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Viewsonic PJD5123 DLP Projector Review

The Viewsonic PJD5123 is an entry-level DLP projector that's bright enough to satisfy most demands.

June 01, 2011
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Value

The PJD6531w costs one or two hundred dollars more than the PJD5123, depending on the seller. Is it worth it? We think so. Because of its higher brightness level, its larger 1280 x 800 native resolution, and its HDMI port, it does everything the PJD5123 can do, only better.

Blacks & Whites

Both of these Viewsonics have out-of-this-world greyscale gamma, but the PJD6531w had a much brighter maximum luminance. For large projections or rooms with light, this can be important.

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Color

Color performance between these two Viewsonic models was about equally bad. Color temperature was more consistent in the PJD6531w, but its RGB curves and color gamut were slightly worse.

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Remember that the color temperature chart below is not helpful for the PJD5123. See the chart above for its color drift for every shade of grey, from black to white.

Motion

Motion performance was similar, but better in the PJD6531w. This model performed better in motion and resolution scaling, yet fell behind the PJD5123 in terms of 24fps representation.

Viewing Effects

The zoom lens on the PJD6531w offered better flexibility for where you can set the projector in relation to the screen. It also had fewer optical issues, but as another DLP, it might still nauseate you with its rainbow effect.

Connectivity

At the cost of an infrequently-used RS-232C port, the PJD6531w has a HDMI and an Ethernet port beyond the PJD5123. These two ports make it the better choice.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Connectivity & Media
  10. Power, Noise & Heat
  11. Optoma HD20 Comparison
  12. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD Comparison
  13. ViewSonic PJD6531w Comparison
  14. Conclusion
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