:1 can now be achieved.

    Lens Shift Function
    This function adjusts the picture position both vertically (total shift of 2 picture heights maximum up to maximum down) and horizontally (total shift of 1 picture height maximum left to maximum right) to allow for off center positioning and very flexible installation options. The projector can be mounted above the top of the screen, or below the bottom of the screen, by up to ½ screen height. And it uses the full panel to maintain the best possible resolution and highest possible picture quality.

    ARC-F (All Range Crisp Focus) Lens
    The All Range Crisp Focus Lens delivers an 8% improvement in focus to the center of the screen and a 20% improvement in focus to the corner of the screen.

    RCP (Real Color Processing)
    Real Color Processing allows the user to target specific colors on the picture and fine adjust their color and hue without changing the overall picture's color and hue. For instance, the color of a strawberry can be fine adjusted without impacting the skin tones. Or the blue in a sky can be adjusted without affecting the color of water. And green grass can be adjusted without influencing the other colors in the picture.

    Full Digital Processing
    Sony's Full Digital Processing circuits include a number of processes designed to optimize picture performance of any input source. The 12-Bit Panel Driver achieves excellent gradation reproduction and a high level of detail. The I/P Converter attains a sharp image and superior diagonal line reproduction. It can also process HD I/P conversion resulting in a precise and high density image. A significant improvement in signal to noise ratio is also realized.

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    10:00 PM



    HITACHI CP-S370WThe CP-S370W is equipped with a new lens that improves the clarity of peripheral areas, which tend to be out of focus. Images are sharp and clear not only in the center, but in every corner. This means you can clearly project not only still images of detailed tables and graphs, but also images that must be sharp from edge to edge. The video signal is processed digitally, providing accurate color reproduction, low noise and consistently sharp video images.Naturally, image quality is a prime concern, and with the 3 Series, you get high-resolution, true SVGA compatibility. Quality is a further improved by a Fine Re-Sizing function that automatically performs data loss compensation.

    There are three Gamma Correction models: Normal, Cinema and Dynamic. The Cinema mode increases brightness to improve the clarity of low-level gradations, while the Dynamic mode improves the middle range. Low and High Color Temperature Correction modes are also available. The High mode greatly improves skin tones when watching DVDs played from a PC. The CP-S370W is equipped with two RGB inputs that enable direct connection to two PCs, along with an RGB output. In addition to composite and S-video inputs, there are also component video inputs (RCA x 3) that ensure high quality when watching DVDs. And thanks to HDTV compatibility, you can experience the outstanding beauty and realism of HDTV images on a large screen.

    HITACHI CP-S370W Features and Technical Details
    Model: CPS370W
    Item Package Quantity: 1
    Hardware Platform: PC, Mac
    Display: LCD projector
    form_factor: Portable
    minimum_image_size: 2.5 feet
    maximum_image_size: 25 feet
    display_color_support: 24-bit (16.7 million colors)
    display_resolution_maximum: 800 x 600
    image_aspect_ratio: 16:9, 4:3
    image_brightness: 2200 ANSI lumens
    minimum_screen_distance: 4 feet
    maximum_screen_distance: 52 feet
    lamp_type: UHB
    audio_output_type: Speaker(s)
    Width: 11.7 inches
    Depth: 9 inches
    Height: 3 inches
    Weight: 7.1 pounds

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