Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review

Viewsonic Pro9000 Projector - Appearance

Housed in the same, small, mostly shiny black case with some very dark gray trim, the Viewsonic Pro9000 is smaller than most of the 1080p home theater projectors on the market.  The Pro9000 projector is definitely a full size smaller than projectors like the Panasonic PT-AE8000, and Epson Home Cinema 5020.  It’s even smaller still compared to projectors from JVC and the recently reviewed Sony VPL-HW50ES.

That’s not surprising, single chip DLP projectors are far easier to build “small” than competing 3LCD and LCoS projectors.

This projector shares features with the commercial version.  That’s one reason why the Viewsonic Pro9000 has built in speakers

The lens of the Viewsonic Pro9000 is offset to the right (if facing the Pro9000).  The focus ring is on the recessed zoom lens, while the zoom adjustment feature is on the top, above the lens.

Back to the front, you will also find the front infra-red sensor for the remote control.  Underneath the front, are two screw thread adjustable feet.  (Two more feet in the back).

The projector has its intakes on the side, and also the exhaust.

Moving to the top you will find the control panel.

All the inputs, and the power receptacle, are located on the back.

The projector comes with a tethered lens cover.  This is removable should you want to mount the projector and not need it.  For those that may be buying this projector for more portable use (it does have a pair of speakers, as mentioned), the cover is very handy.

Pro9000 Control Panel

The control panel of the Viewsonic Pro9000 is pretty standard fare.  A nice blue LED color is around the power switch.  Press once for on, twice for off.  There are the usual 4 navigation arrows in a round formation.  The Up and Down arrows double for adjusting keystone correction when not using the menus.

In the center of that circle of keys is the Menu/Exit button.  Outside the circle, to the right, is the Enter button.  Outside to the bottom is the Source button.  Two indicator led lights are above the circle.

Effectively functional.

Pro9000 Projector - Input/Output

Not a whole lot of surprises here.  There are, of course, the obligatory two HDMI inputs.  Also to be found is a computer input which can double as a component video input. Not surprisingly, you’ll find the traditional S-video and composite video input.

There is no 12 volt screen trigger, but there are mini jacks for audio in, and perhaps surprising, but a nice touch for some, an audio output.

Audio may come from the HDMI inputs, or the audio jacks. Nice that they allow an output, perhaps to feed directly into another sound system for more umph.

Finally, there’s an RS-232 serial port for command and control.

That’s all folks!

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