ViewSonic PJD5155 Review

ViewSonic is an electronics company that’s specialized in displays and projectors. They are most known for their business oriented products but they can also be bought from stores. And their number one selling point is reliability. Even their lower end projectors are known for their high quality. One of such is the ViewSonic PJD5155, which is a basic projector designed for businesses and schools. It’s a budget option for companies that need a simple data projector. So let’s see how it performs.

Technical Specification

  • Dimensions: 316×228×104 mm / 12.4×9×4.1″
  • Native Resolution: 800×600
  • Supported Resolution: 1600×1200
  • Screen Size: 30″ – 300″
  • Projection Distance: 1.0m – 8m / 3.3ft – 32.8ft
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3, 16:9
  • Brightness: 3300 Lumens

In The Box

  • ViewSonic PJD5155 projector
  • Remote control
  • Power cable
  • VGA cable

Design

Like I mentioned before, ViewSonic is known for their high quality. And that can also be said about the PJD5155! The projector has a very nice and professional looking design. It’s made out of plastic but it looks like brushed aluminium from a far. Which is something that I’m personally a fan of.

The projector has an outside dimension of 316×228×104 mm / 12.4×9×4.1″ and it weighs 2.1 kg / 4.6 lbs. So it’s still portable enough in case you need to move it between different rooms. It also comes with a small adjustable foot underneath the projector. It resembles of a small screw and you use it to add an angle to the projector. It’s pretty basic but it works really well.

ViewSonic PJD5155 Design

As you can see from the image above, the top side of the projector has two rings for adjusting the zoom and focus of the image. This is manually adjustable based on the size and distance. There is also a panel of buttons that you can use to configure the projector if you don’t have the remote control near you. The front side is pretty basic. There’s the projection lens and a small strip which holds the IR remote sensor.

The back side is where all the ports are at. Those include HDMI, 2x VGA IN, S-Video, Composite Video and 1x VGA OUT for video connectivity. There is also the Audio IN/OUT port if you want to connect it to speakers or any other audio device. There are definitely enough ports on the ViewSonic PJD5155. I haven’t once felt like something is missing. Sure it would be nice to have a USB 3.0 slot as well so you could display images straight from a USB flash drive. But realistically speaking, the projector will be connected to a computer most of the time anyways so you can just plug it in there. But other than that, there’s really nothing to criticize when it comes to the design or build quality.

Image Quality

The ViewSonic PJD5155 is a data projector so it’s not designed for watching movies or playing games. And that’s something to consider because it affects the resolution and image quality. The PJD5155 has an 800×600 resolution which has the 4:3 screen ratio. This isn’t the standard 16:9 widescreen ratio that most movies are displayed in. So that’s one thing to point out. The resolution itself is fine for displaying data. It works really well with PowerPoint slides and presentations.

The image quality is pretty impressive when it comes to displaying presentations. It makes the text look sharp and it’s also really easy to read it. That’s mostly thanks to the impressive contrast that makes the black color extremely well defined on clear white backgrounds. For a data projector, the colors are definitely very nice and vibrant. Now while watching movies or videos on the other hand, you start to notice parts that aren’t that good. For example more vibrant colors such as yellows and reds are often on the dull side. So I can’t really blame ViewSonic for that as it’s not what the PJD5155 is designed for.

But it’s definitely not as bad as it sounds. The image still sharp and clear so it’s not bad for movies either. You can check out the video above to see what the quality is like.

Brightness

Brightness is one of the most important properties of a business projector. That’s because business environments are never fully dark. They require a projector that also works in relatively bright rooms. And that’s exactly what ViewSonic has designed the PJD5155 for. It has a 3300 lumen bulb that is bright enough to work in natural light as well. It works really well in even fully lit rooms and image is still clear and the text readable. I do want to point out that there is some slight fading if you are using fluorescent lights. But it’s nothing much.

Conclusion

Overall the ViewSonic PJD5155 is a fantastic projector for displaying presentations. It’s what it’s designed for and the image quality showcases that. Everything is sharp and the text is nice and readable. Plus it has a decent projection distance of 1.0 m – 8 m / 3.3 ft – 32.8 ft, which should be enough for most people. That combined with the fantastic quality and a modest price tag make it a well valued data projector for both businesses and schools!

7.7 Total Score
Good

The best valued projector for presentations!

Design
8
Build Quality
9.5
Resolution
6
Image Quality
7
Brightness
7.5
Value
8
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