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John Archer  |  Sep 24, 2013  |  0 comments

While we rapturously praised JVC’s decision to turn its traditional D-ILA projection trio into a quartet this year when reviewing the outstanding DLA-X55 addition to the range, it occurred to us that that model's excellence potentially caused the brand a problem. In previous years the step up from JVC’s entry-level projectors to the mid-range equivalents of this year’s DLA-X75 was clearly defined. Now, though, you may wonder if the DLA-X75 can up the ante enough from the DLA-X55 to justify its extra £1,500 or so cost.

Steve May  |  Jul 15, 2020  |  0 comments
This WebOS-powered long-life LED projector wants to replace your LCD TV. Steve May wonders if he's looking at a home cinema game-changer
Steve May  |  Sep 28, 2016  |  0 comments

It's perhaps surprising that the concept of ultra short throw projectors for the home hasn't taken off more readily. Unlike traditional home cinema beamers, which cast images across 3m to 5m, UST models like this £1,000 Optoma GT5000 throw up a 100in image from just 30cm. 

Martin Pipe  |  Jun 07, 2015  |  0 comments

Until quite recently, you could expect to fork out over a grand for a brand-name Full HD projector with 3D capabilities. Now, though, such spec is a much more affordable proposition – Optoma's HD151X retails for just £650.

John Archer  |  May 31, 2013  |  0 comments

Design-wise, the HD25 is passably attractive by budget projection standards, thanks to its gloss white finish and curved forward edge. Casual users will appreciate its small, cupboard-friendly footprint – though this does raise concerns about running noise issues.

Steve May  |  Oct 15, 2019  |  0 comments
hcc_recommendedLow latency and HDR compatibility make gaming on this 1080p Optoma a bright idea, says Steve May

Smart and compact, with a glossy white finish, this new 1080p DLP projector from Optoma is designed for living room rather than dark theatre use. So far, so typical, but what makes the HD29H particularly interesting is that while it's unequivocally a Full HD model, it's also HDR compatible. It'll read HDR10 metadata and attempt to produce a correctly balanced dynamic image.

Steve May  |  Jun 25, 2014  |  0 comments

While there are a plethora of PJs available for around a grand, most will ask you to make some sort of sacrifice when it comes to visual performance, usually in terms of resolution or black level. After all, something has to give to hit that price point. Seemingly this isn’t the case with Optoma’s HD30 Full HD DLP offering. This precocious single-chipper throws an image that looks like it comes from a cabinet costing twice as much.

Ed Selley  |  Mar 13, 2012  |  0 comments
Optoma unleashes bigscreen 3D The sub-£1,400 HD33 offers a tempting mix of dramatic 3D and sweet design. Home cinema frugalists have never had it so good, argues Steve May

Don’t be surprised if you’re told you’ll have to go on a waiting list to get an Optoma HD33. According to a little birdie in the trade, demand for this model is outstripping supply across Europe – and having now lived with one for a few weeks, I’m not surprised. Typically selling for less than £1,400, they represent ridiculously good value for bigscreen aficionados – particularly when you consider that a year ago you couldn’t get a Full HD 3D PJ for less than £3K.

Ed Selley  |  Jun 17, 2011  |  0 comments
Adapt to adopt 3D Your very own big screen 3D cinema for less than a grand? It’s possible says Steve May, but there are caveats…

Three dimensions work best on a cinema-sized screen where the format is more immersive and ultimately more convincing. While a 3DTV promises a peek through a dimensional window, cinema opens the doors and drags you inside.

Ed Selley  |  Jan 12, 2012  |  0 comments
Stuck in the middle Optoma's first 3D PJ offers Full HD at a very aggressive price point. But that’s not enough for John Archer

If you want to get a handle on what makes the Optoma HD83 one of the year’s most interesting projectors, all you have to do is take in its price: £2,400. This makes it comfortably more aff ordable than the likes of Panasonic’s AT5000 and Sony’s VPL-HW30ES.

John Archer  |  Nov 19, 2020  |  0 comments
Optoma's HZ40 home entertainment projector offers laser lighting – unusual for a model at its £1,300 price. But John Archer finds this a mixed blessing

It's easy to see why some people think lasers are the future of projection. They can go exceptionally bright and can support an extended colour gamut. You don't have to replace them as you do normal projection lamps, and they're energy efficient. And they lose relatively little performance over their colossal lifetime.

Steve May  |  Dec 04, 2018  |  0 comments
Optoma's UHD51 projector not only delivers thrillingly crisp 4K visuals at a tempting price, it's part of a new generation to also offer 3D compatibility – and it turns out to be a grand reminder of just how much fun bigscreen 3D can be.
John Archer  |  May 05, 2020  |  0 comments
Optoma has given its media-savvy living room projector a brightness boost. John Archer leaves the lights on for some 4K HDR viewing

Much as we love projectors, trying to use them in a dark room can be a pain. Particularly if their remote controls don't have any backlighting.

Steve May  |  Jul 07, 2018  |  0 comments
Black level performance, colour vibrancy and raw resolution are widely recognised as the holy trinity of home cinema projection, and with the 4K HDR-capable UHZ65, Optoma comes close to giving movie fans a suitably religious experience.
Steve May  |  Jan 14, 2020  |  0 comments
Optoma's 4K ultra-short-throw PJ is a convincing TV replacement, suggests Steve May.

Able to cast a big image in a relatively small room, positioned just centimetres from a white wall, it's not difficult to see the appeal of an ultra-short-throw (UST) projector. There's no fear of walking in front of the beam either, causing oversized shadows on the action. The downside is that almost all UST projectors look like escapees from the office Christmas party.

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