Beauty is only skin-deep, and so while on the outside ViewSonic’s latest projectors, the PJD6531w and PJD5352, may have the least appealing names ever, the insides produce some stunning images. They are the equivalent of an unattractive man painting a timeless beauty. It’s Leonardo Da Vinci painting the Mona Lisa.
Leading the beauty pageant is the PJD6531w, ViewSonic’s flagship device, which boats a high definition, wide-format, 3D-ready projection up to 60″ across from 1.9 metres away. The projector is able to produce images at a resolution as high as 1280×800, meaning that detailed presentations or 720p movies playback perfectly.
It is also able to generate a brightness of up to 3000 lumens, which gives a great image quality, even in environments with high-levels of ambient lighting. It also features an impressive dynamic contrast ratio of unto 3200:1.
And there is 3D compatibility, which means that the projector has DLP support and can be connected to NVIDIA 3D-Vision and Texas Instruments DLP Link technologies to project in 3D glory – some might consider this the definitive “future-proof” function.
An interesting fact about the PJD6531w is that it as been designed from the ground up to be suitable for the living room or the boardroom, with a rich feature-set to match. This includes a HDMI input (HDMI 1.3) as well as standard PC display inputs, meaning that Blu-ray players, laptops and games consoles can all plug in and be enjoyed in their HD glory. It also means that it is very quiet – 34dB in normal mode, and 29dB in Eco, and built-in 10-watt speakers.
The lamp life is rated at 4000 hours for normal mode, 6000 for Eco.
The PJD5352 is a different breed entirely. It has been designed for portability, and tiny offices. This means that it is not only quite lightweight (2.5kg), but it also offers a short-throw projection, producing a projected-image of almost 60″ from just one metre away.
The projection also has “Off-to-Go” technology, meaning that the device can be turned off and packed away without having to wait to cool down – another useful tool for the projection-giving, road-warrior.
Other stats include a brightness of 2600 lumens, an operating noise of a mere 26dB (Eco mode) and, of course, compatibility with 3D-capable input sources.