Vivitek D950HD Video Projector Review
The Vivitek D950HD is one of a few 1080p home theater projectors out now that cost less than a grand.
There is quite a variety of new and old connections to be made on the back of the Vivitek D950HD. There is one of each of component, composite, and S-video connections for older devices. The two HDMI ports allow for two high-def devices to be connected at the same time. The VGA in and out ports make for great compatibility with computers, and the LAN port lets you control things like calibration settings and standby mode remotely using your local network.
All of the ports are on the back, arranged in a grid for easy access. The layout of the ports allows for diversity of connection. For instance, the RGB ports for the component connection are located away from the analog audio LR ports, which are also separated from the analog video in connection.
This layout is good for multiple types of connection, hooked up any way you could imagine. The only problem is that you may have to cut your component cord a little to get it to stretch the distance from one side of the projector to the other. For presentation purposes this makes sense because versatility is the prime factor, but for home theater, you would want these ports all next to each other for easier connection of multiple devices at the same time.
Internet & Media Features
There are no internet or extra media features on the Vivitek D950HD.
Menus & Manual
The menus do not control much functionality other than the calibration settings, lamp settings, and some date, time, and language settings. They are easy to navigate with general category headers at the top opening into the various settings below.
Only a quick setup guide comes in the box with the D950HD, you can get a more in-depth user manual here, under downloads. The quick setup guide may be all you need actually. It covers how to get the picture to fill the appropriate sized screen, the connections in the back, and how to operate the projector. The .pdf user manual just goes into a level of depth and simplicity that we consider extra. If you can't figure something out, or have a question about the specifications, refer there for more information.
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