However, just as we’re starting to warm to the GT3000 a little more, a couple of other problems rear their ugly heads.
For starters, trying to set the projector up reveals a rather limited amount of optical zoom, potentially causing a few problems with getting a nice, large image on your screen or wall. Though here again, I guess I have to try and remember that most people really will just be pointing it at the nearest white wall, so exact image size/throw ratio issues aren’t as much of a consideration as they would be with a more serious bit of kit.
The other problem is that the provided connections initially look scarily impoverished, including as they do just a composite video input, an S-Video input, a USB input and a VGA PC port. There are no HDMI or component jacks, immediately raising the question of how precisely you’re supposed to hook up your HD consoles – or even a Wii running in the must-use 480p format, come to that.
The answer, it turns out, is that you need to use adaptors and the VGA port. But the only adaptor provided with the package is a SCART to VGA affair, so the only way to get HD into the projector – or even the Wii 480p signal – is to buy yourself a suitable adaptor.
Of course, even if you do this, in HDMI’s case you’ll be turning your digital source signal into an analogue affair. But that’s probably the least of your problems given that any HD signals are then going to be downscaled and forced to appear in a 4:3 native environment. But here again, I guess I’ve just got to keep that ‘it only cost £338, it only costs £338′ mantra running through my head.
The bottom line here is that despite its protestations to the contrary, the GT3000 just is not a truly HD-capable unit. For even if you can get your HD sources to appear, they won’t actually look like HD. So it’s arguably not even worth bothering to try. In fact, I’d go further and say that if you’ve got an HD source of any sort – Xbox 360, PS3, Sky HD, Blu-ray player – you shouldn’t even bother thinking any more about buying the GT3000, instead possibly holding out for the step-up 720p resolution GT7000 package, which we’ll hopefully be testing soon.