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.