Pro8200 Lamp Life
Hello, lamp life! Viewsonic makes one of the best lamp life claims yet, short of an LED light source. If not the best, darn close. Viewsonic says the Pro8200 projector will get 4000 hours at full power, and 6000 in eco-mode. While I have seen a 5000 claim at full power, and a 7000 hour claim in low power as the best, the Pro8200 also has to be considered as having exceptional lamp life. With many projectors still offering 2000/3000 hour performance, this is a huge advantage.
Figure this way, even if you are using full power, that's 4000 hours. If you watched 40 hours a week, that's still two full years off of one lamp. For most people, usage is a lot less (not for me, though), so many will get years, and years out of one lamp. That should help keep cost of ownership down. Hey, if you "only" watch only two or three movies a week on average, the lamp would last a decade.
The audio also can come in handy, if you are using the Pro8200 for home entertainment, and it's not convenient to hook up to a sound system. OK, we're not talking wall shaking bass, so it's not exactly the ideal solution for an action movie, but, still, sound is better than none, and having a pair of 10 watt speakers, is exceptional for a projector of this size. Note, with a week to Superbowl, I might set up this Pro8200 on the back patio with a portable screen - for the 2nd half of the game (it will be dark enough). It's the built in audio, though, that makes that practical.
The original early Pro8200 produced a lot of loud static when the projector was turned off. This ties to their mode allowing the Mic /audio system to operate with the rest of the projector off. There is a Green mode, that turns off the Mic, which didn't get rid of the static on the first projector, but we had no static problems with the newer firmware. The only time I heard any static, was once, and that was with an hdmi cable the projector just didn't like.
As is not uncommon with portable education and business projectors, this Pro8200 offers a large number of audio inputs (3), and an audio output. You won't find that on normal home theater projectors.