LED/Laser Home Theater Projector
November 30, 2012
The Viewsonic Pro9000 is a remarkably streamlined product. It lacks many of the features normally discussed in this section, such as lens shift, extensive zoom, frame interpolation, and 3D compatibility. As such, the projector's biggest key feature is something that many home theater enthusiasts have been asking about for years.
LED/Laser Light Engine. The main draw of the Pro9000 is its hybrid light engine. Instead of using a traditional arc lamp, the Pro9000 displays a picture by using light emitting diodes and a powerful laser. The result is a projector that never needs a replacement lamp and has an estimated "lamp" life of 20,000 hours.
That sounds like a long time, and it is. The average projector lamp lifespan these days is between 3,000 and 5,000 hours. If you were to watch one two-hour movie per day, seven days a week, the Pro9000 would run for 27 years assuming nothing else broke. At six hours a day, which is a reasonable approximation of some people's television habits, that's still nine years. Obviously, most people will replace their projector during that timeframe, so what the LED/laser engine really does is take lamp replacements out of the equation.
Low input lag. In all image modes, the Pro9000 has a low input lag of 17 milliseconds, or one frame on a 60 Hz signal. For gamers, this makes the Pro9000 an attractive option, as it is one of the fastest projectors around.
Three year warranty. The Pro9000 has a three-year warranty, while most of its competitors are limited to two years or less. When a projector has an estimated life measured in the tens of thousands of hours, having a longer warranty period can be quite helpful.