ViewSonic PRO8200 1080p Projector Review
The ViewSonic Pro8200 could make for an affordable home theater experience.
The Pro8200 produced an average of about 42.1 decibels in Brightest mode, and about 38.6 in eco mode. This is pretty quiet for a projector. We did notice that it was a bit louder when we first turned it on, it takes about fifteen minutes to fully warm up and quiet down.
In brightest mode, the Pro8200 shot out some sizzling air particles recorded at 76.6º hotter than the room temperature. This got to be a bit uncomfortable, holding our hand near the exhaust with our temperature gauge. You should give this ViewSonic a good amount of surrounding area to vent. In Eco mode, the temperature difference dropped significantly to 55.8º hotter than the room temperature.
In brightest mode, the Pro8200 consumes an average of 298 watts, costing about $58.19 for a year of average use. Strangely, theater mode uses the most energy, an average of 309 watts, which is what some projectors with a much higher peak brightness consume. This is the setting we recommend you use, especially for the home, so expect to add a little more than $60 to your yearly electricity bill.
The RLC-061 lamp on the ViewSonic Pro8200 has a great projected lamp life. This is important for projectors because the lamps are expensive and replacement should be budgeted for the predicted life of the bulb. You can expect to get 4,000 hours from this lamp in normal modes, and 6,000 hours in Eco mode.
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