- Good video performance, excellent colour reproduction, USB photo slide show, good price tag
- Image quality problems, over-sharpening, overly bright, unattractive design
The PJ358 doesn't have the best performance on the market but it remains a fairly good projector considering its price tag.
Price$ 1,699.00 (AUD)
The Viewsonic PJ358 is a portable LCD projector with a native resolution of 1024x768 and a brightness level of 2000 ANSI lumens. It is manufactured by Hitachi and is identical to the Hitachi CP-X253. The PJ358 is capable of excellent colours and detail but is a little too bright causing some detail to be lost. Primarily suited to business presentations, it can also handle video projection and should suit a casual user. However, it wouldn't be a good choice as a home theatre device as it pales in comparison to a dedicated home theatre unit.
At the native resolution we connected a PC and ran DisplayMate Video Edition. DisplayMate is excellent for discovering the flaws on monitors, televisions and projectors. For the most part, the unit passed all our tests but there were a handful of exceptions. The resolution tests showed banding on both the horizontal and vertical resolution tests. This is an odd result, but one that is not entirely uncommon. It is usually seen when a test is being conducted outside the native resolution of the projector or when keystone correction is employed. In this situation it comes down to a fault of the projector rather than a resolution or keystone quirk since we are using 1024x768 as the resolution with no keystone correction. This banding issue will not impact most users but may manifest when viewing fine details such as line art or even a simple excel spreadsheet.
We also found some over sharpening, especially on text. This caused some haloing and digital artefacts around edges. While it can be reduced with a little calibration, it can't be fully removed as reducing the sharpness level results in the image becoming a little blurry.
We also found the image to be overly bright. We attempted to calibrate around this by adjusting the brightness and contrast but very little could be done to improve the image quality. The image appeared a little washed out, resulting in some loss of detail, most noticeably on black text on a white background. This will become annoying for viewers if the font sizes are small in your presentations but apart from this inconvenience, it isn't an earth-shattering issue.
The colours on the PJ358 are exceptional and have no over-saturation or discolouration. We connected the unit to a DVD player and ran footage from The Matrix via a composite connection. Unfortunately, the PJ358 does not have any digital inputs and therefore cannot be used with high definition content. The DVD looked quite good, but the over-sharpening was a little more noticeable and the image was hampered by a minor degree of noise as well. While it can be used to watch video, we would only recommend watching movies on it as a casual or temporary measure. Since it is a portable projector, it would definitely suit the trip to a friend's house to watch a movie or the football on a big screen. Installing it as a permanent home theatre fixture wouldn't be advisable as there are better home theatre projectors on the market for around the same price.
The PJ358 also has a USB port at the rear that is used to display JPEG images from a USB flash drive. This feature is deployed quite well. The options are fairly basic but the on-screen interface is very easy to use and comes complete with thumbnail shots of each image on the flash drive. The images look good on screen, although we did notice the colours appeared a little washed out at times.
The unit is very quiet and doesn't produce too much heat. It produces a 1.2 metre image from a distance of 101.5cm and up to 7.8 metres from a distance of 762cm. This makes it detail for small areas such as boardrooms or the living room.
The casing of the Viewsonic PJ358 is identical to the Hitachi CP-X253, a unit released well over a year ago (which has since become discontinued). It is a low to mid-range unit by today's market standards - something that is reflected by its limited connectivity options. The rear of the unit has two VGA D-Sub PC connections, S-Video and composite video connections, and the previously mentioned USB port.
While it isn't the most attractive unit on the market and its performance isn't the best on offer, the PJ358 is still a fairly good projector considering the price tag. If you can overlook the handful of problems that the unit has, you can save yourself a good wad of cash. If not, save up a few more pennies and grab something of a higher quality.
Join the Good Gear Guide newsletter!
Smart LED Bulb LB130
Epson EcoTank Expression ET-2500
Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop
UE Boom 2 Bluetooth speaker
Linksys AC5400 MU-MIMO Gigabit router
Epson WorkForce ET-4550
Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive
Samsung portable 1TB T3 drive
Huawei Mate 9
Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive
Acer Swift 7
Belkin MIXIT Metallic Lightning to USB Cable
3SIXT Ultra HD Sports Action Camera
Lexar® Portable SSD
Epson WorkForce DS-360W
Google Daydream VR headset
Logitech G403 Prodigy mouse
HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450
Dell Inspiron 5000 series 2-in-1
Blade 28 backpack by Arc’teryx
Garmin Fenix Chronos smartwatch
Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards
HP Pavilion x360 13”
Surface Pro 4
Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive
Dell XPS 13 laptop
Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 Gigabyte Aorus GA-AX370-Gaming 5 AMD Ryzen AM4 motherboard review
- 2 Kogan curved 4K UHD 55-inch LED LCD TV review
- 3 Panasonic Blu-ray recorder PVR set-top box review
- 4 Garmin Fenix Chronos fitness tracker smartwatch review
- 5 Star Wars Death Star Bluetooth levitating rotating speaker review
Latest News Articles
- Sony's Android-powered Xperia projector turns any flat surface into a touch screen
- Sony’s new liquid-cooled 4K home video projector delivers 5000 lumens of brightness, costs $60,000
- BenQ targets Epson with revamped home entertainment projectors
- LG's new Laser Display gives you 100in of full HD glory
- Vivid Sydney 2012 gets some love from will.i.am
PCW Evaluation Team
A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.
I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.
As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.
I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.
Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!
For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.
- Samsung Galaxy A5 2017 phone: Full, in-depth review
- Subaru XV 2017 review
- LG G6: unboxing, hands on review and detail shots
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies
- FTSocial Media ExecutiveNSW
- FTProcurement Business AnalystVIC
- CCOrganisational Change Analyst - Banking/Financial ServicesNSW
- TPBusiness AnalystQLD
- CCSAP FICO ConsultantWA
- FTAutomation TesterQLD
- FTApplication Support LeadQLD
- FTData and Insights AnalystNSW
- TPSenior Software DeveloperQLD
- FTNodeJS DeveloperNSW
- CCTechnical Business Analyst (Security) - Finance - Contract - Sydney CBDNSW
- FTData Centre Technical SpecialistACT
- FTService Desk Operations AnalystNSW
- CCAutomation Test AnalystQLD
- CCInfrastructure Project ManagerNSW
- FTTechnical ConsultantACT
- FTJunior DevOps Developer - TelcoVIC
- CCBusiness Analyst - Cyber Security EnvironmentACT
- FTSoftware Tech Lead - C++ Back Office Trading SystemsNSW
- FTICT Project ManagerNSW
- FTInfrastructure ArchitectNSW
- CCSystems EngineerACT
- CCSAP BPC SME/Consultant - BRISBANE BASEDQLD
- CCSenior Network Architect l CCIE R&S l Cisco ACINSW
- TPProject SchedulerVIC