ViewSonic PRO8200 1080p Projector Review
The ViewSonic Pro8200 could make for an affordable home theater experience.
This is an interesting comparison because it demonstrates the difference between features you need for both a presentation projector and a home theater projector. The Epson PowerLite 1775W is compact, has a great peak brightness, a few auto setup modes, and WiFi connectivity. These features provide a versatility and portability that allow for presenting everywhere. It lacks detail in shadow and has less than average color performance. The ViewSonic Pro8200 is rather large, needs to be setup in low light, and has no such auto setup modes. What it does have is good black and white performance and solid colors, making it a better option for the home theater you have always wanted.
Blacks & Whites
The Epson PowerLite 1775W has one of the best peak brightnesses we have seen on a projector. At its brightest, the Epson PowerLite 1775W is almost twice as bright as the ViewSonic Pro8200. We did see some serious trouble producing detail in shadows with the Epson PowerLite 1775W, whereas the shadow detail was relatively strong on the ViewSonic Pro8200. If you are looking for a home theater setup, we would suggest the ViewSonic Pro8200 because you can control the light levels in the room and for the superior picture quality. For presentations, the Epson PowerLite 1775W is the clear choice for the peak brightness and portability.
We saw better color performance on the ViewSonic Pro8200 in all of our testing categories.
The Epson PowerLite 1775W had much better motion performance in both smoothness and artifacting.
The Epson PowerLite 1775W had a narrow throw range. It is a great projector for meetings because of its easy setup and peak brightness, but you can't set it too far from the screen. On the other hand, it had a couple of modes to deal with different projection materials, like black boards and other non-screen surfaces, which allows for location versatility. The ViewSonic Pro8200 has a better throw range, but no such material modes, which make it limited to being useful as a home theater.
The ViewSonic Pro8200 has more overall connectivity, including an extra HDMI port and many more audio connections. The Epson PowerLite 1775W on the other hand, has WiFi connectivity built in. This would be a huge boon if you are presenting somewhere and need that internet; not so much if you have a home theater setup.
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