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Optoma X304M Projector

10000:1 XGA (1024x768) 33dB May 2013
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The Optoma X304M is the perfect projector for mobile professionals looking for a powerful, compact projector that is capable of delivering stunning presentations. Its 3000 ANSI lumens and 10,000:1... More
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10 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Data Projector Reviews

Optoma has good average reviews for its 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors as well as across its entire data projector range compared to other manufacturers.

Good Picture Quality

One Optoma X304M owner said that it had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

One person thought the Optoma X304M was good quality. It Reviews.com wrote in their review of the Optoma X304M “Good to excellent data image quality”.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma X304M supports 3D image projection, unlike most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the X304M which do not support 3D image projection.

It may also be worth considering one of the other multimedia projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including because of it's better review score, the K132[pl_1564923_price], or the K335[pl_1598465_price] both from Acer or the Epson EB-W28[plb_2441061_price].

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma X304M has a built-in speaker. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the X304M also have a built-in speaker.

Other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might want to look at include because of it's better review score, the K132[pl_1564923_price], or the K130[pl_1386931_price] both from Acer or the Epson EB-W28[plb_2441061_price].

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The Optoma X304M supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of the most frequently found graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA). In addition, this projector support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+) and 800 x 600 (SVGA).

A 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) graphics resolution is actually the best supported resolution across all projectors of this type and age.

Across similar types of data projector the worst supported resolution is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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1920 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Digital Resolution

The Optoma X304M has a maximum maximum digital resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels. That's 11% more maximum digital resolution than a 1920 x 1080 pixels projector, which is the most common maximum digital resolution.

A 1920 x 1200 pixels maximum digital resolution is in fact the best maximum digital resolution amongst all multimedia projectors of this age and type.

Amongst comparable types of projector the worst maximum digital resolution is 1920 x 1080 pixels.

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Fairly High Number of Colours

The numbers of colours of similar spec projectors that were released around the same time as the X304M range from 1M to 1,100M. At 1,070 million, the Optoma X304M has a quite high number of colours compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Very Light

The weights of 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the X304M range from 360g to 54kg. At only 1.5 kilograms, the Optoma X304M is quite light compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the X304M.

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Narrow

Across all the projectors that are a similar age to the X304M the widths range from 100mm to 970mm. At only 220 millimeters, the Optoma X304M is quite narrow compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the X304M.

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7 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this multimedia projector is 65% based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.

Not Good in Terms of Size

One customer reckoned that the Optoma X304M was not heavy and bulky. Three years ago Pcmag.com said in their review of this projector on expert website PC Mag “Only a little heavier than 500-lumen LED-based portable projectors” however despite that they gave the Optoma X304M a score of 70 out of 100.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other similar spec projectors that have been available for more than two years, the Optoma X304M does not support Full HD projection.

We compared this data projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a Full HD projection and we think the K132[pl_1564923_price], the K335[pl_1598465_price], or the P1510[pl_2284610_price] all from Acer which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the X304M do not support WiFi connectivity. The Optoma X304M is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative projectors which also support WiFi connectivity including the EB-X18[pl_2017449_price], or the EB-X03[pl_2263795_price] both from Epson.

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Quite Low RMS Rated Power

At only 1 Watt, the Optoma X304M has a very low RMS rated power compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for more than two years. The lowest RMS rated power of 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the X304M is 1W and the highest is 20W.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

At only 4,000 hours, the Optoma X304M has a fairly short service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been available for around the same time as the X304M. The average service life of lamp in economic mode of projectors of this age and spec is 7,100h.

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Quite Small Uniformity

Multimedia projectors of a comparable type and age to the X304M have uniformities of between 0.9% and 100%, and the average uniformity is 83%. The Optoma X304M has a fairly small uniformity (only 80 percent) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and type.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Optoma X304M

Released Over Three Years Ago

This multimedia projector was released over three years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Optoma X304M has a pretty typical projector brightness compared to most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the X304M.

There are a number of alternative 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness projectors currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Epson EB-98[plb_1734445_price].

If this data projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might also want to look at the EB-X24[pl_2017451_price] (3,500 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the EB-X25[pl_2017455_price] (3,500 ANSI lumens and higher rated) both from Epson or the Acer P1510[plb_2284610_price] (3,500 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 33 decibels, the Optoma X304M has a pretty average noise level compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the X304M.

We compared this data projector to all the other 33dB noise level projectors and we think because of it's better review score, the K132[pl_1564923_price], and the K335[pl_1598465_price] both from Acer is also worth considering.

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XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma X304M has a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) multimedia projector, which is the most common resolution.

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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 Capability
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 Type
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Offset
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
HDMI Version
Microphone Input
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 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
Multimedia
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
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
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

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IT Reviews.com

31 August 2013

Rated at 3,000 lumens, the Optoma X304M delivers lots of light for its light weight...

Highly portable
Bright, with a 3 000-lumen rating
Good to excellent data image quality
Long lamp life
Video is suitable for only short clips
Obvious rainbow artifacts in video
29 August 2013

Only a little heavier than 500-lumen LED-based portable projectors but a lot brighter, the Optoma X304M delivers a bright image in a highly portable package...

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Electricity cost when switched on $69.01
Electricity cost when on standby $2.83
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Total running cost over 5 years $71.84
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.46 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
12
To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers e1p1d0h1e001
Barcodes 00088020865595, 00617407497830, 00678476000161, 00796435418434, 04056572653188, 05060059047840, 07964354184348

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