ViewSonic clearly had business presentations in mind when it designed the 1.3kg ViewSonic PJ260D lamp-based projector.
The ViewSonic PJ260D is a 1024-by-768-resolution (XGA) ultraportable projector that provides most of the basic functions you need for making a presentation in a large conference room.
Those features include substantial illumination - 2000 lumens of brightness - plus strong contrast, keystone correction (to adjust image distortion caused by tilting the projector), a remote control, and a standard selection of VGA, composite video, and S-Video connection inputs, as well as audio for the built-in, 2.0-watt mono speaker (which is marginally better sounding than the anemic 1.0-watt mono speakers on competing models).
To sweeten the deal, ViewSonic throws in a three-year warranty (one year for the lamp) with the ViewSonic PJ260D.
Projectors that use default settings optimised for delivering bright, high-contrast presentations tend to make sacrifices in colour quality, particularly in accuracy and saturation.
In our performance tests, which use default settings, the PJ260D proved to be no exception. Although it tied for second place on text (generally the most important test for presentations), the ViewSonic PJ260D ranked third for its graphics display and fourth for its motion and video tests.
While the ViewSonic PJ260D performed admirably well in displaying sharp lettering in word processing and spreadsheet documents, as well as in PowerPoint slides, its colour graphics were a shade less saturated than the images from higher-rated models.
For example, the ViewSonic PJ260D's skin tones in our various photos looked paler than those from competitors such as the Acer P3250. And in a scene from the Speed Racer DVD that's full of splashy effects, the PJ260D's hues were less visually striking than what we saw from other projectors with more-saturated colours. However, we were able to improve the PJ260D's colour significantly by changing the default display mode (from "PC" to "Movie") and by making other image adjustments.
Setting up and using the ViewSonic PJ260D is a little awkward. The power socket is located on the side, which is more unwieldy for cable management than the rear panel (where all of the other connections are located).
Underneath, the projector has only two tilt-adjustment feet, rather than the more-common three. This model's small set of controls is a bit dodgy to use, too. Fortunately, the ViewSonic PJ260D's small remote has easier-to-use buttons for accessing the on-screen display and for making image adjustments.
Although the remote lacks a handy hot-button for changing the preset display mode, it does have a laser pointer, often a nice feature for a presenter to have close at hand. Finally, a more-precise user guide with matching explanations for each control button and on-screen menu option would help make the ViewSonic PJ260D easier to work with.
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