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ViewSonic PRO8200 1080p Projector Review

The ViewSonic Pro8200 could make for an affordable home theater experience.

January 24, 2012
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Input Ports

Wow there is a lot of connectivity back here. You should be able to attach just about any device you have to this projector, with two HDMI ports, a component / composite, two VGA, a USB and an RS232-C plug. There are several audio ports as well, two 1/8th-inch audio in connections and one out. There is space for a microphone as well. We noticed the 12v DC-out plug allowing you to power a smaller device directly from the projector.

One or two absences are worth noting. There is no DVI connection, so Apple users will have to get a VGA or HDMI adapter. This is not a hefty expense, but with so much connectivity Viewsonic could have been friendly and included everyone. But the most curious is the absence of an SPDIF audio out. If you are looking to the use the ViewSonic Pro8200 as a television replacement, then you will probably want to connect a set of external speakers. Most external speaker packages have a digital connection these days so that you can drive HD sound quality from the HDMI port. There are ways around this, but it requires more hardware, like an expensive receiver, that you may not have considered when you bought a projector.

Input Ports Callout

All the ports are listed below.
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Other Connections

The Pro8200 has a type A USB port for media connections.

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Placement

The port layout is simple and well arranged. All connections are on the back, the HDMI ports and the audio connections to the right, with the other video options taking up the left side of the back. All ports are well labeled and arranged in a way that will allow for a multitude of simultaneous connection.

Internet & Media Features

You can look, but you won't find any internet features on the ViewSonic Pro8200.

Menus & Manual

The menus could be operated by a ape. Not even one of those smart, sign language apes. A lower-rung, remedial math kind of ape. In our experience, that's a good thing. How many times have you seen your boss or teacher fumbling around with a projector's settings? There are not many options to control, and they come in well-labeled columns, done in a consistent layout.

We were surprised to find no paper manual in the ViewSonic Pro8200 box. Maybe they wanted to save a few trees? In any case, a PDF of the manual can be found here. The organization of information is a little haphazard, but all of the important information as to setup, connections, maintenance, and safety are covered in detail.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity & Media
  10. Power, Noise & Heat
  11. Optoma HD20 Comparison
  12. Epson PowerLite 1775W Comparison
  13. ViewSonic PJD5123 Comparison
  14. Conclusion
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