The Good Relatively inexpensive for a 1080p projector; accurate color decoding; solid video processing; well-rounded feature package.
The Bad Iris settings are not good enough for dedicated darkened theater setups, and consequently blacks are not as deep as the best 1080p projectors.
The Bottom Line Although stylish and affordable for a 1080p projector, the Mitsubishi HC5000's black level failings prevent it from earning our recommendation.
Unlike most manufacturers, Mitsubishi has offered both DLP and LCD projection technologies, both in microdisplay RPTVs and in its front-projection line of products. First announced at the CEDIA show in September 2006, the LCD-based HC5000 is the company's first 1080p native resolution front projector, and it remains one of the least expensive 1080p projectors available. Considering just how competitive the 1080p front-projection market has become since then, however, I was a little disappointed in the HC5000's overall performance.
With a minimalist yet sleek design, the Mitsubishi HC5000 is both attractive and somewhat high-tech looking. My review sample was finished in white with black highlights underneath and on both sides, as well as directly around the lens. An all-black finish is also available. When the projector is ceiling-mounted upside down, the lens assembly will be all the way to the left side of the chassis.
The remote is an excellent design, both ergonomically and functionally. It's on the small side but fit well in my hand, and it gives you thumb access to most of the important buttons such as menu, iris, and aspect ratio controls. Direct-access keys for all the most important features will help custom installers when programming a Crestron or AMX touch-panel remote system. I were particularly pleased to find that the remote becomes fully backlit as soon as you hit any key.