projectors

ViewSonic PRO8200 1080p Projector Review

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

January 24, 2012
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

Ergonomics & Durability

The remote that comes with the Pro8200 is very small and light. We were surprised at the lack of included batteries, and had to scramble to our reserves of AAAs that we have been saving for the apocalypse. The design is not ergonomically inclined, though the whole remote is so little that holding it is not a problem. If you are using this projector as we imagine it to be best implemented (a household movie projector), then you will probably set it up with our calibration, in HDMI, with external speakers, so you will probably not be using the remote much anyway.

Button Layout & Use

There are only a couple of useful buttons here. All of the inputs have their own button at the top, the middle is dedicated to sound control and a directional pad, while the bottom has buttons for quick access to various menu settings. Mainly the remote will be useful for the first time setup and any additional changes you may want to make later, but not in general operation, unless you want to press your luck and try using it for a presentation.

We did notice that the mute button seemed to work intermittently. This could be embarrassing for a presentation, as you scramble to shut the sound off during an important meeting. Maybe it was just our remote, but it was frustrating.

Advertisement - Continue Reading Below

Programming & Flexibility

This remote is very simple and cannot be programmed to control other devices.

Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

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
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.
Advertisement - Continue Reading Below
Our editors review and recommend products to help you buy the stuff you need. If you make a purchase by clicking one of our links, we may earn a small share of the revenue. Our picks and opinions are independent from any business incentives.

What's Your Take?

All Comments