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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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Value

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.

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Color

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.

Motion

The Pro8200 had better motion performance than the PJD5123 in both the smoothness and artifacting categories.

Viewing Effects

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.

Connectivity

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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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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