Review Contents
Introduction
Performance
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
Education
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Street Price: n/a
MSRP:$665
3D: PC 3D Ready
Contrast:3,000:1
Lumens:2700
Weight: 5.7 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:DLP
Color Wheel:6 segments
Lens:1.23x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:5,000 Hrs
6,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$229.00
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, RGB (x2), HDMI 1.3, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

ViewSonic PJD5523w
Classroom Projector Review

Marc Davidson, October 28, 2011

How you feel about the Viewsonic PJD5523w depends largely on the expectations you bring to it, so lets start by making sure you don't expect too much. ViewSonic's Web site overpromises when it says the projector is "perfect for use in corporate, education and home theater environments." That's asking a lot for a single projector, and if that's what you're expecting, you're bound to be disappointed. Tamp down your expectations, though, and you'll find plenty to like.

The PJD5523w's primary strengths are for business and education, where it can be an excellent fit at a more than reasonable $599. But don't expect as much from it as a home theater projector.

It's Really a Portable Data Projector. Business and education projectors need good data image quality and a bright image. Home theater projectors need good video image quality and a far lower level of brightness for comfortable viewing in a theater dark room.

What the PJD5523w handles well is data images. In addition, it's light enough, at 5.7 pounds to take with you on business trips or move around by hand in a classroom or office. That adds up to making it a portable data projector. Small touches like zoom and focus rings that give sure control help make setup quick and easy. And the monitor out port is helpful for classroom use. Video image quality is acceptable for short clips, but not even in the ballpark of being good enough for home theater. Note too that the native 1280x800 resolution is a standard computer resolution, and well short of the 1080p you'd want for home theater.

This isn't to say that the PJD5523w doesn't offer some features that you'd expect for a home theater. It includes an HDMI port, it can accept 1080p input, and it's 3D ready for PC sources. However, it's built around a single-chip DLP engine, which makes it subject to rainbow artifacts (flashes of red-green-blue when light areas move on screen), which can be annoying to those who see the rainbows easily. And as with most DLP data projectors, the rainbows tend to show up far more often in video than in data images.

One other issue is that even with its least bright settings, the PJD5523w can be uncomfortably bright for theater dark lighting in home theater setups. However that same quality of high brightness, which ViewSonic rates at 2700 lumens and we measured at roughly 2300 lumens, is part of what makes it a good choice for business and education, where you'll generally want to leave the lights on.

Review Contents: Introduction Advantages Limitations and conclusion

Reader Comments(3 comments)

Posted Mar 29, 2012 8:22:06 PM

By fathid

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Hey Marc Davidson, thanks for the extensive review, but can you comment on the movie/home theatre quality of this one vs. a OPtoma HD66. This review site raves about the Optima for movies - but the review was written by a different person; do you think the conclusions are compatible? thanks

Posted Feb 26, 2012 11:17:31 AM

By Matt Obasohan

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Dear Sir, I am seeking a used classroom projector to lecture day to day in the classroo. please let me know if there is any available

Posted Feb 16, 2012 10:17:21 AM

By puneet

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hi,

this is really a very best projector

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