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Panasonic PT-FW300U LCD Projector Review

by February 19, 2009
Panasonic PT-FW300U Projector

Panasonic PT-FW300U Projector

  • Product Name: PT-FW300U LCD Projector
  • Manufacturer: Panasonic
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: February 19, 2009 00:00
  • MSRP: $ 2,499
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Resolution:  WXGA (1280 x 800)
Brightness: 3500 lumens
Contrast Ratio: 600:1
Uniformity: 80%
Aspect Ratio(s): 16:10, 16:9, 4:3
Display Type: LCD; 0.75" (19.05 mm) diagonal
Data Signals: Native: WXGA (1280 X 800) PC and Macintosh compatible
Video Signals: DTV: 480i (525i ), 480p (525p), 576i ( 625i), 576p ( 625p), 720 (750) /60p, 720 (750) /50p, 1080 (1125) /60i, 1080 (1125) /50i, 1080 (1125) /60p, 1080 (1125) /50p NTSC, NTSC4.43, PAL-M, PAL60: fH 15.75 kHz; f V 60 Hz, PAL, SECAM, PAL-N: fH 15.63 kHz; f V
Inputs: Composite Video, S-Video, VGA (1 in + 1 in/out), DVI, Analog Audio, Stereo Mini-Jack x 2
Outputs: Stereo Mini-Jack (3.5 mm) x 1
Built-in Audio: 5.0 W (mono)

Manual zoom: 1:1–1:1.2
Manual focus: F 1.7–2.6, f 21.6–43.0 mm
Image Size: 33 - 300 inches
Throw Distance: 3.6 - 58.1 feet
Keystone Corr.: Vertical: 30 +/- 30 degrees
Lens Shift: V: +/- 51% H: +/- 24%
Dimensions: 17" x 5.06" x 12.8" (W x H x D)
Unit Weight: 13.7 lbs.
Power Supply: 100–240 V AC, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption: 250W
Lamp: 250W
Includes: Power cord, power cord secure lock, wireless remote control, batteries for remote control, Wireless Manager ME 5.5 (CD-ROM), safety wire rope
Warranty: 3 years or 3000 hours parts and labor (projector); 90 days or 500 hours (bulb)

Pros

  • V&H lens shift
  • High lumen output
  • Daylight View 5 works well

Cons

  • No noise reduction
  • Poor deinterlacing

Introduction

I like to stay current on my projectors, even when they just issue an incremental update. It was with much enthusiasm that I welcomed the Panasonic PT-FW300U in to my home to drive the back yard system for our 2009 Superbowl Party. With 3500 ANSI lumens, native widescreen (WXGA) resolution and vertical and horizontal lens shift, this projector was the perfect match for our needs. It also allowed us to see what Panasonic had been up to this past year and what improvements, if any, it had made to this line of business/consumer projectors.

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