Vivitek D511 review

A 3D ready projector offering great price and performance

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Our Verdict

Great usability and quality for a reasonable price


  • Affordable
  • Future proof
  • Good images


  • Not great build quality
  • Not so good for large spaces

The Vivitek D511 is the first data projector we've seen from the Taiwanese company and on first impressions it's a great example of what an entry-level projector should be. The compact body of the projector weighs in at a portable 1.9kg and while it's not the toughest construction around, it offers good value for money.

The manual focus ring protrudes from the front of the casing, while the zoom is fitted behind it and hidden away inside the body of the casing.

Buttons on the top of the unit offer the standard array of controls, with a large Power button and a ring below this with Menu, Source, Auto and keystone correction controls.

The Vivitek D511 ships with a mini remote control that mirrors the controls on the top of the unit. The menu controls are easy to get to grips with, but you will find that some of the controls are hidden away, such as the Eco-mode.

You'll find a full array of ports on the back consisting of the standard D-sub, s-video and component ports, and an HDMI port for connecting to a digital source.

With full support for 720p output, the D511 has a native resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels, but will upscale to 1600 x 1200 pixels with ease. This projector is also 3D ready and so is capable of making the most of the big changes in presentation technology.

When it came to image quality, we found the D511 had quite a short throw range, so it isn't ideal for larger meeting rooms. In the home or small office, however, images look crisp and sharp.

Dropping the projector down into Eco-mode marks a noticeable drop in the noise generated by the fan, while it still manages to maintain a respectable brightness level.

The Vivitek D511 offers a fair degree of future-proofing for such an affordable data projector. Sure, it lacks the build quality of some other machines, but it still represents great value for money.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDLP Projector
Native Resolution1024 x 768
Maximum Lens ApertureF/2.73
Standard Mode Brightness2600 lm
Graphic ModeXGA
Native Aspect Ratio4:3
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Composite VideoYes
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Input Scan Format1080i
Output Scan Format720p
Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m
Maximum Resolution1600 x 1200
Brand NameVivitek
Contrast Ratio2,300:1
Projection MethodFront, Rear, Ceiling
Normal Mode Lamp Life3000 Hour
Economy Mode Lamp Life4000 Hour
Height78 mm
Width261 mm
Depth190 mm
Lamp Power180 W
ManufacturerVivitek Corporation
Product ModelD511
Product NameD511 DLP Projector
Manufacturer Part NumberD511
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The Vivitek D511 digital projectors are ready for current and future media applications. With connectivity options including HDMI v1.3, both projectors are 3D-ready and feature brightness levels of 2600 lumens and a 2300:1 contrast ratio. Add in DLP and BrilliantColor technologies, the Vivitek D511 are able to deliver sharp, vibrant pictures.

Weight (Approximate)1.91 kg