Superb connectivity and great black levels in a well-priced package
- Good value for money, deep black levels, lots of setup options, good connectivity options
- Not bright enough for large screens, inaccurate default display of colours
Panasonic's PT-AE2000U is a projector that performs well compared to its competition, but it needs some tweaking to achieve the best image quality.
Price$ 6,599.00 (AUD)
The Panasonic PT-AE2000U is a 1080p projector that is well-priced and offers good image quality and versatility. It is only let down by inaccurate colours out of the box; additionally, like most home theatre projectors, it needs to be in a dark room to excel.
Aesthetically the projector is fairly plain. Its black case will be unobtrusive when mounted on a ceiling or at the back of a room. The unit has all the necessary control buttons hidden behind a panel on its left-hand side, although a remote is also included. The remote is a pleasure to use: it's backlit and can be used as a universal remote to control other devices in your home theatre setup.
The PT-AE2000U has plenty of adjustable options during initial setup. Vertical and horizontal lens shift are easily controlled, and zoom and focus are controlled electronically. We find electronic focusing a distinct advantage, because it means you can use the remote to fine tune the image while closely examining it.
A plethora of inputs are included on the model — most notably three HDMI inputs. VGA input and two component inputs and connectors for S-Video and composite are also available.
The projector has seven different image modes, which is more than most home theatre projectors have. Cinema 1 provides the most neutral and natural colours; you can also create your own advanced profile.
The projector allows you to select colour temperature from a range of -6 to +6. We generally found that -1 gave the most pleasing picture and most accurate greyscale. We didn't need to change any gamma settings, although there is a wide range of adjustability here too.
Image quality is quite good in most modes, with an impressive balance between contrast, brightness and black levels. For our comparison we left the projector set to Cinema 1 mode, as this was the most evenly balanced between image components.
Colours from the PT-AE2000U are slightly oversaturated by default, especially when compared to a projector like the Sanyo PLV-Z2000. Red and green are the worst offenders: they are a little too rich and vivid. We found that settings of -1 for green brightness, red contrast and green contrast gave the picture a much more natural look. After making these adjustments, the PT-AE2000U rivalled the Sanyo for image quality.
Black levels from the unit were great, surpassing the Sanyo as well as the Mitsubishi HC4900. This is backed up by a competitive contrast ratio of 16000:1, which gives the Panasonic very lively and rich images with a wide range of colours.
Brightness levels are rated at 1500 ANSI lumens, which is on the high side for a home theatre projector. However, you'll still need a darkened room to take full advantage of the PT-AE2000U. There's also an Auto Iris feature included. This adjusts optimal brightness dependant on ambient light; we didn't notice much of a difference in our tests. The projector struggles when under direct light, but this is to be expected. When at full brightness, the lamp is rated to last around 3000 hours, which is on par with other home theatre projectors.
If you've got a dedicated room for your home theatre, the PT-AE2000U can be easily set up to provide a great image.
Join the PC World newsletter!
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Everki ContemPRO Roll Top Laptop Backpack
Google Daydream VR headset
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® Portable SSD
Huawei Mate 9
Acer Swift 7
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Surface Pro 4
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Oppo R9s Plus phone: Full, in-depth review
- 2 Samsung 2017 QLED Q7 TV: Full, in-depth review
- 3 HTC U Ultra phone full, in-depth review
- 4 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 5 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
Latest News Articles
- Sony's Android-powered Xperia projector turns any flat surface into a touch screen
- Sony’s new liquid-cooled 4K home video projector delivers 5000 lumens of brightness, costs $60,000
- BenQ targets Epson with revamped home entertainment projectors
- LG's new Laser Display gives you 100in of full HD glory
- Win an iPad or a Samsung Galaxy Tab in the 2012 PC World Media Usage survey
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
- LG G6: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- And the 2017 winner of the Formula 1 Best Pit Lane Boom Gantry is...
- What's the difference between an Intel Core i3, i5 and i7?
- Laser vs. inkjet printers: which is better?
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- CCJava DeveloperVIC
- TPBusiness Analyst/Project MangerVIC
- FTField Services EngineerWA
- CCApplication Support Specialist- Bathurst or Port MacquarieNSW
- CCApplication Support Specialist- Bathurst or Port MacquarieNSW
- FTFinancial AnalystNSW
- FTAutomation Test AnalystSA
- TPSenior Business AnalystQLD
- FTHelpdesk TechnicianVIC
- CCBusiness Analyst- Data GovernanceNSW
- FTFunctional Consultant - CommercialsQLD
- FTEmail Production SpecialistNSW
- CCAutomation Developer - LinuxNSW
- FTLevel 2 Technical Support OfficerQLD
- FT.Net DeveloperNSW
- TPSolution Architect - Integration - Bespoke ProjectQLD
- FTChief Architect - Principal ArchitectVIC
- FTProduct Manager / Business Analyst Clinical Solutions (Lorenzo)QLD
- FTSnr Salesforce Technical Consultant/Architect Global IT Company - SydneyNSW
- FTBusiness Development ManagerVIC
- TPSenior Business Project ManagerNSW
- CCBig Data Developer - Government - 12 Month Contract - SydneyNSW
- FTKey Account ManagerVIC
- FTSecurity Support AnalystNSW