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This works but get something else
on July 28, 2014
I found this to be an average offering; perhaps even a bit sub-average given the price. For my testing, I compared the ViewSonic to my personal Epson H430A. I also took the ViewSonic to work and to my church to both compare it to the projectors there and to see how it performed in different environments. Adding all of that to my review of its features has lead to this three star review. It is not horrible, but I think you can do better for the price.
* It claims to have 3000 lumens, and comparing it to some other 3000 lumen projectors, I'd say it's at least close to that.
* It is relatively quiet. The fan and DLP rotor noise are not objectionable.
* It has decent contrast, but not outstanding.
* Claims to be able to do 3D movie projection, but it does not have DVI or HDMI inputs. It just has VGA. Hmmm, I don't recall seeing any BluRay players with VGA outputs. They expect us to always use a PC that can send the 3D format via VGA? I immediately want to say this is more or less bogus. It's technically correct, but practically a lie. I want to be able to avoid using a PC to see movies on my home theatre.
* It is not really intended to be moved around at all. I think they actually believed we'd want to mount a projector that only has VGA inputs (well, it has composite video too … ugh!) to our ceiling for our retro home theatre. It's not that it's big or heavy, it just has almost no portable features.
* No case
* Thick and clunky form factor vs. shorter slimmer for carrying. So, not meant to be carried even though it's light enough.
* Only one direction of keystone adjustment (vertical). My cheaper Epson has two, both H and V.
* Artsy but harder to use diagonal. flush mounted buttons. You have to look at the labels to use them vs. the clearly marked and ergonomically laid out controls on the Epson.
* $100 more than the Epson, but no better picture and worse controls and flexibility.
* The Zoom is so short as to be worthless except for minor adjustments in a fixed setup.
* If the projector is sitting on a table, and the front elevation foot is all the way retracted, the picture is aimed high. In fact, it is too high. On other projectors, you would not get the picture this high on the wall without extending the front elevation foot all the way out.
* The front foot has no quick release button. You have to unscrew it until it is the right height and then reverse the process when you go to put it away. Of course, since there is not case, maybe that doesn't matter? :-0
* The back feet do not adjust at all. So, if your table or stand is leaning left or right, you must put crumpled paper or something under the projector or the table to take out leveling issues.
* From the above, I am gathering that this projector was not made with tables in mind?
* No HDMI (did I say this already?) input.
* No DVI input (I did say that already).
* No lens cover. The Epson not only has a nice sliding door that not only covers the lens, but shuts the lamp off and puts the unit in standby.
* No style - it looks so 1998 ….
OK, so maybe I'm being harsh, but there is no way I'd pay my own money for this (It's a Vine sample). As I said before, I own an Epson and am very happy with it for $100 less than the ViewSonic. I get an equal or better picture, two directional keystone, lens cover with automatic standby mode, better ergonomics for the controls, and on and on. My home unit has VGA inputs, but then again I use it for presentations and not movies. Epson did not make big claims like ViewSonic about what it can do, either.
So, this projector did work OK in day lighted rooms. The ambient light still needs control, but the ViewSonic was still contrasty enough to be easily seen in both our church and in a well lit conference room at work. It is still not a miracle, however.