Sanyo PLV-Z700 Home Theater Projector

Sanyo PLV-Z700 projected image

I took the new Sanyo Z700 for a spin this weekend. At the current price point and $200 rebate it made this one a “must see” for the money.

First thoughts is wow it’s bright! Brighter than what you would think 1200 Lumens can look like. I could leave plenty of lights on and still have a great looking image. Also razor sharp! I watched some Blu-Ray movies, PS3 games, and some HD football and it looked like a 110″ Plasma on my wall!

Sanyo PLV-Z700 concert projection

Some other nice features are the lens shift that allowed me to dial in the image quickly. Also the Lens Cover snapping shut after it powers down. This helps keep dust off the lens and conceals the projector a little more. It’s smaller than some other 1080p projectors. Very quiet and practically silent in eco mode. If you need to think about the “look” and “sound” of the projector in your room then this might be the one. Good WAF on this one (Wife Acceptance Factor).

Sanyo PLV-Z700 projected football game

These pictures just don’t do it justice. Colors pop, Whites are crisp and Black levels are decent…but not the best I’ve seen. You need to spend about $1,000 more for the best black levels like the Panasonic AE3000 or Epson 1080UB. I think you could use a Calibration DVD to “tweak” the best out of this projector. HD material looked stunning even with lights on in the room. I caught myself even looking at some commercials in HD and those looked good, I normally fast forward the commercials on my DVR. I played a little PS3 and the game textures looked life like!

Projector image of PS3 Call of Duty

Bottom line is if you’re not a contrast junkie but like a Bright, Colorful, and Sharp 1080p image at a bargain then take a look at this Sanyo PLV-Z700.

People will think you spend $5,000 on this thing!

~ Review by Projector Expert Rich Morgan

Projected image of PS3 Game

Projector Central Reviews Gaming Projectors

new Panasonic PT-AX200U gaming projector

Industry pundits, Projector Central, recently reviewed five projectors they like for PC video gaming. The focus of their review is on PC gaming exclusively, but they do crown the Panasonic PT-AX200U projector the king of console gaming. (see our Panasonic PT-AX200U micro site). Here are a few snips from the article:

We took a look at five projectors for use with a PC- the Dell 1609WX, Hitachi CPX3, Planar PR5030, Epson PowerLite 400W, and Panasonic’s AX200U. The first four are native 1280×800, a common resolution in computing today. The last is Panasonic’s first dedicated “gaming” projector, built for best performance with console games. …PC gaming and its special requirements mean that not just any projector will do. Aside from the usual concerns about contrast and color and adequate lumen output, video delay is an important factor and can make or break a projector for some folks. While we found very little video delay in the products we looked at, there was enough to potentially cause issues for some gamers. The moral of the story here is to send your projector a native signal whenever possible, and the rest should take care of itself. Read the complete Projector Central “Five Hot Projectors for PC Gaming” article.
Our resident gamer here at Projector People, Joey Shipley, mentions that the console gamer may be more likely to want the big screen experience than a PC gamer, for two reasons.
  • Console games are likely to be connected to the entertainment system than a PC game, which means the projector could be used for multiple uses. (and Media Centers are still not that common)
  • PC gamers may play for longer periods (8 to 10 hours a day sometimes) which means more lamps to purchase.
This huge monitor or one of these HD displays (see buyer’s advice on projectors too), might be better fit for the PC gamer. Of course if you are a PC gamer who wants a GIANT image, we’d be more than happy to sell you one! We carry 3 of the reviewed models the Epson Powerlite 400W, Hitachi CP-X3, and the bestseller Panasonic PT-AX200U. If you’re looking for a way to kill some time try our Projector Projector game and hurl an animated projector a few hundred feet. Read the complete Projector Central “Five Hot Projectors for PC Gaming” article.