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Optoma PT100 Video Projector Review

Don’t expect much from a $180 projector.

December 10, 2010
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Value

The Optoma is an entry-level projector that doesn't offer much in the way of features or picture quality. It's a projector for $180, making it affordable for people who want to see if projectors are right for them but don't want to invest much into the experiment. The Epson PowerLite 705 HD costs significantly more and it shows: the projector's picture quality utterly blows the PT100's out of the water.

Blacks & Whites

The PT100 barely outputs any light at all, and will look washed out even in a moderately-lit room. The Epson PowerLite 705 HD outputs significantly more light and can maintain its black level much easier.

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Color

The PT100 has some pretty inaccurate color representation. The Epson PowerLite 705 HD offers much better performance in this area.

Motion

We saw a significant decrease in the detail of moving objects with the PT100. The Epson PowerLite 705 HD handles moving images much better.

Viewing Effects

The PT100 doesn't feature a zoom, so you need to be very flexible in where you can place the device. The Epson PowerLite 705 HD features a zoom lens, which gives users a bit more leeway with its placement.

Connectivity

The Epson PowerLite 705 HD is prepared for pretty much anything you want to hook it up to. The PT100 only has a composite video in and a VGA port for video, and one set of analog audio inputs between them.

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Sections

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