ViewSonic PLED-W200 Portable Business Projector - HotHardware

ViewSonic PLED-W200 Portable Business Projector

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There are consumer projectors of nearly every shape and size and for a myriad of purposes. From big, feature-rich monsters ideal for large home theaters to tiny pico projectors (which can now be found in some smartphones), there are projectors available now that let users display photos or video for a small audience almost anywhere.

In the middle of the market there is a wide swathe of options. One of the target demographics is business travelers who need to make presentations on the road. Those folks need something that’s compact and lightweight, can connect to a variety of media sources in a pinch, and project an image bright enough to be seen in rooms with lots of ambient light. And that’s what ViewSonic is looking to deliver with the palm-sized PLED-W200 we'll be showing you here.

ViewSonic PLED-W200 Portable Projector
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0.45" Digital Micromirror Device (DLP™)
WXGA 1280x800 (native)
Fixed Manual optical zoom/Manual optical focus
Auto Vertical keystone correction, +/- 40°
24" - 80" / 0.61m - 2.0m
2.0ft - 6.5ft / 0.6m - 2.0m
1.16:1
>20000 hours
250 Lumens
2000:01:00
16:10 (native), 16:9, 4:3, auto
2W (x2)
<38 dB

3.5mm mini jack (CEA adapter)
15-pin mini D- sub (CEA adapter)
RCA jack (CEA adapter)
15-pin mini D- sub (shared with RGB)
Type A: firmware update (CEA adapter) Mini B: for USB Display
SDHC up to 32GB (for PC-Less Presentation) support
PowerPoint, Word, Excel,PDF, video, photo)

5.1" x 1.3" x 5.0" (in) 130 x 32 x 126 (mm)
0.9 lb. (0.4kg)
3-year limited warranty on parts, labor and LED light source, 1st year Express Exchange Service 


The PLED-W200 LED projector is delightfully small at just about 5 inches square and 1.3 inches thick, and it weighs less than a pound. The power adapter adds to the gross bulk of the package, but not by much, and there’s just a CEA adapter (with a female audio jack, a composite video input, and a 15-pin mini-D-Sub plus), an extremely slim and compact remote control, and a ViewSonic Wizard CD for accessories. There’s also a soft protective carrying case for the projector itself included.

With a native resolution of 1280x800 (WXGA), the projector promises 720p HD widescreen viewing, and it’s 3D-ready thanks to TI DLP Link technology. (All you need is a pair of DLP Link-compatible 3D glasses to take advantage.)

The PLED-W200 offers brightness of 250 lumens, a 2000:1 contrast ratio, and the lamp is rated for more than 20,000 hours. ViewSonic pegs the projector for a throw distance of 2.0-6.5 feet (which, as it turns out, is awfully modest of them) with a throw ratio of 1.16:1 and a display size ranging from 24 to 80 inches. The fixed zoom/manual focus lens benefits from auto vertical keystone correction of +/- 40 degrees.



I/O ports are limited to those afforded by the aforementioned CEA adapter as well as a mini B USB port to display content from PCs and other compatible devices. (Note, however, that a USB cable is not included.) However, the PLED-W200 boasts an SDHC card slot so users can take advantage of PC-less viewing as well, which is a huge boon for travelers. The slot can handle cards up to 32GB and supports Microsoft Office programs including PowerPoint, Word, and Excel, as well as PDFs, photos, and video.

Although they’re not exactly powerful (and don’t offer very enjoyable sound), the two 2W speakers integrated into the device do allow users to play audio directly through the projector itself as well.

ViewSonic offers a 3-year limited warranty that includes parts, labor, and LED light source, in addition to one free year of its Express Exchange service.
 

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Projectors are like TV's. I don't trust them until I see them in person.

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