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Optoma W306
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Optoma W306 Projector

15000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 30dB May 2013
Contrast Ratio Native Projector Resolution 3D Image Projection Noise Level Release Date
- Native WXGA, 60 image from just 68cm away- Bright images, vivid colours 3500 ANSI Lumens- Up to 6000 hours2 lamp life and 70% energy saving- Crestron RoomView RJ45 control and monitoring 3D... More
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8 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Data Projectors

On average Optoma 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors have good reviews as do all data projectors manufactured by Optoma.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma W306 supports 3D image projection. Most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the W306 also support 3D image projection.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the alternative multimedia projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including the Optoma ML1500[plb_2473687_price] which is cheaper; or the Viewsonic PJD6383S[plb_1514462_price], or the Optoma X401[plb_1995677_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the W306, the Optoma W306 has a built-in speaker.

There are a number of alternative multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to consider including the Viewsonic PJD6383S[plb_1514462_price], or the Optoma X401[plb_1995677_price] which has better reviews; or the Optoma ML1500[plb_2473687_price] which is cheaper.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This data projector supports a graphics resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1280 x 720 (HD 720)|1280 x 800 (WXGA)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is typical of many 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as it.

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WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma W306 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution. Across all multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years the best resolution is WUXGA (1920x1200) and the worst is SVGA (800x600).

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Fairly Big Matrix Size

The Optoma W306 has one of the bigger matrix sizes (0.65 inches) amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. Projectors of a comparable age and type to the W306 have matrix sizes of between 0.45" and 1.1", and the average matrix size is 0.61".

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Two Audio in Ports

The Optoma W306 has more audio in ports than most of the multimedia projectors of a comparable age and spec to the W306. Most of the projectors of a comparable age and type to the W306 only have one audio in port, however this data projector has two audio in ports.

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Fairly High RMS Rated Power

Comparable spec projectors that have been around for more than two years have RMS rated power of between 2W and 30W. The Optoma W306 has a fairly high RMS rated power (10 Watts) compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the W306.

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6 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago do not support Full HD projection. The Optoma W306 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

We compared all the other data projectors which also support Full HD projection to this projector and we think the Optoma X401[plb_1995677_price] or the Optoma ML1500[plb_2473687_price] are also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago, the Optoma W306 does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors which also support WiFi connectivity to this projector and we think the Optoma EX400[plb_2110318_price] is also worth considering.

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Only Fixed Zoom Ratio

This projector supports a Fixed zoom ratio, which is typical of many data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as it.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

The Optoma W306 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port projector.

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Very Small Uniformity

With a uniformity of only 80 percent, the Optoma W306 has one of the smaller uniformities amongst data projectors of this age. The smallest uniformity of projectors that were launched more than two years ago is 80%, the biggest is 90%, and the average uniformity is 84%.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most projectors of this age and type have between one and three USB 2.0 ports, including the Optoma W306 which has one USB 2.0 port.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Optoma W306

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Optoma released the W306.

Average Projector Brightness

The Optoma W306 has a fairly standard projector brightness (3,500 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago.

If you are looking for a multimedia projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to consider the Optoma EX400[plb_2110318_price] (3,700 ANSI lumens and cheaper) or the X401[pl_1995677_price] (4,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the EW400[pl_2272302_price] (4,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated) both from Optoma.

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Average Noise Level

At 30 decibels, the Optoma W306 has a fairly average noise level compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age.

Alternative projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the PJD6683WS[pl_1514463_price] (33dB), or the PJD6383S[pl_1514462_price] (33dB) both from Viewsonic which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Maximum Digital Resolution
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Number of Colours
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
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Video
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Component Video in Port
Serial Interface Type
CardBus PCMCIA Slot Type
HDMI Version
Headphone Output
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Storage
Memory Card
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
Multimedia
Integrated TV Tuner
RMS Rated Power
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
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
Cable Included

Brochures and Manuals

Running Cost

Hours of Use Per Day: hours
Show running costs over: years
Electricity cost when switched on $71.67
Electricity cost when on standby $2.84
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Total running cost over 5 years $74.51
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0.48T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.48 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
13
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 13 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers w306st
Barcodes 00163121494445, 00175476681289, 00796435418564, 05060059047895, 07964354185642

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