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Best in Class – Under $1000 Value Home Entertainment: ViewSonic PJD7828HDL

Posted on August 24, 2018 by Art Feierman
  1. The 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report
  2. The 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report: List of Winners
  3. Best in Class – Under $1000 Value Home Theater: Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150
  4. Best in Class – Under $1000 Performance Home Entertainment: Epson Home Cinema 1060
  5. Best in Class – Under $1000 Value Home Entertainment: ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
  6. Best in Class – $1000-$2500 Most Innovative: Smart Projector: Optoma UHD51A
  7. Best in Class – $1000-$2500 Performance 4K Capable Home Theater: Epson Home Cinema 5040UB
  8. Best in Class – $1000-$2500 Performance Home Theater: Optoma UHD50
  9. Best in Class – $1000-$2500 Value 4K Capable Home Entertainment: ViewSonic PX727-4K
  10. Best in Class – $1000-$2500 Bright Room Home Entertainment: BenQ TK800
  11. Best in Class – $2500-$5000 Most Innovative: Smart Projector: LG HU80KA
  12. Best in Class – $2500-$5000 Performance Home Theater: JVC DLA-RS440U (And DLA-X590)
  13. Best in Class – $2500-$5000 Performance Home Theater Runner-Up: Acer VL7860
  14. Best in Class – $2500-$5000 Performance Home Theater Runner-Up: Sony VPL-VW285ES
  15. Best in Class – $5000-$25,000 Performance Home Theater: Sony VPL-VW885ES
  16. Best in Class – $5000-$25,000 Performance Home Theater: Sony VPL-VZ1000ES
  17. Best in Class – $5000-$25,000 Value Home Theater: Epson LS10500
  18. Best in Class – $5000-$25,000 Value Home Theater: Sony VPL-VW385ES
  19. Best in Class – $5000-$25,000 Performance Home Entertainment: Optoma UHZ65
  20. 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Winners – Charts
  21. 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report – Non-Winners Under $1000 Class
  22. 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report – Non-Winners $1000-$2500 Class
  23. 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report – Non-Winners $2500-$5000 Class
  24. 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report – Non-Winners $5000-$25,000 Class
ViewSonic PJD7828HDL

This is the second projector in this sub-$1000 Class that won an award in last year’s report, and is back for a repeat. This time it is the Best Value Home Entertainment Projector.

This Viewsonic is just a bit rough around the edges – right out of the box it has some good color modes, but you can count on BenQ and Epson to offer modes with even better color. Still, the ViewSonic can be easily tweaked – you can try our calibration settings, so no problem there.

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Overview

It plays second fiddle to Epson’s Home Cinema 1060, primarily for two reasons. The Epson can deliver better, more accurate color when comparing brighter modes, with both outputting 2,300 lumens or so. The ViewSonic’s better modes still aren’t as accurate as the Epson’s, but get close.

In addition, overall, the Epson’s color is simply more accurate. The ViewSonic does not offer a full set of calibration controls, which limited Eric’s adjustments (it does have a full CMS – color management system – to calibrate the individual colors, but not full greyscale controls).

Under $1000 Best in Class Best Value Home Entertainment ViewSonic PJD7828HDL

On the other hand, the ViewSonic offers some interesting benefits – it’s shorter throw than most home projectors, so sits closer to your screen, a plus for many (gamers in particular tend to like that).

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Red
The ViewSonic PJD7828HDL has some good color in several modes, right out of the box.

Speaking of gaming, the input lag is a spectacularly excellent 16ms, only one frame per second behind on 60fps games. Few projectors do much better than double that lag!   That makes this an excellent choice if gaming on the big screen is one of the things motivating you to get a projector!

You’ll have 3D as well. On the missing feature side, just like the Epson 1060, this Viewsonic has no CFI for smooth motion. What it has is a pretty rock bottom price for a bright 1080p projector.

The ViewSonic PJD7828HDL: What Makes It a Value Projector

So, the PJD7828HDL is definitely a nice projector, but why the Best Value award? Easy: Great 3 year parts and labor warranty, combined with a rock bottom price for what you get – street price is under $600! That puts it roughly $200 less than the Epsons, and that $200 and change can be spent on better sound, a Nintendo Switch – whatever you need most, or a night out on the town?

Once again, (or rather still), ViewSonic seems to be the low price leader when it comes to entry level 1080p projectors! This really has been going on for years.

And, I might note, the lowest prices I’ve seen to date, on any of the 4K UHD projectors, also happens to be one of ViewSonic’s models. That’s the PX727-4K, which earns a Best In Class award, but the PX727-4K’s award is in the $1000 - $2500 Class.

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Review

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL

This is the second projector in this sub-$1000 Class that won an award in last year’s report, and is back for a repeat. This time it is the Best Value Home Entertainment Projector.

This Viewsonic is just a bit rough around the edges – right out of the box it has some good color modes, but you can count on BenQ and Epson to offer modes with even better color. Still, the ViewSonic can be easily tweaked – you can try our calibration settings, so no problem there.

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Overview

It plays second fiddle to Epson’s Home Cinema 1060, primarily for two reasons. The Epson can deliver better, more accurate color when comparing brighter modes, with both outputting 2,300 lumens or so. The ViewSonic’s better modes still aren’t as accurate as the Epson’s, but get close.

In addition, overall, the Epson’s color is simply more accurate. The ViewSonic does not offer a full set of calibration controls, which limited Eric’s adjustments (it does have a full CMS – color management system – to calibrate the individual colors, but not full greyscale controls).

Under $1000 Best in Class Best Value Home Entertainment ViewSonic PJD7828HDL

On the other hand, the ViewSonic offers some interesting benefits – it’s shorter throw than most home projectors, so sits closer to your screen, a plus for many (gamers in particular tend to like that).

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Red
The ViewSonic PJD7828HDL has some good color in several modes, right out of the box.

Speaking of gaming, the input lag is a spectacularly excellent 16ms, only one frame per second behind on 60fps games. Few projectors do much better than double that lag!   That makes this an excellent choice if gaming on the big screen is one of the things motivating you to get a projector!

You’ll have 3D as well. On the missing feature side, just like the Epson 1060, this Viewsonic has no CFI for smooth motion. What it has is a pretty rock bottom price for a bright 1080p projector.

The ViewSonic PJD7828HDL: What Makes It a Value Projector

So, the PJD7828HDL is definitely a nice projector, but why the Best Value award? Easy: Great 3 year parts and labor warranty, combined with a rock bottom price for what you get – street price is under $600! That puts it roughly $200 less than the Epsons, and that $200 and change can be spent on better sound, a Nintendo Switch – whatever you need most, or a night out on the town?

Once again, (or rather still), ViewSonic seems to be the low price leader when it comes to entry level 1080p projectors! This really has been going on for years.

And, I might note, the lowest prices I’ve seen to date, on any of the 4K UHD projectors, also happens to be one of ViewSonic’s models. That’s the PX727-4K, which earns a Best In Class award, but the PX727-4K’s award is in the $1000 - $2500 Class.

ViewSonic PJD7828HDL Review

  1. The 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report
  2. The 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report: List of Winners
  3. Best in Class – Under $1000 Value Home Theater: Epson Home Cinema 2100 and 2150
  4. Best in Class – Under $1000 Performance Home Entertainment: Epson Home Cinema 1060
  5. Best in Class – Under $1000 Value Home Entertainment: ViewSonic PJD7828HDL
  6. Best in Class – $1000-$2500 Most Innovative: Smart Projector: Optoma UHD51A
  7. Best in Class – $1000-$2500 Performance 4K Capable Home Theater: Epson Home Cinema 5040UB
  8. Best in Class – $1000-$2500 Performance Home Theater: Optoma UHD50
  9. Best in Class – $1000-$2500 Value 4K Capable Home Entertainment: ViewSonic PX727-4K
  10. Best in Class – $1000-$2500 Bright Room Home Entertainment: BenQ TK800
  11. Best in Class – $2500-$5000 Most Innovative: Smart Projector: LG HU80KA
  12. Best in Class – $2500-$5000 Performance Home Theater: JVC DLA-RS440U (And DLA-X590)
  13. Best in Class – $2500-$5000 Performance Home Theater Runner-Up: Acer VL7860
  14. Best in Class – $2500-$5000 Performance Home Theater Runner-Up: Sony VPL-VW285ES
  15. Best in Class – $5000-$25,000 Performance Home Theater: Sony VPL-VW885ES
  16. Best in Class – $5000-$25,000 Performance Home Theater: Sony VPL-VZ1000ES
  17. Best in Class – $5000-$25,000 Value Home Theater: Epson LS10500
  18. Best in Class – $5000-$25,000 Value Home Theater: Sony VPL-VW385ES
  19. Best in Class – $5000-$25,000 Performance Home Entertainment: Optoma UHZ65
  20. 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Winners – Charts
  21. 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report – Non-Winners Under $1000 Class
  22. 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report – Non-Winners $1000-$2500 Class
  23. 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report – Non-Winners $2500-$5000 Class
  24. 2018 Best Home Theater Projectors Report – Non-Winners $5000-$25,000 Class

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