As you guys may have noticed, we have started increasing the number of projector reviews here, as these boys are fast gaining popularity in the home theater consumer market. Or maybe it’s the other way around. Projectors were meant only for the serious video/theater enthusiast or those heavily minted. But now, prices are coming down, and some brilliant ones are available for lesser than some LCDs. The brand we have, Viewsonic, is highly respected in professional spaces, and the model name is PJD6210, a new DLP released just a couple months ago in India.
Design and Features
This sober looking model comes housed in an all white chassis with a mild luster. It’s more or less rectangular, with regular straight edges and surfaces. It’s a no frills design, and looks simple and worthwhile. The switches on the top are arranged in a circular manner, with the center part of the circular arrangement containing navigation buttons. This leaves the rest of the top panel bare and clutter free.
The inputs are on the left side panel, which are quite scarce in number - one composite, S-video, and a D-SUB in. I would have liked if there was a Digital video in like HDMI or DVI-D. The projector is of the DLP type, and also contains Brilliant Color technology, which claims more accurate colors with use of additional secondary colors in the DLP circuitry’s color wheel itself. The native resolution of the projector is 1024x768, while the max it can go to 1280x1024. The brightness is 2200 ANSI lumens, while the contrast ratio is 2800:1. Throw distance is 1.2 -10.0 meters, while the max screen size obtainable according to the specs is 635 cm across.
First we ran the DVE test discs and pattern software. Our projector was plugged into our HTPC via simple VGA cable, and resolution was set to native XGA. We were at 15 feet, and got an image size of 113-115 inches diagonally. Our room was dark.
The first tests were for grayscale and basic contrast/brightness, no color involved. The blacks of the PJD6210 are quite impressive, as we have our blacker than black test pattern bars visible nicely. It’s not absolutely spectacular though, I was in want of a deeper black, as DLPS can go more than this. In the whites there was the inevitable rainbow effect, though no real blooming.
In our grayscale test, we had 12 levels of black to white measure, and found out that most of the levels were around 6500K. Simply speaking, that’s a good thing, it means accuracy in depiction. Colors were also on the more impressive side, and after calibration all 3 red, green and blue channels were impressively neutral. We were watching Fears of the Dark, a brilliant animation flick, to test blacks, and for color there was Ratatouille. The movies looked very impressive.
At Rs. 55,000, this projector is a a good deal. The colors and brightness are great for a dark room, but that is the limitation. It's not bright enough for ambient lit rooms, so windows will not help. Still those with a Home theater looking to add a projector can definitely check out this model.
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