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Optoma X306ST
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Optoma X306ST Projector

XGA (1024x768) 30dB 3,200 ANSI Lumens May 2013
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- Native XGA, 60 image from just 77cm away.- Bright images, vivid colours 3200 ANSI Lumens.- Up to 6000 hours2 lamp life and 70% energy saving.- Crestron RoomView RJ45 control and monitoring. 3D... More
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10 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

Optoma has good average ratings for its projectors as well as across its entire projector range compared to other brands.

Good Product Quality

A few Optoma X306ST reviewers said in their reviews that it was good quality. Three years ago It Reviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “Good text quality” in their Optoma X306ST review.

Robust

Some Optoma X306ST owners considered that the product was well made. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “Solid data image quality” in their review of the Optoma X306ST.

Good Picture Quality

A few Optoma X306ST reviewers who reviewed this projector thought it had good picture quality.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma X306ST has a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the X306ST which do not 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 W304M[plb_1724146_price], the Acer H7532[plb_1478178_price], or the Viewsonic PJD6544W[plb_1536138_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma X306ST supports 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the X306ST also support 3D image projection.

Other projectors which support 3D image projection currently available which you might also want to look at include the W304M[pl_1724146_price], or the GT1080[pl_2415608_price] both from Optoma or the Acer H7532[plb_1478178_price] which has better reviews.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the Optoma X306ST is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) projector, which is the most common resolution supported by multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this projector. In addition, this multimedia projector support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720) and 1360 x 768 (WXGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). Across all data projectors of a comparable age and type to the X306ST the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

Most projectors that came out around the same time as the X306ST have between 1 and 11 VGA (D-Sub) ports, including the Optoma X306ST which has three VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Narrow

With a width of only 288 millimeters, the Optoma X306ST is fairly narrow compared to most of the other comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the X306ST. The widths of projectors of this spec and age range from 130mm to 750mm, and the average width is 380mm.

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9 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

The average expert rating of this multimedia projector is 65 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Optoma X306ST does not support Full HD projection. Most of the other projectors that came out around the same time as the X306ST also do not support Full HD projection.

Other multimedia projectors which also support Full HD projection that you might also want to look at include the Acer H7532[plb_1478178_price], the Optoma GT1080[plb_2415608_price], or the LG PA1000[plb_2417081_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other data projectors of a similar age and type to the X306ST, the Optoma X306ST does not support WiFi connectivity.

We think you might also be interested in alternative projectors which also support WiFi connectivity including the Benq GP30[plb_2564760_price], or the Optoma W305ST[plb_1726307_price].

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Only XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma X306ST has a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768). That's 62% less resolution than a 1080p (1920x1080) data projector, which is the most common resolution. Data projectors of a similar age and type to the X306ST native projector resolutions range from SVGA (800x600) to 1080p (1920x1080).

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Only Fixed Zoom Ratio

This projector supports a Fixed zoom ratio, which is typical of many multimedia projectors of this spec and age.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Optoma X306ST is a one USB 2.0 port data projector. Most of the other projectors that have been on the market for more than two years have between one and three USB 2.0 ports.

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Only One HDMI Port

Most projectors that were launched more than two years ago have between one and three HDMI ports, including the Optoma X306ST which has one HDMI port.

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Only One Built-In Speaker

Most multimedia projectors of this type and age have one built-in speaker, including the Optoma X306ST which has one built-in speaker.

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Quite Small Matrix Size

The Optoma X306ST has one of the smaller matrix sizes (only 0.55 inches) amongst similar spec multimedia projectors of this age. The smallest matrix size of projectors that have been available for more than two years is 0.45" and the biggest is 0.76".

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3 Other reasons to consider the Optoma X306ST

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this projector was released.

Average Projector Brightness

The Optoma X306ST has a pretty typical projector brightness (3,200 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the X306ST.

There are a number of other 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness projectors currently available that you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the W305ST[pl_1726307_price], or the HD25[pl_1883129_price] both from Optoma.

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Average Noise Level

The Optoma X306ST has a relatively average noise level (30 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors that are a similar age to the X306ST.

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Specification

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Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Dynamic Contrast 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
Throw Ratio
Offset
Video
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
HDMI Version
Headphone Output
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
Preset Mode
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
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
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

24 November 2013

The Optoma X306ST is a short-throw XGA projector with solid data image quality and video suitable for short clips...

Good text quality
Bright
3D compatible
Portable
Good port selection
Rainbow effect in video more severe than is usual
No port for USB thumb drive
22 November 2013

The Optoma X306ST is a short-throw XGA projector with solid data image quality and video suitable for short clips...

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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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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 x306st, optoma x306, optoma x306s, optoma x306st, optoma p166791, optoma x306ste, optoma p168201, optoma p166791p, optoma x306sted, optoma p168201p, optoma x306stedu, optoma 958tu01gc0, optoma 958tu01gc0e
Barcodes 00686063811540, 00796435418557, 05053959398570, 05060059047888, 07964354185574
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