Panasonic PT-AE500U LCD Projector

Panasonic Updated: 2008-07-24 RSS
Panasonic PT-AE500U LCD Projector

The PT-AE500U uses LCD technology, which puts it in direct competition with DLP (Digital Light Processing) projectors. But no current DLP projector equals the 500U's resolution at anywhere near its price. With three 1,280 x 720-pixel LCD chips inside, the Panasonic can display every detail of 720p (progressive-scan) HDTV. Other formats, including high-def 1080i (interlaced) and standard 480i, are scaled to fit the 500U's native resolution.

The AE500U qualifies as a medium-size projector, and its smart silver styling will please the eye even if you put it on a coffee table — though most folks will want to mount it on the ceiling. A minimal array of keys on the main body allows menu access and control over power, input selection, and keystone effect.


DIMENSIONS 11 x 3 3/8 x 10 1/2 inches
WEIGHT 6 3/8 pounds


• 1,280 x 720-pixel native resolution
• Copy-protected DVI input
• Gamma and color-temperature controls
• 3 custom picture memories
• Additional rear inputs: VGA, wideband component-video, and composite/S-video