Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

A home-theatre setup re­quires a great pro­ject­ing de­vice along with pow­er­ful speak­ers. Pana­sonic seems to have also kept the grow­ing pop­u­lar­ity of 3D tech­nol­ogy in mind while de­sign­ing this one.

The PT AE7000 is an aes­thet­i­cally de­signed home pro­jec­tor that re­quires a space to be seated. The front looks huge as it is dom­i­nated by a big pro­ject­ing lens with 2000 lu­men bright­ness. The fo­cus ad­just­ing rocker is placed next to the lens, but is neatly cov­ered with a lid. Con­trols that are usu­ally placed on the top of the pro­jec­tors have been care­fully shifted to the right side. If us­ing these con­trols isn’t easy, you also have a re­mote to op­er­ate the pro­jec­tor. The con­nec­tiv­ity ports—three HDMI ports along with the reg­u­lars—are placed at the back.

How­ever, miss­ing in this pro­jec­tor is a USB port, usu­ally found even in en­try-level pro­jec­tors. Con­sid­er­ing the high price of the AE7000, the lack of some­thing ba­sic like this is a black mark.

The pro­jec­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties of the AE 7000 are im­pres­sive. The 2D pro­jec­tion was com­mend­able as the con­tent ap­peared to be rich with fine lines and bright colours. But the high­light of this pro­jec­tor was its 3D pro­jec­tion us­ing the trans­par­ent LCD pan­els driven at 480 Hz. Along with play­ing 3D con­tent, it can also up­scale 2D con­tent to 3D. How­ever, the pro­jec­tor doesn’t come with 3D eye gear and we could not get the full feel of the depth of field. At this price point, it is bet­ter to pack­age the glasses with the unit.

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