- Nice contrast, quiet
- Brightness not great, poor default colour balance
A great product in its day, but now superseded.
Price$ 3,699.00 (AUD)
When it was launched back in 2003, the 720p PLVZ2 introduced a level of performance that had been previously unheard of in an LCD projector. Now, however, it's looking a little long in the tooth, and has been surpassed in performance and features by more recent products.
It uses the same tapered design and integrated lens cover as the earlier PLVZ1, and offers useful installation features like lens shift. You'll also find a manual iris control on the lens, allowing you to improve contrast without having to dive into the menu.
There's plenty of room for adjustment here, with gamma, sharpness, colour, hue, brightness and contrast all offered. You may find the menu a little cumbersome, and input selection is a function best left to the remote control, but you can store several custom settings for instant recall, as well as scrolling through the image presets.
Image quality was good, but not without its problems. We found that the PLVZ2 suffered from issues with composite video interpretation, plus the default colour balance was oversaturated. Increasing the colour temperature helped, but the red channel needed further reduction to avoid giving flesh tones a flushed appearance, and this still left some yellows leaping off the screen.
The PLVZ2 is extremely quiet in Eco mode, and the flyscreen effect wasn't an issue. However, we did spot a small amount of vertical banding on bright areas, and you might want to trim the sharpness while you're busy tweaking the colour.
The low-power lamp makes it less bright than some projectors (800 lumens), but it offers a decent contrast ratio of 1300:1 as compensation. The lens also allows for a short throw, filling our 72" screen from only 2m.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- 2 Tag Heuer Connected Smartwatch and Android Wear 2 review
- 3 Subaru XV 2017 review
- 4 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 5 Kogan Atlas UltraSlim Pro laptop: full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Sony's Android-powered Xperia projector turns any flat surface into a touch screen
- Sony’s new liquid-cooled 4K home video projector delivers 5000 lumens of brightness, costs $60,000
- BenQ targets Epson with revamped home entertainment projectors
- LG's new Laser Display gives you 100in of full HD glory
- Vivid Sydney 2012 gets some love from will.i.am
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Garmin Fenix 5 fitness tracker smartwatch review
- MSI GE72 7RE Apache Pro gaming laptop review
- LG 2017 OLED TV range full review: W7 Signature Wallpaper, G7, E7 and C7 UHD TVs
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media Executive / Specialist (Facebook) - online gamblingNSW
- FTLead Senior Systems Engineer | 90 - 120K + Super|VIC
- CCDeployment Manager - TelcoVIC
- CCSQL Analyst DeveloperNSW
- FTTelecommunications Provisioning LeadQLD
- FTData Analyst/ Reporting AnalystQLD
- FT.NET DeveloperWA
- CCNetwork EngineerNSW
- FTIT Command Centre Support EngineerVIC
- CCWeb DesignerQLD
- FTSenior Front End Developer - BRISBANENSW
- CCChange AnalystNSW
- FTProgram SchedulerVIC
- FTCustomer Service OperatorVIC
- CCSystems Analyst- Port MacquarieQLD
- TPIT Business AnalystNSW
- CCInfrastructure Business AnalystNSW
- CCIT Systems Specialist- Database l Bathurst LocationNSW
- TPBusiness Analyst - ImprovementQLD
- CCSalesforce DeveloperNSW
- FTDigital Business Analyst | Online BookingQLD
- FTIntegration SpecialistQLD
- CCSenior Project ManagerVIC
- FTEnterprise ArchitectVIC