ViewSonic LightStream PJD7830HDL Review – Home or Data, Take Your Pick

The ViewSonic LightStream PJD7830HDL is called the crossover model simply because it can be used for either home or data. While there are projectors out in the market that are specifically for either home or data use, Viewsonic introduces the PJD7830HDL with a feature and hardware set that should provide the best of both worlds. It does offer above average performance when handling data, but when it comes to videos, it will depend on how easily you will get annoyed by rainbow artifacts.

ViewSonic LightStream PJD7830HDL Review - Home or Data, Take Your Pick

The ViewSonic LightStream PJD7830HDL is Suitable for Home-Entertainment and Data

For its dimensions, the ViewSonic LightStream PJD7830HDL measures in at 4.3 x 14.3 x 9.1-inches. It has a weight of 6-pounds and 3-ounces. Hence, it is small and lightweight enough to carry with you (if needed), or stow it away when you’re not using it at all. Also, with its dimensions and weight, you can easily take it out of where you’re storing it then set it up quickly.

The LightStream PJD7830HDL is a DLP projector; as such it has a lower color brightness than white brightness. Therefore, any difference between the two can affect overall color quality and reproduction. It can make fully-colored images dimmer than what you would expect, especially when tweaking the white brightness.

it has a brightness rating of 3,200-lumens, which makes it bright enough especially when beaming images in theater-dark lighting. When showing images in moderate ambient lighting, the appropriate size for showing images drops to 145-inches (measured diagonally) as compared to beaming them with a maximum of 299-inches in really dark environments.

When it comes to showing data images, it produces near-excellent quality. Color balance was nearly perfect as the neutral grays are fine from all levels from black to white in almost every mode. Data images produce vibrant and well-saturated colors.

For 2D and 3D videos, your perception of quality depends on how well you see rainbow artifacts or if you don’t find them to be an annoyance. Nonetheless, performance for videos is still excellent, especially in the shadow detail department. Color quality is pretty decent and acceptable. However, skin tones tend to be greener than what they should be.

Overall, getting the ViewSonic LightStream PJD7830HDL depends on whether or not you find rainbow artifacts to be bothersome. If you do, then you would be better off avoiding this projector for home-entertainment use and use it solely as a data projecting unit. That being said, if you’re expecting it to deliver the best when it comes to home-entertainment and data projection, then you might be a bit disappointed.


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