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ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector

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Price: $1,779.99
Product Highlights
  • 5,000 ANSI Lumens
  • 4900:1 Contrast Ratio
  • 1,024 x 768 Resolution
  • 3D Ready
  • HDMI
  • NTSC, PAL and SECAM Compatible
  • 30 to 300" Diagonally Measured Picture
  • PC and Mac Compatible

The ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector is a high-performance unit designed to support up to 120Hz frame rate through the 3D DLP Sync. The DLP imaging chip is so fast, it is able to project two images on the screen at one time to create the 3D image viewed through the active glasses. In addition to the two images on the screen, the DLP chip also sends similar data to the glasses in-between each frame of video to make the magic of 3D possible.

The impressive specs include a blazing 5,000 lumens of brightness, enough to meet most ambient light challenges. In fact, you can leave the lights on during presentations to take notes. XGA (1,024 x 768) resolution is backed with a super-crisp dynamic contrast ratio of 4900:1, to deliver stunning all-digital clarity with vivid color, sharp graphics and outstanding video. BrilliantColor's sophisticated 5-segment color (RGBWY) wheel provides greater color accuracy than standard DLP projectors with a 4-segment color wheel. The result is greater sharpness, brightness and contrast in lifelike images with remarkable depth.

The digital keystone adjustment feature takes the guess work out of adjusting your image and reduces set-up time, while the Pro8500's wide connectivity which includes HDMI allows a one-cable connection to digital sources. 

The Pro8500 accommodates installations from permanent ceiling-mounted to simple desk-mounted use, making it a perfect choice for boardrooms and educational institutions. The RJ-45 connection makes remote control of multiple projectors across a network possible, as well as allowing messaging or bulletins throughout a campus or corporate facility.   

For power, superior color, world-wide use and Mac or PC compatibility, the Viewsonic Pro8500 is hard to beat.

Bright in Virtually Any Setting with 5,000 Lumens
Ultra-bright 5,000 lumens output makes this the perfect choice for large boardrooms, conference halls and auditoriums.
Network Control through RJ-45
Schedule, manage and monitor the projector remotely and receive e-mail alerts of projector lamp status.
Closed Captioning
Integrated closed captioning decoder for the hearing impaired or noisy environments.
HDMI
An HDMI-1.3 input with HDCP compliance and three component video inputs provide full component connectivity in a customized home theater installation.
Give Greener Presentations and Save
Use the Eco mode to achieve lower power consumption, reduce overall noise and extend lamp life.
Stay Connected
Supports multiple video formats from standard definition (NTSC, PAL and SECAM) to HD 1080p.
Quality Backed By a Generous Warranty
ViewSonic is so confident in the quality of the Pro8500 that they offer not a one or two year warranty but a full three year warranty on parts and labor. And where most projectors carry a 90 or 120 day warranty on the projector bulb, ViewSonic offers a full year.
Image Display
Display System 0.7" / 1.78 cm DLP
Native Resolution XGA - 1024 x 768
Format NTSC 3.58, 4.43, M
PAL 60, B, D, G, H, I, M, N
SECAM B, D, G, K, K1, L
HDTV Compatibility 720p
1080i
1080p @ 60 Hz
1080p @ 24 Hz
1080p @ 25 Hz
1080p @ 30 Hz
Pixels 786,432
Brightness 5000 Lumens
Uniformity Not Specified By Manufacturer
Aspect Ratio Native: 4:3
Supported: 16:9
Contrast Ratio 2000:1
Dynamic Contrast Ratio 4900:1
3D Yes
Scan Horizontal: 31 - 100 kHz
Vertical: 48 - 120 Hz
Lens
Lens Not Specified By Manufacturer
Lens Shift None
Zoom 1.5x
Throw Ratio 1.45 - 2.18:1
Projection Size 30 - 300" / 762.00 - 7620.00 mm 
Features
Keystone Correction Vertical: ± 40°
Ceiling Mountable Yes
Rear Screen Projection Yes
Projection Tilt Option Yes
Built-in Speaker 20W (Stereo)
Input/Output Connectors
Inputs/Outputs 1x HDMI Audio/Video (Input)
2x 15-pin VGA Video (Input)
3x RCA Component Video (Input)
1x RCA Composite Video (Input)
1x S-Video Video (Input)
1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini Audio (Input)
1x 15-pin VGA Video (Output)
1x 1/8" (3.5 mm) Mini Audio (Output)
1x RS-232C Control/Service (Input)
1x Ethernet Control/Service (Input)
General
Watts 280W
Life Normal Mode: 4000 Hours
Eco Mode: 5000 Hours
Fan Noise Normal Mode: 32 dB
Eco Mode: 27 dB
Maximum Pixel Clock Not Specified By Manufacturer
Remote Control Yes
Security Not Specified By Manufacturer
Power Requirements 90-240 VAC, 50/60 Hz
Power Consumption Normal Mode: 350W
Standby Mode: <1W
Altitude 0 - 10000' (0 - 3048 m)
Temperature Operating
32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity: 10 - 90%
Dimensions (WxHxD) 13.1 x 4.8 x 10.4" / 33.3 x 12.2 x 26.4 cm
Weight 8.5 lb / 3.86 kg
ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector
  • Power Cord
  • VGA Cable
  • Laser Remote Control with Batteries (AA x 3)
  • Lens Cap
  • Quick Start Guide
  • ViewSonic Wizard DVD with User Guide
  • 3-Year Manufacturer's Warranty on Projector
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty on Lamp
  • First Year Free Express Exchange Service
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    ViewSonicPro8500 XGA DLP Projector
     
    4.7

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear display (7)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Quiet (6)
    • Small footprint (5)
    • Well built / quality (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Presentations (7)
      • Instruction (5)
      • Classroom (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Technically challenged (5), Quality oriented (3)
        • Primary use:
        • Business (7), Personal (3)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Projector

      We are using this projector in a church auditorium about 90 feet long and shine it onto a 118" (diagonal) screen.

      It is much brighter than our old projector....Read complete review

      We are using this projector in a church auditorium about 90 feet long and shine it onto a 118" (diagonal) screen.

      It is much brighter than our old projector. The first time using it, I was surprised to notice that shadows were cast from the light reflected from the screen onto the pulpit. The picture, both in color and contrast, is fantastic. This is true when we use it for presentation slides, song slides (black on white), and even for a video clip I showed to test the system.

      We have quite a bit of ambient light in our auditorium. I formerly had to dim the lights to show photo slideshows or video. No more.

      The wireless option (through a USB dongle) is very handy, although the IR remote works much further than I had anticipated based on the range of the remote which went with our old projector.

      The only knock on this unit, so far as I am concerned, is that focus and zoom are manual only. Since our projector is hanging 20+ feet from the floor, we had to be very careful to get these right before a brave volunteer came down from the ladder.

      That having been said, I could not find a projector with specs like this one anywhere near the price, and it would not have been worth the extra money to get focus and zoom on the remote.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Great Product With One Major Flaw

      The image is great (three or four times better than the projector it replaced). Installation was easy. This would be a five star product, except for one MAJOR flaw.
      We...Read complete review

      The image is great (three or four times better than the projector it replaced). Installation was easy. This would be a five star product, except for one MAJOR flaw.
      We have two computers feeding into this projector. We need to be able to switch from one to the other quickly and seamlessly. Our old projector (more than ten years old) made the switch without anyone noticing. This projector pauses for close to a full minute (with a silly logo on the screen) and then finally makes the switch. This is unacceptable. We may have to return it.

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      3.0

      Great Product With One Major Flaw

      By Mud Hens fan

      from Toledo

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Great picture quality

      Cons

      • Slow to switch sources

      Best Uses

      • One source uses only

      Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

      The image is great (three or four times better than the projector it replaced). Installation was easy. This would be a five star product, except for one MAJOR flaw.
      We have two computers feeding into this projector. We need to be able to switch from one to the other quickly and seamlessly. Our old projector (more than ten years old) made the switch without anyone noticing. This projector pauses for close to a full minute (with a silly logo on the screen) and then finally makes the switch. This is unacceptable. We may have to return it.

      • Computer Platform:
      • PC

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      5.0

      Excellcent Pro

      By Scott

      from Kansas

      About Me Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Display
      • Easy To Use
      • Quiet

      Cons

      • none

      Best Uses

      • Classroom
      • Instruction
      • Presentations

      Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

      This is my 3rd projector purchased for our office as the Pro8500 has become our defacto standard. Great color and clarity, easy to setup and maintain.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Love the lumens!

      By Two Bridges Neighborhood Council

      from New York, NY

      About Me Technically Challenged

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Display
      • Easy To Use
      • Quality Construction
      • Quiet
      • Small Footprint

      Cons

      • No significant cons

      Best Uses

      • Classroom
      • Instruction
      • Presentations

      Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

      We use this projector as a large computer screen for videoconferencing and giving power point presentations in a VERY bright room (sunlight shines in all afternoon, even through the blinds).

      It is a wonderful alternative to having students crowd around a single computer monitor, and the colors are so bright! You can adjust the contrast to your specific presentation by just entering a menu with the remote--very user friendly.

      We still haven't figured out how to adjust the brightness. If you use the remote, it *says* it is adjusting to 100% brightness, but we do not notice a difference. However it is bright enough at the pre-set 50%, so this is a minor concern.

      • Primary use:
      • Business

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      5.0

      Don't loose hot offers

      By TimTam

      from Beirut, Lebanon

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Display
      • Quality Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Presentations

        Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

        It's great with it's perfect resolution.

        • Primary use:
        • Personal

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great deal on a great projector...

        By Pastor Michael

        from Saint Cloud, Florida

        About Me Technically Challenged

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Display
        • Easy To Use
        • Quiet
        • Small Footprint

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Presentations

          Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

          Fantastic and great for the wonderful for the price...

          • Primary use:
          • Business

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          5.0

          Great product, will buy it again!!

          By elrulas1978

          from Dallas, Texas

          About Me Technically Challenged

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Display
          • Easy To Use
          • Quality Construction
          • Quiet
          • Small Footprint

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Instruction
            • Presentations

            Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

            We are using this producto for our church sanctuary and we are really happy with this new projector.

            • Primary use:
            • Personal

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            5.0

            This is a powerful projector

            By Seapride

            from Monterey, CA

            About Me Technically Challenged

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Display
            • Easy To Use
            • Quality Construction
            • Quiet
            • Small Footprint

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Instruction
              • Presentations

              Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

              We use this projector to show video presentations on a large screen in semi dark rooms. We've used less powerful projectors that showed vague images that were washed out whenever someone opened a door to enter or leave. We are very happy with our purchase.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Aesome Whites, Deep Blacks

              By Joe the Church Teck

              from Lancaster PA

              About Me Technically Challenged

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Display
              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Construction
              • Quiet
              • Small Footprint

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Classroom
                • Instruction
                • Presentations

                Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

                quick start up, the contrast ratio is great for the money spent on this unit.very light weight and the carrying case is real nice.can't believe how clear it is on the wall we use at our church... we simply use it on the white cinderblock wall - WOW

                • Primary use:
                • Business

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Great Projector

                By SonCoast Church

                from Boca Raton, FL

                About Me Quality Oriented

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Viewed
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Professional

                  Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

                  We just installed this projector in our sanctuary. We are running it in economy mode and is is so bright and clear. The difference from our old projector is night and day. The lights in the sanctuary don't even affect the screen now.
                  My only issue is I have not got the e-mail alerts to work yet.

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  I would buy this product again

                  By woodchuck

                  from Longmont, Colorado

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Viewed

                  Cons

                  • Have not found any cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

                    I love this projector. It is very bright, which we needed due to lots of stained glass windows. Wish I had gotten it sooner. You can't go wrong with this one.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great Projector

                    By Robby

                    from Fayetteville, Ark.

                    About Me Quality Oriented

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Viewed
                    • Picture
                    • Price

                    Cons

                    • Manual Focus and Zoom

                    Best Uses

                    • Large Venue Projection

                    Comments about ViewSonic Pro8500 XGA DLP Projector:

                    We are using this projector in a church auditorium about 90 feet long and shine it onto a 118" (diagonal) screen.

                    It is much brighter than our old projector. The first time using it, I was surprised to notice that shadows were cast from the light reflected from the screen onto the pulpit. The picture, both in color and contrast, is fantastic. This is true when we use it for presentation slides, song slides (black on white), and even for a video clip I showed to test the system.

                    We have quite a bit of ambient light in our auditorium. I formerly had to dim the lights to show photo slideshows or video. No more.

                    The wireless option (through a USB dongle) is very handy, although the IR remote works much further than I had anticipated based on the range of the remote which went with our old projector.

                    The only knock on this unit, so far as I am concerned, is that focus and zoom are manual only. Since our projector is hanging 20+ feet from the floor, we had to be very careful to get these right before a brave volunteer came down from the ladder.

                    That having been said, I could not find a projector with specs like this one anywhere near the price, and it would not have been worth the extra money to get focus and zoom on the remote.

                    • Primary use:
                    • Business

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