The ViewSonic PJD6345 ($759.99 direct) is a well-rounded and highly capable business projector equally at home in a conference room, a classroom, or in any small to medium-sized venue in which you need to quickly set up and make a presentation. Its image quality is suitable for typical presentations, and it has a good range of connection choices.
The PJD6345 has a native XGA (1,024-by-768) resolution, at a 4:3 aspect ratio traditionally used for data presentations. This DLP-based projector is relatively bright, at a rated 3,500 lumens.
The PJD6345 measures 4.5 by 11.6 by 8.6 inches (HWD) and weighs just 4.7 pounds, though it lacks a carrying case. The projector has a generous 1.6x optical zoom, giving you great flexibility in where you place the projector.
It has a good set of ports for a portable data projector: HDMI; two VGA-in ports and one monitor-out; two audio-in and one audio-out; an RCA composite video jack; S-video; a mini-USB port for remote mouse control, a USB type A port for running presentations computer free from a USB thumb drive; and an Ethernet port. It comes with Crestron LAN control software, allowing multiple projectors to be remotely controlled and managed from a PC.
Data Image Quality
The PJD6345′s data image, measuring about 60 inches diagonally, filled our test screen at a distance of about 9 feet, and stood up well to the addition of a good amount of ambient light.
In our data image testing using the DisplayMate suite, image quality was slightly above par, suitable for typical business or classroom presentations. It did well in our text testing; text was blurred but readable at the smallest white-on-black size, and black-on-white text was easily readable down to the smallest size. Though colors were otherwise reasonably bright, yellows and reds looked slightly muted. Certain images with patterned backgrounds showed moiré, a substantial greenish tint, and/or some pixel jitter (which could be reduced by changing the tracking) over a VGA connection. Switching to an HDMI connection eliminated the jitter and reduced the green.
I noticed rainbow artifacts—little red-green-blue flashes, most often in bright areas against dark backgrounds—in data images that tend to bring it out. Every single-chip DLP projector is potentially subject to this rainbow effect, and it was about average in the PJD6345. In data images, at least, it shouldn’t be distracting, even to people sensitive to it.
Video and Audio
The rainbow effect was more of an issue in the PJD6345′s video, and people sensitive to it would likely be distracted by it. Even if you’re not sensitive to the effect, your colleagues or students may well be. There was also some mild blue tinting in certain scenes, and a loss of detail in some bright areas. Its video quality is good enough for short to mid-length clips as part of a presentation.
Audio from the PJD6345′s single 16-watt speaker is loud enough for a mid-sized conference room or classroom, and of decent quality.
The Editors’ Choice Epson PowerLite 1835 XGA 3LCD Projector offers better image quality for both data and video than the PJD6345. As an LCD projector, the Epson 1835 is immune to the rainbow effect that impacted the PJD6345′s video. Also, LCD projectors have the same color brightness as white brightness, while DLP projectors tend to have lower color brightness; colors looked a bit muted with the PJD6345. Otherwise they have very similar specs and features: the same rated brightness and native resolution, 16-watt speaker, a strong range of connection choices, and a generous 1.6x zoom.
That said, the Viewsonic PJD6345 is more portable than the Epson 1835, and has 3D capability, which the latter lacks. Although it falls a little short of unseating the Epson 1835 as Editors’ Choice, the PJD6345 is easy to recommend as a lightweight, 3D-friendly, XGA business projector bright enough for use in mid-sized spaces.
|Native Resolution||1024 x 768|
|Computer Interfaces||Analog VGA|
|Rated Contrast Ratio||15000|
|Video Interfaces||Component, Composite, HDMI, S-Video, USB|
|Rated Brightness||3500 ANSI lumens|
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