ViewSonic PJ503D : Review of an affordable/cheap projector

Viewsonic PJ503D review

The ViewSonic PJ503D projector
The ViewSonic PJ503D projector

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 The Viewsonic PJ503D is an entry level projector intended primarily for standard video uses (thus not in high definition). The native definition is SVGA 800 x 600 pixels, suitable for TVs and DVD players. Expandable in compression mode to SXGA (1280 x 1024 pixels), it is also compatible with the projections of Windows documents (such as a PowerPoint file for example).

The greatest strength of this projector is its low price, partly due to its relatively low resolution display and partly because of it's fairly limited number of input/output connectors. But these shortcomings are not too restricting for an entry level projector and are greatly outweighted by the low cost of the device.

The PJ503D comes with a remote control
The PJ503D comes with a remote control

 The PJ503D is based on Texas Instrument's DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology. The projector has a brightness of 1500 ANSI Lumens and a contrast ratio of 2000:1.

Electronic keystone correction (+/– 7 vertical degrees) maintains a squared image (a distorted image results from a misalignment of the axis going from the projector to the screen). Screen geometry and color adjustments are made via an easy-to-use, on-screen menu.

Whisper-mode extends lamp life and reduce noise output.

The projector uses automatic signal detection to reduce setup times.

The PJ503D comes with a remote control.



Technical Specifications

Rear view of the PJ503D
Rear view of the PJ503D

Resolution: SVGA (800 x 600)

Brightness: 1500 ANSI Lumens

Contrast Ratio: 2000:1

Aspect Ratio: 4:3 Native/16:9 Compatible

Display Technology: DLP (0.55" DMD)

Data Signals:

  • Mac® Analog: to SXGA (may require a Mac adapter)
  • PC Analog: VGA to SXGA (scaled)
  • HDTV (480i/p, 576i/p, 720p, 1080i)

H Sync / V Sync: 30 - 100 kHz / 50 - 87 Hz

Inputs: RS-232, USB, S-Video




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