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Projectiondesign Introduces F80 3-chip DLP Projector


Projectiondesign Introduces F80 3-chip DLP Projector

If you have a spare bit of cash and are looking for a self-benefitting way to give the recession the finger then the Projectiondesign F32 projector may be right up your street. Coming from the same company as brought us the impressive, and impressively expensive at just under £10k, Action! Model Three, so the company's first 3-chip DLP projector, the F80, has some pedigree to recommend it.

All the usual 3-chip DLP benefits are present, not to mention a large 15,000:1 claimed contrast ratio and 8,500 Lumens brightness rating. Projectiondesign's proprietary Advanced Color {sic} Processing (ACOP) technology , which apparently offers "sophisticated optical calibration for superior projected images" is featured, aiming to ensure the best possible image quality is eked form the system.

As well as a Full HD 1,920 x 1,080 offering the F80 also comes in WUXGA and SXGA+ guises, if those pixel counts are more to your taste. Quite why Projectiondesign doesn't just specify the resolution rather than using silly acronyms is beyond me, though it isn't alone in that fault..

Pricing isn't mentioned, but the F80 projectors are shipping now, according to Projectiondesign, so expect the usual (r)etailers to come clean soon enough. A price tag in the Sim2 C3X region wouldn't be surprising for the 1080p version, though the lower resolution projector should be reasonably cheaper one would hope.




January 29, 2009, 10:14 pm

WUXGA means Wide Ultra Extended Graphics Array - a resolution of 1920x1200.

Lee Marshall

January 29, 2009, 10:21 pm

WUXGA is 1920x1200 pixels.


January 30, 2009, 12:57 am

Oops, muddled my acronyms - SNAFU.


January 4, 2014, 9:16 pm

It is a shame that projectiondesign devices hardly ever get a full review. While they are expensive, they can easily be purchased for the same or less than some of the high end home theater projectors like Sony's first two 4k models. I got a bargain on an F32 1080 and it is significantly better than any home theater projector I have ever seen and I have seen a lot. It has the brightness to work as a living room projector and its superior lens and video processing generates a far more detailed and dynamic image than you could achieve with lower end devices. Those full on/full off contrast ratios could lead you to believe you would be better off with a mid range JVC but that is only true if you enjoy watching all black screens in a room with black walls and no windows. The actual ANSI contrast is what you can see with real movie content. There is a reason why they advertise full on / full off. It makes them sound better. A $100k + digital theater device would be lucky to deliver 500:1 real contrast. Your 50,000:1 full on / full off cr JVC will deliver 150:1 of real contrast (with black and white on the screen at the same time). The lenses on the projection design devices may cost $4000-$6000 on their own when new, but the images are so clear and detailed. The $10,000 new Sony 4k projector uses plastic lenses..... Projectiondesign, Christie and Digital Projection devices are amazing and worth a look for anyone thinking of investing in a decent set-up. Having seen both, I would go that route over 4k consumer devices with inferior plastic lenses.

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