The ViewSonic PJD5134 provides decent image quality and a good range of connectivity choices as a budget-priced, low-resolution portable data projector. Other choices may wow you with better image quality, but the PJD5134 offers a good mix of low price, portability, brightness, connectivity, and image quality suitable for typical business and classroom presentations.
The PJD5134 provides SVGA (800-by-600) native resolution, at a 4:3 aspect ratio and is reasonably bright at a rated 2,800 lumens. It has a good set of connections for a budget portable projector—two VGA-in ports (which double as component video) and one VGA-out port; audio-in and audio-out jacks; S-video; an RCA composite video jack; a USB mini type B port for remote mouse control; and an HDMI port.
The projector measures 3.3 by 10.6 by 8.7 inches (HWD) and is lightweight at 4.6 pounds, though it lacks a carrying case. The lens has a modest zoom (1.1x) ring and a focus ring; both were responsive, and it was easy enough to bring the projector to a good focus.
I tested the projector from about seven feet away from the screen. Our test image, measuring about 55 inches diagonally, stood up reasonably well in a setting with a fair amount of ambient light.
In our data image testing, using the DisplayMate suite, image quality proved typical of an SVGA data projector, suitable for basic business and classroom presentations. I tried different color modes; colors were perhaps best in PC mode, though reds were somewhat muted, and yellows looked mustardy. Switching from a VGA to an HDMI connection had little effect on image quality.
Overall text quality was satisfactory; the smallest two sizes of white-on-black text were somewhat blurred, but readable. Another issue I noted in some images was the rainbow effect, which is often encountered in DLP-based projectors. It takes the form of little red-green-blue flashes, usually in bright areas against dark backgrounds. With the PJD5134, it’s mild enough in data images that even people who are particularly sensitive to the effect shouldn’t be bothered by it.
Video is a different matter. With this projector, the rainbow effect was a little more pronounced than average for a DLP data projector. People who are sensitive to the effect will likely be distracted by it, so it’s best to stick to shorter clips as part of presentations with this projector. I also noticed some tinting at times, and people’s faces tended to look slightly reddish.
Audio from the PJD5134′s single two-watt speaker was feeble, suitable for small room or if you’re close to the projector.
As a DLP projector, this model is 3D-ready using the DLP-Link system, although you need to get your own active shutter DLP-Link glasses. ViewSonic sells them for $109 a pair, though you could buy suitable glasses elsewhere for considerably less. Still, you’d be hard-pressed to outfit a classroom with them.
The PJD5134 provides decent data image quality and a good set of connectivity choices as a budget, low-resolution, portable projector. Its data and video image quality, as well as its audio system, fall short of the NEC NP-VE281, though that SVGA data projector has a more basic set of connectivity choices. The Epson PowerLite S11 Multimedia Projector is an LCD-based SVGA projector with a good feature set and solid data image quality, though it lacks an HDMI port.
The Editors’ Choice Epson PowerLite 93+ provides higher (XGA) native resolution at the same 4:3 aspect ratio as the PJD5134. The 93+ costs and weighs more than the PJD5134, but provides superb data and video image quality, loud audio, and as an LCD projector it’s guaranteed to be free of rainbow artifacts.
The ViewSonic PJD5134 holds its own as a budget, portable data projector. Though there are projectors with better image quality and louder audio in its class, it brings a good balance of price, portability, connectivity choices, and image quality to the table.
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|Native Resolution||800 x 600|
|Computer Interfaces||Analog VGA, HDMI|
|Rated Contrast Ratio||15000|
|Rated Brightness||2800 ANSI lumens|
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