Vivitek D537W DLP Projector Review
Not a top choice for home theater connoisseurs, but it gets the job done.
The Vivitek D537W is an average looking projector. It doesn’t feel like the sturdiest piece of technology we’ve seen, but neither is it the cheapest. We have no faith in the little carrying bag that they provide, so plan on buying some padding if you want to tote this thing around. Our biggest complaints about the design is the poor construction of the zoom and focus rings. They’re difficult to turn with any precision and feel extremely cheap low-grade. The adjustable foot in the front is equally cheap. We expect that when you push the foot-release button on the front, the foot should drop down. Instead, you have to hold the button and jiggle the leg to fall. Like we said… a little cheap.
The Vivitek D537W uses the 5811116310-SU lamp, which has a reported lifespan on 3000 / 4000 hours (Standard / Eco) We were not able remove the lamp for photography. Sorry. We're sure it's very attractive, though.
Remote Control Tour
The remote control that ships with the Vivitek D537W is remarkably cheap, and more like something you'd get with a $100 stereo than a mid-priced projector. The buttons aren't separate pieces of rubber, but rather little bumps that rise from the surface. They're uncomfortable, difficult to differentiate by touch, and unresponsive. The size makes it easy to misplace or slip between a crack, but at least it's lightweight.
In the Box
The Vivitek D537W ships with:
* Remote control
* AC power cable
* Remote control
* VGA cable
* Carrying case
* CD-ROM with user's manual
Measuring 10.3"x 3.1" x 7.5" (261 x 78 x 190mm) and weighing 4.2 lbs, (1.9kg), it's not a terribly large or heavy projector. Of course, it's far from a pico projector, but you get a much better image quality with something this size.
Provided your computer can handle the 1200 x 800 resolution, you'll be able to drive the Vivitek D537W natively. If you plan on using this as a video projector, it can handle all standard NTSC formats through the HDMI ports. You can so standard-def signals through the composite and S-video ports.
There is no auto-keystoning or other auto-setups on the Vivitek D537W, but you can set it to automatically recognize the video source when you plug it in.
The Vivitek D537W is simple and discreet, an unassuming white and grey rectangle.
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