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Optoma HD20 1080p Projector Outed.


Optoma HD20 1080p Projector Outed.

Optoma reckons its HD20 projector is the first example to offer native 1080p for under £900, which isn't exactly true - the InFocus X10 got there first. Nonetheless, the HD20 is still a 1080p capable projector with an MSRP of £899 so it's still noteworthy, if not unique.

The 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution is backed up by a quoted contrast ratio of 500:1 which might not sound impressive compared to the million-to-one figured being bandied about in TV Land recently, but I'm prepared to give Optoma the benefit of the doubt and assume the low figure is as a result of being realistic. The 1,700 ANSI Lumens brightness rating definitely shouldn't disappoint, at least.

Some concessions to its low-ish pricing can be found lookgin at the HD20s inputs, or lack thereof. Two HDMI ports and a single Component input are hardly what could be called generous. That said you could easily hook up a PS3 (for gaming and Blu-ray) and a Sky+HD box for (HD TV) without really wanting for any more inputs. Especially as the budget constrained are probably unlikely to have a large number of devices to hook up to a projector in the first place.

If you're swayed by the HD20's charms, then you'll be able to grab one some time later this month.




August 15, 2009, 5:09 am

Any change of you guys writing up a review on this projector. I am considering getting an Infocus X10 but this also seems to be good value.


August 15, 2009, 4:51 pm

then again neither sky or ps3 gaming support 1080p so just blu-ray really or pc.


August 15, 2009, 7:23 pm

From their press release: "Optoma is committed to systematically publishing its ANSI Contrast performance."

I say good for them! - As you mention Hugo, the million to one quoted contrast ratios seen now are just laughable and do not provide the consumer with any real information. Do I get the feeling that most AV marketing bods are being "economic with the truth"?

peter 21

August 16, 2009, 4:22 pm

The HD20 does not lack inputs as you claim. 2HDMI + scart for your PC is more than adequate. I don't know of any Projectors with 3hdmi in. The contrast is ANSI and not full on off and so its not really low then. 1700 lumens. Isn't that too bright?


August 16, 2009, 9:06 pm

If you do end up reviewing this projector, please please please include the cost of replacement bulbs. It's a very important factor when buying a projector surely? A friend of mine fell foul of this when he bought a projector, the bulb ran out, and the replacement cost more than the original projector cost!


September 8, 2009, 6:30 pm

internet says lamps are around £120-£150 GBP.


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