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Optoma HD26 Projector

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23000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 3,200 ANSI Lumens Aug 2014
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Created for super-sized 1080p home entertainment, the bright HD26 is perfect for watching TV shows, sports and movies or playing action-packed games on a huge screen. With a built-in speaker and... More
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25 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The expert at Trusted Reviews thought that concluded that they would recommend this data projector and gave it their "Recommended" award.

Projectorcentral.com gave this data projector a "Highly Rated" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on nine expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, PC Mag and whathifi.com the average expert rating of this projector is 73 out of 100.

Excellent Owner Reviews

This data projector has an exceptional average owner rating based on 36 owner reviews. Users think this projector is one of the very best multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec.

Good 3D Picture Quality

A number of people who bought the product agreed that it had a good 3D picture quality. Djmel gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100 and said on Amazon “I suggest watching Hugo for a great 3d film2” in their review of this projector. Kevin mentioned on Amazon “The 3D works well with universal DLP glasses ( I have Sain Sonic DLP from Amazon)”. Kevin also wrote “2D and 3D movies play really nicely”.

Good Picture Quality

Two Optoma HD26 owners thought the Optoma HD26 had good picture quality. One Optoma HD26 owner who reviewed it thought it had a good contrast ratio. Avforums.com wrote “It is rated at 3200 ANSI lumens and has a claimed contrast ratio of 25,000” and rated the product 70 out of 100.

One Optoma HD26 owner who reviewed it mentioned that it was good for playing games on. Amazon Customer wrote “Great beamer! I use it for gaming mostly and i love it!” in their Optoma HD26 review.

One Optoma HD26 owner who purchased this projector concluded that it had good colour saturation. Techradar rated this projector 70 out of 100 and wrote “Rich colours” in their review of this projector.

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Good High Def TV

Some people concluded that this projector was good at displaying high definition TV. Techradar.com wrote “This entry-level, Full HD beamer is a surprisingly capable home cinema performer” and gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100. Techradar said “Full HD detail”. Expert website Whathifi.com wrote “Finding a Full HD projector for £650 is no mean feat” in their review of the Optoma HD26.

Optoma Has Good Projector Reviews

Optoma 23000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good ratings on average and across all projectors Optoma is one of the superior manufacturers.

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Good Product Quality

Several customers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. In November Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “The image quality is really good”. Pcmag.com rated it 70 out of 100 and mentioned in their review of this projector on PC Mag “Delivers excellent quality with other modes”. Techradar gave it a score of 70 out of 100 and wrote “Good picture quality for the money”.

Easy to Use

One Optoma HD26 owner wrote in their reviews that the product was easy to handle. Techradar gave the product a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their review of this projector “Good motion handling”. One customer thought this projector was easy to setup. Techradar said in their review of the Optoma HD26 “Easy to setup”.

One person who reviewed the product thought it had a good experience. M. A. Hussain said in their review of this projector “Never ever tell anyone else about it to let them enjoy the experience” .

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Good Size

Some Optoma HD26 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was compact. Techradar said in their Optoma HD26 review “Compact and light design”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One person concluded that the Optoma HD26 was quiet. M. A. Hussain scored this projector very highly and wrote in their Optoma HD26 review on Amazon “5) Noise levels are very low - It's quieter than my old computer desktop”. One Optoma HD26 owner who bought the Optoma HD26 reckoned that it was noisy. Djmel wrote on Amazon “The fan is not too noisy”.

Robust

One person who bought this projector thought it was well made. M. A. Hussain mentioned “1) In built speaker is surprisingly decent and you can even connect up computer speakers directly to the projector to jury-rig up a pseudo 5.1 speaker effect” in their review.

Nice Design

One Optoma HD26 reviewer wrote in their reviews that this projector was a good design.

Supports Full HD Projection

The Optoma HD26 supports Full HD projection. Most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to the HD26 do not support Full HD projection.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which support Full HD projection to this projector and we think the Optoma HD141[plb_2415610_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma HD26 supports 3D image projection, which is unusual. Most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been on the market for more than two years do not support 3D image projection.

There are a number of other data projectors which support 3D image projection currently available which you might want to look at including the Optoma HD141[plb_2415610_price] which has better reviews.

There are a number of other multimedia projectors which also support 3D image projection which you might also want to look at including the Infocus IN1110A[plb_1561135_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma HD26 has a built-in speaker. Most of the other comparable spec data projectors that have been available for more than two years also have a built-in speaker.

Alternative multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available that you might also want to consider include the Optoma HD141[plb_2415610_price] which has better reviews.

We think you might also be interested in other multimedia projectors which also have a built-in speaker including the Infocus IN1110A[plb_1561135_price].

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1080p (1920x1080) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma HD26 has a maximum resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of a WXGA (1280x800) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution. Comparable spec data projectors that were launched around the same time as the HD26 native projector resolutions range from VGA (640x480) to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160).

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This multimedia projector supports a graphics resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1280 x 768 (WXGA)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is typical of many comparable spec data projectors that have been around for a similar time to it.

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Very High Number of Colours

The number of colours of the Optoma HD26 of 1,073.4 million is one of the highest amongst multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the HD26. Across all the projectors that have been available for around the same time as the HD26 the numbers of colours range from 1M to 1,100M.

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Two HDMI Ports

Most of the other projectors of this age and spec only have one HDMI port, however the Optoma HD26 has two HDMI ports.

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1920 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Digital Resolution

This multimedia projector has a maximum digital resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, which is typical of many multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to it.

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Fairly Big Offset

With an offset of 116 percent, the Optoma HD26 has a quite big offset compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec. Across all the comparable spec projectors that were launched around the same time as the HD26 the offsets range from 10% to 140%.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The shortest service life of lamp in economic mode of comparable spec multimedia projectors that came out more than two years ago is 2,000h and the longest is 30,000h. With a service life of lamp in economic mode of 6,500 hours, the Optoma HD26 has a fairly long service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 2.5 kilograms, the Optoma HD26 is quite light compared to most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the HD26. Data projectors that are a similar age to the HD26 have weights of between 110g and 32kg.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level in Economy Mode

At only 26 decibels, the Optoma HD26 has a fairly quiet noise level in economy mode compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that were launched around the same time as the HD26. The noise levels in economy mode of projectors that were launched around the same time as the HD26 range from 22dB to 38dB, and the average noise level in economy mode is 30dB.

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5 Reasons Against

Inferior Sound Quality

One customer who reviewed this projector concluded that it did not have good sound quality. Kevin wrote in his Optoma HD26 review “Does not distract when watching full surround sound movies/shows”.

Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago, the Optoma HD26 does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Small Lamp Power

With a lamp power of only 190 Watts, the Optoma HD26 has a quite small lamp power compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the HD26. The smallest lamp power of projectors that came out around the same time as the HD26 is 130W and the biggest is 580W.

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Very Small Uniformity

Across all the data projectors of this spec and age the uniformities range from 80% to 120%. At only 80 percent, the Optoma HD26 has a fairly small uniformity compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the HD26.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Optoma HD26 is a one USB 2.0 port multimedia projector. Most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for more than two years have between one and three USB 2.0 ports.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma HD26

Released Over Two Years Ago

Optoma released the HD26 over two years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Optoma HD26 has a fairly typical projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to the HD26.

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Specification

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Horizontal Keystone Correction
Maximum Digital Resolution
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Matrix Size
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Zoom Capability
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Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
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Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
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Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Digital Zoom
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
Graphics Resolution
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
3D Format
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
CardBus PCMCIA Slot Type
HDMI Version
Headphone Output
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
Networking
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Optical Disc Player
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot Type
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
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Input Voltage
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USB Powered
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AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Remote Control Type
Technical Details
Contrast Ratio

2 Awards

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Expert Reviews

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9 September 2015

This entry-level, Full HD beamer is a surprisingly capable home cinema performer. Give it some low ambient light levels and its colour and black level performance impress. It's not perfect though;...

Great value
Colours and black levels
Backlit remote control
Full HD detail
Two HDMI
Slightly soft images
Some motion blur
Trace of rainbow effect
Tricky set, up
Rivals offer more detail and nuance
21 January 2015

If the HD26 was notably cheaper than its rivals we would forgive its shortcomings. But there are price rivals out there, and many offer superior performance. We know you'll find a better...

17 November 2014

The Optoma HD26 home theater projector suffers from some image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode, but delivers excellent quality with other modes...

4 November 2014

The HD26 is an excellent small-cost big-screen option for movie fans and gamers alike.Next, read more Projector Reviews...

Trusted Reviews

3 November 2014

The Optoma HD26 is a perfect example of why you shouldn't base purchasing decisions on a projector's specifications. On paper, the HD26's 3,200 lumens make it look like a super-bright projector...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 20 September 2014 by Gokul
Gokul would recommend the Optoma HD26

This is my first projector and i cant be happier with what's under the hood at a price this low.I was a little skeptical making this purchase.I intend to use this projector in india and i am glad... Read more…

Reviewed 31 October 2014 by Alcantara
Alcantara would recommend the Optoma HD26

I'm a Optoma person for about 8 years, my first projector was a EP721. Now i got this AMAZING HD26... i love it,,, i mean, everybody loves it, two of my friends are going to buy the same.... Very... Read more…

Easy To Set Up
Easy to use
Great picture quality
Handles Heat Well
Mostly Quiet
Bright Images Can Glare
Dim Image In Bright Light
Occasionally Loses Focus
Long Throw
Reviewed 28 October 2014 by RIPMoa
RIPMoa would recommend the Optoma HD26

Recently had to replace and HD20 due to a bad color wheel. HD26 is a great Hi-Def 1080p replacement. Better contrast ratio by far and a better bulb!! Affordable and same set up...

Reviewed 16 October 2014 by Mell
Mell would recommend the Optoma HD26

My boyfriend and I have now completely replaced our high-definition TV with this high-def projector, and we are never looking back! We absolutely love having such a large screen with high quality... Read more…

Reviewed 12 October 2014 by Breazy23
Breazy23 would recommend the Optoma HD26

This bad boy has all the features you want for a very small price! 1080p high contrast and over 3000 lumens! If you want an affordable setup this is it!!

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Electricity cost when switched on $57.95
Electricity cost when on standby $2.86
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Total running cost over 5 years $60.81
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Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma hd26, optoma hd26w, optoma hd26wh, optoma p220157, optoma hd26whi, optoma p239502, optoma p239502p, optoma p220157p, optoma hd26whit, optoma vp829290, optoma hd26white, optoma 958ze01gc0, optoma 958ze01gc0e, special 958ze01gc0, special 958ze01gc0e, optoma 5060059049592, optoma technology 958ze01gc0, optoma technology 958ze01gc0e
Barcodes 00000011031603, 00077793000401, 00796435812102, 00845251082913, 05060059049592, 07964358121028

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