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Optoma HD25 - 3D Performance and Conclusions

John Archer

By John Archer



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Optoma HD25


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Optoma HD25 - 3D Performance

The HD25’s 3D pictures are generally nicely done. Particularly impressive is the lack of crosstalk ghosting noise – a benefit of DLP’s fast response time versus rival projector technologies. Colours are also reasonably vivid and acceptably natural once you tone them down from their OTT presets, and motion is handled impressively well, with neither severe judder nor picture artefacts.

Optoma HD25

High definition 3D Blu-rays don’t look as detailed or crisp as they generally do on more expensive 3D projectors, but the lack of crosstalk and a decent sense of contrast during dark scenes ensure that 3D images still enjoy a solid sense of space and depth.

Our first HD25 test sample (we ended up having two for reasons we're about to explain!) let its 3D side down with a couple of irritating glitches, though. First of all, every time we powered the projector down the 3D mode switched back to ‘DLP Link’, rather than staying in the correct VESA 3D mode. And secondly, sometimes when we fired the projector up straight into 3D mode, images were troubled every few seconds by a sudden ‘flash‘ of static – the sort of thing we might expect to see with a loose HDMI, except that our HDMI wasn't loose, and the problem was never repeated in 2D mode.

Upon reporting these issues to Optoma, they alerted us to a new firmware upgrade that had just become available for the HD25 that addresses these issues. And on being sent a second, updated model, lo and behold the VESA 3D setting remained selected after power down, and the static flash problem only happened once in 15 3D restarts – and even then it disappeared after a couple of moments' playback.

We mention all this since there appear to be some HD25s already in circulation that haven't received the firmware update, so if you happen to have one of these, we recommend getting in touch with Optoma so that the update can be applied to your projector.

Optoma HD25

Wrapping up our tests with the speakers inside the HD25, they sound better than most, keeping dialogue clear and creating a soundstage that certainly expands beyond the projector’s physical boundaries. However, for us the way the sound produced by the projector is coming from a position far detached from the pictures it’s supposed to be accompanying is a pretty major problem...


Almost inevitably, given its low price, the HD25 isn’t perfect. Its minor rainbow effect and running noise issues might be an issue for some people, especially if they have to sit close to their screen and/or the projector. Overall, though, the HD25 remains comfortably talented and well-featured enough to make its £800 price tag look great value.

Overall Score


Scores In Detail

  • 2D Image Quality 8
  • 3D Image Quality 7
  • Design 7
  • Features 8
  • Value 9

Zoran Reljić

March 17, 2013, 3:35 pm

Would you chose Benq W1070 over Optoma HD25? Is HD25 really that loud - louder then W1070? I've a problem to make decision - W1070 has really short Throw to setup in my room, while HD25 has perfect Throw ratio for me. Optoma HD25 is 150 euro more expensive than W1070, but it comes with glasses. Rainbow effect is present in both models (probably because they have same DLP chip). Is Throw ratio worth to decide Optoma HD25 over Benq W1070 for you? Thanks


March 18, 2013, 2:59 pm

demoed both this and the benq w1070 and believe me the fan was on the moment you switch on the benq & it stayed there for a while even in smart eco mode which was strange, now purchased the optoma hd25 and i can safely says its near silent in operation thourghout its use looks great 3d tomb-raider is drop dead stunning using nvidia 3dplay software(720p 60hz ( you will need to play with colour settings for film stuff but thats any pj usually then it looks stunning out of box like my prev hd20lv did ) the only i noticed not working really noticably was the dynamic black mode .. maybe a updated firmware is the key here...

Zoran Reljić

March 19, 2013, 7:41 pm

thanks man


April 7, 2013, 1:25 pm

[off] [up] [down] [menu] button (either when in a flim or standby) gives you the secret service menu good to check if firmware is same as this review,ie not great. We need new firmware optoma!! stupid egg timers and sync issues not to mention purple vesa3d colour problems i hate having to put vesa3d mode back on after every start!

Nguyen ngoc quy

August 10, 2013, 6:11 am

it is very good. I had to sell it to my customers

Nguyen ngoc quy

August 10, 2013, 6:17 am

it is very good. I had to sell it to my customers

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