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ViewSonic PRO8520HD 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector (2013 Model)

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  • Screen Size Range: 78-inches from 8 feet; 117-inches from 12 feet
  • Brightness: 5000 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 8,000:1, Keystone Correction: Vertical +/- 20º
  • Warranty: 3 Years parts & labor, 1 year lamp and 1 year free express exchange*; Lamp Life: 2,500 / 3,000 hrs
  • HDMI x2, S-Video, VGA x2, Composite, Component Video, 3.5mm Audio, 3.5mm Mic, 12V Trigger, USB, Mini-B, RJ-45, RS-232
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Product Description

Product Description

The ViewSonic Pro8520HD is a high brightness, Full HD 1080p projector ideal for use in any large venue installation—even in rooms with high ambient light.Built with BrilliantColor technology, this projector produces vibrant colors, while 5000 ANSI lumens and 1080p (1920x1080) Hi-Def resolution deliver stunning, razor-sharp images anywhere from auditoriums, to lecture halls, and boardrooms. With a 1.5x optical zoom lens and a multitude of connectivity options such as dual HDMI, wired and wireless LAN display, USB display, and PC-less JPG slideshows, the Pro8520HD provides maximum installation flexibility for a variety of uses.Equipped with Crestron LAN controller, the Pro8520HD makes it easy for IT admin to remotely control and manage multiple projectors from their workstations. A filter-less design and extended lamp lifeprovide for easy maintenance and alow total cost of ownership (TCO). The Pro8520HD projector offers excellent performance forlarge installations and commercial applications.

Key Features:

  • 5000 ANSI lumens project bright, clear images in any large venue
  • Full HD 1080p delivers stunning picture quality
  • BrilliantColor technology provides exceptional, true-to-life colors
  • Pixelworks high-performance 10-bit video processor for enhanced video quality
  • Dual HDMI for true digital picture clarity
  • Centralized remote LAN control & monitoring with Crestron for easy management
  • Presentation made easy with advanced display options – Wireless & wired LAN display, Plug ‘n play USB display, PC-less JPG slideshows
  • Advanced multi-segment color wheel design, 1.5x optical zoom lens, auto source detection & integrated 20w speakers
  • Automatic vertical keystone correction for quick and easy image setup
  • Virtually maintenance-free with a filter-less design
  • Long-lasting, reliable picture quality & superior color performance
  • Environmentally friendly Eco-mode saves money and power
  • Industry-leading warranty: 3-year limited warranty on parts and labor, 1 year on lamp, and free first year Express Exchange service**


5000 lumens guaranteed to shine anywhere

Packed with 5,000 lumens and a high contrast ratio of 15,000:1 (DCR), the Pro8520HD is guaranteed to project vibrant and clear images, even in high ambient light environments.

Settings where the Pro8520HD is the perfect solution

  • Business – large conference rooms, meeting rooms, boardrooms.
  • Education – large lecture halls, auditoriums.



Stunning picture quality with Full HD 1080p resolution

Native 1080p (1920x1080) resolution is perfect for the sharpest and clearest picture available. It delivers exceptional details and outstanding color saturation for incredible pixel-by-pixel performance and superior image quality. The Pro8520HD features 1920x1080 native resolution for a total of 2,073,600 pixels. That is 4.3x more pixels than SVGA, 2.6x more than XGA,and 2.0x more than WXGA. Whether for multimedia presentations, graphic design, or video production, the Pro8520HDprojects crisp details and enhances presentation quality without any distortion or scaling of the original format.


DLP Technology

Advanced DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology allows you to experience crystal clear, razor-sharp and lifelike images with the same DLP technology used in Hollywood. For fast action, the response time is 1,000 times faster than similar LCD-based projectors. And with no air filters to clean or change, the latest generation of DLP-based projectors from ViewSonic is among the lowest TCO (Total Cost of Ownership) in the industry.


BrilliantColor Technology

The ViewSonic Pro8520HD projector with BrilliantColor technology features multi-color processing to produce stunning, vibrant colors. Unlike other technologies that use just 3 primary colors to produce the image (such as LCD), the Pro8520HD uses up to 5 separate colors. The sophisticated 5-segment color wheel enhances the yellow color performance that is key to accurate and vivid color reproduction. With multi-color processing, colors are richer and more vibrant with exquisite and precise detail.


Maintenance free with filter-less design

Full 10-bit color processing provides detail enhancement technology,as well as motion adaptive de-interlacing,to provide crisper, sharper images.


Dual HDMI for true digital picture clarity

Equipped with dual HDMI inputs, the Pro8520HD delivers the highest picture and sound quality without any degradation. It's perfect for connecting to any HDMI-enabled devices such as smart phones, tablets, laptops, computers,and Blu-ray DVD players.


Centralized LAN Control & Monitoring with Crestron

The ViewSonic Pro8520HD offers seamless integration and full support for Crestron control systems. In addition, IT admin can monitor, schedule, and manage multiple projectors remotely, as well as receive projector status alerts, with the included Crestron RoomView Express control software.


Presentation made easy with advanced display options
  • Wireless & Wired LAN display:With its advanced networking capability, the projector can project images via wireless, or wired, LAN. The LAN display offers a quad split screen for simultaneously projecting content from up to 4 PCs, with the ability to broadcast from up to 8 projectors. The included VSPresenter software offers complete control of your desktop screen for seamless presentation. The WPD-100 wireless adapter is required for wireless display.
  • Plug 'n play USB display:Project your presentations using a quick and simple plug-and-play USB connection without running a bulky VGA cable. Plug n’ Play also features automatic resolution detection for the best imaging experience.
  • PC-less JPG slideshows:Jump start your presentations without waiting for your PC to boot up. With a PC-less slideshows feature, you can enjoy pictures or images directly from a USB flash drive without a PC.


Packed with features
  • 5-segment color wheel design improves color performance and accuracy to provide natural, vivid images.
  • 1.5x optical zoom offers more than twice the mounting flexibility over a standard 1.2x optical zoom. This translates to less installation hassle and more flexible mounting options.
  • 20-watt integrated speakersare ideal for multimedia applications, videos, and audio-enabled presentations.
  • Auto source detection senses the source input and syncs with your computer automatically.



Easy projection setup with automatic vertical keystone correction

With a built-in level sensor, automatic vertical keystone correction detects the input signal and adjusts the distorted imageinto a perfect square shape.


Virtually maintenance-free with filter-less design

The ViewSonic Pro8520HD projector features a filter-less design. Unlike LCD projectors that require users to clean, or sometimes replace, filters every 100 to 300 hours of operation, the ViewSonic Pro8520HD projector’s filter-less design eliminates filter cleaning or filter replacement. This provides virtually zero maintenance, saves you significant dollars and labor over the projector’s lifespan, and lowers your total cost of ownership (TCO).

Long-lasting reliable picture quality & superior color performance

ViewSonic DLP projectors provide reliable picture quality you can trust and superior color performance you can count on, after thousands of hours of usage. Built on DLP technology, ViewSonic’s Pro8520HD projector virtually eliminates image degradation known as color decay – a yellow/faded tint that LCD projectors may develop after extended use. Even after years of use, the Pro8520HD will continue to produce a stunning, sharp image that lasts. 


Environmentally friendly Eco-mode saves money and power

With only a slight 20% decrease in brightness, the Eco-mode function can extend the life of your lamp by almost 50%* and up to 3,000* hours in some cases. Other benefits of Eco-mode operation include reduced power consumption, as well as less heat and audible noise output. It´s good for the environment and great for your budget. The Eco-mode function will definitely help lower your total cost of ownership (TCO).

Piece of mind with industry leading warranty

Backed by our 25-year reputation for quality and reliability, ViewSonic offers one of the industry´s best overall projector warranties with 3-year limited parts and labor, 1-year lamp, and first year free Express Exchange service**. Don´t be fooled by the seemingly longer warranties out there in the market that exclude the more vulnerable systems and moving parts of a projector

Projector Comparison Chart
Model Pro8200 Pro8300 Pro8400 Pro8450w Pro8500 Pro8520HD Pro8600 Pro9000


1080p 1920x1080

1080p 1920x1080

1080p 1920x1080

WXGA 1280x800

XGA 1024x768

1080p 1920x1080

XGA 1024x768

1080p 1920x1080

Brightness (Lumens)








Laser LED

Aspect Ratio









VGA In/Out










✔ (x2)

✔ (x2)

✔ (x2)

✔ (x2)


LAN Control

Wired LAN and Wireless Display *




USB Display




PC-less JPG Slideshows




*Optional wireless adapter - WPD-100, is required for wireless display.


What is in the box:
  • ViewSonic Pro8520HD projector
  • Power cable
  • VGA cable
  • HDMI cable
  • Laser remote control with batteries
  • Lens cap
  • Quick start guide
  • ViewSonic Wizard CD (with User Guide)
  • Soft carrying case


Other features:


*Lamp life and energy savings may vary based on actual usage and other factors.

**One year Express Exchange Service requires product registration. Program specifications and availability are subject to change without notice.

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameViewSonic
Item Weight8.5 pounds
Product Dimensions10.4 x 16.3 x 4.8 inches
Item model numberPRO8520HD
Batteries:2 AAA batteries required. (included)
Color NameBlack
Technical Specification
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Date First AvailableDecember 26, 2012
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Mike on May 13, 2014
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The Good. The projector is bright and has a great picture. It's the best 5000 lumens you can get for the price. This was meant for a room that has windows and the brightness is great. I wasn't as concerned about the finer points of picture quality, but I didn't notice anything that looked off.

The Bad. The ViewSonic projector takes 6 seconds to negotiate a signal change. You first see the new source, then a black screen, then bright blue with the birds logo, then black, and finally the new source. It's quite the show. We have this connected to an Extron System 7SC video switcher (not seamless) via VGA. Our current Hitachi CP-X445 projectors take less than a second to display the new source, with a momentary black screen during the switch.

Also, there is no way to turn off the bright blue screen with the birds logo when no signal is detected. I can understand seeing this when the projector boots up, but why after? Most projectors I've worked with allow you to set the background to black or a custom captured screen. You cannot do this with this projector. ViewSonic support confirmed this. This is a problem for us as we go to black by selecting an un-used channel on our video switcher.

The wireless support for connecting to an access point is WEP only. Wow. 2014. WEP only. The ViewSonic adapter supports WPA2 when used as a WiFi adapter for a PC, but the projector support is WEP only. Useless. It can be used for Ad-hoc connections to the projector which may be useful to some still.

For a projector marketed for large venues and meeting spaces, I'm surprised. If you have a seamless switcher/scaler then these issues will likely not be a problem.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Maxfir on October 6, 2014
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Use this to project onto a screen in a movie theatre. Was very surprised at how well it filled the 40' screen and the crispness of the image.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RRRoger on January 19, 2015
After one day, I am blown away by this projector.
It is bright enough at 50% so if the bulb ever dims it will still work great.
Very sharp image and colors.

I cannot find the network software.

Not sure if the ViewSonic dongle or any other brand will work on the projector as advertised.
The instructions are all for using the WiFi adapter on a computer.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By D. Pinello on July 18, 2014
GREAT projector for the $$$. Every one has been very impressed at the picture quality!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paragape on August 12, 2015
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Awesome. I bought this for my church where we were using a 3000 lumen projector about 16 feet away of a 14-foot wide screen, but it was just too dim. This projector is bright and crisp at that distance.
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