Mitsubishi HC4900


posted 6/9/2008 by Dan Keener
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One of the late additions to our CES schedule was a visit with Mitsubishi Projectors. We were invited to come take a look at their new lineup of Home Theater projectors, including the Mitsubishi HC4900, which is a full 1080p LCD projo. After spending some time with the unit and a Mitsubishi representative, the HC4900 was one of a handful of CES 2008 products that I came away very impressed with. Specifically, the value for a full 1080p front projector was incredible, as recent models with comparable measurables were north of the $4,000 barrier. At $2,499, the HC4900 brings 1080p into the mainstream pricing point.

The Specs
Model HC4900
MSRP $2,499
Best Retail price $2,195
Native Resolution 1920x1080
Contrast 7,500:1 (open IRIS)
Response Time n/a
Lamp Life (Hrs) 2,000 - 5,000 (low setting)
Dimensions (in) 4.4 (H) x 15.5 (W) x 11.8 (D)
Weight (lbs) 12.3
Mounting Pattern n/a
Inputs HDMI (1), VGA (1), Component (1), S-Video (1), DVI (1) and Serial (1)
Outputs n/a
ANSI Lumens 1,000
Zoom 1.6x
Screen Size (in) 50 - 300
Throw Distance (ft) 10.1 - 16.5 (100 in)

Out of the Box
The Mitsubishi HC4900 was packed in a traditional soft-foam sleeve between two pieces of molded Styrofoam, which is basically a standardized packing job. Considering it is a $2,500 projector, I was thinking it might have been packed with a bit more protection, but there is nothing wrong with the chosen packing materials and it does have plenty of clearance all the way around the equipment.

A secondary box held most of the accessories that comes with the unit, and it has quite a bit of goodies to make setup of the HC4900 much easier. One thing that I was surprised to find was a European power plug, something that isn’t usually included in many North American appliances or electronic devices. Other items were an AC power cable, RGB cable, RS-232C cable (remote projector control), Remote w/batteries, User Manual (English and foreign versions), User Manual on CD, Safety Manual and Lens Cap.

The Mitsubishi HC4900 has a sleek and sexy look, with a matte black finish and soft curves. When the lens cap is in place, there isn’t a sharp angle to be found on the device. Because of this design, the HC4900 literally blends in with any setting, whether it is mounted on the ceiling, a shelf or in a somewhat concealed area. The buttons and indicator lights are all grouped on the left side. They are a metallic silver color and recessed, so they offer a nice contrast to the black, but are not obtrusive. The back panel is fairly plain, with small white labels for each of the seven inputs and cable lock. When ceiling mounted, there is nary a marking to be seen with the exception of a silver strip near the back of the projo that has the Mitsubishi name and logo on it. The elegant design makes this a fine piece of equipment that anyone should be proud to show off.

I was expecting the HC4900 remote to be jam-packed with buttons and features based on the specs of the projector. However, I was surprised to find that it was, for a lack of a better word, unassuming. It doesn’t even have the Mitsubishi name or logo on it and is kind of plain looking.

There are three distinct groupings of buttons. The top section contains buttons for power, input and memory, while the middle section has the directional keypad and enter buttons. The bottom has all the buttons to control the projector functionality, such as Iris, sharpness, zoom and so on. All in all, the remote is very standard for projectors, with only the motorized lens controls (Zoom and Lens Shift) being outside the norm.
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