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Optoma DX342

A highly rated and cheap to run 18000:1 1024 x 768 multimedia projector
18000:1 XGA (1024x768) Yes 29dB Feb 2015
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date

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Optoma DX342 Review

With excellent reviews and low running costs, we have scored the Optoma DX342 as follows for Summary.
87
100 Reviews
1
Not Currently for Sale
50
Good Features
85
$61 Over 1 Year
Overall Score
40
Mediocre

Why Has it Scored 41?

It has great user reviews with an average user rating of 87%, based on 100 reviews.
This projector is over 2 years old and it is likely that newer multimedia projectors with better features are available. However it has good reviews so it may still be worth considering. View the latest data projectors 2017.
This Optoma projector has running costs of only $61 over 1 year, which are in the cheapest 14% of all 1,756 data projectors that we have compared it to.
The DX342 has some good features, but is also missing a few features:
Quite quiet noise level
RoHS compliance
Quite small bulb power
Does not support full HD

Optoma DX342 In-Depth Analysis

Reviews

User Reviews Are Good

On average, based on 100 user reviews the average user rating of this data projector is 87%. 64 reviewers (84% of all reviewers) gave this data projector either 4 or 5 stars.

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Fairly Priced

A number of customers who reviewed the product agreed that it was good value for money. A. Neal said three years ago “Excellent value” and gave the Optoma DX342 a rating of 5 stars. A. Neal also mentioned “It is very sensibly priced”. Adam mentioned on Amazon “As a bonus, you can also save money on heating in winter as this can keep any room warm up to the size of say a nice indoor tennis court” however despite that he only gave the product a rating of 2 stars.

Some customers who purchased this projector concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Dan H scored it very highly and he wrote “Presentations with outstanding performance, if your looking for a cheap home cinema projector or need something for presentations go for this one” in his review. Dawn Bevington wrote “Recommended o purchase if looking for a cheap” in her Optoma DX342 review and gave it a rating of 5 stars. Kgtech said on Amazon “Absolute Bargain though!” in their review of this projector.

One customer who purchased it concluded that it was cheap. Chris. K mentioned on Amazon four years ago “Looking at previous reviews for projectors, I chose this for the reported low noise, bright display and budget cost” in their review of this projector and gave this projector a score of 80 out of 100.

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Easy to Use

Some customers who bought it reckoned that it was easy to setup. Amazon Customer said in their review of the Optoma DX342 four years ago “Was quite easy for my husband to set up” and rated it as very good. Anne said “VERY easy to set up and use with my laptop” and gave it a very good review score. Harold Magee wrote “Working well, easy to set up and good value for money” .

Some Optoma DX342 reviewers said in their reviews that the Optoma DX342 was easy to use. Aldeia Da Pequenada wrote “Easy to use, easy to work”. Bob the Builder wrote “Easy to set up, easy to use, great definition”. Cottage wrote in their review on Amazon “Very easy to use, with no hard set up processes”.

A few Optoma DX342 reviewers who purchased it thought it was easy to use the menus. R. J. Howgego wrote on Amazon “The projector provides countless on-screen menus for making fine adjustments to the image.” and rated it as excellent.

One person said in their reviews that the Optoma DX342 had a good experience. T a wrote in their review of the Optoma DX342 on Amazon “The amazing sharpness and vibrant colours add to the experience, any movie looks fantastic when seen on my projector”.

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Good Product Quality

Some Optoma DX342 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Buyer said in their Optoma DX342 review “I use it as part of my job role to display presentation, videos and pictures etc Even in a light room the picture quality is really good”. Checkatrade wrote in their review on Amazon three years ago “Plugging it in, we could see straight away that it is a really good projector with excellent image quality”. D wrote on Amazon “I was impressed with the overall quality and simplicity of use”.

Acceptable Noise Level

Some customers who bought the Optoma DX342 said that it was quiet. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “The fan is also quiet” and rated this projector as very good. Chris. K wrote in their review of this projector “The fan is very quiet and the display is bright enough” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100. Three years ago John Whittle. he wrote on Amazon “The sound from the unit is so quiet that without any amplified speakers” in his Optoma DX342 review.

A number of Optoma DX342 owners concluded that this projector was noisy. Dp said “Great colours, very clear images, not noisy” and gave it a very good review. Mcbun mentioned on Amazon “Is not particularly noisy”. Michael A. mentioned this year “This projector is real nice, displays clear picture, movies and presentation, low noise, I love it” in his review of this projector.

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Good Size

Several Optoma DX342 reviewers who reviewed it concluded that it was compact. A. V. Whitmore mentioned in their review of this projector “Having played with it I wish I'd bought a more compact, higher resolution projector even though the cost is higher”. Bibi wrote “It is compact and small 2”. Mr. Chris Jones he mentioned in his review of this projector on Amazon “Its a nice light compact machine plenty of light for a semi illuminated room”.

A few customers who bought the product thought it was a good depth. Dp said in their review “At 3.5 inches depth it fits easily into my laptop bag for travel” and gave the Optoma DX342 a rating of 5 stars. Leo said in his Optoma DX342 review “The luminosity is fine and color hue and depth is acceptable” but even so he only gave the Optoma DX342 a rating of 3 stars.

A few Optoma DX342 reviewers mentioned that the product was a good height. Bibi gave the Optoma DX342 a rating of 5 stars and she said “There is a height adjuster at the front (one reviewer said there wasn't) - you just turn the little third leg 4”. Mr. R. V. Malin wrote on Amazon “I was tempted to deduct a star for the lack of 1] a Lens cover, 2] a Quick release height adjustment foot (as on previous models” in their review.

One customer thought it was heavy and bulky. Five years ago Victoria Jayne gave this projector a very good review score and she wrote in her review of this projector “It isn't too heavy and, as it is well packed in a kind of bubble wrap when it arrives, I carry it around in it's box”.

One Optoma DX342 owner who bought it considered that it was a good weight. Magneto mentioned “*Light weight *Good picture quality (not the best”. One Optoma DX342 owner who reviewed the Optoma DX342 concluded that it was easy to carry around. Pam Wright said “It is easy to set up, easy to carry (although a carry-case is recommended” in her review of the Optoma DX342.

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Good Picture Quality

Some Optoma DX342 reviewers who purchased the Optoma DX342 concluded that it had good colour saturation. Amazon Customer wrote in their review of the Optoma DX342 on Amazon “For price I think it is great and colours to my eye look bright”. James Ingram mentioned “However, I was suprised just how bright and vivid the colours were” in his review. Jj gave it an excellent review and said three years ago “Absolutely in love in that! Bright colours, very nice picture, easy”.

Some Optoma DX342 owners concluded that it had good picture quality. K. Smith rated the product 5 stars and said “Was easy to set up and the picture quality is better than I expected, at this price I decided to order a spare” in their Optoma DX342 review. Mayank wrote “I am amazed to see the clear picture quality and performance for the price tag attached to it”.

One Optoma DX342 owner considered that it had a sharp image. One Optoma DX342 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was good for watching movies. Lovesphotography wrote four years ago “We also use it at home to watch movies, great quality also for movies”.

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Optoma Has Very Good Projector Reviews

We checked 2,306 owner and expert reviews (including 381 verified purchases) for Optoma multimedia projectors and found that on average Optoma has very good reviews. We also found that Optoma has very good reviews specifically within its projectors range. 96% of those that bought a Optoma multimedia projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.

Robust

A number of customers who reviewed the Optoma DX342 wrote that it was strong and durable. Four years ago Mayank mentioned on Amazon “Its sleek and sturdy, smaller in size than I anticipated”. In October last year Stina Ilves said on Amazon “Surely durable and with a long lifespan” and rated the product as very good.

Good Sound Quality

A few Optoma DX342 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it had good sound quality. Andrea C gave the product a rating of 4 stars and he said “Arrived in less than a week to spain too FREE delivery sounds great and looks great” in his review of the Optoma DX342. Peter Mallard said in his review of this projector “You don't need it if you are watching movies as you will want to use a seperate sound system anyway to compliment the big picture”. Victoria Jayne mentioned in her review of the Optoma DX342 on Amazon “The sound works well through my laptop” and gave the product a rating of 5 stars.

Good High Def TV

A few people who reviewed this projector agreed that it was good at displaying high definition TV. James Ingram said in his review five years ago “Sure it's not HD” . Magneto mentioned “*If you try and watch good quality (HD) films it reduces in its picture quality”. Three years ago Onepaintedman rated it as excellent and wrote on Amazon “Works well with HD streaming and produces a wonderfully clear bright picture on a neural coloured wall! Can't recommend highly enough” in their review of the Optoma DX342.

Excellent Design

Several people who purchased it considered that it was good looking. John Whittle. wrote on Amazon three years ago “The projector gave us a beautiful clear presentation from a DVD in the laptop with no distortions whatsoever in daylight, even with the curtains open” and rated the product as excellent. Mr. R. V. Malin scored the Optoma DX342 very highly and wrote in their Optoma DX342 review on Amazon “There is a proper 3 pin 'kettle' style UK lead! All in all a very good projector for the price”.

Helpful Technical Guidance

One Optoma DX342 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product had good technical guidance. Stretching Minds mentioned in their review of the Optoma DX342 on Amazon “A very helpful getting started guide too” and rated it as very good.

Unsatisfactory Connectivity

One Optoma DX342 owner who reviewed this projector wrote that it was not good in terms of connectivity. Cegs0 said three years ago “Mac Book Pro Connectivity Problem” and rated the Optoma DX342 60 out of 100.

Good Remote Control

One person said in their reviews that it had a good remote control. Three years ago Guillermo mentioned “All the control buttons are on the remote” in his review.


Features

Quite Quiet Noise Level

At only 29 decibels, the Optoma DX342 has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other projectors. The noise levels of data projectors range from 10dB to 93dB.

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RoHS Compliance

RoHS compliance

The Optoma DX342 is RoHS compliance, as are most of the other data projectors.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma DX342 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other projectors also have a built-in speaker(s).

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp

The Optoma DX342 has a quite long service life of lamp (5,000 hours) compared to most of the other projectors. Multimedia projectors have service life of lamps of between 20h and 40,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 6,700h.

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HD-Ready

The Optoma DX342 is HD-Ready, as are most of the other data projectors.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

The bulb powers of projectors range from 3.5W to 3,000W. With a bulb power of only 190 Watts, the Optoma DX342 has one of the smaller bulb powers amongst projectors of this age.

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1024 X 768 Resolution

The Optoma DX342 has a maximum resolution of 1024 x 768. That's over three times the resolution of the most common projector native resolution of 280 x 800. This multimedia projector also has a projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768). Across all projectors the worst resolution is 280 x 800 and the best is DCI 4K (4096 x 2160).

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Does Not Support Full HD

The Optoma DX342 does not support full HD, although it is worth noting that most of the other projectors also do not support full HD.

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Average Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Optoma DX342 has a relatively standard projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors.

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Only 1,080 Video Mode

This projector supports a 1080|1080 supported video modes, which is typical of many projectors.

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Supports Password Protection

The Optoma DX342 supports password protection, as do most of the other projectors.

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Age

Released Over Two Years Ago

This Optoma data projector was released in February 2015.


Running Costs

Running Costs Are Low

The average running cost of the DX342 is only $61 over 1 year based on typical energy prices and usage levels, which makes it one of the cheaper to run multimedia projectors.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma dx342warranty1yearrtblamp6months, optoma 1024x768
Barcodes 05052185073640, 05055387600294

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