Optoma HD20 DLP Projector Review
There's plenty to be excited about in the Optoma HD20. It's a 1080p projector for under a thousand dollars.
The Optoma HD20 uses an Optoma BL-FP230D lamp, which costs anywhere between $200-400, depending on your sourcing. The lamp can be tricky to access, as the cover plate's screws are partially obscured by a sticker. Only with a consultation of the instruction manual are you likely to find them. It's good for about 3000 / 4000 hours (standard / bright). The projector keeps track of the lifetime usage, which can be displayed in the menu.
Remote Control Tour
The remote control is less than ideal, but we got used to it soon enough. The problem is the button layout. The buttons are all over the place, without rhyme or reason. They meant well. Nearly every feature found in the menu gets its own button so you can avoid the menu. Perhaps menus are too complicated for the average user. Actually, as we think back to our fumbling college professors, that's probably true.
The remote does get it right, however, with the backlit keys. Ironically, the bluish light is so bright it actually outshines the projector itself.
In the Box
The Optoma HD20 ships with a lens cap, composite video cable, AC power cable, quick start CD-ROM, remote control, and batteries. There is no carrying case included.
The Optoma HD20 is not intended for portability. Not that it's that heavy, weighing 6.4 pounds and measuring 12.76 x 3.82 x 9.21 inches (W x H x D). If you're looking for portability, there are plenty of projectors out there that come with padded bags, including the Optoma HD720.
Setting up the Optoma HD20 is easy enough: plug it in and hit the power button. There are not automatic adjustments for color or keystone.
The Optoma HD20 is clothed in a standard white plastic. It looks entirely unremarkable. We like the focus ring, but it feels cheap. The whole package feels a little cheap, in fact. Try not to drop it.
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