Summary: After 3 months using it I'm very disapointed, I bought this projector because the Optoma HD20 jumped $ 300,00 in two weeks, I used to have an Optoma HD70 wich was HD720p and I'm 100% sure that this old model has crispier images and better color output, even though the VS PRO8200 is 1080p.
Summary: I researched projectors for months before settling on this unit. I saw no indications from reviews here and at avsforum that this model had any issues like I've experienced. I really hope that this is a freak occurrence, as I don't have the patience to deal with ViewSonic support again.
Pros: This projector has decent reviews and specs for its price point. I did a lot of research before selecting it, and I was initially happy with it. Great out-of-box calibration, colors were very accurate. The thing is a light cannon, easily watchable in daylight. 1080P content looks great at 104".
Cons: It's noisy. This is my first HT projector, so maybe i'm expecting too much, but the cooling fan is easily audible at reasonable listening volumes. The issue is exacerbated due to the unit being mounted directly overhead in my installation. All the other 'cons' I was expecting after reading reviews and spec sheets. No show-stoppers. Then...
Summary: I got this projector to replace an older Mitsubishi in a home theater setup and move up to 1080p. My initial impression was wow, what a beautiful bright picture. This is true for sports or bright scenes. It is truly a light cannon. When watching movies that have dark scenes the shadow detail is totally black. I tried everything to calibrate the settings from these reviews and also Projector Reviews [...] with zero luck. Nothing made a difference.
Summary: I am baffled what is going on with this projector. I can run all sorts of calibration images from my laptop and set it up so I see every shade of gray and other colors. It's super bright, and the color are vibrant. Every synthetic test pattern looks awesome. And then, I play a DVD and shadow areas are completely black. Not just a little dark, they are black.
Great for Sports not good for Movies with lots of Dark Scenes
Clint Carter, Amazon
13 December 2012
Summary: This is the first projector I have ever purchased. I did a lot of research and I did see that people were saying that this projector's blacks were not the best. However, there were no REALLY bad reviews. Many people loved the projector and it does have DarkChip3 technology. The final selling point was the price. It was about $300 less than the next step up.
Pros: You can't beat the performance at this price.
Cons: The projector kept forgetting settings, which was really annoying. Every other time I turned the projector on, they screen would be flipped, the color mode was reset, the mute was disabled, etc. I sent it into Viewsonic and it took them 5 WEEKS to ship out the replacement, which was a refurb that made a terrible buzzing/humming sound. I'm in the process of getting this one replaced now.