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Optoma ZX212ST
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Optoma ZX212ST Projector

XGA (1024x768) 34dB 2,300 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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11 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Multimedia Projector Reviews

Optoma projectors have good reviews on average and across all projectors Optoma is one of the superior manufacturers.

Has a Built-In Speaker

Unlike most of the other projectors of this spec and age which do not have a built-in speaker, the ZX212ST has a built-in speaker.

We compared this multimedia projector to all the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker and we think the Viewsonic Pro9000 ($1,799.99), the LG SA560, and the Hitachi CP-AW3019WNM which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The ZX212ST supports 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors of this age and spec also support 3D image projection.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors which support 3D image projection and we think because of it's better review score, the ZW212ST, and the HD30 both from Optoma or the Panasonic PT-AE8000U ($1,699.00) is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The highest resolution supported by the ZX212ST is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of the most common graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which 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 768 (WXGA), 1280 x 800 (WXGA), 1360 x 768 (WXGA) and 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). Across all comparable spec projectors that came out around the same time as the ZX212ST the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Two Built-In Speakers

Most of the other data projectors of this age and type only have one built-in speaker, however the ZX212ST has two built-in speakers.

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Quite Long Lamp Service Life

Across all the projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the ZX212ST the lamp service lives range from 1,500h to 30,000h. The Optoma ZX212ST has one of the longer lamp service lives (20,000 hours) amongst data projectors of this age.

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Two USB 2.0 Ports

The ZX212ST is a two USB 2.0 port projector.

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Supports Eight Video Formats

The number of supported video formats on the ZX212ST is more than most data projectors that have been around for a similar time to it. This multimedia projector supports an AVI video format, which is the most commonly supported video format supported by projectors that came out more than two years ago. The video formats "3GP", "H.264", "MOV", "MP4", "MPEG", "MPEG4" and "XVID" are also supported by this projector.

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Supports Two Image Formats

The number of supported image formats on the ZX212ST is more than most multimedia projectors of this age and spec. This projector supports a JPG image format, which is the most commonly supported image format supported by data projectors of a similar age and type to the ZX212ST. The image format "BMP" is also supported by this data projector.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on projectors of a comparable age and type to it.

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Quite Low Power Consumption During PowerSave

At only 200 Watts, the Optoma ZX212ST has a fairly low power consumption during PowerSave compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age. The power consumption during PowerSave of multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to the ZX212ST range from 0.2W to 430W.

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7 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Poor

This projector received an expert rating of 60% from PC Mag. It seems that projector experts really don't rate this multimedia projector very highly.

Poor 3D Picture Quality

One person wrote in their reviews that this projector did not have a good 3D picture quality. Three years ago Pc Mag wrote on PC Mag “3D support limited to PC connection (VGA or HDMI) only” in their Optoma ZX212ST review.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the ZX212ST, the Optoma ZX212ST does not support Full HD projection.

There are a number of alternative projectors which also support Full HD projection that you might also want to consider including the Viewsonic Pro9000 ($1,799.99), the Panasonic PT-AE8000U ($1,699.00), or the Hitachi CP-AW3019WNM which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Most multimedia projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the ZX212ST do not support WiFi connectivity. The ZX212ST is no exception to this as it too does not support WiFi connectivity.

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Only XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the ZX212ST is XGA (1024x768). That's 62% less resolution than a 1080p (1920x1080) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. Across all projectors of a similar type and age to the ZX212ST the worst resolution is SVGA (800x600) and the best is 1080p (1920x1080).

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Fairly Loud Noise Level in Economy Mode

Across all the projectors that were released more than two years ago the noise levels in economy mode range from 20dB to 40dB, and the average noise level in economy mode is 29dB. The ZX212ST has a quite loud noise level in economy mode (32 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Small Matrix Size

Across all the projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the ZX212ST the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.76". With a matrix size of only 0.55 inches, the ZX212ST has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other projectors that are a similar age to the ZX212ST.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Optoma ZX212ST

Released Over Four Years Ago

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

Average Noise Level

With a noise level of 34 decibels, the Optoma ZX212ST has a pretty average noise level compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the ZX212ST.

We compared all the other 34dB noise level projectors to this projector and we think the Optoma ZW212ST which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Average Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 2,300 ANSI lumens, the ZX212ST has a relatively average projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the ZX212ST.

If you want a multimedia projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to look at the Panasonic PT-AE8000U ($1,699.00) (2,400 ANSI lumens), the Optoma ZW212ST (2,500 ANSI lumens), or the Sony VPL-SW526C (2,500 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 Capability
Dynamic Contrast Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp Type
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
AUX Input
S-Video Input
PC Audio Input
Serial Interface Type
PC Audio Output
Microphone Input
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
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
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Mac Operating System
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display
Mean Time Between Failures (MTBF)
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Image Format
Video Format
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Document Format
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour
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
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Operating Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
Other Features
F-Number / Relative Aperture
Connectivity

Expert Reviews

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31 May 2013

The Optoma ZX212ST business projector offers a lower brightness rating than is typical for its price and size, but the hybrid laser-LED light source saves on the total cost of ownership...

High-quality data image
Short throw
Mercury-free, laser-LED light source designed to last the life of the projector
Low brightness by today's standards
3D support limited to PC connection (VGA or HDMI) only

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Electricity cost when switched on $68.64
Electricity cost when on standby $2.87
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Total running cost over 5 years $71.51
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0.46T
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 optoma zx212, optoma zx212s, optoma zx212st
Barcodes 00796435418533, 05053959398655, 05060059047949, 07964354185338
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