PROS / The HC4000 offers HD quality picture and an ultra-quiet performance.
CONS / The service and support section on their site could be improved.
VERDICT / If you are looking for a high-quality HD home theater projector this is a good choice.
Mitsubishi has been around for a very long time and has been in the business of creating high-quality visual display devices for longer than most of the companies on our list. The Mitsubishi HC4000 is one of the many DLP projector TVs offered by Mitsubishi and does quite a good job in a home theater setting. The projector itself is slightly larger than most, which could make it somewhat tricky to mount on the ceiling, but once mounted will provide the best picture possible. And the 1080p picture quality, very low brightness settings and long lamp life are all very welcome features for any projector used for home use.
Much like many of the other DLP projector TVs designed for home use the Mitsubishi HC4000 has a 230 watt lamp that is used to display the best picture quality possible. We were pleased to see the long lamp life and to see that this machine is one of the quietest DLP projectors we reviewed. One thing you will want to look at is the overall size and weight of the projector. Many projectors are designed to be moved from one place to another; the Mitsubishi HC4000 on the other hand is meant for home use and that’s about it. The low 1,300 lumens will be perfect for rooms that have very little light, such as a home theater room, but will cause quite a bit of fading if used in other situations.
The Mitsubishi HC4000 has also adopted a short throw lens, which will make having an image much smaller than 50 inches almost impossible. Most people won’t have any issue with this larger size, but some may want to have a slightly smaller screen for some situations. The one thing that most people will be very pleased with is the 1080p full HD quality image that can be displayed up to 300 inches in size; keep in mind that the larger the screen the less quality you will get. Along with the HD quality image, the HC4000 also has a contrast ratio of 4,000:1; that means you are going to get some of the very darkest blacks and lightest whites in most situations. We searched around for quite some time and could not find the throw ratio for this DLP projector TV, which is a little disappointing since it would help determine where you mount the projector.
Since these are high-definition DLP projector TVs it's no wonder that there is an HDMI slot on the back side for connecting a Blu-ray player or for watching the big game in crystal-clear high definition. You will also find the basic video ports such as composite and component video. If you plan on doing any slide shows or other presentations there is also a port for hooking up your PC or laptop.
Mitsubishi is the only company that we reviewed that only offered a phone number and email to get answers to any questions you may have about their DLP projectors. We were quite surprised to see that there was no FAQs section, user manual or even live chat from a company that has been around for so long. One thing we were pleased to see was that they offer about 10 different numbers so that you can get in contact with the right person the first time. We would like to see a little more done with their online help and support, but in the long run feel that if you do have an issue it will get solved quite fast and be done right the first time.
Mitsubishi has been around the block a time or two and know what they are doing in the world of electronics. We would like to see a little more effort put into their service and support section but feel that if you do need help a simple phone call will get most issues resolved. The Mitsubishi HC4000 is meant for home theater use because of the low brightness settings and larger size. Overall this DLP projector TV has a lot to offer anyone who wants HD quality DLP projector TV from a reliable company.