"Great little projector with an achilles heel"1.5 starson by littlehouseonprairie
Pros: Great picture, great price.
Cons: Bulb life is NOTORIOUSLY bad and misrepresented by Optoma in a HUGE way.
Summary: I love this project and would like to be able to endorse it. Unfortunately, it has a significant engineering defect involving the bulb. As many online reviewers will attest, the bulbs (or ballast, no one seems sure) frequently fail under 1000 hours of use. Considering the nearly $400 bulb replacement value, I strongly recommend you spend your money on a more reliable unit. You can spend $400 - $800 more initially on a better projector and not have to worry constantly about this problem turning up in the middle of the Super Bowl.Updated
Update from my previous post. My 18-month old projector again started the blackout routine after a few minutes of operation (on second bulb). Sent to Optoma on warranty, received back in about 10-days. They installed a new bulb and some parts I can't identify from the repair ticket. Projector operates fine on kitchen counter. The second it is inverted for ceiling mount it goes to black. There ought to be a lemon law for these things. My advice... spend your money elsewhere. Owning this projector has become a nightmare.