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Should You Buy a Viewsonic Projector?

Matthew
Updated 20 October 2020
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should you buy a Viewsonic Projector?

Viewsonic is one of the most popular projector brands as well as being well known for its PC monitors, TVs and camcorders.

We've collated all the key information on Viewsonic projectors in this handy guide. We've analysed over 21,000 user and expert reviews and 640+ awards from hundreds of different review sites on over 2,600 projectors to impartially compare each projector brand.

Viewsonic are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning projectors. Their projectors start at $150 for the PJD5155 which has a noise level of 34dB, is a projector that has a 22000:1 contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA) and go up to $3,300 for the LS830 which has a noise level of 32dB, is a projector that has a high contrast ratio and a projector that has a resolution of 1920 x 1080 (1080p). The average price of a new Viewsonic projector is $999.

Viewsonic are recognised for their wide selection of mid-range and award winning projectors.

Is Viewsonic the Best Projector Brand?

So are Viewsonic projectors any good? We give every projector a Kagoo Score by analysing its specs, reviews and prices and comparing this to its competitors. By aggregating this data across all projectors we are able to impartially rank all the projector brands.

Viewsonic is ranked the No. 4 best projector brand.

Our detailed analysis taking into account all of the above factors found that Viewsonic is the 4th best projector brand out there.

#1
Japan
95%
95%
141 reviews
#2
Japan
95%
95%
607 reviews
#3
Taiwan
93%
93%
395 reviews
#4
Taiwan
92%
92%
218 reviews
#5
Taiwan
92%
92%
593 reviews
#6
NEC
Japan
90%
90%
22 reviews
#7
Taiwan
86%
86%
236 reviews
#8
LG
South Korea
80%
80%
174 reviews
#9
Taiwan
71%
71%
6 reviews
#10
69%
69%
14 reviews
#11
Netherlands
69%
69%
38 reviews
#12
United States
69%
69%
5 reviews
#13
Japan
66%
66%
1 review
#14
Asus
Taiwan
64%
64%
75 reviews
#15
63%
63%
3 reviews
#16
Japan
62%
62%
0 reviews
#17
AAXA Technologies
62%
62%
0 reviews
#18
Pyle
61%
61%
1 review
#19
Gigabyte
61%
61%
0 reviews
#20
Anker
61%
61%
58 reviews
#21
Kodak
59%
59%
0 reviews
#22
Christie
59%
59%
0 reviews
#23
Irulu
58%
58%
0 reviews
#24
XGIMI
56%
56%
10 reviews
#25
Japan
56%
56%
6 reviews
#26
56%
56%
0 reviews
#27
Nebula
56%
56%
3 reviews
#28
56%
56%
0 reviews
#29
Xiaomi
55%
55%
1 review
#30
DBPower
55%
55%
0 reviews
#31
Elmo
55%
55%
0 reviews
#32
ZTE
54%
54%
0 reviews
#33
3M
53%
53%
1 review
#34
Maxell
53%
53%
0 reviews
#35
UO
52%
52%
0 reviews

Let's look at how Viewsonic projectors compare to the other projector brands across each of the key facets that make up the Kagoo Score.

Reviews Value for Money Features Popularity Selection Running Costs
All projector Brands
Viewsonic Projectors

Viewsonic have better reviews than the typical projector brand, with the average rating of a Viewsonic projector being 72%. When it comes to energy efficiency the average annual running cost of Viewsonic projector is $17 (based on a person typically using a projector for 5 hours per week), which makes them more efficient than most other projector brands.

The average review score for a Viewsonic projector is 72%.

There's a smaller selection of Viewsonic projectors available compared to other projector brands, with only 41 Viewsonic projectors currently on the market in the US. Viewsonic projectors also tend to be cheaper than most other projector brands however they are still a less popular choice with consumers.

No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$1,440
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $20,499
Price Distribution of All Projectors
No. Of Projectors
Average Price
$999
$0 $500 $1,000 $1,500 $2,000 $2,500 $3,000 $3,500 $4,000 $4,500 $17,499
Price Distribution of Viewsonic Projectors

What Do the Viewsonic Projector Reviews Say?

We've added up all the reviews for every Viewsonic projector to work out the average distribution of reviews for Viewsonic and then compared this to the other projector brands.

Viewsonic logo

Expert Reviews

5 stars
27
4 stars
48
3 stars
18
2 stars
3
1 star
0
Viewsonic logo

User Reviews

5 stars
392
4 stars
88
3 stars
27
2 stars
14
1 star
27
Viewsonic has a lower proportion of 4 and 5 star expert and user reviews for its projectors than most other brands.

Over 78% of expert reviews and 88% of user reviews for Viewsonic projectors are 4 stars or higher. This compares to 84% and 88% respectively across all Projector brands.

Purchasers of Viewsonic projectors frequently mentioned that the product had a superior high def picture, was easy to use and had a good price. Their projectors have also won 30+ awards.

In the table below we compare the average review score given to Viewsonic projectors by some of the most popular technology review sites against their reviews for other projector brands. The best review score from each review source is highlighted in green.

Average Review Score Benq Optoma Acer Epson Sony Viewsonic
PC Mag logo
71%
40 reviews
71%
20 reviews
68%
17 reviews
78%
38 reviews
80%
1 review
72%
17 reviews
projectorcentral.com logo
93%
19 reviews
94%
19 reviews
87%
12 reviews
96%
14 reviews
95%
7 reviews
96%
11 reviews
Lydogbilde.no logo
81%
23 reviews
67%
9 reviews
67%
6 reviews
70%
4 reviews
85%
29 reviews
hifitest.de logo
84%
20 reviews
82%
17 reviews
79%
7 reviews
85%
2 reviews
85%
6 reviews
74%
7 reviews
Techradar logo
79%
14 reviews
80%
18 reviews
70%
2 reviews
84%
10 reviews
85%
8 reviews
80%
4 reviews
Trusted Reviews logo
78%
15 reviews
78%
15 reviews
77%
9 reviews
87%
3 reviews
91%
9 reviews
70%
2 reviews
avforums.com logo
74%
14 reviews
74%
9 reviews
67%
3 reviews
80%
2 reviews
86%
10 reviews
50%
1 review
IT Reviews.com logo
64%
14 reviews
62%
9 reviews
60%
3 reviews
74%
7 reviews
70%
4 reviews
Les Numeriques.com logo
85%
8 reviews
73%
8 reviews
63%
7 reviews
80%
2 reviews
100%
2 reviews
68%
5 reviews
whathifi.com logo
78%
8 reviews
83%
8 reviews
60%
1 review
85%
4 reviews
96%
9 reviews
60%
1 review
Expert Reviews logo
72%
10 reviews
92%
5 reviews
67%
6 reviews
84%
5 reviews
95%
4 reviews
80%
1 review
benchmark.pl logo
89%
8 reviews
87%
14 reviews
87%
3 reviews
89%
4 reviews
100%
1 review
01net.com logo
82%
9 reviews
64%
5 reviews
63%
6 reviews
70%
2 reviews
78%
5 reviews
60%
1 review
homecinemachoice.com logo
83%
4 reviews
82%
5 reviews
80%
5 reviews
85%
2 reviews
93%
9 reviews
audiovideohd.fr logo
83%
7 reviews
76%
5 reviews
78%
6 reviews
95%
2 reviews
90%
1 review
40%
2 reviews
CNET.com logo
80%
2 reviews
69%
12 reviews
77%
4 reviews
71%
4 reviews
altomdata.dk logo
78%
6 reviews
83%
3 reviews
82%
6 reviews
80%
3 reviews
80%
3 reviews
soundandvision.com logo
71%
5 reviews
73%
2 reviews
73%
1 review
77%
4 reviews
83%
9 reviews
lite-magazin.de logo
98%
12 reviews
97%
3 reviews
92%
6 reviews
audiovision.de logo
72%
7 reviews
76%
4 reviews
72%
5 reviews
89%
5 reviews
Other Expert Sites
69%
189 reviews
71%
86 reviews
72%
106 reviews
69%
93 reviews
75%
72 reviews
62%
34 reviews
Average
79%
432 reviews
77%
263 reviews
73%
214 reviews
81%
213 reviews
88%
194 reviews
70%
100 reviews

How Many Industry Awards Have Viewsonic Projectors Received?

After checking thousands of expert review websites we found 35 industry awards for Viewsonic projectors. The table below compares the number of awards received by Viewsonic to other popular projector brands. The largest number of awards provided by each review source is highlighted in green.

Viewsonic has won 35 awards for its projectors.

Compare all award winning projectors

Number of Awards Benq Optoma Acer Epson Sony Viewsonic
projectorcentral.com logo
11
12
6
13
6
9
projectorreviews.com logo
5
5
2
25
14
6
Trusted Reviews logo
5
7
2
3
8
avforums.com logo
7
6
2
10
Lydogbilde.no logo
13
2
8
audiovision.de logo
5
4
6
5
homecinemachoice.com logo
3
5
2
2
7
PC Mag logo
2
1
15
1
Techradar logo
5
6
4
2
soundandvision.com logo
2
1
1
3
8
Expert Reviews logo
2
4
1
2
4
01net.com logo
5
1
3
1
3
altomdata.dk logo
3
2
5
2
1
benchmark.pl logo
1
8
1
2
ddworld.cz logo
7
4
f1cd.ru logo
10
insideci.co.uk logo
2
7
lite-magazin.de logo
4
1
3
Les Numeriques.com logo
3
1
1
2
Digital Versus logo
3
1
3
Other Expert Sites
36
10
11
31
10
14
Total
130
77
43
105
102
35

How Reliable Are Viewsonic Projectors?

We checked over 21,000 reviews to find comments about the reliability of Viewsonic projectors. over 40 of these reviews mention reliability of which 84% were positive. Therefore the vast majority of Viewsonic projector owners and reviewers thought the product was reliable.

84% of reviewers think Viewsonic projectors are reliable.

So, most people think that Viewsonic projectors are good quality. Now let's take a look at some of the reviews for Viewsonic projectors that mention reliability:

RELIABLE

reliable delivery from Amazon as expected
Amazon
The built in speaker is great
amazon.co.uk

NOT RELIABLE

the new unit was broken on delivery
amazon.co.uk
I am not impressed with the unit's reliability I have used it a total of 8 times (17 hours total
Bhphotovideo.com
Not built for loud outdoor viewing
Amazon
Immediately broke after warranty - DO NOT BUY this JUNK
Bestbuy.com

What is the Best Mid-Range Viewsonic Projector?

Viewsonic PS501W

$554.84
Antonline
Viewsonic PS501W
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Viewsonic PS501W
WXGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
3,400 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
5,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
200W
LAMP POWER
0.6:1
THROW RATIO
$56
OVER 5 YEARS

A great mid range choice, priced at $554.84 is the Viewsonic PS501W, which has a Kagoo Score of 88.

Features We Love:
High contrast ratio (22000:1)
Quieter than average noise level (32dB)
Supports 3D
Long service life of lamp (5,000h)
Built-in speaker

The highest scoring 3D projector around, with a very good spec and a fair price. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and a service life of lamp of 5,000h and supports 3D. Multiple reviews mentioned that it has good picture quality.

96
Reviews
4 Reviews
86
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
86
Value for Money
Very Good
95
Running Costs
$56 Over 5 Years
88
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Multiple reviews mentioned that Viewsonic PS501W has outstanding user reviews with 100% of buyers recommending this projector to others.

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The Viewsonic PS501W is 292mm wide, 115mm tall, 236mm deep and weighs 2.6kg.

Viewsonic PS501W front view
Viewsonic PS501W top view

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What is the Best High End Viewsonic Projector?

Viewsonic LS850WU

$3,298.98
Target PC Inc 1-888-311-4455
Viewsonic LS850WU
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Viewsonic LS850WU
WUXGA
RESOLUTION
32dB
5,000 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
20,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE
$91
OVER 5 YEARS

If you're looking for a high end Viewsonic projector then the Viewsonic LS850WU takes some beating. It has a Kagoo Score of 74, but is a bit more expensive at $3,298.98.

Features We Love:
Ultra high contrast ratio (3000000:1)
Quieter than average noise level (32dB)
Bright projector brightness (5,000 ANSI lumens)
Handheld remote control
Long service life of lamp (20,000h)

An economical to run and fully featured WUXGA average noise level projector. It has a built-in speaker, a handheld remote control and an Ethernet LAN and supports full HD.

80
Features
Fully-Featured
69
Popularity
A Less Popular Choice
62
Value for Money
Good
75
Running Costs
$91 Over 5 Years
74
Kagoo Score
Very Good

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What is the Best Budget Choice Viewsonic Projector?

Viewsonic M1

$194.00
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Viewsonic M1
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Viewsonic M1
WVGA
RESOLUTION
25dB
250 ANSI Lumens
BRIGHTNESS
3,000h
LAMP SERVICE
LIFE

At only $194 and with a Kagoo Score of 83 the Viewsonic M1 makes a great budget choice.

Features We Love:
854 x 480 (WVGA) resolution
Quieter than average noise level (25dB)
Very high contrast ratio (120000:1)
Built-in speaker
Handheld remote control

A staggeringly quiet and multi award winning WVGA very high contrast ratio projector, with a very good spec and a cheap price. It has a handheld remote control, a built-in speaker and a card reader integrated and supports full HD. Customers report that it has superb picture quality and sound quality, and a very good battery life.

91
Reviews
116 Reviews + 5 Awards
83
Features
Fully-Featured
89
Popularity
Widely Available
83
Value for Money
Very Good
83
Kagoo Score
Excellent

Our review analysis indicates that Viewsonic M1 has good expert reviews and good user reviews with an average overall rating of 77%, based on 116 reviews.

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In This Guide
Should You Buy a Viewsonic Projector?
Is Viewsonic the Best Projector Brand?
What Do the Viewsonic Projector Reviews Say?
How Many Industry Awards Have Viewsonic Projectors Received?
How Reliable Are Viewsonic Projectors?
What is the Best Mid-Range Viewsonic Projector?
What is the Best High End Viewsonic Projector?
What is the Best Budget Choice Viewsonic Projector?

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