Vivitek H1180HD Review

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Vivitek H1180HD review

When it comes to ease of use, there is not much to say about the Vivitek H1180HD. The remote control is nifty with backlit clearly laid out buttons for home theater darkness, and an option to set the contrast and brightness directly. These are the two most important settings. In addition, each primary and secondary color (RGBCMY) is adjusted in both hue, saturation and brightness.

The menu system is clean and easy to navigate.

Vivitek H1180HD inputs

Image Quality​

​The color mode "Movie" works best for movies (obviously), and has the most neutral colors. As for noise, the projector is good and short on artifacts. Shades are smooth in a blue sky and the picture is sharp. Vivitek has a good perceived contrast, and good dark blacks combined with plenty of light.

​The problem is that the colors are not saturated enough. The projector is bright enough, but I suspect that the white segment of the color wheel is a tad too big to enable a higher brightness. This means less light for each color, which provides a washed out color reproduction. The blue sky is quite gray and faces look almost sickly lifeless.

​H1180HD is equipped with BrilliantColor to provide more saturated colors. But in Viviteks case, this seem to affect the overall brightness more than color saturation. It pulls slightly towards green when it goes full blast, and with the function turned off, the colors are more reddish. The picture looks best with BrilliantColor in the middle position, level 5 out of 10.

​You can saturate the colors by going through each color, though you still need calibration equipment to avoid going overboard.



§ Native 1080p (1920x1080)
§ Bright at 2000 lumens for Vibrant dazzling images
§ 10,000:1 contrast ratio for vivid picture quality
§ DLP® DarkChip3™ and BrilliantColor™ technologies by Texas Instruments
§ 6000 hours of lamp life (Eco Mode)
§ 3D-ready via DLP® Link™ and BluRay 3D movie playback
§ SRS WOW® significantly improves the playback quality of audio, delivering a dynamic 3D entertainment experience with deep, rich bass
§ Built-in 10-Watt Mono Speaker
§ Connectivity options include: Two (2) HDMI v1.4b, VGAIn, Component, S-Video, Composite Video
§ RS-232c for projector control and management
§ 12V triggers for simple screen/projector automation
§ Top sided lamp cover for convenient lamp replacement

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