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Viewsonic PLED-W500

alaTest has collected and analyzed 38 reviews of Viewsonic PLED-W500. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. People really like the design. The size is also appreciated. Opinions are divided on the usability. Many are critical about the noise and price.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Viewsonic PLED-W500 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 87/100 = Very good quality.

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alaTest has collected and analyzed 21 user reviews of Viewsonic PLED-W500 from The average user rating for this product is 3.9/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on People really like the usability. The price is also mentioned favorably, whereas the noise and size get critical comments.

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95% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

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Mar, 2018

Expert review by : Paul Monckton (

ViewSonic PLED-W500 review


The ViewSonic PLED-W500 is a projector finished in an expensive-looking glossy black with posh silver trim that helps project a smart, executive image even before you turn it on. It's tremendously portable – a little smaller and lighter than a copy of...

The ViewSonic PLED-W500 is a great little projector. Portable, good-looking and feature-rich it's an ideal accessory for the mobile executive who wants to make a good impression when making presentations. It'll also provide plenty of entertainment at...

Dec, 2011

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Viewsonic PLED-W500 review


Viewsonic's PLED-W500 is an ultraportable LED projector. It's slightly larger than a hardback book and weighs just over 2kg, but has a 1,280x800 resolution, 500 lumens brightness and a choice of video inputs including VGA, HDMI and USB. It can also...

A decent resolution, good choice of inputs and low weight make the PLED-W500 good for travelling, but it's not very bright, has laggy controls and is quite expensive

Nov, 2011

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ViewSonic PLED-W500 review


A decent resolution, good choice of inputs and low weight make the PLED-W500 good for travelling, but it's not very bright, has laggy controls and is quite expensive

There are problems, however. In USB display mode, hovering over program icons in the Windows taskbar no longer displays information about the open program. Focus was an issue too; we noticed green fringing around areas in the top-left corner of the...

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ViewSonic PLED-W500 projector review

Aug, 2012

Expert review by : Khidr Suleman (

ViewSonic PLED-W500 projector review


ViewSonic's PLED-W500 projector is designed to meet the needs of business users who need to give presentations when out on the road and is also suitable for home use.

Portable, 500 lumens is fine for dimly lit rooms, can be used independently for presentations, carry case

Not bright enough for well-lit rooms, lack of acceptable audio output, £500 price tag, noisy

A reasonable effort from ViewSonic, the PLED-W500 is suitable for business users who are regularly going to carry out presentations on the move. The projector is also suitable for use in the home, but the £500 price tag is a bit steep.

Jan, 2012

Expert review by : Chris Bidmead (

Viewsonic PLED W500 portable projector


Review Some pieces of kit take a long time to review. Particularly if they're very nice pieces of kit that you're reluctant to return to the PR agency. The Viewsonic PLED-W500 is just such a piece of kit.

If you don't mind the missing bells and whistles (lens shift, zoom) and can hook the PLED-W500 to a sound system to substitute for the good-enough-for-presentation built in 2W speaker, here's a cracking good entry-level home cinema projector. At a...

Dec, 2011

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Viewsonic PLED-W500 projector review


Product Viewsonic PLED-W500 projector Website Specifications LED projector, 1280x800 resolution, 500 lumens, 6000:1 contrast ratio, 16:10, 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratios supported, RGB input, S-video, HDMI, VGA, USB, Mini-USB,...

Portable, 500 lumens is OK for dimly lit rooms, good connectivity, carry case included

Fiddly remote control and poor menu, not bright enough for well lit rooms, noisy ; The Ugly ; Lack of audio output is unacceptable, £500 price tag

The PLED-W500 projector has a small frame that packs some impressive specifications including a 500 lumens LED lamp, 1280x800 native resolution and up to 100in picture size. However, the device is ultimately let down by poor performance

Expert review by : M. David Stone (

ViewSonic PLED-W500


The ViewSonic PLED-W500 offers light weight, small size, and a reasonably bright image.

Smaller and lighter than lamp-based projectors. Brighter than picos and palmtops. Reads files from SD cards and internal memory.

Shows scaling artifacts (unwanted patterns added to some screens) at its claimed native resolution. Lacks crisp focus.

Mar, 2012

Expert review by : Anthony Arrigo (

Viewsonic PLED-W500


To further enhance portability, the PLED-W500 comes with a protective travel case. Unfortunately, as seems to be the case with this class of projector (and level of brightness), the PLED-W500 does not have a battery option, but the power supply is...

Small and lightweight ? 2.6 lbs

Jan, 2012

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Viewsonic PLED-W500


You can make presentations without a PC. There is 1GB of memory on board and SD & USB slots. You can present from any of these. I am using the memory option. Brightness is suprising for such a small thing. Image sharpness not the best I've seen but...

Couldn't find any way to order the slides in the memory. However, if you get them in the right order in the Windows PC directory then upload the folder to the projector it peserves the order. I don't think you could shuffle the slides into a different...

May, 2013

Product Specifications


Certification:CE, CB, UL, cUL, FCC (including ICES-003), NOM, TUV-S Argentina, RoHS


Colour of product:Black


Lamp Type:LED
Lamps quantity:1
Service life of lamp:20000

Lens System



Audio formats supported:MP3
Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1
RMS rated power:2
Video formats supported:H.264, MPEG2, MPEG4


Ethernet LAN: No
Wi-Fi: No

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):10 - 90
Operating temperature (T-T):0 - 40

Other features

Aspect Ratio:4:3, 16:9, 16:10
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):214 x 164 x 42
Network ready: No
Resolution:1280 x 800

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:VGA
Carrying case: Yes
Handheld remote control: Yes


Horizontal scan range:31 - 100
Noise Level:38
Vertical scan range:48 - 120

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in: Yes
Composite Video In:1
DVI port: No
HDMI ports quantity:1
PC Audio in: Yes
S-Video inputs quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:2
USB connector type:USB Type-A
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power Consumption (Standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):144


Contrast ratio (typical):6000:1
Keystone correction, vertical:-40 - 40
Matrix size:1.14
Maximum analog resolution:1680 x 1050
Maximum digital resolution:1920 x 1080
Number of Colours:16.78 million colours
Projection distance:0.91 - 2.4
Projection Technology:DLP
Projector brightness:500
Projector native resolution:WXGA (1280x800)
Screen size compatibility:762 - 2032


Card reader integrated: Yes
Compatible memory cards:SD
Internal storage capacity:0.5


3D: No
3D-Ready: No
Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Full HD: Yes
Supported graphics resolutions:1440 x 1050, 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+), 640 x 480 (VGA)
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p

Weight & Dimensions