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Optoma DS317 Projector

3000:1 SVGA (800x600) 32dB 2,600 ANSI Lumens Aug 2012
Contrast Ratio Native Projector Resolution Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date
The DS317 from Optoma is a DLP-based digital projector producing remarkable picture quality and providing user-friendly features. The high brightness and contrast levels on DS317, combined with... More
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Optoma Projectors Have Good Reviews

Multimedia projectors built by Optoma are some of the better multimedia projectors according to average reviews from users and experts.

Has a Built-In Speaker

Most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the DS317, including the Optoma DS317, have a built-in speaker.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a built-in speaker and we think the EB-X12, and the EB-430 LW both from Epson or the Optoma TW610STi ($717.99) which have a better Kagoo Rating™ are also worth considering.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the Optoma DS317 is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's 20% more resolution than the most common graphics resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). This multimedia projector also supports a graphics resolution of 800 x 600 (SVGA).

This projector's resolution (1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)) is actually the best supported resolution across all similar spec multimedia projectors that are older than two years.

A 640 x 480 (VGA) graphics resolution is the worst supported resolution across similar types of projector.

Projectors with a higher resolution that might be worth also looking at include the NEC M311 (720 x 480,720 x 576,832 x 624,1152 x 870,1280 x 960,1600 x 900,1280 x 720 (HD 720 and higher rated),1280 x 768 (WXGA and higher rated),1280 x 800 (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 600 (SVGA and higher rated),1024 x 768 (XGA and higher rated),1152 x 864 (XGA+ and higher rated), and higher rated).

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Quiet Noise Level

The noise levels of data projectors of this spec and age range from 26dB to 41dB. The Optoma DS317 has a fairly quiet noise level (only 32 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the DS317.

It is worth also looking at different 32dB noise level projectors including a better rated product such as the Optoma EW695.

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Supports Four Video Modes

The Optoma DS317 has a greater number of supported video mode than most 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to it. This multimedia projector supports a 480p video mode, which is the most frequently supported video mode supported by data projectors that were launched more than two years ago. The video modes "480i", "720i" and "720p" are also supported by this projector.

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Very Big Number of Colours

Across all the 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for more than two years the numbers of colours range from 1M to 1,100M. The Optoma DS317 has one of the biggest numbers of colours (1,070 million) amongst 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors of this age.

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Very Light

Similar spec multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the DS317 have weights of between 900g and 23,000g. With a weight of only 2,500 grams, the Optoma DS317 is one of the lighter multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the DS317 amongst similar spec multimedia projectors of this age.

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A Bit Shallow

At only 205 millimeters, the Optoma DS317 is quite shallow compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the DS317. The depths of 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the DS317 range from 10mm to 560mm, and the average depth is 300mm.

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A Bit Short

The Optoma DS317 is fairly short (only 80 millimeters) compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and spec. The heights of 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the DS317 range from 5.2mm to 510mm, and the average height is 130mm.

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A Bit Narrow

Multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years have widths of between 13mm and 660mm, and the average width is 370mm. At only 280 millimeters, the Optoma DS317 is fairly narrow compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the DS317.

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14 Reasons Against

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma DS317 does not support WiFi connectivity, although this is within the context that most of the other projectors of a comparable age and spec to the DS317 also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a WiFi connectivity and we think the BrightLink 436Wi ($1,861.72), the EB-430 LW, or the BrightLink Pro 1410Wi ($3,088.30) all from Epson are also worth considering.

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Does Not Support 3D Image Projection

Most of the similar spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the DS317 do not support 3D image projection, including the Optoma DS317.

Other projectors with a 3D image projection that you might want to also look at include the DW312, or the TW695 both from Optoma or the Mitsubishi Electric UD740U.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Optoma DS317 does not support Full HD projection, although this is within the context that most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for a similar time to the DS317 also do not support Full HD projection.

It is worth also looking at alternative projectors with a Full HD projection including the Mitsubishi Electric UD740U.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma DS317 has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 53% less resolution than the most frequently found native projector resolution of WXGA (1280x800).

This multimedia projector's resolution (SVGA (800x600)) is in fact the worst resolution amongst all 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the DS317.

Amongst comparable types of multimedia projector the best resolution is WUXGA (1920x1200).

We compared this projector to all the other projectors that have a resolution of SVGA (800x600) and we think the VS220, and the PowerLite S12+ both from Epson which have a better Kagoo Rating™ are also worth considering.

If you are looking for a projector with a higher resolution then you might want to also look at the NEC NP-M271X ($762.20) (XGA (1024x768 and higher rated) and higher rated).

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Dim Projector Brightness

The dimmest projector brightness of projectors that were launched around the same time as the DS317 is 1,300 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 7,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,500 ANSI lumens. At only 2,600 ANSI lumens, the Optoma DS317 has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that were released around the same time as the DS317.

We think you might also be interested in other 2600 ANSI lumens brightness projectors including the Epson PowerLite S12+ which have a better Kagoo Rating™.

If this Optoma multimedia projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to consider the VS220 (2700 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the VS320 (2700 ANSI lumens and higher rated) both from Epson.

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Very Small Lamp Power

Projectors that have been around for more than two years have lamp power of between 170W and 370W, and the average lamp power is 230W. The Optoma DS317 has a fairly small lamp power (only 180 Watts) compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are older than two years.

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Short Lamp Service Life

The Optoma DS317 has one of the shorter lamp service lives (only 3,000 hours) amongst data projectors of this age. The lamp service lives of projectors that have been available for around the same time as the DS317 range from 2,000h to 30,000h.

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Very Small Uniformity

The average uniformity of 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are older than two years is 83%, and the uniformities range from 80% to 85%. At only 80 percent, the Optoma DS317 has a quite small uniformity compared to most of the other 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are more than two years old.

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Very Small RMS Rated Power

At only 2 Watts, the Optoma DS317 has a fairly small RMS rated power compared to most of the other data projectors of a similar type and age to the DS317. The smallest RMS rated power of 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are older than two years is 1W and the biggest is 20W.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

The Optoma DS317 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port projector.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years have between one and three USB 2.0 ports, including the Optoma DS317 which has one USB 2.0 port.

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Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

The quietest noise level in economy mode of data projectors of a similar spec and age to the DS317 is 26dB and the loudest is 35dB. The Optoma DS317 has a fairly loud noise level in economy mode (30 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DS317.

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Only One Built-In Speaker

Most 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as the DS317 have one built-in speaker, including the Optoma DS317 which has one built-in speaker.

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Very Small Matrix Size

At only 0.55 inches, the Optoma DS317 has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that are a similar age to the DS317. Across all the 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the DS317 the matrix sizes range from 0.55" to 0.75".

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1 Other reason to consider the Optoma DS317

Over Two Years Old

It was over two years ago when this 3000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector was released.

Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Projection Distance
Compatible Screen Size
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Type
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Offset
Video
Graphics Resolution
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
S-Video Input
Audio Out Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Auto Power Off
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Storage Temperature Range
Certificates
RoHS Compliant
Weight & Dimensions
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Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
Other Features
Connectivity
Aspect Ratio

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Electricity cost when switched on $57.04
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Total running cost over 5 years $62.74
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.4 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 11 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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