Viewsonic X2 Projector Review

If you want to buy a good TV, prices up to 50 and 60 inch sizes have always been acceptable, but whenever you want to break the 75 inch barrier, you have to open your purse and be ready to pay astronomical prices. At this point, we see projection devices as an economical alternative. The Viewsonic X2 short throw projector, which we will examine today, is such a product, it allows you to get a 100-inch image on your screen or wall from 1.5 meters away. If you want to get the equivalent size on a TV, you have to pay 4 times the money.

Viewsonic X2 product link: https://bit.ly/VSTR-X2

For whom is it suitable?

To briefly explain what the Viewsonic X2 is and what it is not, let’s make it clear once and for all, not for those who say they’re looking for an ultra-bright projector that I can use during the day with the curtains open. Although the 3100 lumens LED light is bright, it is more suitable for use either with a blackout curtain or in the evening. This LED light has a lifespan of 30,000 hours. This means that even if you use it for 6 hours every day, it will be enough for 15 years.

It is a device that we cannot say very small in size, do not compare it with portable battery-powered devices, so this is a projector produced for stationary use.

The X2 can display images in 1080p resolution. You can use it both with external players and thanks to the android operating system inside, you can plug your storage device and watch your media with applications such as VLC, MXplayer.

In addition, there is a built-in application store, popular applications such as Amazon Prime and Netflix are installed by default, but if you want, it is possible to download and install more.

Positioning

It doesn’t have any standard tripod mounts on or under it. For ceiling or wall mounting you need to get Viewsonic’s wall mount kit. But I think most home users will put it on the coffee table in front of the sofa and use it.

There is no disadvantage of this usage, it is even possible to position the device at an angle, you can compensate this with the vertical and horizontal keystone corrections that you can apply from the settings, and you can use the projector without distortion, as if you put it directly opposite. The bottom 2-level foot is also among the corrections you can make in this direction.

There is a focus and a zoom wheel on the lens.

Closer Physical Properties

When we look at the rear ports, we see that there are 2 HDMI 2.0 inputs. If you have multiple devices such as a computer, game console or Apple TV, you can connect them at the same time and easily switch between HDMI sources with the remote.

In addition, you can connect your smartphone, nintendo switch and other devices that allow image transfer via USB Type-C via the Type-C slot here. In this sense, we can say that there are 3 video input slots in total.

But in addition to all these inputs, you also have the option of screen mirroring over Wi-Fi. Viewsonic X2 has 5GHz Wi-Fi AC support. If you have an up-to-date smartphone, you can easily do wireless screen mirroring over Wi-Fi.

Finally, there is a USB 2.0 version Type-A socket. Actually, there are 2 USB Type-A sockets, but only one of them is available to the user, and the other socket is a special socket used by the technical service. When you connect your external storage devices to the projector from this slot, they appear automatically in the android operating system and you can open these files using one of your installed applications.

The device has built-in speakers as well as an audio input and output socket. It’s nice to have multiple options in terms of sound. And the internal speakers are not something to be taken lightly,

Viewsonic has worked with Harman Kardon and put a nice speaker in this projector. But this speaker also has some limitations. The volume can be adjusted from 0 to 20 steps, and when you set it to the last setting, you sound really loud. But at the highest level, it didn’t seem like the speaker amp could handle the power, because the volume goes up and down. You can listen to the sample audio recording in our video. This fixes itself when I take the level back a few steps.

Bluetooth Features

Since the device has a bluetooth feature, you can connect your projector to your projector via bluetooth, use it as a bluetooth speaker and play your spotify songs. On the contrary, if you want to hear from your wireless bluetooth headset while watching a movie, you can connect to your headset.

Control

The remote that comes with the device is powered by 2 AAA size batteries and Viewsonic supplies these batteries to you. One well thought-out feature of the Remote that I loved was the backlighting of the keys. They also put an accelerometer in the controller so that it does not consume battery life unnecessarily. The lights of the keys only come on when you take the remote in your hand. The dimensions of the remote are average, they do not have many rough and messy keys like the old tv remotes, nor have they achieved the balance here, as they have limited functionality. Navigating the menu is easy and convenient. Since they double the infrared receiver of the remote and put them both behind and in front of the device, you can send commands without getting out of shape.

Display modes

Among the picture modes you can choose are Brightest, TV, Movie, Game and custom templates that you can set yourself. Among them, the Game I liked the most, because I think it gives the details in the shadows better. Therefore, if the ambient light is too much, I recommend you to use it in Game mode. The film is more suitable for use in dark environments.

By the way, I would like to underline that the device comes with the HDMI CEC feature, this feature enables the device connected to it via HDMI when you turn on your game console, player or computer, so you don’t have to deal with the control of each one separately.

Game tests

We really enjoyed our Cyberpunk 2077, F1 2022 and Spider Man Remastered tests with a system with an RTX 4080 graphics card. We adjusted it to fill our entire screen and felt ourselves in the game world.

There is a special option in the X2’s menu to reduce input lag, and when you activate it, it really becomes no different from a gaming monitor. Details are clear and selectable in bright scenes, but in games like Cyberpunk, you cannot see the dark spots very well when you go out at night.

Fan Noise level

The fan noise is audible, but it doesn’t bother you when you go a little further. While playing games and watching movies, other sounds will probably suppress the fan noise easily, but you can hear this fan noise in dialogue scenes with long silence. In our video, we recorded a sound recording from 1 meter away.

Internal App Store

Another feature that lets you use your projector just like a smart TV is the built-in app store. You can use the internal 11GB storage for these applications. It is possible to download popular video applications from this store, but the interface of some applications is not compatible by default and it is not possible to navigate the menus with the remote. For example, when we tried Netflix, we could not see what we selected with the remote, and the boxes with the pictures of the movies and series did not fit on the screen. When we tried to connect the receiver and transmitter unit of our wireless keyboard mouse set to one of the USB sockets on the back of the device, we saw that the Netflix interface was working properly.

Conclusion

The Viewsonic X2 has become an entertainment base equipped with multi-functional and up-to-date features. Thanks to its short throw feature, it is a projection device that can be used from 1.5 meters even for users whose houses are not very large and have limited space to use projection. It has application support, wireless screen mirroring and a large number of input slots that we are used to seeing on smart TVs. Yes, maybe it’s not the brightest and highest resolution device we’ve reviewed, but it’s a model worth considering if you’re stuck between a big-screen TV and a projection.


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