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A No-Frills, Easy-To-Use Budget Projector
This review is from: ViewSonic PJD5122 800 x 600 SVGA DLP Projector 2700 Lumens 2000:1 (typ), 3000:1 (dynamic)
Pros: Throws a bright and clear image for casual viewing of TV, Movies and Video Games. Maximum resolution of 720p with HD Video Sources. Economy Mode helps reduce fan noise and claims to extend bulb life. Onscreen Menu is easy to read, easy to navigate and makes the projector's advanced functions very intuitive. Good shadow detail. Compact size makes this projector ideal for presentations for education and business. Remote is simple and well-laid out.
Cons: Rainbow Effect may distract some viewers. There is significant picture-noise in brighter scenes. A slight red-push makes people seem like everyone is a bit pink or sunburned. Component Videop Input is only accessible via a separately purchased cable or adapter which attaches to one of the available RGB Inputs. Remote is too small, buttons have no back-lighting. I know I will probably lose the remote.
Other Thoughts: This projector is replacing my 8-year-old InFocus SP-4805 projector that finally bit the dust. While the Viewsonic PJD5122 and the InFocus 4805 looked practically identical (spec-wise) on paper, save its native aspect ratios, a much better comparison would be the InFocus SP-4802, which I would say the Viewsonic matches almost exactly in its overall performance. Swapping out the old Infocus from its ceiling mount (followed by a brief chorus of Taps) and putting the Viewsonic in its place took about 15 minutes. High Definition TV channels looked well, but the Viewsonic lacks the detail and clarity the 4805 had. Faces look slightly waxy, or plastic-like in comparison. There is also a lot of picture-noise, jaggies, and other video artifacts that prevent this unit from producing a completely film-like picture. By no means does this mean it's unwatchable. I've just been spoiled by my old InFocus and the natural-looking plasma TV upstairs. For the price I paid, I got a great deal.
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