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Customer Review

on August 22, 2012
I purchased the PRO8200 to replace an aging Infocus X1 that still worked great but was little used after my purchase of a 52" HD LCD TV 5 years ago. The X1 was not HD. Seeing prices drop to below $1k on 1080p projectors I did a little research and decided it was time to jump to HD for my 'Man Cave' theater which got little use since the 52" LCD set became the primary viewing experience in the living room.

If you do your own research you will find the PRO8200 offers 2000 lumens and about the longest lamp life you'll find (4000 hr standard/6000 hr eco) --yes, 6000 hours. And, it's plenty bright on eco mode. This thing is a light cannon.

The image is full 1080p HD and is really eye poppingly great. When you first turn it on you might get a bit concerned when you can't quite get the ViewSonic logo to focus really crisp. DON'T FRET...the logo isn't HD. When you play an HD source the true excellence of the full 1080p image will be seen it all its glory.

I see no RBE (heck, I didn't see any RBE even with the X1 so I must be immune anyway). I also don't see any horizontal panning or judder issues that others mention. Maybe those with issues have older firmwared units? The build date on my PRO8200 is May 2012.

Another factor in my purchase decision and a feature I really like is the range of zooming available on the PRO8200. This allows more flexibility in distance to screen placement.

If you get one, don't forget to go into the menu's to turn off 'quick on' and 'quick off' as that will enable the unit to cool off the bulb when powering down with about 30-60 seconds of extra fan time on the bulb after it goes dark. You may also want to enable eco mode to get the insane 6000 hour bulb life.

If you are on the fence get off and get one of these; you won't be disappointed.
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