Despite this projector's 2:3 pull-down and defeatable edge enhancement, we still noticed some jagged lines, particularly with wide-screen source material. Also, when set to maximum zoom, the picture bowed out noticeably--a tell-tale sign of barrel distortion. You're better off placing this HP closer to the screen instead of zooming the lens.
High-definition 720p content looked great. DiscoveryHD's delicately colorful triptychs were practically a window into the more interestingly beautiful places in the world. HDNet's Odyssey 5 more than made up for its lack of plot with highly detailed images.
HP's ep7120 is an attractive, easy-to-use DLP projector that outputs a good-quality image without much fuss. If you'd like to fuss with your projector, has a full range of user controls, 1,280x720 native resolution, and a black level equal to, or maybe even better than, that of this HP. It also costs a good deal more, however.
|Before color temp (20/80)||6,950/6,950K||Good|
|After color temp (20/80)||6,725/6,750K||Average|
|Before grayscale variation||+/-150K||Good|
|After grayscale variation||+/-36K||Average|
|Color decoder error: red||+5%||Good|
|Color decoder error: green||-5%||Good|
|DC restoration||No stable pattern||Poor|
|2:3 pull-down, 24fps||Y||Good|
|Defeatable edge enhancement||Y||Good|
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