ViewSonic PLED W200:
A Robust Pocket Projector
October 4, 2012
The Viewing Experience
The first thing that hits you when you unpack the PLED-W200 is its clean look. There are no traditional connectors or power plug receptacles staring at you because it has a specialized input adapter. That could be a problem if you misplace or damage it because you have no way to connect to the projector without the adapter. The layout of the control panel and the remote control is simple and easy to understand.
Another pleasant surprise is the low noise factor. Projectors in the 250-lumen range generally need fans to exhaust heat, and small fans can emit irritatingly high-pitched noise. The PLED-W200 has low-pitched fan noise which does not offer much of a distraction even in a small room.
As with most picos, image size and brightness is a trade-off. For the PLED-W200, image diagonals of less than five feet have enough brightness to avoid washout in modestly lit rooms. This is not the projector for an airy living room bathed in afternoon sun. But if you are relaxing in your hotel room after a busy day, a PLED-W200-projected movie in your room looks good.
Data images are clean and well focused from edge-to-edge, but video images lack much pop due to low contrast and color saturation. On a bright note, the PLED-W200 is almost completely free of the rainbow artifacts that plague most DLP projectors. Also, its WXGA native mode maps 720p widescreen video nicely.
LED-based illumination systems can have some color balance issues, and the PLED-W200 is no exception. None of the presets hit the sweet spot, so you will have to engage User mode to get the image to look natural. Fortunately, the PLED-W200 offers two User settings, so even if the projector is shared, you can retain your favorite settings.
The PLED-W200 is definitely a personal projector since 250 lumens will not handle most daylight room brightness, but it does have enough brightness to extend its usefulness beyond most pico projectors. It will not slip into your shirt pocket, but it does fit easily into your briefcase or backpack. You will need to find an AC outlet to use it, but that is a small inconvenience for what is a notable improvement over the pico projector.