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ViewSonic PJD-7835HD Projector Review

Posted on May 12, 2016 by Art Feierman

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ViewSonic PJD7835HD Specs
Price 899
Technology DLP
Native Resolution 1920x1080
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 3500
Contrast 22000
Zoom Lens Ratio 1.36:1
Lens Shift No
Lamp Life 3500
Weight 6.2
Warranty 3 years

PJD7835HD Overview

This review first focuses on the PJD7835 projector for its abilities as a rather lightweight portable, and as a small install projector for schools and businesses. I figure discussing portability makes sense – not just because of the lightweight, but because they went to the trouble to provide a nylon carry case in the box. Projectors that are suitable for both – portability and permanent mounting, are the most common these days, unless you need super bright “heavy metal” projectors designed for large venues.


Viewsonic PJD7835 - Previewing a Powerpoint Presentation

But we won't stop there!  For those of you looking for an affordable, bright room projector for home, you aren't forgotten.  I devote part of this review to  discussing how this Viewsonic projector does as a high brightness entry level home entertainment projector as well, and have a number of images from movies and HDTV as well as those from computers and browsers that are more commercial oriented. I imagine at least some folks are looking for a home projector they can double for work, or vice versa, and I’ll say now, that the PJD7835 most certainly qualifies.

Let’s continue with a bit more overview, and then a list of this Viewsonic’s highlights. From there, we’ll move on to the Special Features page, where there’s a fair amount to cover.

Viewsonic has stayed highly competitive, since those “early days”, not only with the pricing of their projectors, but in that they offer a 3 year warranty on their projectors including the PJ7835, while the bulk of their competition offers only 1 year, (some offer 2 years). Three years coverage under $1000, is mostly unheard of.

Thus, score one for Viewsonic!

This Viewsonic has a pretty good feature set, which we’ll explore at length.   BTW, for those interested, Viewsonic is a US company, based in California.   The PJD7835 uses a TI (Texas Instruments) DLP chip at its heart.

Not only does Viewsonic have HDMI, but it offers one HDMI port with MHL. That’s hardly unique in this day and age, but what they have done is hide that port, so that a streaming stick inserted into it, isn’t visible!

The PJD7835 is one of five current projector models in Viewsonic’s 78xx series.

You probably have noticed that we have the PJD7835HD one of our Hot Product awards.  The reason is straight forward, in that this is an excellent little crossover projector - that is, very good, at a lot of different things.  It's bright, of course, supports MHL, has the big sound needed for gaming, or in the classroom, etc.


Viewsonic PJD7835HD looking really good on one of our test images

Part of the reason is that Viewsonic goes the extra mile, with things like longest standard warranty in the class, cable cover and carry case both included, the optional wireless, 3D with HDMI 1.4 support for Blu-ray 3D, plenty of zoom range... All sub-$1000 projectors are at least somewhat "entry-level" or at least limited in features, but the PJD7835HD puts together an impressive list of capabilities and performance, that makes it especially competitive.  All that translates into it receiving our top "regular" award.  (We have specialty awards given out in our Education and Home Theater reports.)


PJD7835 Handles skin tones very well (movie mode)

As you mentioned, there’s a respectable, rather powerful speaker system on board, multiple pre-set picture modes, also multiple eco modes and more. Heres a round-up of the Viewsonic PJD7835HD’s key highlights (aka features):

PJD7835HD Highlights

  • 3500 white lumens
  • Two HDMI ports
  • Single chip DLP design for sharp image
  • Powerful 16 watt speaker system
  • 2nd HDMI port – called PortAll (with MHL) hides streaming sticks
  • Both HDMIs are HDMI 1.4 for support for major 3D formats
    • 3D Blu-ray requires HDMI 1.4
  • Cable Cover to prevent “cable clutter” (a nice touch)
  • Optional wireless
  • Great 3 year warranty
  • Short Throw zoom lens for placement flexibility
    • Also digital zoom
  • Monitor Out and Audio Out, 2 USB ports
  • Comes with small (but not credit card type)remote – AND carry case
  • Up to 8000 hours lamp life (3000 at full power)
  • Only 6.2 pounds

Time to turn the page, and take a look at some of this Viewsonic PJD-7835HD’s special features.

We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year's Best Classroom Projectors report, in which this projector is considered.

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