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Five 5000 Lumen Laser Projectors

M. David Stone, August 10, 2018
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If you're in the market for a 5000-lumen, Full HD projector designed for 24/7 operation, or for a large conference room or classroom, house of worship, restaurant or sports bar, here are FIVE projectors competing for your order:


These five high performance HD projectors have a wide array of features in common including all of the following (exceptions noted):

  • Minimum 5000 ANSI lumen rating

  • 1920x1080 resolution with 0.65" DLP chip

  • Laser-phosphor light engine with 20,000 hour life

  • Horizontal and Vertical lens shift

  • 4-corner keystone correction (H+V correction only in the NEC-P502HL)

  • 360-degree installation in pitch, roll, and yaw

  • Manual zoom and focus lenses

  • Digital zoom

  • At least 2 HDMI ports

  • On-board audio speakers

  • Full HD 3D compatible

  • Crestron RoomView (now called Fusion)

  • 24/7 operation for signage applications

That is a LOT of identical or similar features between five projectors.

So how do they differ? Let's take a closer look to see what each projector has (or claims to have) as well as what it lacks compared to the competition.

(Btw, if you want to see all specs side by side on the Compare page, click here).


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BenQ LH770

BenQ LH770


MSRP: $5000 Official Street: $4500

Advantages

In addition to all of the common features listed above, the BenQ LH770 has the following:

BenQ LH770 panel

Limitations


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Dell 7760 Projector

DELL 7760


MSRP: $3799 Official Street: $2899

Advantages

In addition to all of the common features listed above, the Dell 7760 has the following:

Dell 7760 laser projector, rear panel

Limitations


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NEC P502

NEC P502HL-2


MSRP: $5999 Street: $3099

Advantages

In addition to all of the common features listed above, the NEC P502HL-2 has the following:

NEC P502 panel

Limitations


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Optoma ZH500T

OPTOMA ZH500T-B


MSRP: $5199 Street: $2999

Advantages/Differences

In addition to all of the common features listed above, the Optoma ZH500T-B has the following:

Optoma zh500t-b

Limitations


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ViewSonic LS800Hd

VIEWSONIC LS800HD


MSRP: $4599 Street: $2999

Advantages

In addition to all of the common features listed above, the ViewSonic LS800HD has the following:

Viewsonic LS800HD

Limitations



Conclusion

All five of these projectors are strong candidates for all the typical applications for a 5000-lumen, 1080p, laser-phosphor based projector--from large classrooms, conference rooms, and houses of worship to sports bars, restaurants, and retail and museum displays and signage. In addition to matching resolution and nearly matching brightness specs, all are suitable for 24/7 operation, and most of them (the NEC P502HL-2 excepted) offer 4-corner keystone correction that facilitates stacking for an even brighter image.

For dusty environments, or cases where "set em and forget em" maintenance-free operation is key--like sports bars or signage--the BenQ LH770, Dell 7760, ViewSonic LS800HD, and Optoma ZH500T-B all offer the advantage of dust-resistant certification. And if you need a display in portrait mode, only four models--the NEC P502HL-2, the Dell 7760, the ViewSonic LS800HD, and the Optoma ZH500T-B--deliver that feature. Similarly, the BenQ LH770 is the only one that offers 95% coverage for Rec.709 color, which may give it the edge for color accuracy in, say, a sports bar.

In short, all five of these projectors are potentially good choices. But, as always, you need to look for the particular mix of features for each to find the best fit for your needs.


Buy the BenQ LH770 online here:



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Buy the NEC P502HL-2 online here:




Buy the Optoma ZH500T-B online here:




Buy the ViewSonic LS800HD online here:




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