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Not for HD - Check your laptop's capability.
on July 30, 2010
I am not a techie geek, and I suspect that there are many other out there who want a projector for their laptop or game system and just sort of skip over the technical information when reading reviews. So, here's a plain English warning. My son wanted to get a projector rather than a television because it would be easier to move a projector than moving a television from apartment to apartment to apartment. His main purpose for the projector was for watching DVDs from his laptop, gaming with his laptop, and for use with a Wii and a Playstation.
We purchased this projector because of the good reviews and reasonable price. We should have done more homework first. The problem is what is called VGA vs. HDMI. Sorry - I probably lost a few folks there, (and two days ago I would have been lost too) but I'll try to speak English as much as I can. If your laptop or PC has only an "HDMI" port for connecting to a projector, it won't work with this projector. We called Vivitek Customer Support and spoke to a knowledgeable and articulate tech support guy. He told us that this projector is meant to connect to laptops or computers with VGA ports. (It worked with my old school MacBook.) The least expensive Vivitek model projector that can support HD costs around $1,000.
The Vivitek Customer Service rep told us to try to go to Best Buy, speak to a Geek Squad member, and tell them that we needed an adaptor kit for connecting this projector to a laptop with only an HDMI port. According to the customer service guy, the adaptor kit is around $50. It (the adaptor) isn't meant to provide full HD quality, and never will. Evidently, it will allow the connection to the laptop, with audio capability, but will never allow HD quality video. We haven't gone to Best Buy yet, so I can't report on whether or not we were able to make it work, but I will try to update this review to let you all know what happens.
Just let this be a warning that you will not be able to use this projector straight out of the box unless you have a VGA port on your laptop or game system, and you will never be able to get HD quality picture from it. That's straight out of the horses mouth at Vivitek. If you don't know what the difference is between a VGA port and and HDMI port (I didn't) then do an internet search for pictures of the two different kinds of ports and compare them to your computer ports and game system ports before you purchase this projector. And be aware that you can't use it for HD quality picture.