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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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Input Ports

The Vivitek D537W comes equipped with basic ports only: an HDMI, VGA, S-Video, and composite AV inputs. There's also an RS-232C connector for remotely controlling the projector. This certainly lacks some of the ports a higher-end projector might have, but the D537W is intended to be portable, not robust. If you want to input DVI or composite video, you'll need to buy an adapter.

Input Ports Callout

All the ports are listed below, compared with the competition.

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Other Connections

The Vivitek D537W also has an RS-232C port that allows you tech-heads out there to do tighter calibrations and other functions.

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Placement

All the ports on the Vivitek D537W are located on the back of projector, easy to access and well-labeled. The only one that gave us trouble is the HDMI port, located so close to the top and tucked under a little ridge that we nearly missed it.

Internet & Media Features

Menus & Manual

The Vivitek D537W's onscreen menus are a little frustrating, mostly because the remote control is terrible and a lot options are greyed-out depending on what mode you're in. Thankfully, the menu's structure is pretty clear, so you always know where you are.

There's no printed instruction manual that comes in the box. Vivitek includes a CD-ROM with a digital version, and you can also download one from their site here. The manual offers very little information. For instance, they describe the Film Mode feature thusly: "Press the buttons to adjust Film Mode." Thanks, Vivitek.

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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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  14. Conclusion
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