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Vivitek D537W DLP Projector Review

Not a top choice for home theater connoisseurs, but it gets the job done.

May 20, 2011
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Conclusion

The Vivitek D537W ($999 MSRP, around the mid-$600s online) is certainly not a top choice for home theater connoisseurs, but it gets the job done if you don't have a lot of money to invest right now. The peak brightness is strong enough to compete with moderate ambient light, but don't plan on watching this in a sunny room. Overall, the best aspect of the D537W is the color performance, but again, you'll only get best performance in a dark room.

All projectors have some problems, and the Vivitek D537W is certainly no exception. We found the menus frustrating and the remote control insultingly cheap. A zoom lens gives you some flexibility when setting up the projector, but a 1.2x zoom factor isn't much to work with. The moving parts on this projector – the zoom and focus rings, the adjustable foot, etc. – all feel cheap. We're also not fans of the annoying rainbow effect that DLP projectors like this can sometimes cause.

Overall, the Vivitek D537W is a decent buy, but don't expect it to give you more than your money's worth.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Connectivity & Media
  10. Power, Noise & Heat
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  13. Optoma HD66 Comparison
  14. Conclusion
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