Vivitek H5080 review

Kat Orphanides
30 Jan 2011
Our Rating 
Price when reviewed 
inc VAT

This is easily the best DLP projector we’ve ever seen, but you could almost buy two of our favourite LCD model for the same money.



1,920x1,080 resolution, 1,600 ANSI lumens, 180x429x343mm, 8.6kg

Vivitek’s H5080 is the biggest DLP projector we've ever reviewed. Unlike most large projectors it’s glossy, curved and quite attractive. We were even more surprised to find a set of lens shift controls hidden beneath a flap at the top of the projector - this is the first DLP model we've seen with this feature.

Vivitek H5080 controls

The projector has a whopping three HDMI ports along with the usual component, composite, VGA and S-video inputs. It makes a whirring whine when operating, but it's not too loud; it doesn’t generate much heat, either, and it’s all concentrated towards the back of the projector.

Vivitek H5080 ports

The remote control is comfortable to hold. Source selection buttons are at the top, navigation just below, and below those is a large bank of function buttons. These include keys to cycle through picture modes, change colour settings and – inexplicably – control volume and mute settings, even though there’s no built in speaker.

The on-screen menu looks very snazzy, but isn’t particularly easy to navigate, with some important features hidden behind obscure labels in deep sub-menus. In Picture: Basic, you can you switch display modes and create custom profiles based on the default modes. Picture: Advanced lets you do more serious tweaking, including noise reduction, colour temperature and gamma adjustment on your user-defined profiles, dynamic black configuration and more. Most of these features can only be changed on a user profile; this includes dynamic black and motion smoothing. The latter is hidden in the ViviSettings sub-menu and is enabled by default.

The H5080 easily has the best picture quality of any DLP projector we’ve ever reviewed. For almost £3,000, we’d be offended if it didn’t. In our black and white test, the DLP rainbow effect was minimal to the point of being almost invisible – we had to go out of our way to see any trace of it at all. This is almost unheard of in a single-chip DLP projector. Our dark test scene also looked fantastic, with excellent detail and plenty of subtle shading in the shadows. Our high contrast test also looked good, particularly when we enabled dynamic contrast.

There are just three default picture modes: Movie, Bright and Normal. The colours in movie mode are beautifully balanced and there’s not much to choose between this and Normal mode. Bright mode suffuses the screen in a hideous shade of turquoise, so we recommend avoiding that one. You’ll want to create your own user modes, though; for example, the default Movie configuration forces you to use both ViviMotion smoothing and Dynamic Black, which aren’t suitable for all movies.

Our moving image tests showed some motion blur when motion smoothing was disabled, but we only recommend using it for sports – smoothing that makes it easier to follow the ball during a football match makes films look very strange, as though everyone’s moving at the wrong speed.

Vivitek H5080

The H5080 is easily the best DLP projector we've ever reviewed in terms of both image quality and lack of the irritating rainbow effect. It’s bright, has great contrast and a wide range of configuration options. Unfortunately, although it’s an excellent projector, it’s almost twice the price of our Ultimate award winner, the Panasonic PT-AE4000E . It’s good, but it’s not that good.




Projector technologyDLP
Lamp brightness1,600 ANSI lumens
Lamp life2,000
Lamp life in economy mode3,000
Contrast ratio25,000:1 dynamic


Native resolution1,920x1,080
Max compressed resolution1,920x1,080
Aspect ratio16:9
Other aspect ratios4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft55in
Throw ratio1.54:1 to 1.93:1
Optical zoom1.3x
Projection distance1.5m to 7m
Mirror imageyes
Invert imageyes
Lens shift horizontal10%
Lens shift vertical80%
HD Readyyes
Special view modesmove, bright, normal, 3x user


VGA inputyes
DVI inputNo
Sound inputsnone
Composite inputyes
S-video inputyes
HDMI inputyes
PAL supportyes
SECAM supportyes
NTSC supportyes
Audio outputnone
Video outputnone
Others inputs/outputs2x extra HDMI inputs, RS232c, 2x 12v trigger, USB service port


Noise (in normal use)28dB(A)
Internal speakersnone
Extrasremote, lens cap, cables (power, component)
Remote special featuresnone
Power consumption standby1W
Power consumption on295W


Lamp cost (inc VAT)£235
Lamp cost per hour of use£0.12
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy)£0.08

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