Pros Great performance value, Brightness level, 1080p HDMI , Excellent color output, Intuitive menu for configuration, 4x Color-wheel
Cons No auto-iris, Very limited placement flexibility (typical for DLP), fan-noise while on bright-mode, no inky blacks
Summary I did my research before finally ponying up my hard earned cash for this little guy. After receiving it and trying it out, I am now glad that I did. It was packaged well and comes with a great manual to get you accustomed to the different picture adjustment settings found within it. I especially loved the 12-volt switch on the back of it to mate with the toggle for the electric screen which I also purchased. Several HDMI ports, SVGA, Component, and standard video hookups on the back give you every option that you will ever need to plug something into it. Movies look great on it, games look great on it, everything looks great on it. Nice and bright even on its lowest brightness setting (low-lamp mode). Long bulb-life (3000 hours, 4000 hours. on low-lamp mode) and a good warranty to boot. When a replacement bulb goes for around $250 retail, you come to appreciate the rated bulb-life from the beginning.
Fan-noise is also on the quieter end of the curve for a typical front-projector, you can't even tell its running when on low-lamp mode. Manual zoom and focus, but hey, you gotta give up the automatic toys when you are on a budget....and how often do you really need to play with that stuff after your initial alignment anyway? User menu's are deep and gives you flexibility for tweaking and customizing the many different settings to your taste, but I liked the out of the box settings for my cinema, nice to have them all there though. I posted a few screen-shots under the customer photos to give you an idea of the picture quality that it produces.
Overall its a great projector if you are looking to get into the market/hobby without taking out a second mortgage. I love it and so do my guests. Good luck.
Pros Compact, quiet, extremely user friendly interface & controls, cheap maintenance & management, beautiful picture for both gaming and movies.
Cons Lens controls are limited, so you have to position well. Only available in white (a black model, and earth tones availability would have been nice).
Summary Great projector for it's price. I got it thru Best Buy, so that if something goes wrong, I wouldn't have to worry about issues. So far, every things been great. I'm a huge techie, and I honestly thought that I'd have to spend a great deal on a high-end projector, nope, not at all. Very satisfied with what I have. Here's a youtube review I did, see it in action for yourself. Hope this was helpful. http://youtu.be/elhrlGbhtgQHeres a vid review I've done... see the quality for yourself. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=elhrlGbhtgQ
Extremely good projector for its price, considering most of us own video devices well over a $999 price range. Gamers, and Videophiles will love this... If you're looking to go bigger than what LEDs and LCDs can offer, this is a stellar buy.
Updated on Jan 9, 2012
"worth every penny"on by yallasv
Pros great image quality, nice throw distance, easy adjust-ability, delivers great performance for the price
Cons no lens positioning and features that match other 1080p models, although the low price makes up for it. There is a 3-6 second lag when changing sources or channels which might get frustrating if change often.
Summary great value for its price
Pros Functionality is good
Cons Optoma will not stand behind a lemon if you happen to get one. My projector was returned for repairs six times and now that the warranty is expired they told me to take a hike and buy another brand if I don't like it.
Summary Not worth taking a chance that you might get a lemon. Go to a manufacurer who believes in their product and will stand behind it if there is a problem.