What is the Vivitek H5098?

The £1495 Vivitek H5098 is a dedicated home cinema projector using single-chip DLP technology. It boasts a native Full HD resolution and, unusually for its money, it’s available with five different lens options.

Sadly, hopes that the H5098 might be a serious movie projector selling for ‘casual’ money aren’t backed up by its picture quality.

Design and build

The H5098’s strikingly curvaceous design looks cute, regardless of whether it’s mounted on a coffee table or ceiling. Straight edges and sharp corners are studiously avoided, clearly marking it out as a ‘domestic’ rather than office projector.

While it looks sweet, it isn’t particularly well built. The black bodywork feels noticeably plasticky for a projector that until recently sold for around £2200. Hopefully, this isn’t an external indicator of low-quality innards.