Posted on March 19, 2015
Affordable Viewsonic PJD7822HDL Home Entertainment – Business Portable 1080p Projector – Replaces ground breaking predecessor
This PJD7822HD has recently (Fall 2017) been replaced by a newer model, the PJD7828HDL. Viewsonic is sending us the newer model in October 2017, so look for that review, once posted. We expect the newer model to replace the PJD7822HD on our 15 Best Home Theater Projectors list.
This Viewsonic projector has an MSRP of $789, but typically sells for a good bit less. I think it a little more than two years ago, that Viewsonic announced the PJD7822HDL’s predecessor, the PJD7820HD.
I don’t recall if the announcement was at CES 2013 in January, or Infocomm 2013 in June, but we reviewed it in August 2013. When announced the older 7820 was perhaps the most talked about projector at other manufacturer’s booths. The commentary was something like this: What on earth are they doing introducing a 1080p projector for $899. Everyone else is introducing their lowest cost 1080p projectors around $1999! How are they going to make any money?
Well, I don’t know if they made a lot of money, but the projector has proved very popular. While overall, both old and new are “crossover” projectors – have much of their design in common with business portable projectors, and neither are serious home theater projectors, the older 7820HD brought 1080p resolution into people’s homes for under $1000 when virtually all the alternatives were at least 50% more expensive.
This time around, Viewsonic has introduced a newer version of that old breakthrough projector, and it’s still about as inexpensive as 1080p projectors get, but this time, Viewsonic has some real competition around its price point.
Speaking of which, street price seems to be – at least for the moment, at $699 based on a quick scan of online pricing. That’s not going to set any records. BenQ’s HT1075, replacing it’s end of life W1070 is perhaps a couple hundred d0llars more. We discus in this review an Optoma with 1080p resolution, that’s $100 less. Of course they have different feature sets, and wildly different warranties, but the point is, there’s more competition for this new Viewsonic. It seems to be up to the challenge.
So, you want to know more? The PJD7822HDL is a bit brighter than it’s predecessor, now claiming 3200 lumens up from 3000. Although it lacks MHL on its HDMI ports, thanks to a powered USB port it will work with Roku sticks, Chromecast, Amazon Fire Stick etc, to stream live from the internet.
Lamp life has been improved as well. 5000 hours at full power is about as good as it gets without buying a more expensive projector with a laser or LED light engine. (Viewsonic makes the HD91, for example, which is a major step up and sports an LED light source.)
This Viewsonic makes a nice, compact home entertainment projector but can easily double as a portable business projector. It’s got the resolution (better than most business portables, 3200 lumens, built in speakers, zoom lens and weighs in at just slightly over 4.5 pounds. Very road warrior suitable!
As a home entertainment projector it’s got the brightness to handle most non-theater type rooms like a living room or family room, especially when paired with a suitable screen. Gamers will find this Viewsonic projector’s lag times to be really good, so the PJD7822 should be popular with them. And it is, after all, small enough and light enough to slip into a backpack to take it to a friends for an afternoon of WOW or COD, or Madden Football.
Here’s a quick list of the projetor’s highlights – many already mentioned, and then we can start discussing some of the “special features.”
On the next page we discuss some of the key features
Hi! I am really impressed with your website and thorough reviews! I have had a somewhat difficult time trying to nail down a projector to purchase and I believe I have narrowed the selection to the ViewSonic PJD5555W or the ViewSonic PJD7822HDL (as reviewed above). I travel for work and am generally lodged in either extended-stay style hotels or in furnished apartments. Renting a television is annoying, as is carting one around. And frankly, I generally don’t need or want cable services. However, I do enjoy Netflix, Blu-ray, etc and have been thinking that a portable, though not necessarily pocket or pico, would fit the bill. Everywhere I go, I have ample amounts of white wall. The projector would be primarily for use for movies and streaming, although, slideshows of family pictures, etc. would also be nice as well as viewing GoPro videos. On rare occasions I may be reliant on this projector to use for a work presentation so the portability aspect of something under 10 lbs would be a plus. I’d also like to use this projector, once in a blue moon, for outdoor viewing at my home (usually the annual Halloween gathering for spooky movies, etc.) but this would not be a primary use. My ability to completely darken the rooms in corporate rentals/hotels is somewhat limited and of course, I will not be mounting the projector or padding walls, etc. I will likely use it with an external powered speaker (Jambox, Bose, etc.). Do you think these two projectors are reasonable choices for an entry level, jack-of-all trades choice? Do you feel that the price increase is warranted on the PJD7822HDL over the PJD5555W? I’d like to spend less than $500 but I am quickly realizing that my demands of the projector will mean spending a bit more money. Are there other projectors I should be considering? Many thanks!
Hi, Ah, always trade-offs. The big advantage of the PJD7822HDL is that it is a true 1080p resolution projector, vs. 720p (or rather WXGA – 1280×800 – the slightly “taller” business equivalent. Neither has MHL for a typical streaming stick, but the 7822 has a powered USB, so there is a work around that will function with some streaming devices. I like the 3 year Viewsonic warranty. You won’t need the higher res for biz, but it’s better for all your “home” activities.
Best alternative choice would be the Epson HC2000 or HC2030, which are 3LCD, two year warranty (with replacement program). Not quite as bright, but as explained in reviews, more color lumens, so when it comes to brightness with good color, the differences aren’t very great, between these 1800/2000 lumen 3LCD and 3200 lumen DLPs. (Still, the DLP’s are a bit brighter). But the Epson’s have true MHL, are moderately small and light (under 6.5 pounds). And 1080p resolution. Epson recently started deals – or a price drop, so the street price is under $600. -art
Thanks!! I should have mentioned I’ll likely be using my laptop rather than a dongle so the MHL is probably not an issue. But the dongle down the road might be nice. The Epson alternatives sound pretty good but so far I think I am overall really impressed by the PJD7822HDL. Just have to pony up the extra bucks :)Best Buy has a sale on the PJD7822HDL right now for $602. Seems hard to beat for all that the machine delivers. The lamp replacement cost of $329 may hurt a bit down the line, though. Hopefully, by that time, the price may have dipped a bit. Appreciate your reply!- Laura
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