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Viewsonic PRO8520HD Projector

8000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 34dB 5,000 ANSI Lumens Dec 2012
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date $112.97 Electricity cost over 5 years
Viewsonic projectors have excellent reviews
Does not have good technical guidance
Does not have good sound quality

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Reviews

Viewsonic Projectors Have Excellent Reviews

We checked the user and expert reviews of hundreds of projectors to determine an average rating for each projector manufacturer. On average multimedia projectors manufactured by Viewsonic have excellent ratings from experts and users. 100% of those that bought a Viewsonic projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The PRO8520HD has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other data projectors of this age and spec.

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Weight & Dimensions

Not Good Structurally

One owner said in their reviews that this projector was not good structurally. Bestbuy.com said in their review of this projector “Flimsy construction - back panel connectors wobble a lot”.


Support

Does Not Have Good Technical Guidance

Four owners considered that the product did not have good technical guidance. Bestbuy.com wrote “A couple bad page references in manual (I'm nitpicking here” . Bestbuy.com also said “Clunky Manual Focus Ring” in their review. Bestbuy.com also said “The first reply does not help so you continue clarifying the issue” in their review.


Features

Good Features

Eight customers considered that it had good features. Bestbuy.com wrote “All the bells and whistles you could want” in their Viewsonic PRO8520HD review. Bestbuy.com also said “Overclocking features is superb” in their review. Bestbuy.com also wrote “Lots of features” in their review.


Lamps

Very Big Bulb Power

The bulb power of the Viewsonic PRO8520HD of 350 Watts is one of the biggest amongst multimedia projectors of this age and spec. Across all the multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as this projector the bulb powers range from 240W to 350W, and the average bulb power is 280W.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

With a service life of lamp of only 2,500 hours, the PRO8520HD has one of the shorter service life of lamps amongst 8000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age. The shortest service life of lamp of data projectors of a similar age and type to this projector is 2,500h and the longest is 20,000h.

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Certificates

RoHS Compliance

RoHS compliance

The PRO8520HD is RoHS compliance. Most of the other projectors of this age and spec also are RoHS compliance.

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Networking

Has an Ethernet LAN

The PRO8520HD has an Ethernet LAN. Most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this multimedia projector also have an Ethernet LAN.

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Performance

Very Quiet Noise Level

With a noise level of only 34 decibels, the PRO8520HD has one of the quieter noise levels amongst projectors of this age. 8000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been around for a comparable time to this multimedia projector have noise levels of between 33dB and 40dB, and the average noise level is 36dB.

Alternative projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Sony VPL-FHZ55 ($1,465.42) (40dB) which also has a higher rating.

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Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

The PRO8520HD has an On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other projectors of this spec and age also have an On Screen Display (OSD).

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Good Standard Def Image

One customer thought the product was good at displaying standard definition TV.

Good Remote Control

One owner mentioned in their reviews that this projector had a good remote control.

Good Picture Quality

Seven customers who reviewed it considered that it had good picture quality. Bestbuy.com wrote in April last year “I think the night vision works OK” in their Viewsonic PRO8520HD review yet they only scored it 15.2 out of 100. Bestbuy.com also wrote “Automatically switches to night vision” in their review. Bestbuy.com also said “Plenty of ports and slots for multiple graphics cards, SATA devices” in their review.

One person who purchased it concluded that it had a flickering image. Bestbuy.com mentioned in their review of the Viewsonic PRO8520HD “I know that a lot of monitor will flicker when hooked up to a security system because the output my not be exacted 60HZ.” but despite that they gave it a score of 15.2 out of 100.

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Does Not Have Good Sound Quality

Five owners reckoned that it did not have good sound quality. Last year Bestbuy.com wrote “If a board has decent built-in video and sound, there is not much need for so many”. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Weak Audio Passthrough” in their review. Bestbuy.com also wrote “Except working audio” in their review.


Projector

Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

At 5,000 ANSI lumens, the Viewsonic PRO8520HD has a fairly bright projector brightness compared to most of the other data projectors of a comparable type and age to this multimedia projector. Multimedia projectors of this type and age have projector brightnesses of between 2,600 ANSI lumens and 7,000 ANSI lumens.

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1080p (1920x1080) Resolution

This projector has a projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), which is typical of many data projectors of a similar type and age to it.

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Power

Good in Terms of Power Usage

Three customers who reviewed it considered that it was good in terms of power usage. Bestbuy.com said in their review of this projector “Energy Efficient” but in spite of that they gave it a rating of 1 stars.


Design

Good Looking

Three customers who purchased the Viewsonic PRO8520HD considered that it was good looking. Bestbuy.com wrote in their Viewsonic PRO8520HD review “Pretty shiny I think the back even lights up so you can see your connections” . Bestbuy.com also wrote “Bright Beautiful Image” in their review. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Finally got my machine put together and this board seems pretty solid” in their review.

Good Quality

Six customers who reviewed the product reckoned that it was good quality. Last year Bestbuy.com mentioned “Great picture quality” but despite that they gave it a rating of 15.2 out of 100. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Good picture quality for the money, 720p, Android app seems to work fine for me (EdiView II) despite all the bad reviews in the app store” in their review. Bestbuy.com also wrote “The video quality is great” in their review.

Easy to Use

Four people who reviewed the Viewsonic PRO8520HD thought it was easy to use. Last year Bestbuy.com wrote “Intuitive Controls” in their review of this projector but despite that they gave it a rating of 1 stars. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Easy to use” in their review.

One person reckoned that it was easy to use the menus. One owner who reviewed the product considered that it was easy to assemble. Bestbuy.com wrote “Very easy to assemble and set up” in their review of this projector.

One customer concluded that this projector was easy to setup.

One person thought it had a good interface. Bestbuy.com wrote in their Viewsonic PRO8520HD review “Technology changes quickly so its hard to know exactly how everything will interface over a 4 y” however they gave the product a rating of 1 stars.

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Well Made

Seven customers reckoned that the product was well made. In April last year Bestbuy.com said “The card has a solid build, comes with clear manuals, good packaging” in their Viewsonic PRO8520HD review. Bestbuy.com also wrote “I have made a build with this motherboard together with Seasonic Platium Power Supply” in their review. Bestbuy.com also wrote “The camera is solidly built, confident it could withstand a drop” in their review.

Three people who purchased it thought it was strong and durable. Bestbuy.com mentioned “Durable Hardware” in their Viewsonic PRO8520HD review yet they gave the product a rating of 15.2 out of 100. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “It is too good to be true, see below) From this killer gaming nic to the robust audio options, great connectivit” in their review. Bestbuy.com also wrote “The motherboard was an easy install due to its great durability” in their review.

Two customers wrote in their reviews that this projector was reliable. Bestbuy.com mentioned “Nice and reliable” in their review of the Viewsonic PRO8520HD. Bestbuy.com also said “Reliable Performance” in their review.

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Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The PRO8520HD has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other data projectors of this age and spec.

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Video

Supports Full HD

The PRO8520HD supports full HD, unlike most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as this multimedia projector which do not support full HD.

There are a number of other data projectors which support full HD currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Sony VPL-FHZ55 ($1,465.42).

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Smart TV

Email Functionality

One owner mentioned in their reviews that it had email functionality. Bestbuy.com wrote in their review of the Viewsonic PRO8520HD in April last year “Able to email alert snapshots” .


Audio

Noisy

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Bestbuy.com said “Loud And Hot”.

Unacceptable Noise Level

One owner who reviewed it reckoned that it was noisy. Bestbuy.com said “Loud And Hot”.


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This 8000:1 contrast ratio projector was released in April 2017.


Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00766907644715, 00846829711358, 05054629303313, 07669076447152

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