BEST for PORTABLE USE:
Having a 1080p projector is great. Having a 1080p projector you can take along with you and use almost anywhere is even better. The Viewsonic PJD7820HD takes the features and functions of a 1080p projector and stuffs them into a tiny case that weighs less than five pounds. That's no small feat, and it's why the PJD7820HD is our favorite projector for portable 1080p projection.
We like the PJD7820HD for portable viewing for four reasons:
Picture quality. In its ViewMatch mode, the PJD7820HD produces a vibrant image that's high in contrast and low in digital noise. In dark rooms, Dynamic Eco mode can give you deeper black levels, and turning off BrilliantColor gives you a more balanced picture that's better for movies.
Smallest and lightest. A portable projector has to be small and light, or no one will want to lug it around. The PJD7820HD's footprint is about the size of a sheet of paper, and it is only three inches tall, so it will fit nicely in a messenger bag or large laptop bag. It weighs about as much as a laptop, too, at 4.6 pounds. Unlike tiny ultraportables, it does not require a bulky power brick.
Placement flexibility. The PJD7820HD has a handy 1.3:1 zoom lens to give you some flexibility in image size when you're setting up the projector. The lens has a fixed upward throw offset, and on a 100" diagonal image, the bottom of the image will be about six inches above the centerline of the lens. That works out well if you're placing the projector on a coffee table - and as a bonus, the heat exhaust vents are all on the front of the case, so hot air is directed away from you and your friends.
Three-year warranty. Portable projectors take a beating, even when you're careful. But the PJD7820HD has a three-year warranty, better than any other projector in the shootout, so that accidental smack against the door jamb won't necessarily cost you another seven hundred bucks.
While it is small and light, the PJD7820HD had to make some necessary compromises to get that way. Brightness uniformity, which measures how evenly the projector's light is spread across the screen, is only 67%. The top left and right corners of the image are noticeably dimmer than the bottom center. This isn't normally visible when you're watching movies or television, but it can sometimes appear in scenes with a bright sky or other uniform area near the top of the image. And while it is highly portable, it has the weakest onboard speaker of the bunch at only two watts. If you do plan to travel with this projector, you should consider investing in a small portable speaker system to boost the PJD7820HD's meager audio output.
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