ViewSonic PRO8200 1080p Projector Review
The ViewSonic Pro8200 could make for an affordable home theater experience.
Another Viewsonic model steps into the ring, the PJD5123 challenging the Pro8200 to a contest of overall value! We see some significant differences between these two: the Viewsonic PJD5123 has a much better peak brightness, almost perfect reproduction of shadow detail and strong color performance, but with a native resolution of 800 x 600, it is clearly not intended as a home theater. The brightness makes it great for general presentation in a variety of environments. The ViewSonic Pro8200 has a lower peak brightness, but a good overall picture displayed natively at 1080p. These points make it geared towards home theater. You can display a 1080p picture on the PJD5123, but it ain't pretty. If you want a home theater, the Pro8200 is the way to go.
Blacks & Whites
The peak brightness on the PJD5123 gets brighter than the Pro8200, and has a better uniformity with this higher brightness.
The color performance was about the same with both of these projectors. The PJD5123 had better color curves, the Pro8200 had a more accurate color gamut.
The Pro8200 had better motion performance than the PJD5123 in both the smoothness and artifacting categories.
With very little zoom, the PJD5123 did not yield a a high throw score. Such a limited zoom makes it a little inflexible in terms of distance, but it should not be counted out as a presentation device. The Pro8200 had a reasonably good zoom and can be used in a variety of ranges, but after a small amount of distance, it starts to lose a significant amount of brightness.
The PJD5123 is not very connectable, especially if you are looking for HD. You can connect a few different monitors if you want to be switching between a few computers. The Pro8200 on the other hand has many connections, which was quite a boon for this product.
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