Classroom Projector Report 2013: ViewSonic PJD6383S

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Viewsonic PJD6383S Projector

Viewsonic PJD6383SAlphabetically, the Viewsonic PJD6383S is our last projector in this Education Projector report.  It is more expensive than the other Viewsonic by about $200.  So, considering that the Viewsonic PJD6383S is an XGA projector rather than a widescreen WXGA projector (which normally costs more), you must be wondering why you would be paying more for it.  This one’s got skills.

For openers, this 3000 lumen single chip DLP Viewsonic PJD6383S is a true short throw projector, for less blinding of the teacher / presenter.   Capable of a 100″ diagonal screen from four feet, it’s not quite as short throw as a couple of others in this report, but for typical classroom sized screens of 60 to 80 inches, you can mount this projector with a telescoping wall mount.

More significantly, the PJD6383S offers networking, including Crestron RoomView and AMX support.  This Viewsonic projector can be monitored, managed, and scheduled from a remote IT location.  For those needing a widescreen version, Viewsonic offers several models in this series.

The PJD6383S Projector weighs in at a reasonably portable 6.6 pounds.  It is a 3D capable projector that uses DLP-Link compatible 3D glasses, including Viewsonic’s own PGD-250 active glasses which sell in the under $100 price range.  In a pinch, of course, there are a number of 3rd party DLP-Link compatible glasses available, in price ranges down to about $30-$40.

Although this projector lacks the HDMI 1.4 needed to do Blu-ray 3D, that can be accomplished by their VP3D1 accessory which we have previously reviewed.  In fairness, that same device can be used with may other 3D projectors that only have HDMI 1.3, rather than this being a unique capability.  Note that the other Viewsonic covered here, is HDMI 1.4 and Blu-ray 3D capable without any extras but the glasses.

 

All told, better than typical color from a portable DLP projector, really good lamp life, a three year warranty (with first year replacement).  Sound is impressive for a small projector, thanks to the 10 watt speaker. For Windows users, there’s an optional WPG360 a wireless gateway, that can plug into a router and the projector so that you can present wirelessly from Windows computers and tablets.  Hopefully iOS support is coming too?

Mike was very enthusiastic about this small projector.  That’s pretty cool considering he’s the guy who likes doing the really feature laden larger installation projectors that cost five to ten times the price.

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