Viewsonic Pro9000 Home Theater Projector Review

The Very Bottom Line on the Pro9000 projector

The verdict is still out.  If the new projector shows up with the fixes promised, and some better color I’m going enjoy having a hybrid light source I can recommend.

This is a projector that will be more at home in a theater than a livingroom, based on lumens. Still, the Pro 9000 projector has enough brightness to work in more of a family room environment as long as you don’t go too large on screen.  Movies can certainly look good at night, and sports can work in the daytime with some ambient light.

Today, thanks to 3D capable projectors needing extra brightness, most of those are simply a brighter proposition for a livingroom family room. Those others do a better job when messing with ambient light, whether that light is inherent to the room, or because sometimes – like with sports and friends, you just don’t want the room dark.

I owned a JVC projector in my old family room with rust colored walls.  It had less than 900 lumens at maximum, and I got by fine with a 128″ diagonal screen.  With that in mind, if the value proposition of this Viewsonic Pro 9000 projector makes sense, know it can work in those “lighter” rooms than a dedicated theater.

Viewsonic Pro9000 Projector: Pros

  • 20,000 hour LED / Laser light source, reduces long term cost of ownership
  • Many available preset image modes
  • Detail enhancement feature
  • Very good remote control
  • Current version’s Dynamic Iris provides respectable blacks
  • Excellent 3 year warranty with first year replacement
  • Quieter than most, even at full power
  • Near black finish works well in dedicated theaters
  • Very good menu layout
  • Eco friendly – draws significantly less power than competitors

Viewsonic Pro9000 Projector: Cons

  • Color accuracy – but we are expecting improvements with the full production projector arriving soon, but until then, shoud be better
  • LED/Laser light source adds to up front cost of projector
  • No CFI – a feature found on most projectors at this price
  • More brightness, although in general this projector is about average (can you really have too many lumens?)
  • Overall placement flexibility (though typical of single chip DLP)
  • No Adjustable Lens Shift
  • Lacks 3D
  • Could use a couple more User memory modes
  • Limited placement flexibility – typical of lower cost DLP projectors

Viewsonic Pro9000 Projector: Typical Capabilities

  • Average “best” mode brightness
  • Documentation (based on a preliminary pdf manual
  • Overall physical layout, features are typical of Lower to mid cost DLP projectors

Stay tuned for the update!

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