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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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Overview

The ViewSonic Pro8200 is a bit too boxy to be attractive, but for a mid-range model, it will get the job done.

Front

Front Callout
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Back

Back Callout

Sides

Side Callout

Top/Bottom

Top Callout
Bottom Callout

Stand/Mount

The ViewSonic Pro8200 has two adjustable feet in the back, and one in the center of the front. The foot in the front pops down when you depress a button release there, and the ones in the back are like screws, their height adjustable by tightening or loosening them. You may also permanently mount this projector using the screw holes on the bottom.

Lamp

The ViewSonic Pro8200 uses a 230W lamp tested for 4000 hours in normal mode, and 6000 hours in eco mode. The lamp is an RLC-061 mode type and can be replaced for about $250, which is not too bad.

Remote Control Tour

Remote Control Image

In the Box

The ViewSonic Pro8200 comes with a couple of cables to get you connected right away. In the box were the following:

-Carrying case

-Remote control (no batteries)

-DVI cable

-HDMI cable

-Lens cap and strap

-Warranty documents (no paper manual)

In The Box
With all its accoutrements, the PRO8200 looks suspiciously like Darth Vadar.

Setup Assistance

There is no full-auto setup mode on the ViewSonic Pro8200. There is an auto keystone function, the default setting has it turned on. In the end, we chose to override the auto keystone setting because it was not quite accurate.

Otherwise, the Pro8200 was much like a normal projector: not the easiest device to setup for a perfect picture.

Aesthetics

The ViewSonic Pro8200 is a boxy affair, with many ridges and air vents along the sides. It is not the prettiest projector we have seen recently. There are no rounded edges, or attractive veneer, looking much like other Viewsonic models. It is a bit larger than some of the sleek, compact models we have reviewed recently.

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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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