Feeds
80%
Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

Travelling light

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops

Rainbow worrier?

The codecs built in to the PLED-W500 can cope with regular AVI and MOV movie formats on a USB stick or SD card, but for home cinema viewing you'll probably want to hook up the projector to an HD TV tuner and/or a multimedia player. For my tests I used Viewsonic's own VMP74 digital media player connected using HDMI.

Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

Lighting up the room

Frankly I didn't expect much. I was wrong. The colours are rich and deep, with accurate skin-tones, and the menu offers you the sort of picture control you'd expect from a dedicated home theatre projector at twice the price. If you're particularly susceptible to the "rainbow" effect characteristic of single DLP projectors you'll notice this hasn't completely gone away with LED illumination, although I didn't find it at all bothersome.

Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

Takes SD cards and supports a variety of file formats so you can leave the laptop behind.

Auto-keystoning works to square off the picture accurately as you tilt the machine. At this price there's no lens shift and, alas, no zoom, so for any given projector-to-screen distance you're stuck with a fixed picture size. Luckily my sitting room seems to have been designed for the PLED-W500: at 125 inches from the blank wall I use for a screen I got a 100 inch diagonal picture that was perfect for setting.

Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

Instant Home Cinema, for a price

Verdict

If you don't mind the missing bells and whistles (lens shift, zoom) and can hook the PLED-W500 to a sound system to substitute for the good-enough-for-presentation built in 2W speaker, here's a cracking good entry-level home cinema projector. At a bargain price, too, particularly if you cost in what you're saving on replacement lamps. ®

More AV Gear Reviews

Sony
HMZ-T1
3D headset
Samsung
PS64D8000
64in plasma 3D TV
Sony
VPL-HW30ES
3D projector
BenQ
W1200
HD DLP projector
Sony
BDP-SX1 portable
Blu-ray player

New hybrid storage solutions

80%
Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector

Next-gen, ultra-portable, cool running LED projector for work and play.
Price: £500 RRP

More from The Register

next story
Apple iPhone 6: Missing sapphire glass screen FAIL explained
They just cannae do it in time, says analyst
Half a BILLION in the making: Bungie's Destiny reviewed
It feels very familiar - but it's still good
Oh noes, fanbois! iPhone 6 Plus shipments 'DELAYED' in the UK
Is EMBIGGENED Apple mobile REALLY that popular?
Apple's big bang: iPhone 6, ANOTHER iPhone 6 Plus and WATCH OUT
Let's >sigh< see what Cupertino has been up to for the past year
Huawei ditches new Windows Phone mobe plans, blames poor sales
Giganto mobe firm slams door shut on Microsoft. OH DEAR
Phones 4u website DIES as wounded mobe retailer struggles to stay above water
Founder blames 'ruthless network partners' for implosion
Apple's SNEAKY plan: COPY ANDROID. Hello iPhone 6, Watch
Sizes, prices and all – but not for the wrist-o-puter
Get your Indian Landfill Android One handsets - they're only SIXTY QUID
Cheap and deafening mobes for the subcontinental masses
prev story

Whitepapers

Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.