The Panasonic PT-LRZ35 Series is Panasonic’s first portable projector to use a discrete RGB LED light source. Panasonic knocked it out of the park on their first use of an RGB LED light source in this class of projector. Panasonic's new light engine achieves their stated goal of superior color reproduction and enhanced picture quality especially compared to traditional implementations of DLP. This RGB LED DLP single-chip projector offers a lot of performance and features for its manufacturer's suggested price of $2,999.00, or at a wide range of authorized dealers selling at $1699.00.
Panasonic’s claims that the LRZ35 series is the smallest and lightest R/G/B LED DLP projectors in the 3,500lm class. The PT-LRZ35U’s weight of 14.77 pounds and small form factor should benefit installers and users needing to move it between meeting rooms or classrooms. So, yes I would agree that it is one of the smallest and lightest in this specific class of projector
The PT-LRZ35 Series is 3D-ready and while it’s nice to see a business class projector offering 3D as a feature, I don’t think this is going to matter to the business user. That being said, 3D could have real appeal to consumers considering using this projector in their home theater. The LED light engine practically eliminates rainbow artifacts found on DLP projectors that use a color wheel. The 3D performance of the projector should benefit as well through the reduction of many of the negative side effects, sensitive users associate with active 3D systems.
Panasonic’s filter-less design of a sealed optical unit and dust-resistant cabinet will surely be a welcome feature and the 20,000 hours of virtually maintenance-free operation is very competitive. Panasonic claims that in addition to being bright and compact, the PT-LRZ35U’s picture quality is very good and I would have to agree. Colors and whites are visually balanced which is typically only found in 3LCD projectors. While I can’t go as far as to say that the balance is equivalent to 3LCD, primarily because Panasonic does not publish these specs. Color balance and accuracy are far superior to traditional DLP systems that use color wheels including many laser DLP systems in this price range.
The PT-LRZ35U delivers a dynamic contrast ratio of 30,000;1 and as I wrote up front, I think the actual visual performance appears well above this number to my eye.