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Viewsonic PRO8520HD Projector

£1,699.73
8000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 34dB 5,000 ANSI Lumens Dec 2012
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date £144.22 Electricity cost over 5 years
Viewsonic has excellent projector reviews
Does not have good technical guidance
Does not have good sound quality
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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.


Reviews

Viewsonic Has Excellent Projector Reviews

On average Viewsonic projectors are rated 89%, which is in the top 10% of all projector brands that we have assessed. 100% of those that bought a Viewsonic projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


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”.


Audio

Unacceptable Noise Level

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

Noisy

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


Energy

Average Running Costs

The PRO8520HD is typical compared to the other 14 comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago that we have looked at for 1 year running costs. Based on typical usage levels and energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the PRO8520HD is £145.


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.

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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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” .


Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

It was December 2012 when Viewsonic released the PRO8520HD.


Video

Supports Full HD

The PRO8520HD supports full HD, unlike most of the other 8000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago which do not support full HD.

Other projectors which support full HD currently available that you might want to consider include because of its better review score, the Sony VPL-FHZ55 (£1,932.36).

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Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The PRO8520HD has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to this projector also have a built-in speaker(s).

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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.


Projector

Quite Bright Projector Brightness

Across all the data projectors that were released more than two years ago the projector brightnesses range from 2,600 ANSI lumens to 7,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,700 ANSI lumens. The PRO8520HD has a fairly bright projector brightness (5,000 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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1080p (1920x1080) Resolution

This projector has a projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), which is typical of many data projectors that have been around for a comparable time to it.

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Performance

Very Quiet Noise Level

The quietest noise level of projectors that have been around for around the same time as this multimedia projector is 33dB, the loudest is 40dB, and the average noise level is 36dB. The PRO8520HD has one of the quieter noise levels (only 34 decibels) amongst multimedia projectors of this age.

If you would consider a projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the Sony VPL-FHZ55 (£1,932.36) (40dB) which is also higher rated.

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Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

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

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Networking

Has an Ethernet LAN

The Viewsonic PRO8520HD has an Ethernet LAN. Most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to this multimedia projector also have an Ethernet LAN.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The PRO8520HD has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other 8000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Certificates

RoHS Compliance

RoHS compliance

The PRO8520HD is RoHS compliance, as are most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this multimedia projector.

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Lamps

Very Big Bulb Power

Projectors that were launched more than two years ago have bulb powers of between 240W and 350W. When compared to other 8000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago that we have checked the bulb power of, the PRO8520HD's bulb power of 350 Watts is one of the biggest.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp

Projectors of a comparable age and type to this projector have service life of lamps of between 2,500h and 20,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 5,100h. At only 2,500 hours, the Viewsonic PRO8520HD has a quite short service life of lamp compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to this multimedia projector.

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Price

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Good Value for Money

Seventeen customers who bought the Viewsonic PRO8520HD concluded that it was good value for money. Bestbuy.com said “Got it as a daily deal for 70” however despite that they rated it 15.2 out of 100. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Still good value at the 90” in their review. Bestbuy.com also mentioned “Price was right I got 2 of them for 59ea no tax” 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.


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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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers projectors pro8520hd, viewsonic pro8520hd, acer pro8520hd
Barcodes 00766907644715, 00846829711358, 05054629303313, 07669076447152

Viewsonic PRO8520HD Review Sources

To prepare this Viewsonic PRO8520HD review we compared this projector to 2,071 other models. For each projector that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 327,808 product attributes, 14,367 projector reviews and 3,039,000 historical projector prices from 169 projector retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this projector compared to the other models as well as any areas where this projector is lacking.

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