Viewsonic's LightStream Video Projectors Profiled

Viewsonic PJD7830HDL (top right) - PJD7835HD (bottom left) Lightstream DLP Video Projectors
Viewsonic PJD7830HDL (top right) - PJD7835HD (bottom left) Lightstream DLP Video Projectors. Images provided by Viewsonic

Viewsonic makes both flat-panel displays and video projectors for a variety of markets, but their 2016 LightStream line video projectors (PJD7830HDL and PJD7835HD) are intended to perform well in either business/education setting or as a part of your home theater.

Features/Specifications Overview

First off, although having different model numbers, the projectors are the same except that the PJD7830HDL maximum 3,200 lumens of white light output, and comes in a white cabinet, which the PJD7835HD maximum 3,500 lumens of white light output and comes in a black cabinet.

Both projectors incorporate a single-chip DLP-based design that is supported by 1080p native resolution and a new six-segment color wheel and dynamic lamp control that maintains consistent color in fluctuating lighting conditions (which Viewsonic labels Supercolor), and a 22,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

In addition, the lamp employed in both projectors is rated to run for 3,500 hours in normal mode, and 8,000 in Eco-mode mode. Lamp wattage output is stated as 220 watts for the PJD7830HDL, and 250 watts for the PJD7835HD. Fan noise for both projectors is stated by Viewsonic as 32db in normal mode and 28 db in ECO mode.

Both models are designed to project images from 30 to 300 inches in size, and to make projector screen setup easier, both projectors provide manual zoom and focus, as well as both vertical and horizontal keystone correction. However, optical lens shift is not included.

2D and 3D viewing options from Blu-ray Disc Player and PC sources is provided (glasses require optional purchase).

Additional features include a complete complement of analog and digital video inputs, including 2 HDMI. One of the HDM inputs also MHL-enabled, which allows for connection of compatible portable devices, such as many smartphones and tablets, as well as the MHL version of the Roku Streaming stick.

Additional connection options include 1 Composite, 1 VGA PC monitor input, an RS-232 connection for custom control applications, and 2 audio inputs (the projectors have a built-in 16 watt mono speaker system) and and audio output for connection to an external audio system (best option for a full home theater surround sound experience) - the audio input and output use 3.5mm connectors.

Innovative Physical Design

In addition to the emphasis on image quality, practical connectivity, and audio capability, Viewsonic has also incorporated some innovative physical design features.

PortAll - A hidden compartment with a removable cover is provided on one side of that hides the MHL-HDMI port so that plug in MHL devices, such as the MHL version of the Roku Streaming Stick or Viewsonic's optional Wifi dongle can be plugged in securely and not stick out of the projector where it could be hit or damaged.

Cable Management Hood - Just as its name indicates, Viewsonic provides a detachable hood that mounts on the right of the projector, allow users to hide all that cable connection clutter that has a tendency to hang out the back of the projector.

The combination of high brightness capability, connectivity options, and sleek cabinet design certain make the Viewsonic PJD7830HDL and PJD7835HD worth checking out.