Home theatre projectors are meant to recreate the movie theatre experience at home without people throwing popcorn or talking during the screening. In these past few years many home theater projectors have seen the light, some of which continue to offer superb performance up till this day, whilst others look more like a one-off production run to satisfy market demand. It needs no further explanation that a projector manufacturer that continues to offer product support, such as bug fixes or feature enhancements, through new firmware well after the product has reached end of life has preference over one that does not, as that is essential to keep your purchase up to date.
Many new players in the projector market fail to see this, BenQ being an example, whereas established manufacturers such as InFocus offer just that - good product support. A projector is usually purchased after doing a fair amount of research to fit a projector to the budget available and the list of requirements you have. As you will be using the projector for the next couple of years it is good to see that a manufacturer keeps supporting it with frequent updates and that parts also are readily available. Not doing a product refresh every three months or so is usually a good indication of a manufacturer that is not interested in following the latest fashionable color schemes but rather wants to make sure it has a solid product line.
It has been a while since we covered projectors in depth, this does not mean we have strayed too far from the subject though; we kept check with all of the new developments and have looked at, but not reported on, quite a number of projectors since our last article. Not surprisingly the majority of key factors determining the suitability of a projector for home theatre use have not changed since. We will briefly go over them before we look at one of the more interesting projectors that we have recently gotten acquainted to, the InFocus ScreenPlay 7210. Feel free to skip to page four if these key factors need no further explaining to you.
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