Review: ViewSonic PJD5533W Projector

Mini Projector:
ViewSonic
Version:
PJD5533W

Reviewed by:
Rating:
2.5
On March 29, 2017
Last modified:March 20, 2017

Summary:

Aside from the lackluster lumens and poor sound quality, and missing Wifi and memory card options, the ViewSonic PJD5533W projector is a great first projector. You have DLP link technology, 6000 hours of lamp life, Eco Mode, and 1280 x 800 native resolution at your disposal. We don’t highly suggest it for business use though. You are better off with another projector with the same and even less $600 price tag.

With thousands of projectors available online, the world of projectors has become even more confusing for everyone. To give you an idea on what you should and shouldn’t be investing your hard-earned money on, we will be shedding some light on the popular ViewSonic PJD5533W projector for this week.

Controls and Design

Upon sight, the ViewSonic PJD5533W sports a box design with the standard “it’s-not-boring” black color. To make it stand a little more, its sides feature ridge-like horizontal lines, creating a sleek and modern industrial design.

Critical components such as projector lens, vent, and IR remote sensor are all situated up front. The control panel, as well as the zoom ring and focus ring are found on the top of the projector for accessibility. The control buttons are encapsulated in a rectangular design. The keys aren’t level with the surface area of the projector so you can avoid accidentally changing the settings.

So where are the ports? HDMI, AC Power, Kensignton Lock Slot, Audio In/Out, VGA, Video, and RS-232 are systematically laid out the at back portion of the projector.

This ViewSonic PJD5533W projector is considerably smaller than other projectors thanks to its 3.3inch measurement. It is also portable and lightweight at 4.6 pounds weight – it’s as heavy as some small laptop models out in the market today. Unfortunately, it’s lack of built-in battery means that you need a steady power supply to continuously use this device. Basically, you can’t take it outdoors or when you are on the go.

To sum it all up, there’s nothing special with the design of the ViewSonic PJD5533W. It has a standard color and design as other projectors. The power supply is also a great concern but if you are just going to use it at home, it wouldn’t matter. What we do like is the flushed control buttons.

Your Viewing Pleasure

On paper, the ViewSonic PJD5533W boasts a native resolution of 1280×800 widescreen native resolution. It also comes with a 2800 lumens rating and a 15000:1 contrast. Visually, these two critical features provide decent sharp image output, suitable for home, office, and school use.

We are just a bit disappointed with the lumens rating. Don’t get us wrong, this ViewSonic projector can satisfy your projection needs but not to its fullest – the brightness is just too dim for us. It’s a shame that its equipped Digital Light Processing (DLP) and Brilliant Core technologies are all put to waste because of the lumens. If they only increased it to 4,000, it would have been much better. Some buyers reported rainbow effect especially when viewing videos but we weren’t able to duplicate it.

Connectivity options

As we’ve mentioned above, the ports are found at the back. Almost all type of ports are supported by this ViewSonic projector model. You will get an HDMI, VGA, Monitor Out, and Mini B USB. Sad to say, you can’t insert your micro-SD because it doesn’t have a dedicated memory card slot. Another setback of this $600 projector is it doesn’t support WiFi. That’s right, you can’t go cable-free.

Other features

The ViewSonic PJD5533W also comes with its own built-in speaker. Unfortunately, it’s not enough to hear anything. You need to sit very closely to pick-up the sound – it’s just a single 2W speaker after all. We suggest connecting your own sound system to its audio out port and you’re all good.

Surprisingly, the ViewSonic PJD5533W projector is already 3D ready thanks to its DLP technology. However, you need to purchase the DLP-link 3D glasses separately. A pair can cost you around $20 or more – the price highly depends on the brand that you are getting. If you don’t mind getting a pair, you can fully take advantage the projector’s 3D feature.

How about its lamp life? It can last up to approximately 6000 hours. Factors like usage can affect the estimated lamp life. Another great feature of this particular ViewSonic projector is its Eco-mode function. This built-in feature reduces the brightness (about 20%), extending the projector’s lamp life and lowering power consumption.

What’s Included in The Box

  • ViewSonic PJD5533w projector
  • Power cord
  • VGA cable
  • Remote control with batteries
  • Quick start guide
  • ViewSonic Wizard CD (with User Guide)

Specifications

  • 2,800 ANSI lumens
  • 1280×800 native resolution
  • BrilliantColor technology for lifelike display
  • 3D Blu-ray ready with HDMI
  • Long lamp life up to 6,000 hours*
  • Eco-mode function
  • Weighs about 4.6 pounds
  • Compact design measuring 8.7 x 10.5 x 3.3 inches

 

Aside from the lackluster lumens and poor sound quality, and missing Wifi and memory card options, the ViewSonic PJD5533W projector is a great first projector. You have DLP link technology, 6000 hours of lamp life, Eco Mode, and 1280 x 800 native resolution at your disposal. We don’t highly suggest it for business use though. You are better off with another projector with the same and even less $600 price tag.

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