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ViewSonic PRO8200 1920x1080 FHD 2000 ANSI Lumens, 16:9 Widescreen Aspect Ratio, Dual HDMI / Dual VGA, Two 10-watt Speakers, 1.5x Optical Zoom, PIP/POP Option, Home Theater DLP Projector
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: This projector has decent reviews and specs for its price point. I did a lot of research before selecting it, and I was initially happy with it. Great out-of-box calibration, colors were very accurate. The thing is a light cannon, easily watchable in daylight. 1080P content looks great at 104".

Cons: It's noisy. This is my first HT projector, so maybe i'm expecting too much, but the cooling fan is easily audible at reasonable listening volumes. The issue is exacerbated due to the unit being mounted directly overhead in my installation. All the other 'cons' I was expecting after reading reviews and spec sheets. No show-stoppers. Then...

One evening last month (PJ was ~4 months old at this point, 50 lamp hours), I powered on the projector, and nothing happened. The fans kicked on, but no image, not even menu. I pulled cables, tried different inputs, outlets, etc... I ended up calling Viewsonic support who ran me through the predictable help desk routine (power off/on, blow out dust). He was eventually satisfied that the PJ was indeed dead, and sent me an RMA. I shipped the projector back to ViewSonic at my expense ($35). After a week "In Repair" the unit was sent back to me. There was no paperwork or explanation in the ticket as to what repairs had been done. There was a Post-It taped to the projector that said "Lamp NG". That was it. I plugged the PJ back in and... same thing. No image! Furious, I called up ViewSonic support and asked for an explanation. The "tech" pulled up my ticket, and after reading through it informed me that they had found no problem with the unit. I replied that there was indeed a problem, as I had just tested it and it was still inoperative. I asked him what the "Lamp NG" sticker meant and he said "Oh! That means the lamp unit is bad and needs to be replaced!" I asked him WHY DIDN'T YOU PUT A NEW LAMP IN IT WHEN IT WAS THERE!? He told me that I had to submit proof of purchase to show the unit was within the 1-year lamp warranty. Now why they couldn't have determined this while the unit was in for repair is beyond my understanding...

So I email them my Newegg invoice, and they submit the replacement lamp order on March 14th, with an expected delivery of "5-7 business days, depending on stock availability". It is now March 27th, I have still not received the lamp, and my PJ has been out of commission since February 25th.

Other Thoughts: I researched projectors for months before settling on this unit. I saw no indications from reviews here and at avsforum that this model had any issues like I've experienced. I really hope that this is a freak occurrence, as I don't have the patience to deal with ViewSonic support again.

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Foxconn 8600GTS-256 GeForce 8600 GTS 256MB 128-Bit GDDR3 PCI Express x16 HDCP Ready SLI Support Video Card
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  • Owned For: 1 week to 1 month

Pros: Great Price. Amazing improvement over onboard 6150. FSX is smooth as butter at max settings.

Cons: None so far. As usual, don't install included drivers. I tried, resulting in BSOD. Just download from Nvidia.

Other Thoughts: The card pictured is NOT WHAT YOU GET. One of the biggest things I was looking for was a single slot card, as I am working in very confined space on a MicroATX. The pic shows a single slot heatsink, great! But it came with this big ugly thing that takes up two slots, and looks like it's 5 years old. Still works fine. Wonder if I can get an aftermarket single slot heatsink?

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Display Name: Michael N.

Date Joined: 02/06/07

  • Reviews: 2
  • Helpfulness: 1
  • First Review: 11/28/07
  • Last Review: 03/27/13
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