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Viewsonic PJ358 review

This projector is starting to show signs of age but it can still push a pixel or two

Our Verdict

A lightweight and portable projector that has reasonably good image quality and some useful features for the business user

For

  • Lightweight
  • Twin VGA ports

Against

  • 4:3 aspect ratio
  • No lens cover

Viewsonic has a wide range of data projectors and the PJ358 is fairly typical of the range. It uses LCD technology and is a boxy and rather plain looking projector.

It shares the same design as the Hitachi CPX4 and, while rather understated with an overall weight of 1.8kg, it's a portable device and easy to slip into the supplied carry case.

The focus and zoom rings are neatly tucked away in the main body of the device, but you won't find a protective lens cover, which may cause problems later on.

Simple setup

The menu buttons on the top of the unit consist of three options – On, Input and Menu – and they work well, making setting up the unit extremely easy. Three indicator lights give you the projector's status and are also very easy to decipher.

With its 2000 ANSI lumen brightness, you can use this projector in most rooms without having to exclude too much exterior light. We found image quality to be more than acceptable and, if you can exclude light, we'd suggest opting for the lower 1400 lumens Eco mode, which not only allows a longer life for the bulb, but also reduces the noise and heat produced.

The design has been in production for close to two years. It is starting to show its age, which is reflected in its entry-level price. The 4:3 aspect ratio is ideal for business presentations, but less impressive when trying to watch a movie, as you'll need to upscale the lens to make it fit.

When it comes to connections on the rear of the unit, they use the standard analogue connections of VGA and S-video. However, you will find two VGA-in ports, so you can switch between two presenters without having to change laptops. If you've no interest in adding a laptop, you can use the USB port for connecting a USB memory stick that will automatically read JPG images for basic slideshow presentations.

The Viewsonic PJ358 is a good all-round machine for the price and while there are signs that it's starting to show its age – its 4:3 aspect ratio for example – it proved a reliable and likeable machine.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD Projector
Standard Mode Brightness2000 lm
Native Aspect Ratio4:3
USBYes
Composite VideoYes
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL, SECAM
VGA InYes
Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m
Maximum Resolution1600 x 1200
Brand NameViewsonic
Contrast Ratio500:1
Normal Mode Lamp Life2000 Hour
Economy Mode Lamp Life3000 Hour
Maximum Projection Distance7.80 m
Height59 mm
Width274 mm
Depth205 mm
Optical Zoom1.2x
Lamp Power160 W
ManufacturerViewsonic Corporation
Product ModelPJ358
Product NamePJ358 Ultraportable Projector
Manufacturer Part NumberPJ358
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.viewsoniceurope.com/uk/
Marketing Information

The ViewSonic PJ358 ultra-portable projector is a performance leader with a rich feature set at an affordable price. The PJ358 delivers 2,000 lumens AND 1024 x 768 XGA resolution for crisp, detailed images in any lighting situation. The short throw distance enables you to display a 60" image from 4.9 feet. At just 3.9 lbs, this projector's portability is enhanced by its small footprint. It's also easy to set up with auto vertical keystone correction and easy to pack up with its Direct off feature. A wide array of PC and video connectivity options let you deliver dynamic, versatile presentations and you can connect a USB flash drive to project JPEG and M-JPEG images without a PC. The PJ358 is ideal for table-top or mounted use in the office or on the road.

Throw Ratio1.3 to 1.5:1
Weight (Approximate)1.77 kg