Viewsonic PJD5123 DLP Projector Review
The Viewsonic PJD5123 is an entry-level DLP projector that's bright enough to satisfy most demands.
A small, rubber foot at the front of the projector can be screwed up and down. There are also three screw holes for mounting it to the ceiling.
Replacing the RLC-072 lamp on the PJD5123 will run you, at most, $230. Accessing the lamp is easy, provided you have a small screwdriver. A tiny screw holds the plate covering it in place. Once unscrewed, the plate slides off and offers complete access to the lamp. Like a novelty jewelry box, the plate is well hidden.
Remote Control Tour
The PJD5123's remote is very small and lightweight, as with many projector remotes. Its underside is slightly curved, so it's not too uncomfortable, overall. It looks a bit counter-intuitive at first, but the problem is largely the readability of the labels. Once you make out the tiny letters, just about everything makes sense. The mysterious, yet charmingly-labeled "My Button" can be programmed to activate a commonly-used function.
In the Box
The PJD5123 is packed with a quick-start guide, a CD guide, AC cable, remote, batteries, and VGA cable. There is no lens cover or carrying case.
At 5.7 pounds, this projector could easily be tossed in a bag. Of course, if you want one, it'll cost you another $20. And really, if you're planning to carry around a few hundred dollars worth of equipment, you'd at least want a lens cap. Unfortunately, Viewsonic doesn't offer one, even as an accessory. So while it could easily be a portable projector, the PJD5123 is marketed as bare-bones as possible.
Setup for this projector is the same as most: attach the power cord, turn it on, and then spend 20 minutes lining up the projection angle and keystone perfectly. There are no automated setup features to help you in this quest.
The projector is a black box made of cheap plastic. It's covered in slits to vent hot air, of which it produces a lot. It's not bad looking for a projector, but neither is it something we would want displayed in a prominent location. Since it's a projector, though, that's where it's likely to end up. Oh well.
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