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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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Value

The ViewSonic PJD6531w has roughly the same price as the Vivitek D537W. Overall, the performance was rather good. It produced a brighter image, but the color performance was not as good. It's a little bulkier, which decreases the portability. The ViewSonic has far more ports, which might make it a little better for home theater.

Blacks & Whites

The ViewSonic PJD6531w outshined the Vivitek D537W in our brightness tests. In fact, few projectors we've reviewed so far have topped the ViewSonic. That could come in handy in a bright room. The ViewSonic also produced a more even illumination across the screen.

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Color

The Vivitek D537W showed a great color performance, and topping the ViewSonic PJD6531w, which showed problems with the blue channel. The ViewSonic is no slouch, but the Vivitek is better.

Motion

Both the ViewSonic PJD6531w and Vivitek D537W are DLP projectors, so both produce that annoying rainbow effect endemic to DLP technology. Aside from that, the motion performance was average – not as good as the best TVs we've reviewed, but certainly not as bad as the worst.

Viewing Effects

The ViewSonic PJD6531w has a shorter throw than the Vivitek, but not by much. In terms of the projectors' brightness competing with ambient light, they're about equal. If the room is too bright and the screen is too big, you'll run into trouble.

Connectivity

The ViewSonic PJD6531w has far more connectivity options than the Vivitek D537W. There's an ethernet port, USB, a second VGA input, along with video and audio outputs.

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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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