One of my regular stop at CES is with Mitsubishi MEVS, which is the company’s projection division. This year, they were showing off their most recent home theater projector, the HC7800D
. The projector was first unveiled at CEDIA last fall, but this was the first chance we had to take a good look at it.
The HC7800D is a beautiful projector, clad in a piano black finish and is rated at 1,500 Lumens with approximately 5,000 lamp life hours on low setting. It is 1080p and Mitsubishis first 3D DLP Home Theater projector. It will also convert 2D to 3D for those that want the 3D experience on all their entertainment.
We took in the demo they had on the show floor and you could see how clean the HC7800D was. The image was crisp and clear and there was plenty of depth. Once the demo was over, we looked at the actual projector and I was pleasantly surprised to see that the focus and zoom were all controlled manually. Previous Mitsubishi models had a motor that controlled these functions, but that added to the cost. The Mitsubishi sales rep confirmed that the motor was removed to keep down costs, plus most people set it once and do not mess with it again. I have always preferred manual focus and zoom, so to bring the cost down by pulling this motor out is a good thing in my mind.
The Mitsubishi HC7800D is available now and looks to be priced right around $2,999. Glasses can be picked p for $199 a pair, but there is a promotion currently going on that gets you one pair free from select retailers. We should be able to get a hands on here in the GamingNexus test lab later this year, so stop back in a few months to see how the HC7800D does for gaming.