ViewSonic PJD5155 vs Sony VPLHW45ES − Is it still a dilemma?
ViewSonic PJD5155 – a solid image quality on a tight budget
I used ViewSonic PJD5155 both for movies and presentations – a clear text, saturated images. Also, it was convenient to use this projector straight for watching videos through a mini-USB cord for my smartphone.
ViewSonic PJD5155 PROS:
The resolution is SVGA, but it works out for my presentations with a small font and pictures.
Originally, I’ve taken it to watch movies outside at night. Brightness is sufficient enough for it. It takes a 1080p from a Blu-ray and then projects it at native SVGA 800 x 600 resolution that is almost twice a standard definition television.
Lamp life is 10,000 hours with the Dynamic Eco (in Eco mode − 6,000, in Normal mode − 5,000). This decreases energy usage by 70%. When the projector is not in use, Dynamic Eco activates automatically.
ViewSonic PJD5155 CONS:
I couldn’t get the picture squarely on the screen. It has only a vertical keystone adjustment and an adjustable front leg but should come with more ones.
It lacks Bluetooth. I worked around the Bluetooth issue by connecting a Bluetooth transmitter device; I purchased the audio out port for the projector. The transmitter made it so that the audio could connect with my Bluetooth beats pill speakers.
It comes with about a 6 feet VGA cable that doesn't help get too far from the unit, so be ready to purchase an extension.
Sony VPLHW45ES – a projector with low brightness of 3D images
Between Sony VPLHW45ES vs ViewSonic PJD5155, Sony VPLHW45ES has a couple of extra points due to its Reality Creation that makes smart detail and sharpness enhancement processing. I’ve turned it on level 20, but it resulted in a slightly grainy looking image, screen details became sharp and distinct.
Sony VPLHW45ES PROS:
It has the smartest and the easiest remote control to use; it has only two HDMI inputs, so I just press the Input button and if I need to change to the other one – I press it again.
In ViewSonic PJD5155 vs Sony VPLHW45ES comparison, Sony VPLHW45ES is more precise in colors, they are sharp and without additional hues.
I’ve turned off Motion Flow (frame interpolation) for filmed material because I don't like the digital video effect or set it to High, where it can do more to enhance the picture.
Sony VPLHW45ES CONS:
I’d like it to redesign the dials that are used to control lens shift for easier adjustment, especially when it’s on the ceiling.
3D video is much lighter and less intense than 2D and I can’t correct it in the configuration.
The Film Modes alter colors, it seems that they add red hue, but I’d like to see intensified natural colors, not color gamut reduction or shifting. For those who want a neutral palette, it won’t be appropriate.
Summing up of Sony VPLHW45ES vs ViewSonic PJD5155 finest details
Sony VPLHW45ES has massively bigger Pixel number (480000 versus 36220800). ViewSonic PJD5155 has USB (Type mini-B). In contrast, ViewSonic PJD5155 has lower native resolution (800*600 versus 1920х1080), but Sony VPLHW45ES doesn’t have an integrated speaker.
Before getting a new projector, note that Sony VPLHW45ES is the heaviest projector I’ve ever tested (20 pounds), so you won’t have a chance to move it around. ViewSonic PJD5155, in contrast, is by far, the best fan I’ve ever seen, I’ve made it work for 6 hours without a break and it didn’t overheat.