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The Panasonic PTAE series really shook up the projector world as it was a mainstream manufacturer that could play the specialists at their own game. The initial PTAE100 was a major breakthrough offering full wide screen images on a clear budget. It was reasonable quiet, easy to position due to it's short throw distance and looked good in your room. The PTAE700 followed the 100, 300 and 500 to market. By this time Panasonic had nailed the formula and offered much more vibrant images utilizing their smooth screen technology. This enabled the image to be less blocky and LCD like and removed any mesh (chicken wire effect) some would see on lesser projectors. The overall image was, for it's time, stunning offering great contrast and super black levels.
It was also easy to use. The joystick at the front allowed you to position the image accurately and the focus zoom options were easy to use. A full back lit remote control was also included. I had the device roof mounted upside down. This allowed the control panel to be accessible. One could also upturn the image to allow this method of installation. The onscreen menus are also helpful and thorough.
The projector has been very reliable and has provided everything I have expected from it.
Overall the projector is very good and Panasonic have gone from strength to strength in this market. Have you seen the PTAE4000? It will most certainly be on my shopping list once I upgrade.