ViewSonic PJD7583w review

16 Jun 2012

A versatile, well-built projector that could work well in a range of situations

ViewSonic PJD7583w
Price when reviewed: 
725exc VAT
Buy it now for 
5

The build quality of ViewSonic projectors is impressive and the 3D-ready PJD7583w is no exception, with a compact, rugged plastic construction that feels tough enough to survive a classroom; weighing in at 3.5kg, it’s just about portable enough to heft around. It’s flexible, too, while its 0.5:1 throw ratio means you can get a 95in image when the projector is only 91cm away, and it can deliver images between 30 and 300in.

This projector is also versatile: using the network management software, you can project from up to four PCs at the same time. There’s a USB port that can be used for presentations stored on a flash drive, and this is compatible with various file formats including JPEG, GIF and TIFF. Note that in this mode file size is limited to 8,000 x 8,000 for JPEGs, and 1,280 x 800 for other file formats – as a result, we couldn’t display some of our larger files. Even so, it’s handy if you want to show a set of digital images without using a PC.

ViewSonic PJD7583w

Video connectivity is disappointing. It would have been great to see an HDMI port, or even component video inputs, so you could plug in a laptop or Blu-ray player and make the most of the high resolution. Running costs are good: lamp life is 4,000 hours, or 6,000 hours in Eco mode, with replacements around £100.

The PJD7583w makes it easy to select signal sources on the remote control, and the quick auto search feature means the projector will automatically detect a device you plug in. If more than one is connected, the projector will cycle through the available input signals.

The 3,000 lumens rating resulted in images looking clear and sharp, even in a well-lit room. While the Epson produced more dynamic colours, the ViewSonic has the edge on contrast and clarity. The single 10W speaker won’t deliver hi-fi-quality audio, but it’s loud enough for the average classroom. The PJD7583w runs cool when running at full pelt, and switch-off is fast at around five seconds. This projector is ideal as both a table-top and ceiling-mount model, and many teachers will like its versatility.

Details

Price ex VAT £604
Price inc VAT £725
Overall rating 5
Image quality 5
Features & Design 4
Value for Money 5

Basic specifications

Projector technology DLP
Resolution 1280 x 800
Lumens brightness 3,000 lumens
Contrast ratio 2,000:1
Keystone correction? yes
Speakers? yes
Speaker type Mono
Speaker power ouput 10W

Dimensions

Dimensions 290 x 254 x 126mm (WDH)
Weight 3.500kg

Video inputs/outputs

VGA inputs 2
S-Video inputs 1
Composite video inputs 1
VGA (D-SUB) outputs 1

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