It's often considered the holy grail of projectors
, but until now, it's been largely absent from existence: the sub-$1000 1080p beamer. Vivitek, which just entered the flooded PJ market last year, is looking to cement itself as one of the mainstays this year with a Full HD projector priced below the $1000 barrier. The H1080FD is aimed at home theater enthusiasts on a budget, and while it's amongst the cheapest in its field, the specifications aren't half bad.
We're looking at a native 1920 x 1080 resolution, 1800 lumens of brightness and a contrast ratio of 5000:1--that's more than enough to please the average Joe so long as ambient light in the room is kept to a minimum. The unit also has a variety of I/O ports including: HDMI (x2), Composite Video, S-Video, Component Video, RS-232c and a 12v Trigger. Texas Instruments' DLP chipset is within, and the included lamp is expected to last around 3000 hours before burning out. With a noise level of 29dB, it definitely isn't the quietest in its class, but hey, remember the asking price here before you start griping too loudly.
The PJ should be available through Vivitek retailers, dealers and distributors later this month for $999, which includes a 1-year limited warranty on parts/labor and a 90-day lamp warranty.