Pros Single unit, great image, easy setup
Cons A little noisy and hot.
Summary We watch DVDs a couple times per month. We wanted a home theatre but without a big screen and a bunch of components taking up our living room. This thing is the business. Pull it out of the closet, plug it in, point it at a blank wall, and pop in your latest Netflix, turn out the lights and you've got an excellent home theatre with zero hassle.
Pros Compact size, ease of set-up, great picture
Cons Some black on black color fade, cannot turn off built-in speakers
Summary We bought this projector after having looked at large screen tv's for quite awhile. I have recommended it to several of my friends. The projector is easy to set-up right out of its carry case, onto the coffee table, plug it in, put in the movie, pop the popcorn. In my case, I have added a few steps by using a screen instead of the wall and adding a 5-speaker surround sound system but those are easy enough to set up also. I just connect the speakers to the connection in back and it is ready. All-in-all it takes about 5 minutes to be able to sit back and watch the movie on a 7' wide screen. The almost 1:1 throw ratio lets you determine how big your screen can be by where you place the projector. We have a short room so we can only put it about 7' from the screen, but this still allows us to view it in large format. I have noticed a slight smudging of black on black on the screen. This is noticeable to me, (the rest of my family doesn't see it) in movies like Star Wars where Darth Vader is standing in the shadows. His black cape becomes a faded green/grey. I have compared this to a friend's Infocus which he has to set up connecting it to a DVD player and speakers and has a further throw ratio so he needs a longer room. I noticed that you can see a grid pattern on his screen while even close up I cannot see that pattern on my screen. The picture gets better as the room gets darker so we usually wait until around sunset (7:30) before watching movies. The projector does put out a lot of heat and you need to make sure you don't put things near the vents. Some reviewers have mentioned a burning smell but it isn't very noticeable. From what I can tell this is ozone from the o2air filter. Also, the fans are very quiet, almost unnoticeable when you are watching a movie, even with the projector only a few feet from your ears. As for price, you can find this product online from the mid $800 range with a free screen. Try to find a wide screen tv for anywhere near that.
Pros good image
Cons incompatibility issue: DVD-R specific
Summary Nice unit overall. One problem: DVD-R's (and DVD+R's)) created on a Panasonic VHS to DVD recorder DO NOT PLAY (DMRES30 - default settings for one-touch-record). Tech support at Optoma, while friendly, ultimately suggested connecting ANOTHER DVD player through the compoment input and play incompatible discs that way!!
These Panasonic-created discs did, by the way, work on EVERY other DVD player I have access to.)...So far this is my only complaint. Plays commercial dics fine.
Pros Integrated DVD, optical out, good video color, cool design
Cons Hot (to the touch, shouldn't heat up a room), mediocre computer display, resolution (for computer)
Summary I think CNET has gone far too detailed into the review of this unit. I have watched several movies on mine and have never been compelled to adjust the "True Vivid" settings. For movies, people and things appear to have very natural colors. So far I've only found it necessary to change the color mode and brite mode (my favorite is sRGB with brite mode off).
I haven't noticed ANY rainbow effect with mine, and my last projector was an LCD. The resolution doesn't matter for most sources of video, it compresses/expands nicely.
The offset lens projection (which projects up) is odd, but just get used to it! Not a big a deal.
The only downfall I've noticed is it does not show a very good computer display. Color reproduction not very nice, small resolution. Obviously, it was intended for movie viewing - and that's what it's best at!
"Don't buy Optoma!"on by guymeader
Pros Nothing, Optoma makes junk.
Cons Optoma equipment fails early and they don't support it.
Summary Do not buy from this company. Their equipment fails early, is built badly, and their customer service is a joke. Run away from Optoma! Buy from a reputable company!