Optoma's Projector 101

What kind of user are you?

  Home Theater Gamer Professional Personal On the Move
What do you want to do? (Category) Small groups, small rooms. Watching mo vies and seeing images/graphics. Immersive experience, small groups, portability. Playing games. Larger groups, high quality. Presenting a combination of images and text in bright rooms. Take along personal projection, variety of locations and needs.
What size image do you want to project?
(Resolution/ Contrast Ratio)
Native 720p or 1080p provides bright pictures; contrast ratios range from 2000:1 to 3500:1 Native WVGA (854 x 480 or SVGA (800 x 600); 800:1 to 3000:1 Native XGA, SVGA or WXGA; contrast ratios range from 2000:1 to 3000:1 Native WVGA (854 x 480); Contrast ratio from 1000:1 to 2000:1
How far will your audience be from the screen? (Distance/Throw) Distance: 5 to 33 feet; Throw ratio: 1.5 to 1.8. 7 to 8 feet. Throw ratio: 0.7 to 0.9. 10 to 15 feet on average. Throw ratio: 1.1 to 1.9. Under eight feet. Throw ratio: 1.8 to 2.2.
How dark must your room be?
(Brightness in Lumens)
1500 to 1700 lumens allow for choice of lights on or off. 1000 to 2000 lumens. 2200 to 2800 lumens for easy-to-read graphics and text. Up to 1500 lumens.
Are you looking for a 3D experience? (3D-ready projector?) Look for Texas Instruments DLP 3D-Ready projector. Look for Texas Instruments DLP 3D-Ready projector. Look for Texas Instruments DLP 3D-Ready projector. NA
What devices do you want to connect with? (Connectivity) HDMI and VGA ports let you connect to set-top boxes; DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players; camcorders; PCs; video game consoles; and AV receivers HDMI and VGA ports let you connect to set-top boxes; DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players; camcorders; PCs; video game consoles; and AV receivers. HDMI and VGA ports let you connect to set-top boxes; DVD, HD DVD and Blu-ray Disc players; camcorders; PCs; video game consoles; and AV receivers. HDMI and VGA ports let you connect to PCs and portable devices.
Do you want your projector to be portable or mounted? (Weight/Size) Usually weighs four to seven pounds. Appropriate for ceiling mount or table top use. Appropriate for ceiling mount or table top use. Usually weighs from two to six pounds. Appropriate for ceiling mount or table top use. Under 4.4 pounds, often eight ounces or less. Carry along in a purse or pocket or briefcase.
What else do you need to enjoy you projector experience? (Additional optional accessories )
  • Screen
  • Mount
  • Screen
  • Mount
  • Screen
  • Mount
  • Integration with iPod/iPad
  • Battery powered.
Is your projector good for the earth? (Green-friendly projectors) Look for low power consumption in standby mode. Features such as automatic shutdown and remote control limit energy use. Look for low power consumption in standby mode. Features such as automatic shutdown and remote control limit energy use. Look for low power consumption in standby mode. Features such as automatic shutdown and remote control limit energy use. LED based (no lead or mercury).

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