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Panasonic PT-DW17 Projector

10000:1 WXGA (1366x768) 49dB Aug 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date £803.44 Electricity cost over 5 years

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Panasonic Has Excellent Reviews for Its Multimedia Projectors

Multimedia projectors manufactured by Panasonic are some of the best multimedia projectors according to average reviews from experts and users.

Over a Year Old

Panasonic released the PT-DW17 over a year ago.

Very Bright Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 17,000 ANSI lumens, the PT-DW17 has one of the brightest projector brightnesses amongst projectors of this age. The projector brightnesses of projectors of this spec and age range from 300 ANSI lumens to 20,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,800 ANSI lumens.

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Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The Panasonic PT-DW17 does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that are older than a year which have a built-in speaker.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker and we think the PowerLite S17, or the PowerLite 955W (£727.06) both from Epson are also worth considering.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Panasonic PT-DW17 supports 3D image projection, unlike most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released more than a year ago.

There are a number of different projectors which support 3D image projection which you might want to consider including the X1140, or the K135i (£443.14) both from Acer or the Vivitek D966HD (£925) which have a better Kagoo Rating™.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the PT-DW17, the PT-DW17 does not support Full HD projection.

It is worth also looking at different data projectors with a Full HD projection including the NEC NP-M282, the Elmo BOXi T-350 (£447.58), or the Vivitek D966HD (£925).

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most of the multimedia projectors of this type and age do not support WiFi connectivity, including the PT-DW17.

Different multimedia projectors with a WiFi connectivity that you might want to consider include the Epson PowerLite 1222, or the Acer H9505.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the Panasonic PT-DW17 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by data projectors that are a comparable age to the PT-DW17. In addition, this projector support graphics resolutions of 1280 x 720 (HD 720), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1366 х 768, 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+) and 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080).

If the resolution of this Panasonic data projector is too low for you then you might want to consider the M332 (720 x 480, 720 x 576, 832 x 624, 1280 x 768, 1280 x 960, 1600 x 900, 1152 x 864 (XGA+ and higher rated), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA and higher rated), 1360 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated), 1366 х 768, 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+ and higher rated), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+ and higher rated), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA and higher rated), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+ and higher rated), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080 and higher rated), 640 x 480 (VGA and higher rated), 800 x 600 (SVGA and higher rated) and higher rated), or the M302 (£772.10) (720 x 480, 720 x 576, 1152 x 870, 1280 x 768, 1280 x 800, 1280 x 960, 1600 x 900, 1024 x 768 (XGA and higher rated), 1152 x 864 (XGA+ and higher rated), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA and higher rated), 1360 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated), 1366 х 768, 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+ and higher rated), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+ and higher rated), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA and higher rated), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+ and higher rated), 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080 and higher rated), 640 x 480 (VGA and higher rated), 800 x and higher rated) both from NEC or the Epson PowerLite 580 (1280 x 960, 1600 x 900, 1152 x 864 (XGA+ and higher rated), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA and higher rated), 1280 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated), 1280 x 800 (WXGA and higher rated), 1360 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+ and higher rated), 1440 x 900 (WXGA+ and higher rated), 800 x 600 (SVGA and higher rated) and higher rated).

This multimedia projector's resolution (1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)) is actually the best supported resolution amongst all 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the PT-DW17.

The worst supported resolution across comparable types of multimedia projector is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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WXGA (1366x768) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Panasonic PT-DW17 is WXGA (1366x768). That's 2% more resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) projector, which is the most common resolution.

If you are looking for a projector with a higher resolution then you might want to consider the Canon WX-520 (£2,877.23) (WXGA+ (1440x900 and higher rated) and higher rated), the Optoma W501 (UXGA (1600 x 1200 and higher rated) and higher rated), or the Sony VPL-DX146 (UXGA (1600 x 1200 and higher rated) and higher rated).

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Four Lamps

The Panasonic PT-DW17 is a four lamp data projector.

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Two RS-232 Ports

Most projectors that came out more than a year ago have between one and two RS-232 ports, including the Panasonic PT-DW17 which has two RS-232 ports.

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Big Matrix Size

Across all the 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that are one year old the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.96". With a matrix size of 0.85 inches, the PT-DW17 has one of the bigger matrix sizes amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age.

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Big Lamp Power

The PT-DW17 has one of the biggest lamp power (465 Watts) amongst projectors of this age. Across all the data projectors of this age and type the lamp power range from 15W to 840W, and the average lamp power is 250W.

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Five Component Video in Ports

The PT-DW17 has more component video in ports than most of the multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the PT-DW17. Most of the 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were launched around the same time as the PT-DW17 only have between one and four component video in ports, however this Panasonic data projector has five component video in ports.

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Four VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Panasonic PT-DW17 has more VGA (D-Sub) ports than most of the 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released more than a year ago. This projector is a four VGA (D-Sub) port projector compared to most of the multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the PT-DW17 which only have between one and three VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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Big Uniformity

The Panasonic PT-DW17 has a fairly big uniformity (90 percent) compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that were released around the same time as the PT-DW17. Comparable spec data projectors that have been available for around the same time as the PT-DW17 have uniformities of between 0.9% and 95%.

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Supports Eight Video Modes

The PT-DW17 has a greater number of supported video mode than most data projectors that were launched around the same time as it. This projector supports a 480p video mode, which is the most commonly supported video mode supported by 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released around the same time as the PT-DW17. The video modes "1035i", "1080i", "1080p", "480i", "576i", "576p" and "720p" are also supported by this multimedia projector.

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Very Short Lamp Service Life

The shortest lamp service life of projectors of this spec and age is 500h, the longest is 30,000h, and the average lamp service life is 6,900h. The Panasonic PT-DW17 has a fairly short lamp service life (only 2,000 hours) compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been available for around the same time as the PT-DW17.

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Very Fast Dot Clock Scanning Frequency

The PT-DW17 has a very fast dot clock scanning frequency (162 megahertz) compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age. The slowest dot clock scanning frequency of 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the PT-DW17 is 20MHz, the fastest is 170MHz, and the average dot clock scanning frequency is 61MHz.

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High Running Costs

The PT-DW17 is in the most expensive 3% of all 88 data projectors that were released more than a year ago that we have assessed for 1 year running costs. Based on average usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the PT-DW17 is £879.

100 Mbit/s Ethernet LAN Data Transfer Rate

The Panasonic PT-DW17 has a maximum ethernet LAN data transfer rate of 100 Mbit/s. That's over ten times the ethernet LAN data transfer rate of the most frequently found ethernet LAN data transfer rate of 10 Mbit/s (which is also found on this Panasonic projector).

A 100 Mbit/s ethernet LAN data transfer rate is in fact the best ethernet LAN data transfer rate across all comparable spec multimedia projectors that came out more than a year ago.

The worst ethernet LAN data transfer rate across similar types of multimedia projector is 10 Mbit/s.

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Very Tall

The shortest similar spec data projector that has been on the market for around the same time as the PT-DW17 is 33mm tall and the tallest is 420mm. With a height of 291 millimeters, the PT-DW17 is one of the tallest 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released around the same time as the PT-DW17 amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age.

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Fairly Wide

The widths of projectors of a comparable type and age to the PT-DW17 range from 100mm to 970mm. The Panasonic PT-DW17 is very wide (620 millimeters) compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the PT-DW17.

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Very Deep

The depths of projectors of this spec and age range from 100mm to 870mm, and the average depth is 300mm. When compared to other similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the PT-DW17 that we have checked, the Panasonic PT-DW17's depth of 800 millimeters is one of the deepest.

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Very Heavy

When compared to other 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that came out more than a year ago that we have assessed, the weight of the Panasonic PT-DW17 of 43,000 grams is one of the heaviest. The lightest projector that was released around the same time as the PT-DW17 is 360g weight, the heaviest is 54,000g, and the average weight is 5,700g.

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Very Loud Noise Level

The quietest noise level of projectors of a comparable type and age to the PT-DW17 is 25dB and the loudest is 49dB. The PT-DW17 has one of the loudest noise levels (49 decibels) amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age.

Data projectors with a louder noise level that might be worth considering include the PT-DZ870 (£11,840.40) (40dB and higher rated), or the PT-DW11 (£16,251.60) (45dB and higher rated) both from Panasonic or the Epson EB-98 (37dB and higher rated).

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers panasonic ptdz21ku, panasonic ptdw17ku, panasonic ptds20ku, panasonic etemf510, ptdw17kej
Barcodes 00885170073357, 05025232652341, 05025232652358

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