Every projector buyer these days wants that full 1080p HD clarity, so the big question becomes, which projector should they buy? Over the last decade, prices have reduced substantially, allowing those of even the most modest of means, to own units with advanced feature’s. So, the battle has become less about saving up the money required to impress ones friends with a massive screen, and more about choosing the best projector, from the many affordable offers. Viewsonic have been a reliable projector manufacturer for some time now, and when the PJD7828HDL came out, it caused somewhat of a stir, with its smooth design and excellent price; so I decided I’d let you know about what it does. This Viewsonic PJD7828HDL review will cast a line into the jargon, and reel in the facts, so that you’re armed with enough knowledge to know whether it’s the perfect catch, or whether you should throw it back into the sea.
- Full 1080p HD
- 3200 lumens of brightness
- 22000-1 contrast ratio
- Excellent color technology
- Large screen size
- 3D capabilities
- Superb 10 Watt speakers
- Some distortions in darkened conditions
- No vertical lens shift
Size and Design
The ViewSonic PJD7828HDL measures 9 inches of length, by 12.4 inches of width, and comes at a depth of 4.1 inches, which makes it quite thick for a portable, but this adds to durability, because projectors with very little depth, tend to be flimsy, and easily broken. Despite the larger depth than the industry average, they’ve managed to keep the size small enough, to be of no major burden to owners carrying it around. The weight, at 5.3 pounds, is also slightly more than your average portable, but no so much that you’ll notice a difference compared to rival projectors. All in all, they’ve done an excellent job with the portability, and it looks good too, with a tiny footprint, making it coffee table friendly.
The set-up is mixture of good and bad news. The bad news is that like most single-chip projectors, the ViewSonic PJD7828HDL doesn’t have an advanced optical zoom, and there’s no vertical lens shift. Consequently, you’ll be using the Keystone Correction to level out the image, which can distort pictures. The good news is that if you do import distortions during the set-up, the ViewSonic PJD7828HDL, has excellent picture calibration tools, so you’ll be able to fix the problem immediately. Set-up is a little more work than with other projectors, but could hardly be described as an arduous job.
The image quality also has its good and bad points. At 1080p full HD, with a contrast ratio of 22,000-1, and with BrilliantColor Technology inside, you really are looking at supreme quality images in ambient light. Problems come, however, when you try to watch with BrilliantColor turned on, in a dark room; it simply doesn’t perform as good, and quite frankly struggles with blacks and whites. So if you are turning the lights out for a presentation or a movie, make sure you go into the picture calibration settings, and turn the color technology off.
There’s an added bonus to picture quality in that the ViewSonic PJD7828HDL, includes SuperColor Technology, which is also from Texas Instruments, and this allows the 6 segment color wheel, a wider than usually color palette, for more interesting, and vivid images on screen. This color technology is very noticeable in action sequences, making them look very explosive and fast-paced, with more good news coming from the fact that SuperColor, works well in both ambient light and complete darkness.
Manufacturers tend to promote products with statistics, showing how large you can extend your screen to, sitting the projector at a specific distance. This can be misleading because these boasts tell consumers nothing about the picture quality at that distance, and often the result is picture deterioration at 60 plus inches of screen size because their aren’t enough lumens. The PJD7828HDL, however has 3200 lumens, so you really can extend the screen size outwards up to max. I should say however, that the lumens perform best in ambient light, whereas in total darkness, distortions will occur. Most affordable single-chip projectors don’t have as many lumens as this though, so what you’re getting is a very bright projector, for a realistic big screen experience.
There’s more good news with the speakers. They’re 10 Watt, which makes them loud enough to produce excellent sound, without the aid of a stereo system, or any other external sound producing source. This definitely adds to portability, because you can take it anywhere, and still have brilliant sound. Sound actually performs best in 3D mode, and 3D fans will be happy to hear the ViewSonic PJD7828HDL supports the ‘Packed 3D’ format of Blu-Ray players, so you can watch full 3D movies on Blu-Ray disks. Glasses however do not come with this projector, and you may have trouble streaming 3D movies.
The brightness is good, and the picture is great, with the color technology really making a difference in ambient light. In total darkness, you’ll be seeing some minor distortions, due to the lumen performance in darkened conditions; but this is nothing near is bad as the distortions are on some single-chip projectors. When you add the fact that the PJD7828HDL also has 10 Watt speakers, and support’s 3D at 1080p in each eye, it seems like a bargain. The Verdict: An excellent affordable projector, you should own.