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Street Price: $1,960
MSRP:$2,129
Contrast:100,000:1
Lumens:1600
Weight: 9.4 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.2x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:20,000 Hrs
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, RGB, HDMI (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p

Viewsonic Pro9000
LED/Laser Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, November 30, 2012

Conclusion

At its core, the Viewsonic Pro9000 is a promising concept - a home theater projector built around a hybrid light source. Its LED/laser engine boasts a lifespan of 20,000 hours, making lamp replacements a thing of the past. As one of the first LED/laser projectors to be specifically built for home theater, many people will find themselves salivating at the prospect of a maintenance-free projector. Gamers in particular will appreciate the projector's one-frame input lag and low-heat exhaust.

However, there are some disadvantages to the Pro9000 as well. It lacks 3D capability, frame interpolation, good placement flexibility, high contrast, and comprehensive color adjustments. It is not as bright as most other home theater projectors. Other than the 20,000-hour light source and rapid one-frame input lag, the Pro9000 is more similar to 1080p projectors priced under $1500, but even against these lower-cost projectors its features and ease of use are somewhat limited.

For LED/laser projectors to be attractive, they need to be price-competitive. The Viewsonic Pro9000 is a groundbreaking product, but it is also an early generation of a new technology. In the future, you can bet on most projectors using solid-state light engines, whether they be LED or hybrid or some other technology. Those future projectors will become more reasonably priced and more competitive as the technologies mature.

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Reader Comments(11 comments)

Posted Mar 22, 2014 8:37:48 PM

By JackII

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Bill,

I am well aware of what input lag is and this projector handles it well. I have had a very good experience with this projector so far. There was one blackout during a game online with my brother. Still not sure if it was the projector of my machine but have not been able to duplicate the problem.

I have seen all the other projectors out there and I am having a hard time justifying the price of some machines. My projector is throwing at 15' onto a 120" custom silver and Matte white spandex screen. The picture quality is simply amazing.

Posted Jan 26, 2014 6:52:42 PM

By Jack II

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Far too much emphasis is being placed on 3D. Who in their right mind thinks 3D is a must have feature. It is nothing more than a fad that will be all but forgotten in 6 mos. I bought this projector for 3 main reasons; 1 it's LED! Which means fewer if not no lamp replacement. Traditional lamps are simply unreliable and expensive. 2 Viewsonic always has a good or very good picture. 3 Input lag for games. This projector simply meets all my tick boxes.If your rich and want to pay for lamps and 3D high end light cannons you'll likely never use, have at it.

Posted Nov 27, 2013 3:20:43 PM

By Stunko

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I am sorry, but this particular review is way too long an tedious, about 80 percent longer than hat it should/could be. Most of us hava no time reading a review of this length on each and every projector out there that we may be considering inquiring about and/or acquiring. This particular review would have been much better and snappier if it as about 02 percent as long as it had actually turned out to be. Way too long.

Posted Nov 24, 2013 2:43:24 PM

By Mike B

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I'm moving into an off grid house and looking to replace my old Optoma hd70 with something 1080p and more energy efficient due to wanting to keep the power consumption as low as possible (because I'll be living off batteries). Are there any other LED projectors available or should I wait a few months and see what comes out?

Posted Nov 7, 2013 10:33:13 AM

By Kiran Kayen

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Can this projector be used for mini color grading setup like fcp color or resolve lite Kiran Kayen

Posted Dec 30, 2012 7:07:46 PM

By gary

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How far away are we from having Epson and Panny use the new LED technology in their annual feature home projectors? Later this year? Or 2014? Or never ???

Posted Dec 21, 2012 9:10:03 AM

By Bill Livolsi

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Jack -- they are two different things.

Input lag measures the time between when a signal is sent to the projector and when that signal is actually displayed, compared to an external reference monitor. The signal that makes it to the projector is still in its native frame rate and can still have all kinds of problems with judder and motion.

Frame interpolation smooths out motion in film and video by analyzing the frames of the signal and creating new interstitial frames between them. This makes video appear smoother and drastically reduces judder, but it also increases processing time and thereby also makes input lag worse.

Here's an analogy: if you order a pizza from a national chain, they will have it to your door very quickly, but it probably won't be a very good pizza. On the other hand, you can get a really delicious pizza from an actual pizza parlor, but you won't have it in 30 minutes. Increasing quality (by creating interstitial frames) increases delivery time (input lag). The analogy has its limits, one of which is that I'm now hungry for pizza, but I hope that helps.

Posted Dec 10, 2012 3:27:18 PM

By Jack

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The high speed of 17ms of the 9000 would seem to remove the necessity of frame interpolation. Is this true or are we mixing two separate functions?

Posted Dec 4, 2012 11:28:28 AM

By Bill Livolsi

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Saied - No, we did not see rainbows.

Palmer - The projector uses a combination of light emitting diodes and lasers to create red, green, and blue light, which are used to create the image. While this does not require a color wheel, it is still a sequential-color, single DLP chip technology.

Posted Nov 30, 2012 2:36:25 PM

By Palmer Woodrow

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Interesting, but this still doesn't explain what a "hybrid LED/laser" engine is. Lasers and LEDs are both light sources. How are they used together in one of these?

Posted Nov 30, 2012 2:31:16 PM

By Saied

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Please could you say if there was any rainbow effect, thanks.

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