Eyes On the Mitsubishi HC4900U, Cheapest 1080p Projector in the World

mits_front444.jpgHow much 1080p projector can you get for $US1,995? We took a close look at the Mitsubishi HC4900U, selling for $US2495 with a $US500 rebate until the end of this month (but company reps whisper that might go on indefinitely), and are happy to report that you get your money's worth with the lowest-priced 1080p projector in the world. Let's tote up the good and the bad.

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The Good: That crispy-sharp 1080p resolution is hard to resist, and the LCD's output is colourful enough for all but the eyes of the most persnickety Hollywood colourist. No screen door effect was visible, sometimes a problem with old LCD projectors.

The Bad: That $500 rebate thing. Just go ahead and lower the price already, you numbskulls. You're not fooling anybody.

The Ugly: This projector's blacks can't really be called black, more like washed-out grey. But if you have a nice, dark room, the theatre illusion remains.

The Secret: A techie tipster tells us if you're a careful tweaker, you can almost match this projector's colour and contrast with its more-expensive ($US3995) brother containing the "Hollywood Quality" silicon Optix HQV chip on board. [Mitsubishi]

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