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Optoma HD26 Projector

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23000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 3,200 ANSI Lumens Aug 2014
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Created for super-sized 1080p home entertainment, the bright HD26 is perfect for watching TV shows, sports and movies or playing action-packed games on a huge screen. With a built-in speaker and... More
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22 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

The writer at Trusted Reviews recommend this multimedia projector and have given it their "Recommended" award.

The reviewer at one more expert review site said that this projector was good. Projectorcentral.com gave this data projector a "Highly Rated" award.

Average Expert Reviews

Based on nine expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, PC Mag and whathifi.com this multimedia projector has an average expert rating of 73%.

Excellent Owner Reviews

On average, based on 36 owner reviews this data projector has a terrific overall owner rating. This puts this multimedia projector in the top 1% of all the multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age when ranked by average owner review score.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Several customers who reviewed the Optoma HD26 mentioned that it had a good 3D picture quality. Djmel mentioned in their Optoma HD26 review three years ago “I suggest watching Hugo for a great 3d film2” . Also three years ago Kevin rated it 4 stars and he wrote on Amazon “The 3D works well with universal DLP glasses ( I have Sain Sonic DLP from Amazon)”. Kevin also mentioned “2D and 3D movies play really nicely”.

Good Picture Quality

Two Optoma HD26 owners wrote in their reviews that this projector had good picture quality. One Optoma HD26 owner said in their reviews that this projector was good for playing games on. Amazon Customer wrote “Great beamer! I use it for gaming mostly and i love it!” in their Optoma HD26 review.

One Optoma HD26 owner said that it had good colour saturation. Techradar gave the product a score of 4 stars and said two years ago “Rich colours” in their review of this projector.

One customer who purchased this projector reckoned that it had a good contrast ratio. Expert website Avforums.com wrote “It is rated at 3200 ANSI lumens and has a claimed contrast ratio of 25,000”.

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Good High Def TV

A few customers mentioned in their reviews that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Two years ago Techradar.com said on Techradar “This entry-level, Full HD beamer is a surprisingly capable home cinema performer” in their review of the Optoma HD26. In the same month Techradar mentioned “Full HD detail” in their review. Expert review site Whathifi.com wrote “Finding a Full HD projector for £650 is no mean feat” in their review of the Optoma HD26.

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Data Projectors

On average Optoma 23000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projectors have good ratings compared to other manufacturers as do all projectors manufactured by Optoma.

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Good Product Quality

Several Optoma HD26 owners mentioned in their reviews that it was good quality. Amazon Customer wrote on Amazon “The image quality is really good” in their review. Three years ago expert review site Pcmag.com scored it 70 out of 100 and said in their review of this projector “Delivers excellent quality with other modes”. Two years ago Techradar mentioned “Good picture quality for the money” in their review and rated the product 70 out of 100.

Easy to Use

One Optoma HD26 owner who purchased it mentioned that it had a good experience. Two years ago M. A. Hussain gave this projector a very good rating and mentioned “Never ever tell anyone else about it to let them enjoy the experience” in their review.

One customer who purchased the product considered that it was easy to setup. Techradar rated this projector 4 stars and said “Easy to setup”. One customer wrote in their reviews that this projector was easy to handle. Techradar scored the product 4 stars and said “Good motion handling” in their review of the Optoma HD26.

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Good Size

Two Optoma HD26 reviewers mentioned in their reviews that it was compact. Techradar said two years ago “Compact and light design” in their review of the Optoma HD26.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Optoma HD26 reviewer who bought it thought it was noisy. Djmel said in their review of this projector on Amazon “The fan is not too noisy”. One Optoma HD26 reviewer wrote in their reviews that it was quiet. M. A. Hussain wrote in their review two years ago “5) Noise levels are very low - It's quieter than my old computer desktop” and scored it very highly.

Robust

One customer thought the Optoma HD26 was well made. M. A. Hussain mentioned “1) In built speaker is surprisingly decent and you can even connect up computer speakers directly to the projector to jury-rig up a pseudo 5.1 speaker effect” and rated this projector as excellent.

Nice Design

One Optoma HD26 reviewer who reviewed it thought it was a good design.

Supports Full HD

The Optoma HD26 supports full HD, unlike most of the other multimedia projectors that came out more than two years ago which do not support full HD.

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Supports 3D

The Optoma HD26 supports 3D, which is unusual. Most of the other data projectors of a similar spec and age to the HD26 do not support 3D.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma HD26 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other projectors of a comparable age and spec to the HD26.

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1080p (1920x1080) Projector Native Resolution

The Optoma HD26 has a maximum resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of a WXGA (1280x800) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. Data projectors of a comparable type and age to the HD26 projector native resolutions range from VGA (640x480) (worst) to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) (best).

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

This projector supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1280 x 768 (WXGA)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is the most commonly supported supported graphics resolutions on data projectors of a comparable spec and age to it.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Optoma HD26 is a two HDMI ports quantity projector. Most of the other projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the HD26 only have one HDMI ports quantity.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

With a service life of lamp (economic mode) of 6,500 hours, the Optoma HD26 has a fairly long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age. Comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago have service life of lamp (economic mode)s of between 600h and 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 5,600h.

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Fairly Big Offset

The Optoma HD26 has one of the bigger offsets (116 percent) amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. Comparable spec projectors that have been around for a similar time to the HD26 have offsets of between 10% and 130%.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level (economic Mode)

Multimedia projectors of a comparable spec and age to the HD26 have noise level (economic mode)s of between 22dB and 38dB, and the average noise level (economic mode) is 30dB. With a noise level (economic mode) of only 26 decibels, the Optoma HD26 has a fairly quiet noise level (economic mode) compared to most of the other data projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the HD26.

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5 Reasons Against

Inferior Sound Quality

One Optoma HD26 owner mentioned in their reviews that the product did not have good sound quality. Kevin said on Amazon three years ago “Does not distract when watching full surround sound movies/shows” in his Optoma HD26 review although he still gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100.

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other data projectors that were released more than two years ago, the Optoma HD26 does not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

The smallest bulb power of projectors of a comparable age and type to the HD26 is 130W and the biggest is 400W. With a bulb power of only 190 Watts, the Optoma HD26 has one of the smaller bulb powers amongst multimedia projectors of this age.

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Very Small Uniformity

At only 80 percent, the Optoma HD26 has a fairly small uniformity compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that have been available for a similar time to the HD26. Across all the data projectors that were released around the same time as the HD26 the uniformitys range from 80% to 120%.

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Only One USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

Most multimedia projectors that have been around for a similar time to the HD26 have between one and three USB 2.0 ports quantitys, including the Optoma HD26 which has one USB 2.0 ports quantity.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma HD26

Released Over Two Years Ago

This multimedia projector has been on the market for over two years.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Optoma HD26 has a relatively average projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

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Specification

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Keystone Correction, Vertical
Uniformity
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Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Lamps Quantity
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Supported 3D Formats
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
HDMI Version
Headphone Outputs
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Optical Disc Player Type
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Password Protection
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Colour of Product
LED Indicators
Product Type
Power
Power Source
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Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (economy Mode)
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AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
Weight & Dimensions
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Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Technical Details
Contrast Ratio

2 Awards

Trusted Reviews Recommended projectorcentral.com Highly Rated

Expert Reviews

(9)
9 September 2015

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;...

Great value
Colours and black levels
Backlit remote control
Full HD detail
Two HDMI
Slightly soft images
Some motion blur
Trace of rainbow effect
Tricky set, up
Rivals offer more detail and nuance
21 January 2015

If the HD26 was notably cheaper than its rivals we would forgive its shortcomings. But there are price rivals out there, and many offer superior performance. We know you'll find a better...

17 November 2014

The Optoma HD26 home theater projector suffers from some image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode, but delivers excellent quality with other modes...

4 November 2014

The HD26 is an excellent small-cost big-screen option for movie fans and gamers alike.Next, read more Projector Reviews...

Trusted Reviews

3 November 2014

The Optoma HD26 is a perfect example of why you shouldn't base purchasing decisions on a projector's specifications. On paper, the HD26's 3,200 lumens make it look like a super-bright projector...

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User Reviews

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Reviewed 20 September 2014 by Gokul
Gokul would recommend the Optoma HD26

This is my first projector and i cant be happier with what's under the hood at a price this low.I was a little skeptical making this purchase.I intend to use this projector in india and i am glad... Read more…

Reviewed 31 October 2014 by Alcantara
Alcantara would recommend the Optoma HD26

I'm a Optoma person for about 8 years, my first projector was a EP721. Now i got this AMAZING HD26... i love it,,, i mean, everybody loves it, two of my friends are going to buy the same.... Very... Read more…

Easy To Set Up
Easy to use
Great picture quality
Handles Heat Well
Mostly Quiet
Bright Images Can Glare
Dim Image In Bright Light
Occasionally Loses Focus
Long Throw
Reviewed 28 October 2014 by RIPMoa
RIPMoa would recommend the Optoma HD26

Recently had to replace and HD20 due to a bad color wheel. HD26 is a great Hi-Def 1080p replacement. Better contrast ratio by far and a better bulb!! Affordable and same set up...

Reviewed 16 October 2014 by Mell
Mell would recommend the Optoma HD26

My boyfriend and I have now completely replaced our high-definition TV with this high-def projector, and we are never looking back! We absolutely love having such a large screen with high quality... Read more…

Reviewed 12 October 2014 by Breazy23
Breazy23 would recommend the Optoma HD26

This bad boy has all the features you want for a very small price! 1080p high contrast and over 3000 lumens! If you want an affordable setup this is it!!

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Electricity cost when switched on $56.07
Electricity cost when on standby $2.77
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Total running cost over 5 years $58.84
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.39 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 10 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma hd26
Barcodes 00014444586600, 00077793000401, 00080479838359, 00785525122795, 00796435812102, 00799198622667, 00801940476036, 00804067301595, 00804904105058, 00808112940296, 00845251082913, 05060059049592, 07964358121028

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