The ViewSonic Pro8500 is an advanced high brightness DLP installation projector which includes BrilliantColor technology to produce more vibrant colors. The Pro8500 delivers 5000 lumens, 4900:1 contrast ratio with a 1024x768 XGA native resolution, allowing it to shine in virtually any lighting situation. The Pro8500 provides maximum mounting flexibility with a wide 1.5X optical zoom adjustment and a multitude of connectivity options including Network Display, USB, and WiFi (optional WPD-100 Wi-Fi dongle required). The filter-less design and long lamp life provide for easy maintenance and low total cost of ownership.
Bright and crisp image
Pros: This puts out an incredibly bright image. The picture is incredible!
Cons: It is only black. White option would have been nice.
Other Thoughts: It is being used as a permanent mount, video source for a church audio/video install.
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3D Buyer Beware!
Pros: 5000 lumens
Cons: Limited 3D support
Other Thoughts: My unit is defective, so some of the issues may be resolved when I receive my replacement, but here are a few observations.
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light shuts off after 30 sec
Pros: so far there are none
Cons: Upon first opening, the light on the unit would shut off after 30 sec. I called tech support at Viewsonic and they said send it back.
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Pros: EXTREMELY BRIGHT. This was the main focus behind this purchase - a projector that could be used in a brightly lit room. The 8500 delivers. Color accuracy is also quite good for such a bright unit. Easy to set up, reasonable size, and light enough to carry without breaking your back.
Cons: So far none!
Other Thoughts: It's hard to find thorough reviews of business-type projectors. Everyone reviews home theater projectors, but 1600 lumens is not enough for use in business. I agonized over options from NEC, Mitsubishi, Infocus, and a couple others, but decided on ViewSonic. The others may be good as well, but I'm totally satisfied with this choice!
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