ViewSonic PJD5234 review

The ViewSonic PJD5234 provides solid data image quality and a good range of connectivity choices for an XGA data projector.
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The ViewSonic PJD5234
provides a very good range of connectivity choices and decent image quality for a budget data projector. It’s lightweight and portable. Though other projectors offer better image quality and higher brightness, this model offers a solid mix of price, performance, portability, and connectivity. It’s worth considering by schools or businesses looking for a low-priced, highly portable data projector.

The PJD5234 offers native XGA (1,024-by-768) resolution, at a 4:3 aspect ratio common to data projectors. It is reasonably bright at a rated 2,800 lumens, a tad brighter than the Editors’ Choice Epson PowerLite 93+, but as perception of brightness is logarithmic (it takes a lot more than doubling a projector’s rated brightness to make it appear twice as bright), the difference might be hard to detect.

The PJD5234 has an impressive set of connections for a portable, budget data projector, 2 VGA-in ports (which double as component video) and 1 VGA-out port; 2 audio-in and 1 audio-out jacks; S-video; an RCA composite video jack; a USB type B port for remote mouse control; and an HDMI port.

The projector measures 3.7 by 11.6 by 8.0 inches (HWD) and weighs 4.6 pounds, which makes it very portable, though it lacks a carrying case. The lens has both zoom (1.1x) and focus wheels, both large and easy to manipulate, and I had no trouble bringing the projector to a good focus.

I tested the projector from about 8 feet away from the screen. Our test image, measuring about 56 inches diagonally, stood up reasonably well when I added some ambient light.

In our data image testing using the DisplayMate suite, Image quality proved typical of a budget XGA data projector, suitable for basic business and classroom presentations. Colors were somewhat muted, yellows looked mustardy, and I noticed some green tinting in grays. Images looked best in PC and ViewMatch color modes. There was some pixel jitter when I tested over a VGA connection; switching to HDMI eliminated it, but otherwise had little effect on image quality. Text quality was solid, readable at the smallest sizes (if a bit blurred as such).

The PJD5234′s video quality is suitable for short clips as part of a presentation. The biggest issue I encountered was the rainbow effect, a common artifact in DLP projectors in which people sensitive to the effect see little red-green-blue flashes in still or moving images, most often in bright areas against dark backgrounds. I’d noticed it in data images that tend to bring the effect out, but it was more pronounced in video, more so than typical in a DLP data projector. People who are sensitive to it will likely be distracted by it, so it’s best to stick to shorter videos with this projector.

Audio from the PJD5234′s single 2-watt speaker was of low volume, only suitable for a small room or if you’re close to the projector.
As a DLP projector, the PJD5234 provides 3D readiness using the DLP-Link system, although you need to get your own active shutter DLP-Link glasses.

The Epson PowerLite 93+ weighs and costs a little more than the PJD5234 and isn’t quite as bright, but provides superb data and video image quality and loud audio. The Editors’ Choice Epson PowerLite 1835 XGA 3LCD Projector
costs more and is heavier still, but also provides excellent data and video image quality and is brighter at 3,500 lumens. As LCD projectors they’re sure to be free of rainbow artifacts.

Although these other projectors may trump it in image quality, the ViewSonic PJD5234 provides a low-cost choice with solid data image quality, a good range of connectivity choices, and is small and light enough to be easily portable. That should be good enough for many schools and businesses.

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Native Resolution 1024 x 768
Wireless Connectivity No
Computer Interfaces Analog VGA, HDMI
Weight 4.7 lb
Rated Contrast Ratio 15000
Engine Type DLP
Type Business
Aspect Ratio 4
Rated Brightness 2800 ANSI lumens

The ViewSonic PJD5234 provides solid data image quality and a good range of connectivity choices for an XGA data projector.
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