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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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Throw

A very small zoom lens gives the Vivitek D537W some flexibility.

The Vivitek D537W has a 1.15x zoom ratio. That's not much, but it gives you a small amount of flexibility in terms of placement. At minimum, the projector requires about 7 feet for a 64-inch screen. After that, it depends on your screen size, but you'll only have to move further back. It's definitely not a "short-throw" projector.

Screen Brightness

Projectors lose brightness as they move further from the screen, and as we discussed above the larger the screen the further away you'll have to place the projector. The table below has all the details.

As with any projector, the outputted light is in competition with ambient room light. We have created the table below that gives a simple pass/fail for various screen sizes and levels of ambient light. Overall, the Vivitek D537W did pretty well.

Below are some photographs we took of the Vivitek D537W's actual performance in varying ambient light levels.

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Screen Materials

The Vivitek D537W offers a number of settings that correct color for various wall colors. Options include: Light Yellow, Pink, Light Green, Blue, and Blackboard. We're not saying that it will correct the colors perfectly, but at least they're trying.

Optical Issues

The Vivitek D537W did not do the best job with certain types of patterns. We've included some photos below to illustrate our findings, but they only tell a portion of the story. Each of those little dots should be a single pixel, but sometimes they smeared over 2-4 pixels, especially as you get further from the center of the image. Thin, solid lines also showed some ghosting.

Video Processing

The Vivitek D537W has a small number of video processing features, but they don't seem to be available if you have an HDMI or VGA cable running the feed.

Formats

The Vivitek D537W has a native resolution of 1280 x 800, also known as WXGA. This is close, by not identical to the HD resolution of 1280 x 720, also known as 720p. Like most projectors, it can handle a large variety of formats (UXGA, WXGA+, WXGA, SXGA+, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA Resized; VESA Standards in the computer formats, along with standard NTSC, PAL, and SECAM formats).

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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
  11. ViewSonic PJD6531w Comparison
  12. Canon LV-8310 Comparison
  13. Optoma HD66 Comparison
  14. Conclusion
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