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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
on 27 January 2014
I was unlucky enough to receive an unit with lens focusing problem (poor convergence).
This is known issue affecting only few early units (according to Optoma).
Anyway, the unit has been sent back to Optoma and repaired and returned quite quickly. The issue is fully fixed.

The projector is great. Especially considering the price.
Having moved from 720p model, the resolution simply blows away.
Black levels are very good. Light is uniform. Focusing sharp.
There are a lot of settings to play with (although the menu navigation is less than intuitive).

One thing I was slightly disappointed is that it's not possible to use 120Hz in 2D in native resolution (1080p).
Gamers out there will know what I'm talking about...
Still, the input lag is not noticeable, and the projector is good for gaming (at 1920x1080@60).

Some people have correctly noticed that the projector has slightly steeper offset/angle than the specs say.
That means, you'll need to mount it slightly lower (ceiling) or higher (standing) to get picture with no key-stoning.

The included remote is very handy to use, however its back-lighting is probably visible from space....

- excellent price/performance
- very good picture
- good brightness
- long lamp life
- lots of settings
- very quiet (barely audible in 'eco' mode)

- some units were affected by lens problem (probably only early ones though)
- 120Hz mode not available on native 1080p
- offensively back-lighted remote
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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
on 15 May 2014
I bought this because i love 3D and only DLP technology gives you perfect ghost free viewing, for the £500 i paid i consider it a bargain and it's as good as other DLP projectors that cost three times as much, this is down to the fact it is a single chip projector and uses the Dark Chip 3, other single chip DLP projectors costing up to £2000 also use Dark Chip 3 for their images, the differences come in the implementation of the chip, the design of the casing and the quality of the lens, this projector has a lower quality lens than for example a Benq W7500 but you still get 90% of the performance.

Now onto the bad part, you will not get a great image out of the box, you need to carefully calibrate this projector to achieve anywhere near the potential it has to offer, out of the box the images are far too bright and have too much yellow in them, colours are just not right and there is noise in the image, some careful calibration will get you a great looking 2D and 3D image, i used a specialist meter and computer software to achieve this but even a simple calibration disc like Spears and Munsil or Disney's WOW disc will help you improve things.

Be aware some people are prone to the "rainbow effect" it's bands of colours that flash across the screen and this projector only uses a 2X speed colour wheel for 2D and a 3X speed colour wheel for 3D, i don't suffer from the rainbow effect, nor do 90% of the population, if you do you will know within hours of viewing something, i don't see any rainbows at all so i am immune to the issue, get a demo if you think you might be troubled by the problem.

My settings below are based on a screen size of 100 inches, a bulb with over 100 hrs on it and a 1.0 gain screen with dark walls, floor and ceiling, they may help you get in the ball park and achieve a better image, you will need to go into the advanced colour menu to do this.

The projector will save separate 2D and 3D settings even though it does not mention this in the manual, to save separate 3D settings you do need to have 3D enabled or you just end up overriding your 2D settings.

2D settings.

These are my setting as calibrated using my meter and software, be aware small differences between each model, the screen and the room will mean these settings will not work on anyone else's projector but they might get you in the ballpark, i decided to calibrate with Dynamic black set to low since it adds much to darker scenes.

Settings with Dynamic Black set to On and Low, Brilliant Color set to 1. Bulb set to High. Colour Space to Auto.

I always start by setting to Reference and then the Gamma to Film, this gives better grey scale performance according to my meter, this shows as User when you start changing settings, make sure format is set to Native and zoom and keystone are at 0, keystone is bad.

Brightness 0
Contrast -9
Sharpness 9
Color 8
Tint 0
Gamma Film
Brilliant Color 1
Colour Temperature Warm
Dynamic Black Low

Advanced Color Menu Settings Below.

White R -11
White G +4
White B -9

Red Hue - 12
Red Saturation -3
Red Gain -13

Green Hue 27
Green Saturation 12
Green Gain 7

Blue Hue 13
Blue Saturation -9
Blue Gain -5

Yellow Hue 37
Yellow Saturation -11
Yellow Gain 17

Cyan Hue -26
Cyan Saturation 0
Cyan Gain 9

Magenta Hue 22
Magenta Saturation -8
Magenta Gain -15

3D settings.

Settings with Dynamic Black set to On and Low, Brilliant Color set to 1. Bulb set to High. Colour Space to Auto

Set Gamma to Graphics, this gives a little more pop for 3D, you lose a tiny amount of shadow detail, i do mean only a tiny amount but it improves 3D viewing immensely, These are only for 3D - Do Not Use For 2D. These settings work best when using the Optoma ZF2100 RF 3D glasses as they take into account the specific tint from those lenses.

Brightness 3
Contrast -8
Sharpness 9
Colour -4
Tint 0
Gamma - Graphic
Dynamic Black Low
Brilliant Color 1
Color Temperature Warm

Advanced Color Menu Settings

White Red -13
White Green 1
White Blue 9

Red Hue -14
Red Saturation -2
Red Gain - -11

Green Hue 27
Green Saturation 0
Green Gain 2

Blue Hue 17
Blue Saturation -4
Blue Gain -2

Yellow Hue 36
Yellow Saturation -16
Yellow Gain 3

Cyan Hue 14
Cyan Saturation 0
Cyan Gain 4

Magenta Hue -18
Magenta Saturation -3
Magenta Gain -7

I hope this post can help a few people with the above settings but remember that small differences in each projector, the age of the bulb, the room you are viewing in and the screen you are using will all play a part in the image quality and my settings will not work perfectly for you, they can only help you get a better image than the default settings.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
on 25 September 2013
Only received this last night and set it up very quickly. Initial impression are very good and it performed for the 15 mins I had it switched on very quietly. I was a bit concerned about the noise level as this is my first projector and i have heard some can be very loud.

Projection from about 9 foot makes an image of about 80" which was tested with factory default settings (didn't have the time to set up completely) on an off white wall. However the quality was still very good and once this has been set up in my new house with a 133" screen it should be superb. Tested it with Star Wars Blu Ray and have to say i was like a 8 year old at Christmas my smile was soooo big :-)

Very good product as it is sturdily built. Only slight gripe is on the instructions it mentions it should have came with a lens cover but after a quick google it seems this is the norm for the model and it is therefore not missing.

5 Stars for this quality product
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 September 2014
Really awesome picture. Very bright and without noticeable rainbow effect.
1080p picture is just stunning an I am still projecting on a white wall - with no screen yet.
Slightly annoying is that if you have to install it under the ceiling, you really need to hang it. We placed ours n top of a shelf, upside down. You can disable the buttons in the menu (cool!) except for the power button. So when I lift the projector, to adjust focus and zoom, I have to lower it down very, very, very carefully, not to switch it off.
Noise level is very low - so low we don't notice it in any negative way and the projector sits just 1.5m above our heads.
3D picture is great and with a pair of cheap 3D glasses from China it works like a charm (just set the right 3D sync mode in the menu).
What I found not to work at all is the "3D Auto" setting - I hoped it would detect 3D SBS content and switch to 3D mode, but it doesn't. Possibly this works with 3D BR discs, but I don't own a BR player, so can't comment.
My wife loves the picture too. We had a 10y old SONY Cineza 720p before and the Optoma is soooo much better. I don't miss the electronic focus and zoom, since that's something you adjust only once anyway.
I deal with a lot of projectors at work. Often expensive "commercial" grades. They all look pretty pale (literally)compared with this little fella.

Update (10. July 2015):
I managed to enable "security" (idiot me), while fiddling around with the projector off its usual mounting place. As a result I could not see the entire screen and undo my action. Anyway, I ended up contacting Optoma support. They got back to me within 4 working hours and not only via email but also contacted me via phone. They were able to help me resolving this (user) error. Kudos to the Optoma support team.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 1 July 2014
I've been using this projector for a month now, watching both 3D and 2D films in HD on a 106" screen. I can say that it's a solid projection with vibrant colours and excellent 3D. I bought 4 pairs of SainSonic 904 Zodaic glass which work well with this projector once it's switched to DLP mode. The picture is bright enough even with plenty of ambient light and it's very quiet. There's a decent range of adjustment options, and an optical zoom the range of which was too restrictive for my purposes but this seems to affect most projectors and should be an element of your research.

The reason I've given it 3 stars rather than 5 is that physically it's extremely difficult to mount. I've bought 2 different universal projector mount kits and it fitted neither of them. In the end I had to fashion an interface from wood. The 3 bolt holes are of non-standard size (too small to have confidence in their strength) and they're too close together for either mount to accommodate. I had to buy bolts separately from a DIY shop even though the universal mounts are supplied with a range of bolts sizes. The end result is ok, but it took a lot of effort and if I wasn't a competent DIYer I would have given up and bought an Optoma mount. I suspect this is Optoma's objective but one supplier is never going to provide a product range suitable for everyone so it's quite mean-spirited to make it so difficult to use other's mounts.
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67 of 75 people found the following review helpful
on 4 March 2013
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE OPTOMA 131X....NOT THE 131xe.The difference between the two are contrast and lumens.The video which I have uploaded was filmed with the projector in Eco mode!.I bought this projector about a week ago (Feb 2013) and one word could sum this piece of kit up....And here's the word....Superb!!!...With a cost less than £700.00 and the picture quality of a projector four times the cost! Believe me when I say that the colours are astounding!!!...And the Black's are "BLACK" (not grey)and all this in 3D....In fact the 3D images probably are better than the output from the machines 2D!!..I have mine set up to project onto a matt white screen so if there was a problem with the blacks being greyish then it would have shown .Now to depth of the 3D images ....this can be amazing but dependant on the quality of the subject and it's 3D content,Avatar would be my bench mark for depth. Weighing in at around three kilo and with only a small footprint this machine is a Mighty midget that packs a real punch!!!.And as a bonus a ten watt speaker built in rounds off the package.. We watched Avatar last night WOW! WOW WOW!!!By the way..don't Piddle about, get yourself the biggest screen area you can afford (obviously space is a consideration )the distance from my Projector to the screen is around ten feet and I get around 93 inches diagonal ..Next topic " Sainsonic active shutter glasses"..I bought Three pairs..For some reason they lose sync when dealing with light bright scenes..??? !!!Gets a little annoying to say the least!!,my Optoma ZF2100 wifi glasses never lose sync...Reason for this! "my theory only" is that the Sainsonic take their sync from the projection image.."a white flash is emitted every frame"and the signal is lost in bright scene's...Like I say "my theory :-).UPDATE:ITS NEARLY THE END OF NOVEMBER 2013 AND Things are looking even better.....The projector still manages to astound us with it's sharp and bright pictures!!New releases such as "Pacific Rim" and "Iron Man three"leave us dumb struck and in awe of its performance...Can't wait for the weekend :-).Further update....January 2014 I recommend the purchase of the new superman movie "man of steel"also The Croods and the new Wolverine epic.All of which are very watchable in 3D......Some information about earlier models such as mine (bought Feb 2013)..You may find that D L P mode (infrared )is set to standard...Not VESA!!(wireless)A pain in the back side if you have wireless...A firmware upgrade is available to address this issue..You will need a printer USB cable and be able to down load the upgrade onto your pc and then connect and upload to your projector.John :-)................17/6/2014...How to train your dragon in 3D "buy this movie..You won't be disappointed with the 3D affect"..Great depth and astounding colours.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 July 2014
same focus issue as others, one corner out of focus and other corner sharp.
I also have to manually adjust the focus every few days and there is the most annoying egg timer (i will asume it came straight out of a windows 95 icon set) that keeps going off when the resolution changes, the egg timer stays on screen way too long, for example, i miss half (if not all) of the great 3D intro for my imax blu rays while i wait for the timer to go away, I'd sooner just see the resolution change. I have an older sanyo projector and no egg timer and im considering going back to it.

on a positive note the 3D is not bad, some focus issues now and again but its ok.
I couldnt honestly recommend this due to the basics being wrong
It was my first optoma product and it will be my last.
When i got it i left it in a box while my room was being done up, now its too late to return to get my money back
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on 30 May 2015
I bought this around 9 months ago so I feel I can give it a fair review as it is used on a daily basis.
I mainly use this product for gaming (PS4) and I must say moving from 40 inch HDTV to a 120 inch HD projector is an amazing leap!
I have my projector permanently mounted on the ceiling around 4.5 meters from my screen and I can get 120 inches of viewing, with ease!
This product is well made although now discontinued by the manufacturer and when you attempt to set one up, its apparent why.
As mentioned in previous reviews, the corners of the image are very hard to get sharp at the same time and this seems to be a common fault for most, if not all models.
I have the above problem but because I was blown away by the image size and quality, I overlooked this small issue.
After around 7 months of using this projector, I was mid-way through a game and the product made a buzzing sound and shut off, displaying a lamp fail. After getting in touch with the manufacturer, I returned it within my guarantee and they fixed the problem, cleaned it up and sent it back to me. (how nice!) So be aware of these common faults and flaws when purchasing this item.
The picture quality is great (ignoring the focusing issue), it has nice deep colours and plenty of settings to tinker with to get your optimum personal preferences right.
The sound quality, for a projector is great too, featuring a 10W speaker, which is fantastic if you don't have any other outputs but if your'e looking for a real cinema feel - Invest in something with more power!
All in all though, not bad for the price and this model is a 3D projection model, (which I can't comment on as I've not used this feature).

I would recommend this product to anybody wanting a home cinema experience - relatively well priced and for the 6000 hour lamp life (eco mode), you can't go wrong!
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on 16 October 2014
I just received the projector yesterday and it blew me away. Delivery could have been quicker but after emailing the seller they had it on my doorstep in a few days.

This is my first projector so the review will not be in any way technical. Here goes......

The projector itself was slightly larger than I anticipated and seems off kilter - this can be corrected using the legs underneath. The fan is not very loud but the unit does tend to get quite hot. The picture is amazing and I am sure will get even better once I fiddle with the settings a bit more. The projector speakers are adequate but I would advise investing in a decent set of speakers to truly enjoy the experience. I have only used the projector in tandem with my hard drive but I will let you know further down the line how it handles gaming. The remote is easy to use and lights up so it can be used in the dark. I have not had the chance to try the 3D yet but again I will let you know.

The one gripe I have with this is the lack of lens cap. I know it is only a small matter but for the money I would expect a small plastic disc to be included. Not a big ask Optoma! Also the power cable is quite short so make sure you are using it close to a socket or have an extension lead. Finally, the disc containing the instruction manual did not work but I was able to get it online, so no big deal (the instructions are not that helpful in any case).

Overall, a great projector (though I am new to it and have nothing to compare it to). A little large and it does get quite hot but the picture and the lack of fan noise really trump these two defects. I would advise getting speakers, an extension lead and a cable management system of some sort because the cables are messy to deal with.
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on 8 March 2014
Like most people investing in a home cinema projector i did a lot of research and this looked like the best for the cost. I previously had a BenQ PE7700 projector so i had something to compare to

So the good and the bad.

Good -

Fantasic picture on full HD, colours are good and blacks are very black ! Half the size and weight of my old BenQ so thats a bonus . Giving it 4 stars instead of 5 due to the bad points below.

Bad -

No mount screws in the box so if your buying a non Optoma mount, you will have to buy screws.

No Lens Cap !

Zoom is useless. The BenQ - 9 years old had a much much better zoom. So i have to move the projector back about two feet from where it was last mounted which is a pain, drilling another hole in the ceiling !

Lumens - The Lumes is over twice as good as the Benq, so watching it in a bright rooms is quite good, and fantastic obviously in the dark room, but if you are going to be watching this with both movies and TV during the day in a bright room i would maybe pay the extra and go for the HD25-LV which has 3200 ANSI lumens


Currently displayed at 60" inches on a cream painted wall, waiting for a new 72 inch matt white screen which should help the quality a little.

One tip when buying a celing mount, my last one which i stupidly sold was nice and neat and the new one i bought of ebay is way to big and heavy ( i could swing a cow on my ceiling from this thing !! ) make sure you buy a small and neat mount as new projectors are small and lighter as technology gets better :)

Will update when i get the screen and have a play around with the picture settings.

Overall very happy and would certainly recommend getting one over a 50 / 60 inch tv.
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