"Unreliable...expensive maintenance, short lamp life!"0.5 starson by bobgads
Pros: Picture quality is good. Unit is 13 month old, and ceiling mounted.
Cons: EXPENSIVE and lamp life does not live up to the quote 1,800 - 2,000 hour use. Manual is virtually useless.
Summary: My 3000 has frozen numerous times during critical meetings and football parties. It recently went into "stand by" mode...tech support had no idea why. Since my unit was 1 month out of service, I was told to ship it in, at my cost, for a $130 review fee which very may not be applied to the repair or "try" buying a $400 + + + lamp when it only had 1,000 hours, 50-60% of quoted life! When I objected I was told that the 1,800 - 2,000 hour life was based upon what any real life user would consider a virtually impossible user pattern (3.5 hours on, 1 hour off and regular usage of that pattern, uses for shorter periods lowers the lamp life...plus if humans are in the room...only kidding! Be prepared for high maintenance bills, unreliable performance and lamp replacement at half or less of the quoted useful life! You are WARNED!!!!After changing the $400 lamp it worked for 2 days...then crashed again. I am awaiting word from Panasonic if they will will honor their warranty as I am 45 days or so out of warranty on my $2,500 projector. I expect they will do the right thing and I promise to report what they choose to do. I have a large Super Bowl group expecting my Hi-Def projector...hope they are not disappointed.
Updated on Jan 27, 2010