Projectors

Panasonic PT-AX200U 720p LCD Projector

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Introduction

The Panasonic PT-AX200U is a three-panel LCD projector with 720p resolution. Although 720p is not as high a resolution as 1080i (converts to 1080p by the projector), the difference is minimal depending on how large your screen is and how far away you sit. So, if you can't afford to go all the way to a native 1920x1080 projector, this is a good choice, especially because you can get it for less than $1,700 at ProjectorPeople, and this price includes a screen, ceiling mount, and cable (if you want just the projector, it's $1,299). I have always liked Panasonic's projector designs, and the PT-AX200U continues my pleasure.

Specifications

  • Imaging Device: Three 0.7" LCD Panels
  • Native Resolution: 1,280x720
  • Brightness: 2,000 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 6,000:1
  • Lens: 21.7mm-43.1mm Manual Zoom; f/1.9-3.1
  • Lens Shift: Horizontal and Vertical
  • Inputs: (2) HDMI, (1) Component, (1) S-Video, (1) Composite
  • Accepts 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p60, 1080p24
  • Dimensions: 4.5" H x 15.5" W x 11.7" D
  • Weight: 10.8 Pounds
  • MSRP: $1,999 USA
  • Panasonic

 

The Design

It's a very light projector, as most of them are these days, and along with the fact that it has vertical and horizontal lens shift, it would be very easy to set up. The 200 is rated at 2,000 lumens output and 6,000:1 ANSI contrast, but as we all know from past reviews of various projectors, the final calibrated brightness and contrast tend to be somewhat less than the specs.

The rear panel has all the necessary connections, including two HDMI jacks, which is the connection you probably will be using. If you have to use component video, don't worry, because component is still an excellent signal.

Click on the various photos to enlarge them, then click them again to reduce them. You can move the enlarged photos out of the way to read text.

The remote control is typical: small with just the buttons we need. I am amused that manufacturers have the projector remotes truly under control, but are still having problems giving us good remotes for other products.

The only thing I don't like here is the AC power socket. Of course, a power cord comes with the projector, but it would be nice if projector AC sockets were the same as our PCs and other components, so that if you wanted to use an after-market power cord, or just replace it with a longer one, you could.