Posted on April 10, 2015
The Viewsonic PJD5555w offers lots of horsepower in a small, low-cost package.
The Viewsonic PJD5555w projector sits at the top of Viewsonic’s 5000 series of affordable projectors. It is a portable, wide screen WXGA (1280 X 800) DLP projector that is aimed at the presenter that’s looking for high brightness at low cost. With 3300 lumens and a street price of $450, the PJD5555w fits the bill. Add the long lamp life to the equation (5000, 6000 or 8000 hours depending on lamp mode) and you’ve got a very low cost of ownership. Of course, with such a low cost projector, you also get a minimum of connections and no network control or projection capability. However, the PJD5555w does have a few interesting features, including a 3D Blu-ray compatible HDMI 1.4 jack and enhanced sound output via its SoundExpert technology.
The PJD5555w is at the top of a family of similarly styled projectors. These include the PJD5155 and PJD5255, which are similar to the 5555w, but are SVGA (800 X 600) and XGA (1024 X 768) resolutions respectively. There is also the PJD5153 model, which is SVGA like the 5155, but doesn’t have an HDMI input. There is also a 6000 series of similar projectors that offer networking ability as well.
Thanks to its compact size and light weight (4.63 lbs.), the PJD5555w is extremely portable, allowing it to be easily moved from room to room. A projector this compact and light weight should come with a carrying bag, but in this price range, it’s certainly not expected. Overall, the Viewsonic PJD5555w offers a solid combination of high brightness, projected low maintenance costs, and a great warranty. For the school or business on a budget that needs high brightness but doesn’t require extreme color accuracy, the PJD5555w will fit the bill. In addition, its $450 street price will bring a smile to the face of the purchasing agent.
This projector review is included in our 2015-2016 Best Classroom Projectors Report, which is sponsored by Epson America.
Viewsonic offers excellent warranty coverage for the PJD5555w, with 3 years parts and labor on the projector and, unlike many manufacturers, one full year on the lamp. In addition, the PJD5555w is covered for the first year by Viewsonic’s Express Exchange service, which works as follows:
During the first year of the warranty, if a projector requires repair, the end-user calls Viewsonic’s toll-free number and Viewsonic will ship a refurbished unit within 48-hours to the end-user. The end-user then ships the original unit back to Viewsonic. The refurbished unit carries a warranty equal to the remainder of the existing warranty.
Extended Express Exchange service for the 2nd and 3rd years of the warranty is available from Viewsonic at additional cost.
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