Viewsonic Pro9000 Projector - The Bottom Line
We were able to get a good look at the Pro9000 and its feature set, but we are awaiting a full production projector. This engineering sample (pre-production) had a number of issues, some that Viewsonic has said have already been fixed in newer versions of the firmware, and others were being implemented when we discussed what we found with them more than two weeks ago. Over the years, we've reviewed a number of pre-production projectors and are always impressed by all the changes a manufacturer can make in the last few weeks leading up to first deliveries.
With that in mind, we expect the final Pro9000 to meet our expectations. We'll know soon enough.
The User areas had some problems (would not save correctly - fixed we're told). We're also looking for improved color. The projector is capable of some pretty respectable picture quality, but it should be capable of more. We look forward to the promised improvements.
Let's consider the other aspects of this Viewsonic Pro 9000 home theater projector. The projector puts up a sharp image, in part due to being a single chip DLP projector, which means no three color images to converge.
Placement flexibility is classic for a lower cost DLP projector, which means a 1.2:1 manual zoom lens. That does translate to limited front to back placement range, which for a 100" diagonal screen means the projector can be placed from 10 feet and change to 13 feet back. Lens offset is moderate, which should work well in most rooms.
Pro9000 Brightness: Calibrated, the Pro9000 offers almost 450 lumens, plenty for smaller or medium sized screens in your home theater. In its brightest mode, we found 1380 lumens under the hood at maximum. That's well above average. Those almost 1400 lumens are, unfortunately not pretty. It could not be improved, significantly, with the limitations of the User area functioning. One of two User modes is where you end up when you start modifying one of the Preset color modes.
Pro9000 2D Only: A friendly reminder that this Viewsonic projector is not 3D capable. If 3D is your thing, look elsewhere.