Optoma H183X – Sound Quality
As you’d expect from a 2W speaker, the H183X isn’t a particularly satisfying audio performer. Voices sound a little thin, harshness sets in during action scenes, and since the sound doesn’t really project from the device, it inevitably appears dislocated from the pictures it’s supposed to be accompanying.
On the positive side, the speaker doesn’t distort, ti can reach fairly reasonable volumes, and it never leaves voices sounding unintelligible – so it’s certainly a functional option for those who can’t easily find an external sound system.
Other Things to Consider
The H183X’s affordability, portable size and ability to adapt well to both video and PC sources make it a potentially very attractive big-screen gaming solution. So I was pleased to find it recording an average input lag figure of only around 30ms – a low enough figure that will result in having very little impact on your gaming skills.
It’s worth noting that the 30ms figure was derived from measurements that range between 10ms and 55ms – although this variance wasn’t noticeable during actual gameplay.
A less appealing aspect of the H183X is its remote control. As well as being tiny and ultra thin (about the size of a credit card), it isn’t backlit, which makes it very easy to lose down the back of the sofa – and very hard to use in a dark room.
Should I buy the Optoma H183X?
There are other projectors on the market that tick the “Full HD resolution” box, while the H183X doesn’t. And you can better the H183X’s picture performance if you spend substantially more on projectors such as the BenQ W1110 and Optoma’s own HD28DSE. For £300, however, the H183X is pretty much in a class of its own as a home-entertainment projector.
Optoma has managed to deliver easily the best sub-£400 home-entertainment projector I’ve seen.
Score in detail
Image Quality 7