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. 8000 hours is A LOT for one bulb, I used it mainly in economy mode since I prefer a darker room for movies or certain TV shows anyways.
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. Buy yourself a little $10 timer. My 15 amp timer shuts off electricity to the PJ from 1am to 10am.
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. I went through 4 of these models, all with banding issues.
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. The remote has a backlight,very nice.
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. Menu is a little challenging but once PJ is set up, you don't need to go there much. Air filter could be improved and some have replaced w/ a vacuum cleaner filter w/ good results. Whether in Normal or Eco mode, this PJ is whisper quiet.
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. While ViewSonic says they're working on the problem, it's not apparent to the consumer.
Summary: UPDATE: As I mentioned below, I had an electricity buildup issue with my first unit. I exchanged it, and the second unit works PERFECTLY! I just switched from a Panasonic 900 720p to the Pro8100. It is ceiling mounted about 11 feet from the screen for a 100 inch image, and the picture is absolutely amazing! To my personal taste, a 1080 picture should be sharp, to create depth in the picture.