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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.

February 02, 2012
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Front

Front Callout

Back

Back Callout
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Sides

Side Callout

Top/Bottom

Top Callout
Bottom Callout

Stand/Mount

The Vivitek D950HD has three adjustable feet on the bottom. The front foot has a quick-release button, while the back two screw in and out more ponderously.

Stand/Mount Image

Lamp

The Vivitek D950HD uses a 220-watt lamp (Vivitek part number 5811116617-S). It's rated for 5000 hours in Boost mode and 6000 hours in Standard mode. Unlike a lot of projector we've reviewed, this was quite easy to access. There was just a single screw to remove the top cover of the projector and three screws to dismount the lamp.

Lamp Photo 1

Remote Control Tour

The remote control that ships with the Vivitek D950HD is light and comfortable. The button layout is sensible and color-coded for ease of use. Vivitek also included a laser pointer built right into the remote.

In the Box

The Vivitek D950HD includes great assortment of cables – almost everything you need to get started. There's an HDMI cable, VGA cable, a set of component AV cables, and the AC power cable. You'll also find the remote (with built-in laser pointer) and batteries, as well as a soft carrying case.

In The Box

Portability

At 7.5 pounds, the Vivitek D950HD is not the most portable projector we've reviewed, but Vivitek includes a carrying case. It wouldn't be too much trouble to carry this around once in a while, but if you're commuting to the office everyday, there are definitely better, lighter choices with more padded cases.

Setup Assistance

The Vivitek D950HD does not require much work to set up.Just above the lens are two wide, grippy rings to manually control zoom and focus. You'll have to do this by hand, as these functions are not motorized and can't be done automatically.

Vivitek-D950HD-lens.jpg

Aesthetics

The Vivitek D950HD has a black, high-gloss finish. It's attractive, but woefully susceptible to fingerprints. For everything that Vivitek included in the box, we also would have appreciated a wipe cloth.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity & Media
  9. Power, Noise & Heat
  10. ViewSonic Pro8200 Comparison
  11. Optoma HD20 Comparison
  12. Epson PowerLite 1775W Comparison
  13. Conclusion
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