The ViewSonic PJD6531w produced a lot of light and had good color performance—after it was calibrated.
The input ports for this device are located in a single on the back of the projector. There are a lot of ports here, which allows a lot of different devices to be connected at once, including two VGA, one HDMI and one S-Video input.
All the ports are listed below, compared with the competition.
A single USB type A port and an Ethernet port are also present. These allow the PJD6531w to be connected to both a PC and the Internet for control purposes. However, there is no USB port for connecting thumb drives and other storage devices, and no memory card ports. There is also an RS-232 serial port which can be used to control the projector remotely.
The location of the ports is fine for most uses, but the ports are a little closer together: if you use VGA cables with large plugs, you don't get a lot of room around them to remove the screws that hold them in. Likewise, the Ethernet, USB and HDMI ports are jammed together on the left side, which could be a squeeze if you need to frequently plug in and remove cables.
Internet & Media Features
The Ethernet port allows this projector to be connected to the Internet, and this allows for control of the projector over the Web. Any web-connected device can then log on and access the device menu, which provides access to all of the device settings. Two levels of password protected access are allowed: Administrator and User. The User gets access to a more limited set of controls, such as turning the device on and off, changing color mode, while the administrator can set controls such as scheduling when the device can be used, and locking out other options. This interface can also be used to send alerts by email, so you can set it to email someone if the projector overheats or the light needs replacing.
Although this projector can be connected to the Internet, this feature cannot be used to stream media content or access the web from the device itself: this is purely to allow the projector to be remotely administered.
Menus & Manual
The menu button on the projector body or the remote accesses the on-screen menu, which provides access to all of the settings. This has a pretty straightforward structure, with the settings being divided into a number of sections, such as Picture, Image, Settings, Option, Network, etc. This creates a pretty logical structure that makes it easy to find the more commonly used features. However, some options are buried rather deeply within the menu structure. To turn BrilliantColor on or off, for instance, takes 15 button presses.
A rather basic printed Quick Start guide is supplied with the projector, with a more in-depth manual on the included CD as a PDF. Both manuals explain the features of the projector with a good level of detail and provide plenty of illustrations.
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