they dont suck that bad, I would prefer them over regular reflectors.
Another thing, a bunch of the cut off pictures that you see VERY sharp cut offs, the projectors are actually modded to get a cut off that sharp. There are a lot of factors that play into color, cutoff sharpness, and light diffusion. One of the biggest being the type of lense, clear lenses are the best but as of 06 vehicles no OEM HID projectors comes with them, making them very rare and getting rarer (which makes them very expensive). Other lenses are freshnel, dimpled, frosted, etc. The other big difference is the actual projector itself. In general terms, you can get a SHARP cut off and less color(the color you get may be stronger but less of it) OR you get COLOR and a "fuzzy" cut off. OEM projectors are going towards this direction in a way. Less color, less cut off, to reduce complaints of the color/bright flicker when they are behind or on comming.