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ViewSonic Precision Pro8100 LCD Projector Review

by July 08, 2008
ViewSonic Precision Pro8100 LCD

ViewSonic Precision Pro8100 LCD

  • Product Name: Precision Pro8100 LCD Projector
  • Manufacturer: ViewSonic
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: July 08, 2008 14:27
  • MSRP: $ 4995
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  • Light Engine: 3-panel LCD 0.74 Poly-Si TFT with micro-lens
  • Resolution: 1920x1080 (16:9)
  • Video Processor: Silicon Optix Reon-VX with HQV
  • Lens: Power zoom, power focus
  • Lens Shift: Powered V/H lens shift; vertical +/- 75%, horizontal +/- 10%
  • Zoom: 1.6x
  • Keystone: Vertical +/- 30 degrees, Horizontal +/- 40 degrees
  • Screen Size: 40" to 300" (diagonally)
  • Throw Distance: 49" - 368"
  • Throw Ratio: 1.41~2.28:1
  • Lamp: 160W/2000 hours (Normal); 128W/5000 hours (Economy)
  • Brightness (max): 1,000 ANSI lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 13000:1 (typical)
  • Input Signal Frequency: Fh : 15-100kHz; Fv : 56-90Hz
  • Supported Video: RGB analog, NTSC M, NTSC 4.43, PAL, SECAM, HDTV (720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24) SDTV (480i, 480p, 576i)
  • Mac/PC Compatibility: VGA (analogue RGB) up to 1920x1080 via 15-pin HD, D-sub
  • Connections: HDMI x 2, Component Video x 2, S-Video, Composite Video
  • Control: RS-232C, 12VDC Trigger output, USB Type B for mouse control and software firmware updates
  • Power Consumption: 230W
  • Noise:   Normal 23dB (typical); Eco-mode 18dB (typical)
  • Dimensions (WXHXD): 21.2" x 6.7" x 15.3" (537mm x 170mm x 388mm)
  • Weight: 19.8 lb. (9.0 kg); Gross 33.1 lb. (15.0 kg)
  • Accessories: Power cable, RGB cable, HDMI cable, micro-fiber wiping cloth, soft projector cover, remote control with batteries, Quick Start Guide, ViewSonic Wizard CD (with User Guide)
  • Warranty: Three-year limited warranty on parts and labor. One-year or 1,000 hours on lamp. First-year free Express Exchange service.

Pros

  • Motorized Zoom/Focus
  • Motorized Lens Shift
  • Beautiful enclosure
  • Super Quiet
  • Excellent backlit remote

Cons

  • Slow Auto Iris (no Manual mode)
  • Minimal Horizontal Lens Shift (10%)
  • No HD Noise Reduction
  • Convoluted Menu System

Introduction

It strikes me as odd any time I see a projector of any significant price lacking features such as power Zoom & Focus and Lens Shift. With higher cost projectors I've become an unfortunate victim of the establishment. I've come to expect less in the way of features. Now along comes ViewSonic with its Precision Series Pro8100 LCD projector. It has powered Zoom & Focus, in addition to powered Lens Shift. It also features Silicon Optix Reon-VX video processing. Oh, and it's priced at just $4,995. I have a feeling some other manufacturers are going to have to get off their laurels and start bringing their 'A' game very quickly.

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