ViewSonic PA503S review & specs

ViewSonic PA503S — Affordable SVGA Projector with Full HD and 3D Support

ViewSonic PA503S

If you’re looking for the bright projector for handling presentations or occasional movie watching and gaming, the ViewSonic PA503S review should be on your bookmarks list. This SVGA projector can support 1080p format and Blu-ray 3D, preserves high contrast in the lit environment, and features multiple connections for computers, monitors, and HDMI-connected devices. The only significant negative point might be the absence of wireless streaming and screen sharing. Still, considering the low price tag of this unit, it offers a good value for its price.

Article navigation

Design

The PA503S has a medium size and is rather heavy. It’s 11.6 inches wide, 8.6 inches deep, and 4.3 inches tall, and weighs 7.14lbs. All the top part and the most part of the front panel are painted white, and a narrow strip on the bottom of the front panel, as well as the sides, are painted beige. The two sturdy feet are installed under the backside corners, and an adjustable foot can be found closer to the front part of the projector.

The front panel houses the large lens window and the grill on the left. Zoom and focus controls are situated on the top of the device, inside the deep niche. The operation buttons are located closer to the back. The back panel accommodates the connections including the HDMI, mini USB, RCA ports, VGA, RS-232, power cord plug.

Features

As stated in the ViewSonic PA503S manual, the device is equipped with the DLP technology and has a native resolution of 800x600. Meanwhile, it supports the Full HD content and can work in the Blu-ray 3D format. The color variety excesses 1 billion shades, and the projector features the SuperColor technology.

The lamp brightness is estimated as 3,600 lumens. The durability of the lamp varies between 5,000 and 15,000 (in the Super Economy mode). The contrast makes 22,000:1. The picture correction options include the vertical keystone regulation and 1.1x zoom. The image can vary in size from 30 to 300 inches.

The ViewSonic PA503S 3600 lumens SVGA HDMI projector has an input lag of 16ms and features a single HDMI 1.4 port, a mini USB, RCA inputs for audio and video, RS232 and Monitor output. It doesn’t support wireless protocols.

The integrated speakers produce the mono signal at 2W. The operation noise of the device makes about 27 dB.

Performance

The device can get very bright, while the Super Eco mode dims the image without making it dark. The image projected is detailed and accurate, with sharp contours and vivid colors. In the Brightest mode, the reds might seem a bit oversaturated while the overall picture looks well balanced and has a warm tint. The contrast is preserved in the lit environment as well, with blacks, grays, and whites being spot on.

The 3D content also features rich colors and distinct peaks. The tables, schemes, and diagrams are clear, and the small fonts are well readable. The sound is loud enough for a small auditory but doesn’t feature any depth. The motor noise of ViewSonic PA503S itself is seldom noticeable, usually in complete silence.

The VGA inputs and the monitor out combined with the FHD HDMI port enable the screen duplication in another setup, the network gaming. The low input lag ensures a quick remote and PC response.

Common features

Product

ViewSonic PA503S

Model

PA503S

Brand

ViewSonic

Rating

4.5 of 5

Reviews

946

Resolution

Native resolution

800 x 600

Max resolution (resized)

1920 x 1200

Resolution abbreviation

SVGA

Properties

Projection screen size, inch

60 - 180

Projection distance, m/ft

2.3 - 7.1/6.2 - 22.9

Aspect ratio

4:3

Brightness, lumens

3600

Contrast ratio

22000:1

Throw ratio range

1.96 - 2.15

Color reproduction

1.07 billion

Pixel number

2304000

Projection system

DLP

Noise level, dBA

34

Input lag, ms

16

Power consumption, W

260

Features

Remote control

Mouse functions

HDR

3D

Security

password protection

Projection method

front, rear, ceiling mount, tabletop

Lamp

Lamp type, W

190

Lamp life (normal mode), hours

5000

Lamp life (eco mode), hours

15000

Connectivity

HDMI

1

VGA input

2

Composite video input (RCA)

1

Audio input (RCA)

1

Audio input (3.5mm)

1

Audio output (3.5mm)

1

SPDIF (optical)

Ethernet (RJ45)

MHL

RS232 (DB-9pin)

1

12V trigger

USB

1

USB (service)

Audio

Integrated speakers

Speaker power, W

2

Sound type

mono

Video compatibility

NTSC

PAL

SECAM

Lens

F-number

Focal length, mm

Lens shift

Zoom ratio

Settings

Keystone adjustment vertical, +- degrees

40

Keystone adjustment horizontal, +- degrees

Operating temperature

Min, C/F

0/32

Max, C/F

40/104

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, сm/inches

10.92 x 29.46 x 21.84/4.3 x 11.6 x 8.6

Weight, kg/pounds

2.54/5.6