ViewSonic PX727HD review: Chin up, picture quality down

Consumer electronics is a cutthroat world. If you’re not improving, someone else probably is. Five years ago, the ViewSonic PX727HD may have been a good buy, but it isn’t today. Other projectors in its price range put out brighter images with more contrast and better color accuracy. They also throw in more features like lens shift and wider zoom ranges. Although not without its charms, the PX727HD has been left behind by competition that offers more for the same money.


  • Compact size
  • Lens chin minimizes light leaks below the screen
  • Long lamp life on Eco mode

Don’t Like

  • Dimmer than competitors
  • Weaker contrast ratio
  • Below-average zoom range

For this review I compared the ViewSonic PX727HD side-by-side with two other sub-$1,000 projectors, the BenQ HT2050A and Epson Home Cinema 2150. Of the three, the ViewSonic was the dimmest, with the lowest contrast ratio and the least impressive overall picture.

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Basic specs

  • Native resolution: 1080p
  • HDR-compatible: No
  • 4K-compatible: No
  • 3D-compatible: Yes
  • Lumens spec: 2,000
  • Zoom: Manual (1.3x)
  • Lens shift: None
  • Lamp life (Normal mode): 4,000 hours

I’ll start with one thing that’s good, and different, about this projector: There’s a small lip in front of the lens, which

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Is your stimulus check a no-show? What you need to know and how to notify the IRS

You’re not the only person who’s still waiting for your stimulus check to arrive.

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We may be able to help if your stimulus check appears to be missing. While the IRS has sent more than 159 million payments, millions of eligible Americans are still waiting for their checks. If you’re in that group, there are still some things you can proactively do to find out what’s going on and, if necessary, report your specific situation to the IRS.

In the best case scenario, your money could still be on its way. However, your check could also be delayed for one of several reasons. It could be that there’s a problem you need to report or some other action you need to take to get your coronavirus relief payment. 

Whatever the case, we’ll walk you through some possibilities for the holdup and also explain how to contact the IRS if your check looks like a no-show. You may also want to sign up for a free USPS service that will send you a picture of every piece of mail coming your way

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MindManager for Mac 13: Why remote workers will especially like the app’s new features

With MindManager for Mac 13, project management from a distance becomes more seamless. Get details about this brainstorming, diagramming, and project planning and management app.

Users can now use an iPad as a second screen with macOS Catalina Sidecar.

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The year 2020 will be remembered as the year everyone began working remotely, which is why new features included in MindManager for Mac 13 are so important. The brainstorming, diagramming, and project planning and management application already boasted compelling capabilities back in 2018 and 2019, when I previously covered the software’s creative approach to helping solve common, complex problems.

SEE: Life after lockdown: Your office job will never be the same–here’s what to expect (cover story PDF) (TechRepublic)


MindManager Go is the smartphone app. 

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Version 13 debuted in the middle of the COVID-19 lockdown. While Q2 2020 software wasn’t selling as well as puzzles or toilet paper, any Mac user needing to develop, document, and deploy creative solutions—a now common predicament—will appreciate new program features that assist overcoming such challenges while working remotely.

MindManager for Mac 13 users can work with maps using iCloud accounts, an important consideration for team members collaborating and forging new

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How to remotely control a Mac with TeamViewer

You can access a Mac remotely using TeamViewer. Here are the steps.

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If you’re working from home and normally use a Mac on the job, you may need a way to remotely connect to and control your work Mac. The Mac does offer a built-in option for remote connections using the Screen Sharing app, but you may find more features and greater control through a third-party app. One program worth trying is TeamViewer.

With TeamViewer installed on your Mac and on another device (either a PC or mobile device), you can set up and customize your remote sessions and then quickly connect to your Mac. TeamViewer is free for personal, non-commercial use. For businesses, the company offers a few different paid plans. To learn more about remote connections with TeamViewer, refer to our article: How to remotely access any PC using TeamViewer. Now, let’s see how this work on a Mac.

SEE: Remote access policy (Tech Pro Research) 

Your first step is to download and install the TeamViewer software on the computer or mobile device from which you’ll connect to your Mac. Let’s say it’s a Windows computer. Go to the TeamViewer for Windows webpage and click

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