The Panasonic PT-LB412 is an unassuming LCD projector by nature. Its simple exterior hides new and essential features that make it a very practical choice for the office or classroom. But in our tests, we find that this professional projector has other applications as well.
By design, the exterior of the PT-LB412 series of projectors could be described as ‘spartan’. It’s a white box with all the ports relegated to the back, while the buttons are on top, the fan and exhaust on the sides, and the lens right up front. Due to its compact form factor, moving and mounting the PT-LB412 is made easier.
Its simplicity is in line with its usability. Setting up projectors has never been too difficult, but the PT-LB412 just makes it a breeze. It’s not automatic, but the visual system it uses to guide users during keystone and screen 134 HWM | JUNE 2016 curvature adjustments is simple and intuitive, and can be done without a manual.
Built into the PT-LB412 is a 1.2x zoom lens that can project an image up to 100-inches diagonally from 3.0 to 3.6 meters away. As it is a zoom lens, the projector can be placed within the range to achieve its maximum screen size. This is unlike projectors with fixed lenses, which have to be at a certain distance to maximize its projection.
The PT-LB412 series has a maximum lamp replacement cycle of 10,000 hours, while its air filter has a replacement cycle of 10,000 hours. That is equivalent to 416 days, which all things considered, is what you would normally expect from a projector. However, its 4,100 lumens projection is hardly average.
We tested the PT-LB412 by projecting images, text, and video. The clarity of the images was surprising, but of course, the darker the room, the better. Watching a movie on the PT-LB412 was a treat. The images were sharp with no blurring or ghosting. Its built-in speaker is decent enough; we could see that it’s a practical option, especially if it is placed in the middle of a conference table.
30 to 300-inch diagonally, 4:3 aspect ratio
AT A GLANCE
The PT-LB412 has no shortage of connectivity options.