Physically the inexpensive Viewsonic PJ758 isn't a small projector, and while it could be carried around at a push, it's not lean or trim enough to serve as a portable model.

The Viewsonic PJ758's finish is a very dark charcoal plastic. It won't win awards for style, but it's unobtrusive, and while it looks a little budget because of the hefty size, it's not any less stylish than most of the more expensive models.

Around the back of the Viewsonic PJ758 you'll find a selection of connectors including two VGAs and a monitor pass-through, a USB socket, composite, component and S-video, and a serial socket for remote control. There are no networking features, and no Wi-Fi. Conspicuous by their absence are digital video inputs, namely DVI or HDMI.

The menu system is adequately intuitive, and it was easy to find and change the different viewing modes. These include the usual presets for normal viewing, coloured whiteboards, and 'dynamic' video. There are no less than six programmable gamma curves, which will doubtless appeal to tweakers. Colour saturation is rich, with no obvious fading, although it can take the Viewsonic PJ758's bulb around a minute to warm up before it starts producing full-quality output.

The Viewsonic PJ758 uses a triple LCD element, which means that contrast is limited. This is most noticeable on video, where blacks weren't as absolute as they might be. The nominal 2,200 lumen rating doesn't seem to be a huge handicap.

While output isn't quite as bright as the 3,000 lumen units we've seen and will struggle in sunlight, it's perfectly readable in a typical room with indirect lighting. The only cause for concern is a hint of flicker and low-level digital noise in the display, both of which mark it out as offering less than top-end performance, and might become tiring with extended viewing.

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Viewsonic PJ758: Specs

  • 3 x 0.63” P-Si TFT active matrix projector
  • 1024 x 768 XGA native, (max 1600 x 1200 UXGA compressed)
  • manual zoom, manual focus
  • 1.2 (F = 1.7-1.9/f = 18.9mm-22.6mm)
  • 60° vertical (±30º)
  • 30in–300in (0.76m–7.62m) (diagonal)
  • 0.9m–9.0m (wide), 1.1m–10.8m (tele)
  • 1.5–1.7:1
  • 220W UHB, 2000 hours (eco mode 3000 hours)
  • 2200 ANSI lumens
  • contrast ratio: 500:1
  • 4:3 (native), 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 1 x 6W mono (with stereo input) speaker
  • 2 x VGA input (15-pin mini D-sub)
  • 1 x VGA outout
  • 1 x composite video
  • 1 x component ( 3 RCA, YPbPr)
  • NTSC M, NTSC 4.43, PAL (B, D, G, H, I, M, N), SECAM
  • 340x100x270mm
  • 3.5kg
  • 3 x 0.63” P-Si TFT active matrix projector
  • 1024 x 768 XGA native, (max 1600 x 1200 UXGA compressed)
  • manual zoom, manual focus
  • 1.2 (F = 1.7-1.9/f = 18.9mm-22.6mm)
  • 60° vertical (±30º)
  • 30in–300in (0.76m–7.62m) (diagonal)
  • 0.9m–9.0m (wide), 1.1m–10.8m (tele)
  • 1.5–1.7:1
  • 220W UHB, 2000 hours (eco mode 3000 hours)
  • 2200 ANSI lumens
  • contrast ratio: 500:1
  • 4:3 (native), 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 1 x 6W mono (with stereo input) speaker
  • 2 x VGA input (15-pin mini D-sub)
  • 1 x VGA outout
  • 1 x composite video
  • 1 x component ( 3 RCA, YPbPr)
  • NTSC M, NTSC 4.43, PAL (B, D, G, H, I, M, N), SECAM
  • 340x100x270mm
  • 3.5kg

OUR VERDICT

The Viewsonic PJ758 is affordable, has a cheap replacement bulb, component inputs and a simple menu system. However, the inexpensive price is reflected in the Viewsonic PJ758's slightly budget styling overall. Other misses include the absence of a DVI (digital visual interface), the larger than average size, and the lack of networking capabilities and an advanced remote control.