Planar PD7060 Projector Review - Planar PD7060 Review


Heading into the PD7060’s onscreen menus, handy features uncovered include three lamp output options (Eco, normal and boost); a trio of save-to-memory slots for storing your preferred image settings for different sources; various gamma presets designed for specific source types (such as games or movies); and even the facility to deactivate all over-scanning processing for a potentially cleaner 720-line picture. This latter feature arguably has limited value in the UK given how few HD sources we have that match the projector’s 720-line resolution, but we guess it might prove useful every now and then – especially to PC users.

In action, the PD7060 emphatically outperforms its PD7010 sibling – and pretty much anything else available at the same sort of money.

Especially remarkable given its price and use of DLP – rather than the commonly slightly sharper LCD technology – is how phenomenally detailed high definition pictures look. With HD video sources such as ”Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl” on Blu-ray, the projector reproduces every pixel of HD detailing with total noiseless precision. The impact of this clarity is even more pronounced when gaming on a PC, Xbox 360 or PS3, to the extent that we’d actually say the PD7060’s HD images look sharper than those of one or two ‘full HD’ projectors we’ve come across.

It does no harm to the sharpness of the PD7060’s pictures, either, that it handles moving objects rather more crisply than many DLP projectors in the sub-£2k bracket.

Nearly as impressive as the PD7060’s detailing are its black levels. Dark scenes suffer only marginally with the sort of greyness common to many budget projectors, and are certainly richer, deeper and more transparent, than those of the PD7010, good though that projector is for its money.

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