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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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Throw

Throw is a measure of how far your projector needs to be away from the screen in order to produce a certain sized picture. This is an important statistic as it determines how versatile it is when using it for various presentation rooms and where you can put it in your home. With a minimum distance of a little over 7ft, the ViewSonic Pro8200 requires a bit of space to produce a picture. Though this may not seem like much, for a larger picture you will definitely need to move back for a screen larger than 64 inches.

Screen Brightness

A projected picture's brightness decreases as distance from the screen increases. The ViewSonic Pro8200 already had a low peak brightness, but as you back off, it drops off even more. Like we said before, this projector is probably best suited for a dark theater room in the home, and then kept close to the screen as well.

The visibility scores in this table further confirm that you will want to keep this projector at home. Ambient light will compete with a projected picture, and when you start to raise the light levels to that of a bright room, you will lose visibility of displayed images. You can see that if you are trying to project a large screen, even in a dimly lit room, we have deemed that the picture will be less than suitable for viewing. We picture any sort of classroom setting where you would like to present for more than about 50 people. A 120-inch screen is about what you would need, and in anything other than a very dark room, people would have a hard time viewing what was on the screen.

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Screen Materials

In case you do not have a professional screen handy, we test to see how well a projector can produce images on a variety of surfaces. Though the ViewSonic Pro8200 had no video processing modes that would adjust the picture for different surfaces (sometimes we see a blackboard, or green blackboard mode that will adjust the colors for a perfect picture), it seemed to have no problem displaying a clear picture on any of our surfaces, even the wood grain. The colors will not automatically adjust for different surfaces, so you may have some incorrect tinting from the surface, but the picture will still look great.

Optical Issues

We recorded a couple of optical issues on the Pro8200 using this projection. You can see that the picture gets a bit bowed on the top and bottom, though it shows very accurately in the center. The other main issue had to do with the faintly visible dots in the middle of the squares. Each one of these dots is supposed to be a single pixel. Though it is hard to see from these photos (mostly because the brightness was not very high) these single pixel dots bled into squares of about four pixels. The hard lines as well showed some ghosting.

Video Processing

There are no video processing modes on the Pro8200. ¡Que lástima!

Formats

The ViewSonic Pro8200 has a native resolution of 1080p and can display all NTSC standard formats.

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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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