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Optoma GT720 DLP Projector Review

On the whole, it's a good projector, but if you're serious about gaming we'd recommend looking for something with a 720p or 1080p native resolution.

December 09, 2010
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Front

Front Callout

Back

Back Callout
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Sides

Side Callout

Top/Bottom

Top Callout

Stand/Mount

The bottom of the Optoma GT720 has three adjustable feet on the bottom. However, the lens is pitched at such an angle that you may have to stick random items underneath it to level it out with the projector screen. There are also mounting holes for permanently affixing the GT720 to a surface.

Lamp

The Optoma GT720 uses a 180 watt P-VIP lamp, which comes included with purchase. According to the specs, it should last 3000 hours in Bright mode, and 5000 hours in Standard mode. Expect a replacement bump to cost between $175 - $240.

Remote Control Tour

The remote control that ships with the Optoma GT720 is handy, in theory, but rather awkward in practice, due to confusing button layout. Also, the IR receiver is only on the front of the projector, so you can't stand behind it and operate it remotely.

Remote Control Image

In the Box

To really drive home the "portable gaming" message of the Optoma GT720, it ships with this large backpack. Optoma skimped on padding the bag itself, and instead provides a heavy duty, inflated plastic jacket that fits around the projector. Should it pop (which it will, in time), you'll have to get creative about providing your own padding.

The GT720 also ships with a power cable, lens cap, instruction manual and documentation, and a composite-to-VGA adapter.

In The Box

Portability

The Optoma GT720 is clearly designed to be portable, what with the included backpack and all. We've certainly seen smaller projectors, but it makes sense that gamers want the brightness and video quality that ultra-compacts and pico projectors just won't be able to deliver. Measuring 12.76 x 3.82 x 9.21 inches and weighing in at 6.5 lbs, it's portable enough, but expect that you'll pretty weighed down if you have to lug this along with an XBox or PS3, power supplies, and game controllers.

Setup Assistance

The Optoma GT720 sets up in less than a minute, but like all projectors, will take a while to line up correctly with the screen and manually focus and keystone. There are no auto features for detecting and adjusting to projection surfaces.

Aesthetics

The Optoma GT720 has a glossy black finish that looks nice out of the box, but quickly picks up fingerprints and minor scratches. We received a slightly older GT720, and you can see in the photos above what happened when the projector had been stored in the included bubble wrap. Those long, thin lines are permanently marred into the surface of the projector.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Blacks & Whites
  3. Color Accuracy
  4. Motion
  5. 3D
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity & Media
  10. Power, Noise & Heat
  11. Canon LV-8310 Comparison
  12. Optoma HD66 Comparison
  13. Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 705HD Comparison
  14. Conclusion
  15. Specs and Ratings
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