Vivitek H1085 DLP Projector - Vivitek H1085

John Archer

By John Archer


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Vivitek H1085 DLP Projector


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You may notice from the abstract of the rear panel that the H1085 also has a stereo audio input that feeds a built-in speaker. This feature is also shared by BenQ’s W1000, and although the sound it produces is inevitably puny, I’d still say it’s a worthwhile feature to find on a really cheap, ‘casual use’ projector.

Heading into the H1085’s onscreen menus, meanwhile, also raises a sense of familiarity thanks to their similarity to those of the recently tested BenQ W1000. But this is no bad thing, since aside from the text being a touch small, the presentation and organisation of the projector’s features is pretty tidy.

There are a decent number of tweaks to get your teeth into, as well - provided you don’t stick with any of the picture presets, that is. For if you choose one of these, almost all the other tweaks of note are greyed out.

Most people reading this website will likely prefer to choose one of the three provided ‘User’ picture modes, which can store your personalised settings for different source types. For instance, you might want to use one user-created setting for Blu-ray, one for standard def sources, and one for console games or PC use.

If you really don’t want to get involved in calibrating the H1085 yourself, the Movie mode is definitely the one to stick with for Blu-ray, thanks to its warmer colour palette and richer black levels. Though for console games you might want to go for Normal instead, with its greater dynamism.

Anyway, back to the picture calibration options the H1085 makes available. And one pleasing point right away is that each User mode allows you to select which of Vivitek’s own built-in presets you want to base your calibration on. This can take a bit of the initial legwork out of your efforts.

From here you can, of course, tweak the brightness, contrast, colour, tint and sharpness settings - though actually I’d suggest you treat all of these options with extreme care, as they’re a touch ‘brutal’. The sharpness tool, in particular, is probably best left completely alone (at its 0 default).

More interesting fine tuning includes a passable flesh tone adjustment, a clever but mostly unnecessary noise reduction system, a handy multi-level Gamma adjustment sliding bar, and best of all, an ‘HSG’ Adjustment that lets you adjust the gain, hue and saturation of all six of the primary colours (red, green, blue, yellow, cyan, and magenta) supported by the six-segment colour wheel.

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December 23, 2009, 3:24 pm

Please be aware that this does not appear to be an LED projector, from the lamp life and reference to lamp this appears to be a standard DLP projector not an LED projector.


December 23, 2009, 5:28 pm

Must admit, the current crop of budget projectors are really starting to tempt me. They're now price competitve with, say, a good quality 42 or 46 inch plasma (the latest Panasonic sets spring to mind) so I guess it's a question of whether outright picture quality or screen size is more important. I suspect at the moment I'm more likely to come down on the TV side as there's still too many usability issues with projectors for my liking (noise, need to replace bulbs, cables running a LONG way round the room to reach the projector and of course the need to keep the room dark being the main ones) and once you've factored in a decent screen it's still up over a grand. But good lord it's getting tempting now...

Jay Werfalli

December 23, 2009, 10:47 pm

@Gasper - deleted LED from the title. Cheers!


December 24, 2009, 4:56 am

Yea the LED bit has me foxed too! I was wondering where the advantage of the 'LED' system was with a lamp life of 4000hrs..... Now it makes sense thanks to Gasper!


Don't forget you'll also need some audio - and for movies probably 5.1 surround plus an HTPC and tv card to drive it (the PJ) etc....

Payam Nab

February 7, 2011, 9:46 pm

Just got one today !!!

I am so happy with it !~ it is so much better than my last one ( HD65 Optoma )

contrast is so good . the 2000 lumina is the best thing because i could not watch any thing during the day with my HD65 but H1085 is so bright !!!!

picture is good ! colors are good !!

every thing seems perfect for the money ....

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