As someone paid to be critical of picture quality, color accuracy, etc., it’s hard not to notice less than excellent performance, so it’s easy to criticize the 7828HDL, or for that matter most projectors under about $2000.
But consider that this projector costs about the same as an average, (not a great, or particularly bright) 65” LCD TV. Yet, in most rooms it can put up an image that is 3 times the square footage. With some decent lighting control, you can enjoy watching a 100” or even a 120” diagonal image, no problem. And some respectable 3D as well. 3D just isn't as much fun on smaller sets, which is why less and less LCD TVs are offering 3D, while 3D remains a standard feature on most projectors for home, regardless of price point.
The Viewsonic won’t be my first choice as a movie projector but does just fine with sports and most traditional TV. (I’d consider the production qualities of a program like Game of Thrones to be more “movie like” than TV.
As I already mentioned, the Viewsonic has plenty of brightness to handle sports well, even with more than modest ambient light. In bright rooms, though, remember, that it is important to pair with the right screen.
Bottom Line: The PJD7828HDL is a bright entry level home entertainment projector with a good feature set, that can deliver on the big screen experience, and please most folks. But, it’s still an entry level projector when it comes to overall picture quality. That makes it right at home with most of the competition. Note: want potentially more accurate color – post adjustment? You could consider competitors like the Epson 2xxx series, or BenQ’s HT2050. The BenQ although isn’t near as bright, and the Epson 2040/2045 (being closed out at about the same price as the Viewsonic), while having better color, is no match at black levels for movie viewing.
When we talk entry level – there are always trade offs! That said, this Viewsonic performs well in terms of overall picture quality per dollar spent.