Optoma HD26 vs Optoma HD36
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Optoma HD26

88

Overall Score

88

Overall Score

Optoma HD26

$248.00
$421.99
Our Verdict:
An excellent value for money and sensationally high contrast ratio moderate noise level 1080p multimedia projector, with very low running costs and two industry awards
93
Reviews
115 Reviews + 2 Awards
99
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
94
Running Costs
$40 Over 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
31dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 23000:1 Yes Aug 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 31dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 23000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Aug 2014
Optoma HD36

74

Overall Score

74

Overall Score

Optoma HD36

$1,825.99
Our Verdict:
A phenomenally quiet and award winning 1080p 3D multimedia projector, with low running costs and one of the highest contrast ratios on the market
94
Reviews
4 Reviews + 1 Award
61
Value for Money
Good
78
Features
Good Features
74
Running Costs
$70 Over 5 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
27dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 30000:1 Yes Oct 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 27dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 30000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Oct 2014
Optoma HD26

88

Overall Score

88

Overall Score

Optoma HD26

$248.00
$421.99
Our Verdict:
An excellent value for money and sensationally high contrast ratio moderate noise level 1080p multimedia projector, with very low running costs and two industry awards
93
Reviews
115 Reviews + 2 Awards
99
Value for Money
Excellent
83
Features
Fully-Featured
94
Running Costs
$40 Over 5 Years
88
Overall Score
Excellent
31dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 23000:1 Yes Aug 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 31dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 23000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Aug 2014
Optoma HD36

74

Overall Score

74

Overall Score

Optoma HD36

$1,825.99
Our Verdict:
A phenomenally quiet and award winning 1080p 3D multimedia projector, with low running costs and one of the highest contrast ratios on the market
94
Reviews
4 Reviews + 1 Award
61
Value for Money
Good
78
Features
Good Features
74
Running Costs
$70 Over 5 Years
74
Overall Score
Very Good
27dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 30000:1 Yes Oct 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 27dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 30000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Oct 2014

Top Prices

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Reasons For

Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
6 Reasons For
Brighter Projector Brightness
The Optoma HD26 is a 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness projector. That's 200 ANSI lumens brighter than the Optoma HD36 (3,000 ANSI lumens).

This is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

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Longer Service Life of Lamp
Optoma HD26 is 5,000h lamp service life. That's 1,000h longer than the Optoma HD36 (4,000h).

This indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

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$1,578 Cheaper
The Optoma HD26 is $1,577.99 cheaper than the Optoma HD36.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of stores increases the price competition amongst retailers for this projector and also increases the chances of the product remaining in stock.
Cheaper to Run by $29 Over Five Years
The Optoma HD26 only costs $40 to run over five years however the Optoma HD36 costs $70 to run (73% more).
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One More Awards
The Optoma HD26 has 2 awards, but the Optoma HD36 has 1 award.
6 Reasons For
15% Quieter Noise Level
The Optoma HD36 has a noise level of 27dB, however the Optoma HD26 is a 31dB projector (4dB louder).

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running.

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Bigger Bulb Power
Optoma HD36 is 310W lamp power. That's 120W bigger than the Optoma HD26 (190W).

This denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

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DVI Port
The Optoma HD36 has a DVI port, however the Optoma HD26 does not have a DVI port.

This indicates whether the projector has a DVI port to allow it to connect to computers and DVD players.

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Expert Reviews Are Moderately Better
The average expert review score of the Optoma HD36 is 77%, however the average rating of the Optoma HD26 is 73% (based on 10 reviews).
User Reviews Are Better
The average user review score of the Optoma HD36 is 100%, however the average rating of the Optoma HD26 is 92% (based on 80 reviews).
Better Techradar Review Score
The Optoma HD36 has a Techradar review score of 80%, whereas the rating of the Optoma HD26 was only 70% from the same site.

Reasons Against

Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
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Reviews & Awards

Awards

The Optoma HD26 has more awards than the Optoma HD36. The Optoma HD26 has 2 awards, where as the Optoma HD36 has 1 award. Compare all award winning projectors.
Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
2 Awards Best
projectorcentral.com: Highly Rated Trusted Reviews: Recommended
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended

Average Expert Rating

The Optoma HD36 has better expert reviews than the Optoma HD26. The average expert reviews score for the Optoma HD36 is 77% based on 3 reviews, where as the average score for the Optoma HD26 is 73% based on 10 reviews.
Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
5 stars
2 reviews
4 stars
5 reviews
3 stars
2 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
3 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Optoma HD36 has better user reviews than the Optoma HD26. The average user reviews score for the Optoma HD36 is 100% based on 1 review, where as the average score for the Optoma HD26 is 92% based on 80 reviews.
Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
5 stars
54 reviews
4 stars
22 reviews
3 stars
1 review
2 stars
3 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
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1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Techradar Review Score

Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Techradar logo
High-end home cinema projection used to be the reserve of those who could afford a high cost product and provide a dedicated room, complete with blackout, for watching films and playing games.All that changes with entry-level projectors like the HD26...
Great value
Colours and black levels
Backlit remote control
Full HD detail
Two HDMI
Clear picture
Rich colours
Deep blacks
Compact and light design
Backlit remote
Full 1080p resolution in 2D and 3D
Two HDMI connectors, one with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Superb value
Good picture quality for the money
Decent picturecalibration options
Bright image
Easy to setup
Reasonable greyscale
Good motion handling
Competitive price
Qualit d'image HD honorable
Puissante luminosit (modes Vif et Lumineux)
Un bon rendu 3D
Faible input lag pour une utilisation jeux
Le bruit en fonctionnement correct
La compatibilit VESA 3D
Rapport qualitprix
La tlcommande rtroclaire
Dobry kontrast, dobre odwzorowanie kolorw, doskonay stosunek moliwoci do ceny, dugi czas uytkowania lampy, cichy, moliwo zamocowania do sufitu
Slightly soft images
Some motion blur
Trace of rainbow effect
Tricky set, up
Rivals offer more detail and nuance
Slight motion issues
Picture could be brighter
Shows rainbow artifacts, particularly in black-and-white film clips
Has additional image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode
Very limited optical zoom
Colours need handling with care
Minor rainbow effect
Mediocre blacks
Undersaturated colours
Possible rainbow artefacts
Contraste faiblard
Luminosit bride sur les modes Cinma et Rfrence
Pas de lensshift
Gamut tronqu et CMS limit
Prsence de judder
Connectique minimaliste
Brak regulacji pooenia obiektywu, bardzo may zoom, ograniczona liczba wej, niepraktyczna regulacja barw
Kod rabatowy
Dla Czytelnikw SwiatObrazu
Pl przygotowalimy kod rabatowy o wartoci 50 z na zakup projektora Optoma H 26 w najniszej cenie na
This entry-level, Full HD beamer is a surprisingly capable home cinema performer. Give it some low ambient light levels and its colour and black level performance impress. It's not perfect though; ultimately lacking overall detail in the final reckon...
Sep 2015
Best
Techradar logo
Single-chip DLP projectors aren't much cop.They're loud, their black levels are dodgy, and they often display distracting 'rainbow effect' throughout. But don't tell the HD36, which manages to swerve all of the technology's common downfalls ? and for...
Vertical lens shift
Super, bright images
Quiet operation
Smooth motion handling
Excellent colours black levels
Powerful speaker
Really good 2D and 3D picture quality
Good value
Adaptable to dark or bright room situations
Bright image
Easy to setup
Excellent greyscale
Good motion handling
Only one HDMI
Big size
Loud fan noise
Fiddly focus ring
Optional 3D wireless
Colours occasionally look slightly unnatural out of the box
Slight squeak from the colour wheel
Builtin speaker is a let down
Mediocre blacks
Undersaturated colours
Possible rainbow artefacts
The Optoma HD36 boasts great colours, superbly bright images and excellent built-in speakers. It's an ideal, low-cost, beamer for everyday use even in daylight. The real issue issue with this otherwise quality projector is that solitary HDMI input if...
Sep 2015

Trusted Reviews Review Score

Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Trusted Reviews logo
What is the Optoma HD26? The HD26 is, at £550, a strikingly affordable single-chip DLP projector designed for, in Optoma's own words, "super-sized home entertainment." Key features include a very high 3200 ANSI Lumens light output and MHL playback s...
Recommended
Superb value
Good picture quality for the money
Decent picture-calibration options
Very limited optical zoom
Colours need handling with care
Minor rainbow effect
The HD26 is an excellent small-cost big-screen option for movie fans and gamers alike.Next, read more Projector Reviews......
Nov 2014
Trusted Reviews logo
What is the Optoma HD36? The HD36 is a Full HD home cinema projector that uses single-chip DLP technology. Available for under £750 from some online retailers, the HD36's main attractions ? aside from its unusual affordability for a dedicated home e...
Recommended
Really good 2D and 3D picture quality
Good value
Adaptable to dark or bright room situations
Bright image
Easy to setup
Excellent greyscale
Good motion handling
Colours occasionally look slightly unnatural out of the box
Slight squeak from the colour wheel
Builtin speaker is a let down
Mediocre blacks
Undersaturated colours
Possible rainbow artefacts
Not just another data projector masquerading as a home cinema machine, with careful set up the Optoma HD36 can produce extremely satisfying images for movies and gaming that are unusually easy to adapt to both dark and light room conditions......
Mar 2015

Avforums.com Review Score

Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
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The HD26 is the latest budget Full HD projector from Optoma and retails for £549 (September 2014). It uses a single chip DLP design with a four segment colour wheel and UHP bulb. It is rated at 3200 ANSI lumens and has a claimed contrast ratio of 25...
...
Sep 2014
Avforums.com logo
The Optoma HD36 is a single-chip DLP projector with 3D support and it sits between the HD26 and HD50 in the manufacturer's line-up. The HD36 appears to be an amalgamation of those two projectors, combining the chassis of the HD50 with many of the pro...
...
Oct 2014

Date Released

Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
43 months old 40 months old Best

Key Features

Noise Level

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running.

Projector Brightness

This is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Bulb Power

This denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Service Life Of Lamp

This indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

Energy Efficiency

Running Costs Over 5 Years

Projector running costs calculated based on an average of 5 hours of use per week. The running cost comprises the electricity cost when using the projector and the electricity standby cost. Compare all energy saving projectors.

Environmental Impact

We have calculated the amount of CO2 that will be generated by running each of these projectors for 5 years. We have then converted that into the number of tree seedlings that you would need to plant and grow for 10 years in order to offset that amount of CO2.
Optoma HD26
Optoma
HD26
6 trees 0.24 tonnes CO2 (Best)
Optoma HD36
Optoma
HD36
11 trees 0.41 tonnes CO2

Specification

 
 
 
Performance Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Noise Level 31dB 27dB
BEST
Noise Level (economic Mode) 26dB Unknown - Click to provide data
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
 
 
 
Projector Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Projector Native Resolution
1920 x 1080 (1080p)
 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
1920 x 1080 (1080p)
 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio
30000:1
 30000:1
30000:1
 30000:1
Projector Brightness 3,200 ANSI Lumens
BEST
3,000 ANSI Lumens
Keystone Correction, Horizontal Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Digital Resolution
1920 x 1200
 1920 x 1200
1920 x 1200
 1920 x 1200
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size 0.65" Unknown - Click to provide data
Uniformity 80% 80%
Minimum Vertical Synchronization Unknown - Click to provide data 24kHz
Maximum Horizontal Synchronization Unknown - Click to provide data 91.15kHz
Maximum Vertical Synchronization Unknown - Click to provide data 85kHz
Minimum Horizontal Synchronization Unknown - Click to provide data 15.38kHz
Zoom Ratio
1.5:1
 1.5:1
1.5:1
 1.5:1
Projection Distance
Screen Size Compatibility
 
 
 
Lamps Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Lamp 1lamp(s) Unknown - Click to provide data
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode) 6,500h
BEST
3,500h
Bulb Power 190W 310W
BEST
Service Life of Lamp 5,000h
BEST
4,000h
 
 
 
Lens System Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Digital Zoom 2x Unknown - Click to provide data
Offset 116% Unknown - Click to provide data
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
 
 
 
Video Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Supported Graphics Resolutions
1600 x 1200 (UXGA) 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
1280 x 768 (WXGA) 1280 x 768
1024 x 768 (XGA) 800 x 600 (SVGA)
640 x 480 (VGA)
 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
 1280 x 768
 1024 x 768 (XGA)
 800 x 600 (SVGA)
 640 x 480 (VGA)
1600 x 1200 (UXGA) 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
1280 x 768 (WXGA) 1280 x 768
1024 x 768 (XGA) 800 x 600 (SVGA)
640 x 480 (VGA)
 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
 1280 x 768
 1024 x 768 (XGA)
 800 x 600 (SVGA)
 640 x 480 (VGA)
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
RS-232 Port Unknown - Click to provide data 1
S-Video Inputs Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Headphone Outputs 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio (L,R) Out Unknown - Click to provide data 1
Audio (L,R) in Unknown - Click to provide data 3
Composite Video in Unknown - Click to provide data 1
USB 2.0 Port 1 2
BEST
HDMI Port 2
BEST
1
VGA (D-Sub) Port Unknown - Click to provide data 3
 
 
 
Storage Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Optical Disc Player Type
Not included
 Not included
Not included
 Not included
 
 
 
Multimedia Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
RMS Rated Power 10W 30W
BEST
Built-In Speaker 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Power Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Power Consumption (standby) 0.5W 0.5W
Power Consumption (typical) 233W
BEST
345W
Power Consumption (economy Mode) 193W Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Power Consumption 262W Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Operating Altitude Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Weight 2.5kg
BEST
4.5kg
Height 114mm 162mm
Depth 224mm 280mm
Width 315mm 386mm
 
 
 
Technical Details Optoma HD26 Optoma HD36
Contrast Ratio
25000:1
 25000:1
25000:1
 25000:1

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