For the budget-friendly consumer wanting all of the bells and whistles that come with DLP projector technology without compromising image quality, look no further than the Optoma HD142X. Priced right around $550, this HD projector competes with the more expensive BenQ HT3050 and Viewsonic PRO7827HD devices with only a few subtle differences when it comes to image brightness, color balancing, and contrast.
Considered to be “the best value among the 1080 projectors,” the Optoma HD142X fills a 120-inch diagonal screen with its picture. The large 1080p image conforms to Rec. 709 color quality and with its 3,000 lumens, is bright enough for both day and night viewing.
Designed to be highly portable, the 11.7 x 9 x 3.8 inch (WHD) 5 pound projector is the smallest of the 1080p DLPs – making this incredibly versatile unit easy to bring over to the neighbors for the big game or movie night. However, this product may not be the best choice for smaller rooms due to its large projection size.
The Optoma Technology & Connectivity
The Optima is also capable of projecting video in 3D, all you need is just a set of 3D glasses and a compatible Blu-Ray. The device comes equipped with 2 HDMI inputs, MHL, and a mouse-only USB port. The Optoma allows for easy connection with laptops, PC’s, Blu-ray players, media streaming boxes and gaming consoles.
With a 33/34ms input lag, the HD142X is right on par with the video processing performance of projectors in the low-to-mid thousand dollar range. The combination of Rec. 709 colors, two built-in speakers, and an impressively short lag time makes the HD142X one of the best bargains for gaming enthusiasts on a budget. Though, because of its reliance on HDMI, this may not be the best choice for retro gamers who want to use original hardware.
As for bulb longevity, Optoma claims it can get 8,000 hours out of its lamp on the mid setting (5,000 hours if for the brightest mode)– so you’re getting a pretty great deal. When it’s time to finally replace Optoma’s bulb at $170.
When it comes to picture quality the Optoma looks incredible on large screens. From sharp edges to zero concerns around visible pixels (the screen door effect). With Viewsonic having a slight advantage over color brightness and the BenQ 3050 projecting a deeper shade of black, the difference in picture quality is hardly noticeable and by no means a deal breaker.
The Optoma HD142X DLP is a perfect projector for the budget conscious consumer looking for 1080p HD picture quality.
- Full HD 1080p Resolution
- Up to 3000 Lumens
- HDMI, Mouse-Only USB, MHL
- Cinematic Color Rec. 709 inclusion
- 5,000 Hour Lamp Life
- 3D Compatible
- Portable (Lightweight)
- No Vertical Lens Shift Technology