Acer Aspire ES1-511-C59V 15.6-Inch Laptop (Diamond Black) Top Laptop 2014

Acer Aspire ES1-511-C59V 15.6-Inch Laptop (Diamond Black)

Acer Aspire ES1-511-C59V 15.6-Inch Laptop (Diamond Black)


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Okay, I just gotta unleash a quick rant based on a few reviews I read on here about this PC:

Be a responsible buyer and READ the description of what’s included to make sure you’re buying something you really want. Too many complain about “oh, this didn’t come with so-and-so, I’m so pissed off”. If you read the info about the item, you probably wouldn’t have a problem. That’s why the seller takes the time to post what you need to know. Second, if you want a laptop that performs like a $10,000 laptop, then go out and BUY a $10,000 laptop rather than buying one for $250 and complaining about it for being cheap in reviews. I mean, common sense seems to be a lost skill in our society, it’s a shame.

Now I feel better…moving on to my review!

I’m a college student and was looking for a cheap laptop to help me with school as well as other casual things like watching videos, emailing, and watching Netflix. I just received this recently and I’m already in love with it! The laptop is very lightweight and the perfect size. It’s my first time using Windows 8 after years of using XP and Windows 7 so I’m still getting a feel for the software. All I needed was a computer that could handle my daily activities online, nothing fancy or overpriced and this Acer fits all my needs. You can’t beat a laptop for under $250, it’s a great deal!

A few quick things: There is only one numerical pad at the top, none on the side of the letters like other computers. There’s also no CD drive so you’ll have to buy an external drive, use a flash drive, or download certain programs you need. Other than that, this laptop is perfect and I’m glad I got it. If you need a standard entry-level laptop for casual to moderate use, you can’t go wrong with this one.

BIG TIP as of 8/2/2014: I found a way to make the tiny sound speakers sound better! Go to the audio icon in the right-hand corner. LEFT-CLICK and go to PLAYBACK DEVICES. LEFT-CLICK on SPEAKERS and click on PROPERTIES. Go to ENHANCEMENTS tab and click box next to LOUDNESS EQUALIZATION. That should make the laptop sound much louder and fuller. Enjoy!

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 15.6-Inch Laptop Top Laptop 2014

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 15.6-Inch Laptop

Toshiba Satellite C55-B5298 15.6-Inch Laptop


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I just received this laptop and here are my initial impressions:

The laptop is super thin. It is pretty close to MacBook Pro territory in terms of thinness. One inch is the sweet spot for laptop thinness in my point of view.

I was comparing this laptop to similarly priced Chromebooks and a similarly priced Dell Inspiron. The advantage over Chromebooks is obvious when you look at the specs. With this laptop you get two USB2 ports and 1 USB3 port. You get a larger screen at 15.6 inches. You get a full size hard drive at 500GB and a full size keyboard. The bottom line is that you get a full computer. I own a Samsung Chromebook and this laptop is better in every regard, except perhaps size and weight.

The advantage of this over the Dell Inspiron is the location of the speaker grills, USB 3.0, and the inclusion of a VGA port and an ethernet jack. As a part-time instructor, the inclusion of a VGA port is very important since I need to plug into a projector that uses VGA.

I purchased a Toshiba Satellite about 8 years ago for my wife. Over time, the power adapter port broke inside the laptop. The power adapter port inside that laptop was a barrel. The power cable and the barrel inside the laptop plug into each other. Somehow the barrel inside her old Toshiba broke off its mount points inside the laptop. Perhaps it was stress on the cable, since it sticks out quite far from the laptop when plugged in. It still works, but it is dangling inside, making the process of plugging it in more difficult. Additionally, the left mouse button broke on her old Toshiba.

Why do I mention this? I mention this because this laptop has the same barrel-style plug. The mouse buttons also feel very similar to her old Toshiba. They even have the same hollow clicking sound as her old laptop. I am afraid this laptop may exhibit the same issues over time. I recommend taking good care of this laptop to hopefully avoid these issues.

The keyboard of this laptop is super low profile. It looks great, but there is practically no movement of the keys. While this is an exaggeration, there is some truth to it too, because these keys are amazingly flat and short. I get the impression that these keys can’t take a beating. I am used to Lenovo Thinkpad keyboards at the office and a Thinkpad SL510 at home, just so you know what I am comparing this laptop’s keyboard to.

It feels well-built and solid, despite my past history with my wife’s Toshiba as described above. Only time will tell if the power plug, keyboard, and mouse buttons hold up to use.

The design style of this laptop is nice. I like the textured look and the black color. The sculpted lines of the sides of this laptop are attractive as well.

I have been using Windows 8 since the beta test, and I still find it awkward. This laptop did not come with a restore CD, so I suspect there is a restore partition, like most PCs.

The Celeron inside is not fast at all, but is good enough. I suspect the additional software bloat, like the included 30 day antivirus package is weighing its performance down. I will probably uninstall the software and just use the Microsoft antivirus that is built into Windows 8.

On Geekbench, this laptop scored 991 single core and 1701 multicore on the 64-bit benchmarks. On the 32-bit benchmarks, it scored 870 single core and 1367 multicore. These scores are lower than my Thinkpad SL510 with a Core2Duo chip inside from a couple of years ago (64-bit: 1184/1939 and 32-bit: 1094/1846). Then again, I paid three times as much for that laptop.

This laptop is good for its price. I’d say that price is its leading feature. For its price, you get a full size, fully capable PC laptop that can handle day to day tasks. I’d recommend this over a Chromebook for sure.

If I had to sum this up in one sentence, it is amazing how much computing power is included for the price.

As I use this more I will provide further updates.

LG Electronics 42LB5600 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV Top Brand like 2014

LG Electronics 42LB5600 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV

LG Electronics 42LB5600 42-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV


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I’m incredibly satisfied with this purchase. The picture is pristine, better than comparable TVs. Additionally, the sound quality is insanely good. It takes the place of the sound bar I used with my last TV (in other words, a home theater sound bar speaker is not needed). The size is very practical and perfect for a small - medium size TV room or a larger than average bedroom. The features are convenient and overall the controls are easy to navigate, making it user friendly. Lastly, I want to mention that the setup is quite simple and pretty quick.

Epson EX7220 Wireless WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 Color Lumens, 3000 White Lumens (V11H550020) | BestProduct 2014

Epson EX7220 Wireless WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 Color Lumens, 3000 White Lumens (V11H550020)

Epson EX7220 Wireless WXGA 3LCD Projector, 3000 Color Lumens, 3000 White Lumens (V11H550020)


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Vine Customer Review of Free Product (What’s this?) The Epson EX7220 isn’t a perfect projector, but it makes a strong case for itself in both business and home theater categories.

BUILD

The case is very generic, with a similar size and shape to most modern projectors in this price range. That size is not like a palmtop, but portable enough to transport between rooms at work. A case is included for this purpose. The plastic is pretty strong and could take minor abuse. The wireless dongle is external and might break off if knocked into.

PICTURE

You may have noticed that this projector has both a white brightness, as typical projectors do, and a color brightness. This is because Epson is understandably proud of the latter. A high color brightness means more vivid colors, and more contrast between colors. The result is a bold image that looks more lifelike and detailed. It makes boring business stuff like charts look great, and helps with skin tones in movies, which projectors are often terrible with.

That white brightness is pretty good too. While dark scenes in movies will still look muddy with the lights on, standard text and charts are still easy to read. I’ve even had an open window facing the screen and had no issues.

Motion is surprisingly good, without noticeable blurring during action scenes in movies.

There is one obvious shortcoming: WXGA. The resolution of this projector, at 1280x800, is highly superior to lower end 800x600 projectors and reasonable for the price, but the pixels are still pretty large when displayed on my 92” screen. If you are watching a movie or otherwise running in 16:9 (the projector accepts 1080p input), further resolution is lost as black bars are on the top and bottom of the screen. For PowerPoints, be careful to set the resolution on your PC or Mac to 1280x800 and the projector aspect ratio to “native.” This will get you the full resolution of the projector, apart from…

Keystoning for both horizontal and vertical offsets are available and easy to use. The slider for horizontal is great. There are no optical solutions, so the more keystoning you use, the lower your effective resolution.

NOISE & HEAT

The noise from the projector is not too offensive, but it is not whisper quiet at all. I don’t find it to be a problem. The exhaust port feels like a hair dryer on low, and will heat up a small room after a while. There is no way around this with a traditional bulb based projector. In short, this is a 200 W space heater.

REMOTE

The remote is not special, with a mess of buttons and not backlit, but it does the job well enough. The great thing is that it does not require pointing at the projector. Pointing at the screen worked fine for me.

WIFI

Miracast is the modern standard for streaming video, and is built into Windows 8 and some Android phones. Unfortunately, Epson uses its own proprietary standard that requires downloading an application. In Windows 8, I was able to get it running pretty easily, mirroring my screen to the projector. The Epson standard seems to lack the throughput to stream video, causing lag and choppiness when I tried. So, I think this would mainly be useful for PowerPoints or web surfing without video. Audio streamed without a hitch.

SUMMARY

The Epson EX7220 is in many ways a standard WXGA projector, but its color brightness is exceptional. It is a good choice for both business and fun.

Lenovo C260 19.5-Inch All-in-One Desktop (57327436) Black Top Desktop 2014

Lenovo C260 19.5-Inch All-in-One Desktop (57327436) Black

Lenovo C260 19.5-Inch All-in-One Desktop (57327436) Black

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Overview


The Lenovo C260 All-in-One is ideal for the whole family. Sleek, responsive, and affordable, it’s great for email, staying in touch with friends and family socially, home entertainment, school work and most everyday computer tasks. And during those rare times when no one is using it, the 19.5” unit tucks away neatly.


Features


At A Glance:

  • 19.5” HD+ display (1600 x 900)
  • Space-saving all-in-one design
  • Front-facing stereo speakers
  • Integrated DVD RW
  • USB AccuType keyboard
  • 720p HD webcam
  • Windows 8.1 with Bing
  • Lenovo Rescue System - a simple and quick way to backup and restore your data
  • Lenovo Assistant

Space-saving Design

The 19.5” display takes surprisingly little space on your desk, counter, or entertainment center. The unit itself is less than 2” deep, with clutter-free cable management. Everything tucks away neatly when nobody’s using the C260, even though those times will probably be rare.


Full Multimedia Experience

Integrated graphics support, an integrated DVD reader/writer, stereo speakers, and HDMI output offer crisp visuals and immersive sound for a fuller, more satisfying home entertainment experience.


AccuType Wireless Keyboard

Featuring a modern look and feel, the acclaimed AccuType keyboard has island-style, ergonomic keys that allow a more fluid, spacious, comfortable, and accurate typing experience than standard keyboard designs.

USB 3.0 SuperSpeed

Up to 10 times faster than previous USB technologies, the USB 3.0 SuperSpeed enables you to move data quickly between your PC and other devices.

Ample Storage and Memory

With 500GB of HDD storage, you won’t have to worry about where to put all your data, videos, music, or photos.


Integrated 720p HD Webcam

Chat with family and friends as if you’re right there next to them.


Lenovo Assistant

Keep it simple with Lenovo Assistant, an easy-to-use interface to organize your favorites, clean up history and junk files, and manage your PC’s network connections and energy consumption.


Lenovo Rescue System

Quickly and easily backup and recover system files, applications, drivers, and user files.

HDMI Output

The HDMI-out port allows easy connection to a large screen HD television or other monitor.




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I purchased this as a back up computer simply to access cloud based applications on the web in a business situation. For the price it is a pleasant surprise. It is able to access net applications without issue and it does so quickly. It is a bit slower to install software than my more robust computers, but outside of this, it does what I need it to do. I plan to purchase another one.

HP Pavilion 500-281 Desktop (Windows 7) Top Desktop 2014

HP Pavilion 500-281 Desktop (Windows 7)

HP Pavilion 500-281 Desktop (Windows 7)


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I had recently purchased a new computer with Windows 8 installed on it, and after using it for a few days, I returned it because I HATED Windows 8. Hate is not too strong a word. I am not a computer novice, I used to be a computer trainer before I retired, so I know how to use computers and was anxious to see what Windows 8 was all about. But after using it, I found that I hated everything about it returned the computer. I immediately started looking for a new HP computer with Windows 7 on it. I found this awesome HP computer with Windows 7 on Amazon and I have loved every minute of using it. It is super fast and came with a really nice wireless keyboard and mouse. It is going to be harder and harder to find new computers with Windows 7 installed on them. If you are in the market for a great computer at a great price, get one of these treasures before they are gone. You won’t regret it.

LG Electronics 55LB5900 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV Top Brand like 2014

LG Electronics 55LB5900 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV

LG Electronics 55LB5900 55-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED TV


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Excellent TV for the Price!

I want to first clarify some points others have been making in the reviews on this TV. It IS indeed 120hz, the person who left that review obviously had no idea what they were talking about. I’ve seen people dock it stars for the lack of smart functionality. This is not a smart TV. It has a basic,navigable, and responsive menu. I have also seen docked stars for lack of ports. The site plainly lists how many ports the TV has, it’s your own fault if you expected it to have more.

I have something plugged into every port on this TV, except the USB port (I have no need).
Xbox 360 plugged into the Component inputs (old style 360), WD Media Player into 1 HDMI, and a future HDMI cable already run for my future Xbox One. I also have standard coax cable hooked up to this TV as well. This is all I need the TV for, which is why I went with this one vs a TV with more options since budget was an issue.

I haven’t yet tweaked with the picture settings yet, but plan to and I hope to update this review when I do.

Pros:
-Beautiful display. My friends have commented on it’s sharpness, color, and thin bezel. Minimal glare, if any in my setup.
-Absolutely perfect response time. I am a very heavy gamer, and this works great for FPS and fast response games. If you plan on using this for any game console, this is your TV.
-Absolutely no ‘soap opera’ effect.
-Color and Blacks have been very impressive. My previous LCD LG (i think 09 model) would go to ‘lit black’ on dark scenes, kind of like an extremely dark grey. I would say this TV is as close to real color and contrast as you can get.
-Nice sized remote, not a wii type.
-This TV does have a physical power button on the bottom, that is kind of like a joystick you can navigate a mini menu. Cool feature.
-Optical out, which I also use with a Soundbar/Wireless sub-woofer.
-True 16:9. Fits fully on the screen, no black bars.

Cons:
-Wall mount issues. I have this TV wall mounted with the popular Cheetah mount on Amazon. If i could go back I’d choose a different wall mount. The ports on this TV are basically right in the middle of the back in the TV, right where the brackets for a wall mount go across. The Xbox 360. Coax, and HDMI fit, but BARELY. They are pressed hard into their slots from the bracket of the wall mount, and take hard right angles. Terrible design for the ports, I wish they were the waterfall type.
-I expected the built in speakers to be a little better, but I’m being pretty picky here. I only listened for about 10 mins before I hooked up my quality Soundbar just to test.

Other thoughts:
-I did have a negative experience with shipping this TV. took 2 weeks to get here via prime, and then the delivery driver entered our home with my young teenage sister, and forced her to help unbox the TV to make sure it worked. She called me at work and I rushed home. He was in desperate need of a shower and a haircut, and I forced him to leave. He also lifted the TV out of the box, the opposite of how it’s meant to be unboxed (TV drops out the bottom, box comes out on top). Terrible vendor shipment, I blame Amazon for this, not the product or manufacturer. Probably my first negative experience with Amazon shipping something.
-You will need another person to help wall mount, if you plan to. Math and measuring required, bring your thinking cap.
-I would highly recommend this TV to anyone looking for a budget upgrade with not all the ‘thrills, apps or 3D gimmicks’. I sit about 12 feet from this TV, and that is about perfect for games and very ideal for TV and Movies.

If you have any other detailed questions feel free to comment, I try and look at my reviews from time to time to help others make good purchasing decisions!

BenQ W1070 1080P 3D Home Theater Projector (White) | BestProduct 2014

BenQ W1070 1080P 3D Home Theater Projector (White)

BenQ W1070 1080P 3D Home Theater Projector (White)


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The BenQ W1070 is an amazing little box. All of the features and performance are in this little box that projector enthusiasts have had to (and still do!) pay thousands of dollars in other projectors. To get the features and performance that this projector provides at this price point is a regular joe’s dream. And the best part is that a nit picky videophile like myself will not feel like he has compromised performance for price. Folks are trading in their $3,000 plus projectors for the W1070 based on performance alone.

To back-peddle a bit this was the situation I was in…. I have a big air duct/bulk head going right through the middle of my theater room which has given me problems of what projector I could use. I was forced to use a short throw 720p projector (GT750) that had 3D. It was great for what it was and it served me VERY well for about a year but it was only 720p + no zoom + no len shift +… you get the idea. Placement flexibility was VERY limited and 720p wasn’t that bad but you could definitely notice especially when there was text on the screen. And there is text on my screen all the time with how much sports I watch.

For quite some time I had hoped that a 1080p 3D projector would come out that fit my space needs. The W1070 was a godsend! Even if I didn’t have the tight mounting space I would still get this projector.

I ceiling mounted the projector with an Atdec ceiling mount found here on Amazon and fine tuned the picture position using the Test Pattern buried in the W1070’s menu. For the novice mounter, you want to make sure that your measurements in relation to len and screen position are precise before you mount the projector. For the price, the Atdec ceiling mount did a great job allowing me to fine tune angles and picture position. The wiring was simple since when I finished my basement I ran the HDMI and power right over where I had planned to mount the W1070.

For those of you with lens shift/offset questions. My setup includes the following. The top of my screen is 15” from the ceiling. The center of the W1070 lens is about 8” from the ceiling. I have the lens 8’4” away from a 100” screen. I needed the top of the projected image to be 7” below the center of the lens at 8’4” away. I set the lens shift all the way “Up” on the W1070 (which is “Down” if ceiling mounting”) and that got me the EXACT offset I needed for the image to sit square. Very happy and relieved that my previous calcuations were correct and didn’t have to resport to image distorting digital keystone and zoom. Keep in mind that this projector has an offset so the image will be projected UP if table mounted and DOWN if ceiling mounted. for a 100” screen at 8’4” away the range of offset places the bottom/top of the image approximately 2.5” - 7.5” inches above/below the lens depending on how you mount it. This is crucial to know how it will affect your placement options.

In classic Pro/Con fashion after about a month with the projector here are my impressesions.

PROs

-Colors are AMAZING on this projector. There is a reason it is ISF certified. The colors are fantastic out of the box but are even better when calibrated. I have mine setup on Cinema mode with Brilliant Color set to ON in EcoSmart mode and the Gamma set to 2.2. That is the best combination of brightness/color/ and contrast for my setup.
-Sharpness and clarity are amazing. with 1080p Blu Ray content I was blown away with the clarity and depth of this projector. I also have a Darbee Darblet to help enhance depth and sharpness (highly recommended) but even without the Darblet the clarity and sharpness blew my old projector away.
-Brightness is GREAT! This is a bonafide light cannon. With Brilliant Color and Smart Eco on with the Gamma set to 2.2 I can watch pretty much anything I want with pretty good contrast with the lights and lamps on in the room.
-Black levels are above average. This projector will not get inky blacks like $10k projectors will but this holds its own. I was very impressed with the contrast and black levels on dark scenes and equally impressed with how much shadow detail was preserved in dark scenes. Huge improvement over previous projectors I have owned.
-3D on this projector will blow you away. Not only is 2D content bright and clear but the 3D on this projector utilizes new 144hz technology to make it extremely smooth. With gamma controls to control brightness and contrast I found a 1.8 Gamma setting to be just right. I watched Avatar and Tron in 3D on this projector and was blown away by the strain-free viewing experience. I got the Sainsonic 144hz DLP-Link glasses for cheap on eBay and they work very well. Just make sure the L/R sync is correct otherwise it will cause eye-strain.

I don’t care for…

-I wouldn’t consider audible fan noise a con on this projector… its just not SUPER quiet like on larger beasts of projectors. I wasn’t expecting this on this projector so I wasn’t disappointed. In complete silence you can hear it… I’ve never noticed it while watching content so that is what matters.
-For the first week or so there is a faint smell from the fan that is basically from the bulb burning off manufacturing residue. Its not strong and not a bad smell. Just an electric metal type of smell. Its gone now and I expect this from any new projector.
-Light leakage isn’t great. This would be my only official gripe on the projector. With it being so small there are less chambers and places for the light to go in the projector. This results in a fair amount of light leaking from the fan exhaust. This is emitted to the right of the image when table mounting and to the left if ceiling mounting. The good news is that there is nothing leaking on the image but on a dark scene it is noticeable and I have placed a small piece of paper to block it. (See pics) There is also a halo of light on the ceiling from my ceiling mounted W1070 - this is from the lens assembly and I suppose you could resolve this by fixing a lens hood to the lens. I don’t notice the halo when watching content and my ceiling is White White so it is more noticeable because of that. I’m fine with the halo but the fan light leakage had to be taken care of.

I really do love this projector and the small gripe with the light leakage I have with it was not enough to have me not give it 6/5 starts if I could… especially for the price.

Samsung UN32EH5000 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black) Top Brand like 2014

Samsung UN32EH5000 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black)

Samsung UN32EH5000 32-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED HDTV (Black)


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***UPDATE 2014 - July 17th ***
-Added updated panel identification information in the review and at the bottom. Credit to review comment from Dawn B. Roy.
-Added brief subjective experience.
-Listing of which panels to expect depending on the model/series (still, check your box, or the back of your TV as described below) - also credit to D.B.R.

Short version: A “TV” is a container for its panel, with some additional features (such as speakers). Buying a TV with a different panel, even if it’s the “same TV,” is buying a different TV. Samsung seems to think we don’t care - and many consumers may not. Most buyers may compare their new TV to an old one that isn’t even full HD or to a typical* computer monitor, so any panel will look great, even if it costs more than it should due to (arguably) deceptive practices. In my experience, my TV seems to have the deficits listed for its panel - subpar viewing angles, especially with dark colors.

*TN panel or a CRT, as opposed to IPS or anything with better viewing angles, color, etc.

FULL:
Many of these TVs don’t have a Samsung panel (the screen/the part that has/makes the image!)! I cannot believe this has not been mentioned. It makes a SUBSTANTIAL difference, because some panels they use should be in TV’s that cost $100 less.
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Can you imagine buying a car because you know its manufacturer uses great, reliable engines, only to find out that they use completely different engines without telling you, all of which are of lower quality? Samsung does this with their TVs, and some of them don’t EVER have Samsung panels (e.g., the 37” model will NEVER have a Samsung panel because they don’t make 37” panels). Samsung uses 4 different panel types from four different manufacturers - each with a substantially different technology.

You can tell which panel YOUR TV has by the “Version” on the sticker outside of the box. There’s also a sticker on the back of the TV; the “Version” code is below the Model number and above the S/N. BTW, reviews can’t be interpreted without the four-digit Version code because they are quite simply different TV’s. Here’s how to interpret them:
(“x” means a number, probably from 1-4, that represents the version of that panel - higher means newer but not always better).

TH0x or TS0x: Samsung S-PVA panel (possibly just a PVA, if you’re less lucky): This is what you thought you were buying. Best color, best black, best viewing angles.
HS0x: Sharp ASV panel: Lower contrast ratio, more narrow viewing angle. I read HS02 in particular has terrible ghosting.
A_0X: AOU A-MVA panel: Even lower contrast ratio.
CH0x or CM0x or CS0x: Chimea S-MVA panel: You lost the lottery. Markedly worse in every way - way worse viewing angle, color reproduction, etc. Just a terrible rip-off.
UPDATED 2014 July 17th: Quoting Dawn B. Roy, “Just remember A or M = AU Optronics, T, U, or W = Samsung, and H = Sharp. ” I have not followed the comment thread (my apologies), and do not know if the stopped using Chimea panels.

Mine, from Amazon, is an HS03, so a Sharp panel. I will be testing it tomorrow (DVD and watching football - no Blu-ray). There is a decent chance I return it, because it is not a Samsung. Also? Sony and Panasonic do much less “panel lottery” and are vowing to stop entirely. LG does not do a panel lottery. Samsung has absolutely no plans to stop, and they only use “standards” that won’t reveal a difference between the different panels.

I will update after doing more testing. I just simply could not believe that this was not mentioned. Nothing like finding out you paid $500 (40” model) for a $400 TV when that extra $100 could have been used for sound, Blu-Ray, etc.

**Other reviewers, please, update your reviews to give your version code!**

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UPDATED 10/24/12: Added info on how to find version number without the box.
UPDATED 7/17/14: A listing of which TV models carry which panels, again quoting the very-helpful Dawn B. Roy:
"Here are the panel codes per Samsung own part site: H7150: 46=TS01, 55= TS01, 60= HH01, 65=TH01, 75=TS01. H6400: 40=unknown, 48=TS01, 50=AS01, 55=TS01,US02, 60=HD01, 65=MD01. H6350: 32=TS01, 40=TS01, 48=TS01, 50AH01, 55=TH01,UH02, 60=HS01, 65=AH01, 75=TH01. H5500: 32=TS01, 40=TS01, 48=TS01, 50=WH01.

Hopes this helps prospective buyers. One change from last year is that other then the 60” Sharp, only Samsung panels are being placed in the H7150 line. Also curios is the 5500 series that has all Samsung panels. It makes sense that I heard David K say that the 5 and 8 series were very solid but the middle lines were a mixed bag. ”

ViewSonic PJD5134 SVGA DLP Projector, 3000 Lumens,3D Blu-Ray w/HDMI, 120Hz | BestProduct 2014

ViewSonic PJD5134 SVGA DLP Projector, 3000 Lumens,3D Blu-Ray w/HDMI, 120Hz

ViewSonic PJD5134 SVGA DLP Projector, 3000 Lumens,3D Blu-Ray w/HDMI, 120Hz


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I can’t say enough good things about this projector. It is an amazing value and delivers a superb theater experience in my living room. Just a little background in my home theater experience… In college, one of my buddies had an old auditorium projector in his dorm room. We fashioned a screen out of a grid of computer paper on his wall so that he could still open his door haha. When we got an apartment together during our senior year, we made a screen out of a California King sheet. We stretched the sheet tight and made a border out of black duct tape. We enjoyed a year of movies and shows on our 155” screen.

Fast forward to now. I wanted to take my home theater experience to the next level and this projector was the perfect way to do it! Here’s a brief outline of key features and my impression of them:

Resolution:
The three biggest features most people look for when talking about projectors are resolution, contrast ratio, and lumens. The resolution of this projector is SVGA 800x600. This is far from full HD, which is the majority of content I’ll be viewing, but the picture is astounding! I’m a stickler when it comes to picture quality. I have a 42” 120hz 3D tv in my bedroom. I ALWAYS buy the blu ray version of new movies and I stream HD all the time on Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime. I care deeply about picture quality to say the least. That being said, this projector blows me away in picture quality. I watched Star Wars on blu ray last week on my tv and watched it again this weekend on the projector for comparison. Although the picture was slightly better on the tv, nothing compares to watching Star Wars on a big screen. The picture was very sharp. Absolutely amazing.

Contrast Ratio:
15,000:1 contrast ratio. What can I say, the shadows were very dark and the highlights were very bright. I don’t have a proper home theatre with dark walls and such so there was a lot of reflected light but I was blown away again with the high contrast image.

Lumens:
It is important to know the lighting conditions in your theater when choosing a projector. Rooms with higher ambient light will need a higher lumen projector to overpower the ambient. With the shades drawn, I have no problem watching movies with this projector during the daytime. Of course, wait until night with complete darkness and the screen is incredibly bright and vivid. This projector beyond bright enough for my conditions.

Inputs/Outputs:
Okay so now onto the fine details. The Viewsonic has multiple inputs for a wide variety of devices. I run an HDMI cable from my bedroom to the living room for my theater. The projector takes an HD signal and converts it to the proper resolution. I then use the 1/8” audio out to run to my sound system.

Placement/orientation:
This is the only gripe I have with this projector. I have a relatively long living room. My screen is 110” diagonal and is located at one of the far sides. I wanted to be able to mount the projector and the other far end, high on the wall for convenience. Unfortunately for me, the distance was too great to fit the picture on to my screen. The projected image was about 6” too big on all sides. I was upset but this was not the projector’s fault; I had a limited mounting options (I live in an apartment so no ceiling mounts) and I had a fixed screen size. My issue with the projector came in when I tried to place the projector on a table towards the back of the room. The image beam from the projector comes out in four ways: Front ceiling, rear ceiling, front table, rear table. The “rear” refers tor rear projection. All of these settings have an angle pitch that is a little extreme. The keystone adjustment offers a little correction but not enough. I had to put little pieces of cardboard under the back feet of the projector to properly line up the image. So, more options for the angle of the lens elements would have been nice but this all is not a deal breaker by any means.

Bulb life:
Rated at up to 6,000 hours. I have no clue how long this will actually last me. I imagine during the first several weeks/months I will use the projector very frequently but then may ween off a bit in order to maintain the magic of the viewing experience each time I use it. One helpful tip is to use to projector as a treat or special event. Don’t watch Judge Judy or American Idol on it or it will quickly lose that “wow” factor. Instead, use it for social gatherings, the season finale of The Walking Dead, the Super Bowl, gaming tournaments, etc.

Bottom line:
I use this projector for both video and gaming. It provides a stunning picture even for a videophile like me. If you are looking into setting up a home theater, take a serious look at this projector before considering spending much more money on an HD projector. I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.

UPDATE: I made a video review but wasn’t happy with it so I didn’t post it. Instead, I will answer any questions you have about the projector in the comment section. Since writing my initial review, I have used the 3D function pretty extensively. I use the Sainsonic DLP Link glasses. The experience is very enjoyable with a much more immersed feeling than my 3D tv. The 3D elements pop off the screen at you like in the theater.

Also, I’ve been watching the NCAA tournament with some buddies using the projector. My house has become “the spot” for watching the tournament. It truly does create an atmosphere that a tv cannot begin to touch. We’ve been able to have the lights on and eat pizza and wings and drink some brews while watching Syracuse dominate ;) I’ll see how well they do in the Final Four this Saturday on a glorious 110” screen with all my buddies. I’m telling you… get this projector and see how much of an impact it has on your entertainment experience!!