Summary: I bought this projector for my home theater for around $1800 which at the time was the best internet price. I got over 8000 hours on the factory bulb and so far I'm only about 1000 hours in to the replacement.
Excellent PJ, Just a couple of tricks and you're set
T. L. Yang, Amazon
24 December 2010
Summary: Ok, I'm not going to go over all of it's awesome features and great pictures because all of the guys that gave it 5 stars already mentioned it. Just go read their review. I don't have anything else different to say. Here's a little trick for the vertical banding. Go to Home Depot, Lowes or Menards.
Summary: Great little auto features like lense shift and zoom. But the picture quality is POOR. Poor black levels, and a nasty tendency for vertical and horizontal BANDING! Its a hardware flaw. All 8100's suffer from it, some are significantly worse than others.
Summary: I bought this and the green vertical banding is terrible. I did some research and found that nearly every pj ships with this issue. Viewsonic should be ashamed to sell such bad equipment. Mine is going back...
Summary: I'm blown away by the value of this product. There is a website still selling this thing for 5k. It's much more than I expected. The actual picture is as good as my 50" plasma. Of course the blacks arent as good, but for a projector it's fantastic. It wasn't hard to setup.
Summary: Personal Experience Excellent value for the money especially now that it's price has dropped. Power zoom, lens shift, and focus are features only found in PJs commanding a much higher price. Picture quality is outstanding.
Summary: As others have said, this is a fantastic PJ if as the title says, you get one w/o horizontal banding. Unfortunately it appears that most of the late 2009 and most 2010 builds have it. Some have gone thru three units w/o getting a good one.