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Street Price: n/a
3D: PC 3D Ready
Weight: 5.7 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:10
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, VGA In (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

Strong Points

Good data image quality. The PJD5223w's data image quality was easily good enough in our test for any business or classroom use. Yellow leans towards a mustard yellow in every preset mode, and colors overall are a touch dulled down, making them a little dark in terms of a hue-saturation-brightness color model. However, the colors are fully saturated and acceptably eye catching.

The projector also handled text well with both black on white and white on black text readable even at sizes much smaller than your should use if you expect your audience to read it. With an analog connection, we saw some pixel jitter that we couldn't get rid of, but only on screens designed to bring out jitter. And, of course, you can eliminate jitter entirely by using a digital connection with the HDMI port.

Portable, but secure. The PJD5523w is small and light enough to serve as a traveling companion, at 3.2" x 11.2" x 9.2" (HWD) and 5.7 pounds. You'll have to buy a carrying case separately, however. The size also makes it easy to move the projector from room to room. For more permanent installation, or to secure the projector when you're not using it, it includes both a Kensington lock slot and a security bar.

Zoom lens. The 1.2x zoom lens gives reasonably good flexibility in adjusting image size, with enough range so you should generally be able to set the projector in place, turn it on, and then adjust size without having to move the projector again.

Longer than average lamp life. ViewSonic rates the PJD5223w's lamp life at 5000 hours in Normal mode and an even longer 6000 hours in Eco mode. At $229 street per replacement lamp, this promises to keep the total cost of ownership significantly lower than for similarly priced projectors with more typical 2000 to 3000 hour ratings for their lamps.

Test Results and Connectivity

Brightness. We measured the PJD5223w in Brightest mode at 2293 lumens, about 85% of its rating and easily bright enough to leave the room lights on with the 92-inch diagonal (78-inch wide) image we used for testing. Eco mode dropped the brightness by only about 12%, to 2012 lumens, which is a more than fair trade for raising the lamp life by 20%. The six other presets range from 1866 lumens for PC mode to 839 lumens for Movie mode, which is still a little bright for theater dark lighting with the size image you'll probably want for a home theater.

Noticeable variation in brightness. We also measured a 54% brightness variation across the screen, with brightest and darkest areas close enough together so the difference was easy to see on a solid color screen, with a bright center area and a dim upper right hand corner.

Fortunately, most people won't consider this a serious issue. Although this level of variation is surprisingly large for a projector with a standard lens, it's common for short throw projectors, and most people simply don't have a problem with it. Break up the screen with text or graphics, and it's hard to see the difference in any case, although you can still make it out if you look for it.


The PJD5523w back panel offers a fairly typical set of connectors for a portable data projector, with an HDMI port for a computer or video source, two VGA ports for computers or component video sources, a pass through monitor port, and both S-video and composite video ports. There are also two mini plug jacks for stereo audio in and audio out, a mini-USB port for connecting to a computer for remote mouse control, and an RS-232 port for controlling the projector from a computer.

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Comments (3) Post a Comment
puneet Posted Feb 16, 2012 10:17 AM PST

this is really a very best projector
Matt Obasohan Posted Feb 26, 2012 11:17 AM PST
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
fathid Posted Mar 29, 2012 8:22 PM PST
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

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