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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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Other Connections

The Optoma GT720 features an RS-232C connection for advanced users, and an 1/8th-inch audio output for better sound than the tinny built-in speakers.

Placement

All the ports are placed on the back, and clearly labeled. That's about as convenient as we can ask for.

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Internet & Media Features

The Optoma GT720 has no internet or additional media features.

Menus & Manual

The menus are frustrating to use. We already explained how terrible the remote control is, which certainly contributes to problems with menu interactions, but the menus themselves are annoying. It's never quite clear how to advance or go back a page in the menu tree. Sometimes you hit the enter button, and sometimes you hit the Menu button. Sometimes you hit a button thinking you'll get one result, only to find that yourself directed somewhere else because you couldn't tell what was highlighted.

Fortunately, the instruction manual is more direct. It's certainly not as thorough as a good TV manual, but it gives at least cursory explanations of every button and setting.

Input Ports

The Optoma GT720 has an HDMI, VGA, S-Video, and composite AV inputs. There's also an audio output and RS-232C. This should be enough ports for basic AV needs, but it lacks the ports of a high-end projector like a dedicated component AV, DVI input, ethernet, or a second VGA. Of course, there are always workarounds. The projector comes with a component-to-VGA adapter, and you can always buy a cheap DVI-to-HDMI adapter online.

Input Ports Callout

All the ports are listed below, compared with the competition.

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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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