Conclusion: The Viewsonic PLED-W500 hits a lot of high notes in the competitive mini projector field. It has very good color rendition in all but its brightest mode and provides a sharp image across the screen with all resolutions. Also, its built-in media player and memory, as well as its solid warranty, add value for traveling presentations. Lumen output is also very good for such a small projector and its 720p native resolution makes video watching quite enjoyable. If you...
Pros: Over 400 lumens from a compact projector, 20,000 hour light source life, Very good image with any supported resolution and good color accuracy, Built-in media player feature, Good number of picture modes, 3D capability, No dust filter to keep clean, Can present from internal memory, microSD card or USB drive
Cons: Lack of zooming ability and no height adjustment ability makes for slow setup, No battery powered option, No audio output jack, Slightly more expensive than the nearest competitor
Summary: A reasonable effort from ViewSonic, the PLED-W500 is suitable for business users who are regularly going to carry out presentations on the move. The projector is also suitable for use in the home, but the £500 price tag is a bit steep.
Pros: Portable, 500 lumens is fine for dimly lit rooms, can be used independently for presentations, carry case
Cons: Not bright enough for well-lit rooms, lack of acceptable audio output, £500 price tag, noisy
Excerpt: This article first appeared at V3.co.uk ViewSonic's PLED-W500 projector is designed to meet the needs of business users who need to give presentations when out on the road and is also suitable for home use. It has a small frame that packs some impressive specifications, including a 500 lumens LED lamp, 1280x800 native resolution and up to 80in picture size. However, the device is let down by sub-par performance and a high price tag.
Excerpt: The ViewSonic PLED-W500 is a projector finished in an expensive-looking glossy black with posh silver trim that helps project a smart, executive image even before you turn it on. It's tremendously portable – a little smaller and lighter than a copy of ‘Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows'. In paperback. It's bundled with a rather fetching soft case with ample room for its associated cabling.