Mitsubishi HC5500

Review

posted 9/10/2009 by Dan Keener
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With GamingNexus reviewing A/V products for just over a year now, it is always nice to take a look at the successor to a product that we put through the paces the previous year. In this case, we were able to take a closer look (the first taste we had of the HC5500 was at Mitsubishi’s booth at the 2009 CES) at the Mitsubishi HC5500 1080p LCD projector, which is the direct descendant of the HC4900 we reviewed late last year. It was quickly apparent that Mitsubishi was able to make a really good product even better, as most of the handful of the issues we had with the HC4900 were resolved and the HC5500 rolled out a lower price point to boot. The HC5500 is currently selling in the range of $1,650 - $2,300 from a variety of online retailers (with the average price around $1,800), but it has been discontinued as an active product by Mitsubishi.


The Specs

Model Mitsubishi HC5500 LCD Projector
MSRP $2,299
Best Retail price $1,650
Native Resolution 1920x1080
Contrast 14,000:1 (auto-IRIS)
Response Time n/a
Lamp Life (Hrs) 2,000 - 5,000 (low setting)
Dimensions (in) 4.9 (H) x 13.1 (W) x 13.9 (D)
Weight (lbs) 12.3
Mounting Pattern n/a
Inputs HDMI (2), VGA (1), Component (1), S-Video (1), Composite (1), Serial (1)
Outputs n/a
ANSI Lumens 1,200
Zoom 1.2x (motorized)
Screen Size (in) 50 - 250
Throw Distance (ft) 10.1 - 16.5 (100 in)



Out of the Box

As I expected, the Mitsubishi HC5500 was encased in a soft-foam wrap wedged between two pieces of foam in a standard packed box. This was the same setup as the HC4900 from last year, and seems to do an adequate job of protecting the unit, yet keeping costs down. The box itself contained the projector as well as a power cord, remote control w/AA batteries (x 2), RGB signal cable, RS-232C cable, lens cap (connected to projector), lamp replacement tray and a 3D Micro Surface Structure Air Filter. Also included were a user manual and a European power plug.
 



Aesthetics

Little has changed in the design of the Mitsubishi HC5500 from its predecessor the HC4900. The 5500 still sports that sleek and sexy look along with the same matte black finish and soft curves. In fact, other than a second HDMI replacing the DVI and the link port being moved on the back, I dare say the units are identical. While many prefer to have some sort of change each year, I was glad that Mitsubishi did not alter the elegant design. This is one feature that is sorely lacking in many home theater projectors that fall around the $2,000 price range.




Remote

One of the few things that didn’t change that I would have liked to see was a larger remote with more functions. Unfortunately, the HC5500 remote is identical to the HC4900 remote, save the “DVI” input label being switched to “PC”. So the remote itself is still just as plain and unassuming (my assessment from last year). Regardless, it does get the job done with every function able to be controlled, albeit some through menu navigation instead of button pressing.


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