Review – ViewSonic Pro9000 Laser Hybrid LED

Hello All!

Art shipped me the ViewSonic Pro 9000 projector along side the BenQ w1070 so I was able to have both in house at the same time, which is always nice. ūüôā ¬† The ViewSonic Pro9000 is a “Laser Hybrid LED” projector that seemed to peak the interest of some of you folks so I’m glad I was able to take a look. ¬† I was going to do a “shootout” between the BenQ W1070 and this projector but the Pro9000 retails for ~$2899, putting it in the mid level price range, so I decided to do separate reviews. Read on to find out how the ViewSonic Pro9000 holds up in the game room!

First things first: Placement flexibility…and ViewSonic Pro9000 doesn’t have much of it. ¬† It doesn’t any physical lens shift and it also doesn’t have¬†independently¬†controlled zoom/focus. ¬†This means you need to have this projector pretty much centered on your screen. ¬†Not only that, but you need to calculate how far back to mount it because you can’t independently control the zoom/focus. ¬†Something to keep in mind…

The remote is great! ¬†It’s a nice size and the buttons glow “laser” blue. ¬†Something I was happy about after trying to mess around with BenQ’s remote.

The ViewSonic Pro9000 also has built in speakers and audio in/out connections. ¬†It is a similar size to the BenQ1070 and comes with a carrying case. ¬†Again, like the W1070, I would say it’s borderline portable. ¬†The speakers are a bit quieter than some of the speakers in other projectors, but they don’t distort and stay relatively clean at max volume.

The ViewSonic Pro9000 is bright enough for a light controlled room, but I wouldn’t¬†categorize¬†it as a “light cannon”. ¬†The BenQ W1070 was¬†noticeably¬†brighter. ¬†However, there are a couple things to keep in mind. ¬†The light engine on this projector is supposed last ~20,000 hours. This means you will probably never need to change the bulb…even if you use the projector as a night light. ¬†Not only that, but the light engine is also only supposed to dim a fraction of what a typical projector bulb does. ¬†I guess what I’m getting at is the ViewSonic Pro9000 could be just as bright as many of its competitors in best mode at ~300 hours of use. ¬† Also, though it is based of DLP, there is no color wheel, which means no rainbows. ¬†This is all good stuff here.

I’m not sure if this was calibrated before being sent to me, but Pro9000 had pretty¬†impressive colors. ¬†I felt the colors were natural, but I want to point out that the Pro9000 throws a very sharp, digital looking image. ¬†It has a “wow” factor to it and even though the colors are natural, I wouldn’t describe it a cinematic or film-like image. ¬†It’s more digital and crisp.

My biggest¬†disappointment¬†with the ViewSonic Pro9000 was its black level performance. ¬†It claims a 100,000:1 contrast ratio, but it has poor black level performance for its price range. ¬†The BenQ W1070 may even have it beat here, and it was no where close to the Epson 5020e which is around the same price as the Pro9000. ¬† The shadow detail was not bad…but nothing to write home about…

The ViewSonic Pro9000 did putup some impressive lag numbers.  (0-30ms)  15ms on average.

Again, not zero, but right in the range that I still consider great.

Overall, I think this projector throws a decent image, but if you are looking at projectors in this price range, I think you can get a lot more for you money. ¬† The technology shows some promise, so I hope ViewSonic and some others continue to try to develop it. ¬†I could live with limit placement flexibility, but the black levels are poor for price range. ¬†If they can improve the blacks and include some extra features like 3D I think it could be very competitive. ¬† Pretty nice first look at “Laser LED”. ¬† I might feel a bit different if this projector if it were priced ~$1499, but at $2899,¬†I just don’t think its there yet…

 

That’s all for now!

 

-Pete

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