Projectors are a rarity these days in my opinion. I've done multiple monitors and TV reviews throughout the year, but the amount of times I've reviewed a projector can easily be counted on one hand. When I was first told that I'm reviewing the ViewSonic projector, I was worried as I didn't know if my room has a big enough wall to accomodate it. After some spring cleaning, I've managed to find enough space to properly utilise the projector, and after I tried out the PJD7822HDL, I can say that the ViewSonic projector is great for the most part, but it does have one flaw.
Looks-wise, the PJD7822HDL is an attractive thing. The white, rectangular box isn't as boring as I expected and it has a certain charm to it. The projector is on the small side, making it rather portable as well. The diamond layout at the top of the projector where the buttons are placed is also rather unique. A small chunk of the projector was cut out right above the lens barrel, allowing easy access to the zoom and focus rings.
The PJD7822HDL boasts a 3200 Lumens of light output and comes with ViewSonic's own 'SuperColor' technology. The projector has a full HD resolution of 1920x1080 pixels with a contrast ratio of 15,000:1. Surprisingly for a projector of this price, the PJD7822HDL is capable of supporting 3D Blu Ray media, which is probably a plus if you have 3D media in your hand.
As for ports, the PJD7822HDL comes with a good number of them. It features two HDMI ports, an RS-232 port, a D-Sub input, a Monitor input, an S-Video input, a composite video input, and 3mm audio input and output jacks. Basically, the PJD7822HDL can support almost all cable types.
The first thing that I immediately realise when I started using the PJD7822HDL was the fact that it is surprisingly bright. Even with most of the lighting in my room on, the projection on my wall is still very visible. Colour and contrast on the projection is great as well, as the images are vivid, crisp, and features minimal noise as well.
While the general performance of the PJD7822HDL is great, the one sore point with this projector has to do with the tech that it uses. As the projector uses DLP technology, it is susceptible to something called the Rainbow Effect. Basically, there is a colour wheel inside the projector that moves at a rapid pace in order to reproduce the projected image. Those with very sensitive eyes would be able to see the colour shifts as the wheel spins inside the projector, giving it the Rainbow Effect. The PJD7822HDL has this particular problem and it can be particularly glaring at time. One important thing to note is that not everyone's eyes will be able to pickup the Rainbow Effect quite as easily. If you're not able to notice it, I highly recommend that you do not try to look for it intentionally as this will undoubtedly ruin your experience with projectors in general.
One other lackluster thing about the projector is the audio. Audio isn't exactly the best part of a projector and the PJD7822HDL is no different. You would only want to rely on the speakers of this projector if you have no other options. If you do have options, you would want to hook those speakers up and use those instead.
ViewSonic's PJD7822HDL is a projector that works great, but it is not exactly perfect. The projections are, generally speaking, bright and crisp. However, the Rainbow Effect can be very glaring at times, particularly for people with sensitive eyes.
Despite its flaws though, the PJD7822HDL does its job rather well. The asking price for the projector isn't exactly what I would consider affordable, but when you compare it to other projectors of its class, it is very reasonable.
If you're looking for a projector for your home theater setup, the PJD7822HDL is worth considering, although we recommend that you try it out first before committing to the purchase.
- Relatively lightweight
- Relatively affordable
- Incredibly bright
- Projected images are clear and crisp with minimal noise
- The Rainbow Effect can be quite glaring at times
- Audio is mediocre