ViewSonic X100-4K+: Home theater gets better

January 4, 2021

Make this an essential part of your home theater setup.

The Lowdown: 

It’s big, but the ViewSonic X100-4K+ has a lot of things that make it one of our favorite home cinema projectors – from 4K HDR support to the built-in Harman Kardon speakers.

The Review: 

ViewSonic is known for its displays, but over the years they’ve managed to make equally great projectors that range from educational use to the big ones used for home theater setups. The ViewSonic X100-4K+ is the latter, and it delivers some of the best 4K images we’ve seen from a projector. Let’s take a look:

Most home theater projectors I’ve tested in the past came in a compact package, but the X100-4K+ is huge – and it gives off a more serious look that this projector means business. Setting it up is still easy though considering its size, and I didn’t have any problem merging this with my own home theater setup (my 55-inch 4K TV might be jealous though). 

The all-black curved exterior of the LED-based X100-4K+ looks great and works well when mounted on the ceiling. I am not able to do this for this review, but a tabletop projection still works well. The top part of the projector houses the lens controls, while the sides house the 20W Harman Kardon speakers. There is also another compartment that has all the basic controls, with all the input ports located on the lower side of the projector, the placement of the ports isn’t ergonomic but it makes sense when you mount it on a ceiling.

Speaking of ports, you’re given a plethora of inputs on the X100-4K+. The primary port of connection is the HDMI 2.0 port that supports HDCP 2.2 which is enough to display 4K video with HDR. There’s also a VGA port for legacy connections along with AUX, 3.5mm, and S/PDIF out for audio. Additionally, there’s a USB port for reading video files from a flash drive, plus Ethernet and an optional Wi-Fi dongle for connectivity.

The X100-4K+ comes with ‘ultra-silent cooling fans’ which were actually whisper quiet when I was using them. Compare this to other projectors where the fans can get quite loud which might distract you from enjoying your movies.

Aside from HDR, the projector also supports Cinema Super COLOR+ that enhances colors to make them pop, as well as Dynamic Black technology. While we weren’t able to test it, the X100-4K+ also supports home automation systems that should make it compatible with your home theater setup.

Most of the functions are accessible via the menu, but it can be a pain to navigate it. It’s slow most of the time, which can make operation frustrating. It definitely needs an overhaul, as it is the only thing I didn’t enjoy on the X100-4K+. You also have access to the Aptoide app store for installing third-party apps. 

For testing, I hooked up the X100-4K+ with all the 4K-supported devices that I own: a PS5, Xbox Series X, and a 4K Blu-ray player. It didn’t have any problems displaying content from either console, allowing 4K HDR gaming content to be projected perfectly.

But the true test lies with movies – I loaded up the 4K Blu-ray of Wonder Woman and right from the opening scenes in Themyscira the projector displayed great levels of color that are made better with HDR.  At 2900 Lumens, it was enough to deliver a bright image, while the 4000000:1 contrast ratio delivered decent blacks – though at times we wish it could be darker.

Resolution is on point, and if you have the right content you can maximize the full capabilities of the X100-4K+. The built-in Harman Kardon speakers aren’t too bad as well and perform better than most built-in speaker projectors. But I’m guessing those who purchase this projector will already have their own home theater setup.

Performance is generally great, and I ended up marathoning all extended editions of The Lord of the Rings in 4K Blu-ray on the holiday weekend.

If not for the basic and slow menu interface, the ViewSonic X100-4K+ would have gotten our best recommendation. Still, it is one of the best 4K projectors we’ve tested in a while.

We Love: 

+ Projects great 4K HDR images

+ Decent Harman Kardon speakers

We Hate: 

– Menu interface could use an overhaul

– Black levels could be better

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.