ViewSonic PJD6543w review

Pros

  • Portable
  • Good range of connectivity options
  • Networkable
  • Good lamp life

Cons

  • Rainbow effect in video
  • Lacks carrying case

The ViewSonic PJD6543w provides an appealing combination of basic features: WXGA resolution, easy portability, good brightness for its weight, and a good set of connection choices including LAN connectivity, alongside 3D readiness.

Data image quality is solid if unspectacular, and video is good enough for typical business or classroom use. The PJD6543w’s native WXGA means a resolution of 1,280 x 800 – a 16:10 widescreen aspect ratio – and this projector is fairly bright, being rated at 3,000 lumens.

Connectivity

The PJD6543w has a good set of ports for a portable data projector: 2 VGA-in ports (which double as component video) and 1 VGA-out port for a monitor; audio in and audio out jacks; S-video; an RCA composite video jack; a mini-USB port for remote mouse control; and an HDMI port. It's also networkable, having an Ethernet port.

The PJD6543w comes with Crestron LAN control software, allowing the projector to be remotely controlled and managed from a PC. (Crestron supports remote control of multiple projectors).

The projector measures 295 x 200 x 95mm (WxDxH) and weighs 2kg, which makes it highly portable, though it lacks a carrying case. The lens has both zoom (albeit a modest 1.1x) and focus wheels, and both are large and easy to manipulate – I had no trouble bringing the projector to a good focus.

Testing

I tested the projector from about 8 feet away from the screen. Our test image, measuring about 60in diagonally, stood up well to the addition of ambient light.

In our data image testing using the DisplayMate suite, image quality proved suitable for typical business and classroom presentations. Colours were somewhat muted, some white areas showed a slight yellow tint, actual yellows looked a bit mustardy, and I noticed some green tinting in greys. None of these issues should be a problem unless your presentations require exacting levels of colour.

There was a little bit of pixel jitter when I tested over a VGA connection; switching to HDMI eliminated it, but otherwise had little effect on image quality. In our text testing, text was blurred at the smallest white-on-black size and fuzzy at the next smallest size; black-on-white text was readable down to the smallest size.

I noticed traces of the rainbow effect in images that tend to bring it out. People sensitive to the effect, a common phenomenon in single chip DLP projectors, may see little red-green-blue flashes in still or moving images, most often in bright areas against dark backgrounds. The effect was mild enough in data images that it shouldn't be a problem, even to people who are sensitive to it.

The rainbow effect was more pronounced in video, and would likely be distracting to people sensitive to it (and in a classroom or business situation, there's no way of knowing how sensitive your audience is to this phenomenon). Thus, with this projector you're probably best sticking to short video clips as part of a presentation.

Audio from the PJD6543w's single 2 watt speaker was of decent volume, suitable for a small to mid-sized conference room or classroom.

As a DLP projector, the PJD6543w provides 3D readiness using the DLP-Link system, although you need to get your own active shutter DLP-Link glasses (or indeed provide them for every viewer, which could of course get quite expensive).

Verdict

The ViewSonic PJD6543w's WXGA resolution is a plus when it comes to showing presentations that include intricate or detailed graphics, although the projector's overall data image quality proved mediocre in our testing.

Otherwise, its mix of features, including an impressively light weight, decent brightness, long lamp life, a good range of connectivity choices including Ethernet, and 3D readiness, should prove appealing to many businesspeople and teachers.

Specifications

Manufacturer and Model

ViewSonic PJD6543w

Video Inputs

Component, Composite, HDMI, S-Video

Computer Interfaces

VGA, Ethernet

Wireless Connectivity

No

Weight

2kg

Rated Contrast Ratio

15000:1

Native Resolution

1280 x 800

Type

DLP, Business

Aspect Ratio

16:10

Rated Brightness

3000 ANSI lumens

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