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Viewsonic PLED-W200 review

Our Rating :
Price when reviewed : £389
inc VAT

A hugely versatile portable projector


1,280×800 resolution, 250 ANSI lumens, 32x130x126mm, 1.2kg

Like the Best Buy-winning Asus P1 Pico Projector, the Viewsonic PLED-W200 is a miniature, lightweight LED DLP projector designed to be taken with you.

The PLED-W200 is particularly versatile, as it can receive video from a PC over VGA or USB, has composite and component video connections and can display video, photo and office document files from an SD card.

Viewsonic PLED-W200

It’s a tiny projector, which is slightly smaller than a stack of three CDs and weighs just 400g. You’ll need to carry the laptop-style power supply with you, though, as there’s no battery. Rather than a normal bulb, the projector uses LEDs as a light source. This means that it uses just 35W when active, and has the added benefit of 20,000 hours of lamp life; enough to have the projector switched on for eight hours a day for seven years.

The projector has a proprietary video input, which goes to a breakout cable with a VGA plug, a composite video input and a 3.5mm audio input for the projector’s twin 2W speakers. You can also plug the projector into component video connections, but you’ll need a component to VGA adaptor and a male-to-female VGA adaptor to do so.

Viewsonic PLED-W200

The projector can display up to 1,280×800 pixels at its native resolution, and with a short throw ratio of 1.16:1 you can create a 40in screen at just a metre away from your projection surface. The projector isn’t bright enough to cope well with office lighting; you can read text and use Windows, but it’s a bit of a strain on the eyes. It’s absolutely fine in low light, though, which is impressive for such a small unit. Colours are vibrant enough for presentations and photos, and films are definitely watchable. Whites have a slightly grey appearance and reds are slightly orange, but we had few complaints about colour quality during normal use. One problem we had was getting consistent focus across the entire projection surface; either the top of bottom of the display was slightly blurred, no matter how we positioned the projector and with keystone correction enabled or disabled.

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Price £389
Rating *****
Award Best Buy


Projector technology DLP
Lamp brightness 250 ANSI lumens
Lamp life 20,000
Lamp life in economy mode 20,000
Contrast ratio 2000:1


Native resolution 1,280×800
Max compressed resolution 1,680×1,050
Aspect ratio 16:10
Other aspect ratios 16:9, 4:3
Max diagonal at 7ft 80in
Throw ratio 1.16:1
Optical zoom N/A
Projection distance 0.6m to 2m
Mirror image yes
Invert image yes
Lens shift horizontal 0%
Lens shift vertical 0%
HD Ready yes
Special view modes Brightest, PC, Movie, ViewMatch, User1, User2


VGA input yes
DVI input No
Sound inputs 3.5mm
Composite input yes
S-video input no
HDMI input no
Component input via VGA
PAL support yes
SECAM support yes
NTSC support yes
Audio output none
Video output none
Others inputs/outputs USB video


Noise (in normal use) 32dB
Size 32x130x126mm
Weight 1.2kg
Internal speakers 2W
Extras remote, cables (power, audio/video breakout)
Remote special features N/A
Power consumption standby 1W
Power consumption on 35W


Lamp cost (inc VAT) N/A
Lamp supplier N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use N/A
Lamp cost per hour of use (economy) N/A

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Price £389

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