Top positive review
Good introduction to home projectors
4 November 2018
This is not a top of the range projector, so my rating takes this into consideration, but it's certainly great for its price point.
This projector comes with no frills and it's close to being the lowest in the hierarchy of Optoma's line up. Its remote is tiny, it's not back lit and it is so small that it is very easy to lose. When going from dark scenes to brightly lit scenes, the colours sometimes get blown out, resulting in a temporary loss in picture detail. I am not sure if this is a dynamic iris feature or not, but it can be irksome at times, especially as my slightly more expensive BenQ W1070 performs much, much better in this regard (and yes, it's an unfair comparison because the BenQ is in a different class to this).
The audio is OK for quick set up, but vastly improved if the signal is fed to a sound bar, as that does add to the feel of the big picture experience.
Optical controls are limited, so the projector has to be moved to get the best possible picture, as zoom functionality is very limited and vertical correction (i.e. lifting the image to a reasonable height if placed on a coffee table) is non existent. There is digital keystone correction, but there is a corresponding loss in picture quality when this function is used to its extreme, which it will be if the projector is placed on a low surface. This is not a short throw projector, so it has to be placed behind the audience to get the best sized picture, at a minimum height of about 5 foot off the ground.
If you are sensitive to DLP rainbow effects like me, this projector does exhibit them sometimes, but not enough that it becomes annoying.
Despite the niggles, this was a very good purchase that has kept an entire family of 6 highly entertained for the past 12 months. It's very hard to go back to watching films on anything smaller, once you get used to the big screen experience, as anything else just doesn't cut it when it comes to watching films. With the exception of occasional highlight blowout, the picture quality is really very decent and, although it's only a 720p image, pixelation is pretty much none existent when viewed from a healthy distance of 2 - 3 metres. Either way, having tried one of the cheaper LED offerings available, it's well worth investing the extra money for an entry level projector like this, as it still has an "Oooo" factor about it. The jump in quality is night and day compared to lower end £200 LED offerings, so it is worth the moderately higher price tag.
All in all, despite its limitations, this was a very good purchase.