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Optoma ZW212ST
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Optoma ZW212ST Projector

WXGA (1280x800) 34dB 2,500 ANSI Lumens Dec 2012
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Optoma's laser/LED projectors bring together innovative technologies that make them light, bright and easy to use and maintain. These lamp-free projectors help businesses and educators deliver... More
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12 Reasons For

Good Brand

Optoma has good average ratings for its projectors as well as across its entire projector range.

Good Product Quality

Several people agreed that it was good quality. Expert website Pcmag.com wrote three years ago “The Optoma ZW212ST is a short-throw hybrid laser-LED data projector with very good text quality” in their review of the Optoma ZW212ST.

Has a Built-In Speaker

The ZW212ST has a built-in speaker. Most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been available for more than two years do not have a built-in speaker.

It may also be worth considering one of the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including because of it's better review score, the Hitachi CP-AW3019WNM, the LG SA560, or the Sony VPL-SW526C.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma ZW212ST supports 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the ZW212ST also support 3D image projection.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative multimedia projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including a cheaper projector such as the Optoma ZX212ST or you might consider a higher rated projector such as the Panasonic PT-AE8000U ($1,699.00), or the Epson EH-TW7200.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the ZW212ST is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) data projector, which is the most common resolution supported by projectors that were released around the same time as the ZW212ST. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this projector. This data projector also support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1360 x 768 (WXGA) and 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). The worst resolution of all data projectors of a similar age and type to the ZW212ST is 640 x 480 (VGA) and the best is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Two Built-In Speakers

Most of the other projectors that have been around for around the same time as the ZW212ST only have one built-in speaker, however the Optoma ZW212ST has two built-in speakers.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The service life of lamp in economic mode of data projectors of a similar type and age to the ZW212ST range from 2,000h to 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 6,900h. With a service life of lamp in economic mode of 20,000 hours, the Optoma ZW212ST has a quite long service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Long Lamp Service Life

The ZW212ST has one of the longer lamp service lives (20,000 hours) amongst multimedia projectors of this age. The shortest lamp service life of projectors that are a similar age to the ZW212ST is 1,500h and the longest is 30,000h.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

Most projectors that were released around the same time as the ZW212ST have between one and three USB 2.0 ports, including the ZW212ST which has two USB 2.0 ports.

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Supports Eight Video Formats

The Optoma ZW212ST has a greater number of supported video formats than most projectors that were released around the same time as it. This multimedia projector supports an AVI video format, which is the most commonly supported video format supported by projectors that have been around for a similar time to the ZW212ST. The video formats "3GP", "H.264", "MOV", "MP4", "MPEG", "MPEG4" and "XVID" are also supported by this data projector.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the ZW212ST is more than most multimedia projectors of this age and spec. This multimedia projector supports a JPG image format, which is the most frequently supported image format supported by projectors that have been available for around the same time as the ZW212ST. The image format "BMP" is also supported by this projector.

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100V AC Input Voltage

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

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6 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com the average expert rating of this Optoma projector is 65%.

Inferior Sound Quality

One Optoma ZW212ST reviewer considered that it did not have good sound quality. It Reviews.com wrote in their review of this projector on IT Reviews.com three years ago “Relatively weak audio”.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most projectors of this age and type do not support Full HD projection. The ZW212ST is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

Other multimedia projectors which also support Full HD projection that you might also want to consider include the Hitachi CP-AW3019WNM, the Viewsonic Pro9000 ($1,799.99), or the Panasonic PT-AE8000U ($1,699.00).

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other similar spec projectors that have been available for more than two years, the Optoma ZW212ST does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only Fixed Zoom Ratio

This multimedia projector supports a Fixed zoom ratio, which is typical of many similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to it.

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Fairly Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

With a noise level in economy mode of 32 decibels, the ZW212ST has a fairly loud noise level in economy mode compared to most of the other data projectors of this age and spec. The quietest noise level in economy mode of projectors that are a comparable age to the ZW212ST is 20dB and the loudest is 40dB.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Optoma ZW212ST

Released Over Four Years Ago

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

WXGA (1280x800) Native Projector Resolution

The ZW212ST has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 51% less resolution than the most frequently found native projector resolution of 1080p (1920x1080).

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Average Noise Level

At 34 decibels, the Optoma ZW212ST has a fairly average noise level compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the ZW212ST.

We compared all the other 34dB noise level projectors to this multimedia projector and we think cheaper projectors such as the Optoma ZX212ST is also worth considering.

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Average Projector Brightness

At 2,500 ANSI lumens, the Optoma ZW212ST has a fairly standard projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for around the same time as the ZW212ST.

We compared this data projector to all the other 2,500 ANSI lumens brightness data projectors and we think because of it's better review score, the LG SA560 is also worth considering.

If this multimedia projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might also want to consider the Hitachi CP-AW3019WNM (3,000 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Projector
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Maximum Digital Resolution
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 Type
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
3D-Ready
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
PC Audio Input
Serial Interface Type
PC Audio Output
Microphone Input
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
AC Power in
AV Output Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Memory Card
Optical Disc Player
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Mac Operating System
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
On Screen Display
Password Protection Type
2D/3D Image Frequency
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Image Format
Video Format
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Document Format
Design
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour
LED Indicator
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
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
RoHS Compliant
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
Other Features
F-Number / Relative Aperture
Connectivity

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

14 September 2013

The Optoma ZW212ST is a short-throw hybrid laser-LED data projector with very good text quality...

Short throw
Good text quality
3D compatible
Good port selection
Long lamp life
Rainbow effect in video
Relatively weak audio
12 September 2013

The Optoma ZW212ST is a short-throw hybrid laser-LED data projector with very good text quality...

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Electricity cost when switched on $67.96
Electricity cost when on standby $2.84
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Total running cost over 5 years $70.80
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.46 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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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 stampede zw212, stampede zw212s, stampede zw212st
Barcodes 00796435418540, 05060059047956, 07964354185406

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