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Optoma BR326 Projector

15000:1 XGA (1024x768) 29dB Jul 2014
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- Outstanding brightness and color accuracy for most impactful presentations.- Low operating cost - Up to 10,000 hours lamp life.- Full 3D compatibility.- Wireless presentation capability via... More
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17 Reasons For

Good Brand

We assessed average ratings for each projector brand and found that whilst Optoma has good average ratings across all data projectors, Optoma has unexceptional ratings specifically for its 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors.

Supports 3D Image Projection

Unlike most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that came out in the last 12 months the Optoma BR326 supports 3D image projection.

We think you might also be interested in other projectors which support 3D image projection including a higher scoring product such as the Infocus IN118HD, or the Epson EH-TW570.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma BR326 has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other recently released comparable spec multimedia projectors.

There are a number of other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker which you might want to also look at including the Hitachi CP-TW3003 which have a better Kagoo Rating™.

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Supports Full HD Projection

Most of the other new similar spec projectors, including the Optoma BR326, support Full HD projection.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

This multimedia projector supports graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1360 x 768 (WXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA), 640 x 480 (VGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA), which is the most commonly supported graphics resolution on recently released 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors.

If the resolution of this multimedia projector is too low for you then you might want to consider the M402 (720 x 480,720 x 576,832 x 624,1152 x 870,1280 x 960,1600 x 900,1024 x 768 (XGA and higher rated),1152 x 864 (XGA+ and higher rated),1280 x 1024 (SXGA and higher rated),1280 x 720 (HD 720 and higher rated),1280 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated),1280 x 800 (WXGA and higher rated),1360 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated),1366 х 768,1400 x 1050 (SXGA+ and higher rated),1440 x 900 (WXGA+ and higher rated),1600 x 1200 (UXGA and higher rated),1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+ and higher rated) and higher rated), the M322 (720 x 480,720 x 576,832 x 624,1152 x 870,1280 x 768,1280 x 800,1600 x 900,1024 x 768 (XGA and higher rated),1152 x 864 (XGA+ and higher rated),1280 x 1024 (SXGA and higher rated),1360 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated),1366 х 768,1400 x 1050 (SXGA+ and higher rated),1440 x 900 (WXGA+ and higher rated),1600 x 1200 (UXGA and higher rated),1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+ and higher rated),1920 x 1080 (HD 1080 and higher rated),640 x 480 (VGA and higher rated),800 x 6,1920 x 1200 (WUXG and higher rated), or the [pl_2499385] (720 x 480,720 x 576,832 x 624,1600 x 900,1024 x 768 (XGA and higher rated),1152 x 864 (XGA+ and higher rated),1280 x 1024 (SXGA and higher rated),1280 x 720 (HD 720 and higher rated),1280 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated),1280 x 800 (WXGA and higher rated),1360 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated),1366 х 768,1400 x 1050 (SXGA+ and higher rated),1440 x 900 (WXGA+ and higher rated),1600 x 1200 (UXGA and higher rated),1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+ and higher rated),1920 x 1080 (HD 1080 and higher rated),1 and higher rated) all from NEC.

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Very Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The average service life of lamp in economic mode of comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the BR326 is 5,300h, and the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 3,500h to 10,000h. At 10,000 hours, the Optoma BR326 has a very long service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other new 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors.

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Supports Five Video Modes

The Optoma BR326 has a greater number of supported video mode than most recently released 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors. This multimedia projector supports a 720p video mode, which is the most commonly supported video mode supported by comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the BR326. The video modes "1080i", "1080p", "480i" and "480p" are also supported by this Optoma multimedia projector.

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Big Number of Colours

The Optoma BR326 has a quite big number of colours (1,070 million) compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the BR326. The numbers of colours of new multimedia projectors range from 16M to 1,100M, and the average number of colours is 650M.

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1920 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Digital Resolution

The biggest maximum digital resolution of the Optoma BR326 is 1920 x 1200 pixels. That's 20% more maximum digital resolution than the most common maximum digital resolution of 1600 x 1200 pixels.

A 1920 x 1200 pixels maximum digital resolution is in fact the best maximum digital resolution across all multimedia projectors that are less than a year old.

Across comparable types of multimedia projector the worst maximum digital resolution is 1280 x 1024 pixels.

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1.4a HDMI Version

The Optoma BR326 supports a newer HDMI version than most similar spec multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as it. This multimedia projector supports a 1.4a HDMI version, whereas most new comparable spec data projectors support a 1.4 HDMI version.

This data projector's HDMI version (1.4a) is actually the best supported HDMI version across all new comparable spec projectors.

A 1.3 HDMI version is the worst supported HDMI version across similar types of data projector.

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Long Lamp Service Life

With a lamp service life of 5,000 hours, the Optoma BR326 has one of the longer lamp service lives amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age. Latest multimedia projectors have lamp service lives of between 2,000h and 20,000h.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

With a noise level of only 29 decibels, the Optoma BR326 has a quite quiet noise level compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the BR326. Across all the 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released around the same time as the BR326 the noise levels range from 29dB to 48dB, and the average noise level is 37dB.

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Very Narrow

At only 315 millimeters, the Optoma BR326 is quite narrow compared to most of the other new similar spec projectors. The widths of comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the BR326 range from 270mm to 750mm, and the average width is 440mm.

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A Bit Short

The heights of recently released 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors range from 36mm to 260mm, and the average height is 150mm. With a height of only 102 millimeters, the Optoma BR326 is quite short compared to most of the other newly released 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors.

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Very Shallow

At only 224 millimeters, the Optoma BR326 is quite shallow compared to most of the other latest similar spec multimedia projectors. Recently released 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors have depths of between 100mm and 750mm, and the average depth is 390mm.

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Very Light

The lightest recently released comparable spec projector is 1,400g weight, the heaviest is 27,000g, and the average weight is 10,000g. The Optoma BR326 is one of the lighter multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the BR326 (only 2,400 grams) amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age.

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Very Low Power Consumption in Economy Mode

The Optoma BR326 has a fairly low power consumption in economy mode (only 194 Watts) compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that are less than a year old. Across all the new 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors the power consumption in economy mode range from 190W to 830W.

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4 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most of the comparable spec projectors that are less than a year old, including the Optoma BR326, do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Small Lamp Power

With a lamp power of only 190 Watts, the Optoma BR326 has a fairly small lamp power compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that came out around the same time as the BR326. Across all the 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that are a similar age to the BR326 the lamp power range from 190W to 380W, and the average lamp power is 280W.

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Very Small RMS Rated Power

With a RMS rated power of only 2 Watts, the Optoma BR326 has a fairly small RMS rated power compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for the last year. Newly released 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors have RMS rated power of between 2W and 16W.

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Small Matrix Size

At only 0.55 inches, the Optoma BR326 has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released in the last year. Across all the 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that are a similar age to the BR326 the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.76".

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3 Other reasons to consider the Optoma BR326

Nine Months Old

Optoma released the BR326 nine months ago.

Average Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Optoma BR326 has a fairly typical projector brightness compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the BR326.

If this Optoma multimedia projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to also look at the CP-AW3003 ($1,166.99) (3300 ANSI lumens and higher rated), the CP-TW3003 (3300 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the CP-AX3003 (3300 ANSI lumens and higher rated) all from Hitachi.

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XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma BR326 has a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than the most frequently found native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

There are a number of different multimedia projectors that have a resolution of XGA (1024x768) which you might want to consider including a higher Kagoo Rating™ data projector such as the CP-AX3003, or the CP-AX2503 both from Hitachi.

If the resolution of this multimedia projector is not high enough for you then you might want to also look at the CP-TW3003 (WXGA (1280x800 and higher rated) and higher rated), or the CP-AW3003 ($1,166.99) (WXGA (1280x800 and higher rated) and higher rated) both from Hitachi or the Epson EH-TW570 (WXGA (1280x800 and higher rated) and higher rated).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Maximum Digital Resolution
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
PC Audio Input
Serial Interface Type
PC Audio Output
D-Sub PC in Port
HDMI Version
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
HDMI Port
AC Power in
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption in Economy Mode
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details

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Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on $63.21
Electricity cost when on standby $28.73
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Total running cost over 5 years $91.94
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.59 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
16
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 16 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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