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Optoma S303 Projector

15000:1 SVGA (800x600) 26dB Mar 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
- Bright projection 3000 ANSI Lumens - SVGA resolution, 15,000:1 contrast ratio, HDMI input - Low ownership costs - up to 10,000 hours lamp life - Lightweight and portable, carry bag included... More
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14 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Multimedia Projector Reviews

15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors produced by Optoma have good reviews on average compared to other manufacturers. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors) and found that Optoma also has good reviews across its entire range.

Robust

A number of people who purchased it concluded that it was well made. Pcmag.com mentioned in their review “The Optoma S303 provides solid data image quality, portability”.

Acceptable Noise Level

One customer who purchased the Optoma S303 concluded that it was noisy. It Reviews.com said four years ago “Reasonably loud audio” however despite that they rated the Optoma S303 60 out of 100.

Good Sound Quality

One Optoma S303 reviewer who reviewed the product concluded that it had good sound quality.

Good Picture Quality

One Optoma S303 owner reckoned that the product had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

One customer who bought the product wrote that it was good quality.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One customer who bought this projector thought it had a good 3D picture quality. Expert review site Pcmag.com said in their review “Is 3D compatible”.

Supports 3D

The Optoma S303 supports 3D. Most of the other data projectors of this spec and age also support 3D.

We compared this projector to all the other multimedia projectors which support 3D and we think because of it's better review score, the Viewsonic PJD5234 ($385.00), the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, and the Optoma X401 is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other projectors of a comparable spec and age to the S303, the Optoma S303 has a built-in speaker(s).

We think you might also be interested in some of the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including the Viewsonic PJD5234 ($385.00), the Infocus IN114A, or the Optoma W306 which has better reviews.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

This data projector supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is typical of many data projectors that are a comparable age to it.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

Most of the other data projectors that have been available for a similar time to the S303 only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, however the Optoma S303 has three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

Multimedia projectors of this age and spec have service life of lamps of between 2,000h and 30,000h. With a service life of lamp of 10,000 hours, the Optoma S303 has a fairly long service life of lamp compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

Across all the comparable spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the S303 the service life of lamp (economic mode)s range from 3,000h to 20,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 5,900h. At 6,500 hours, the Optoma S303 has a quite long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for around the same time as the S303.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

With a noise level of only 26 decibels, the Optoma S303 has one of the quieter noise levels amongst similar spec multimedia projectors of this age. The noise levels of projectors of this type and age range from 26dB to 40dB, and the average noise level is 33dB.

There are a number of other 26dB noise level multimedia projectors currently available that you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the X302, or the X303 both from Optoma.

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8 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

Based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com this multimedia projector has an average expert rating of 65%.

Does Not Support Full HD

The Optoma S303 does not support full HD. Most of the other similar spec projectors that came out around the same time as the S303 also do not support full HD.

Other projectors which also support full HD that you might also want to consider include the Optoma X401, the Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030, or the Viewsonic PRO8600 ($2,500.00) which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Optoma S303 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other data projectors of a similar age and type to the S303 also do not support wi-Fi.

We think you might also be interested in other projectors which also support wi-Fi including the EB Z9870U, or the EB-Z11000 both from Epson or the Optoma EX400 which also has a higher rating.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma S303 is SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than the most common projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

This multimedia projector's resolution (SVGA (800x600)) is in fact the worst resolution across all projectors of a comparable spec and age to the S303.

Across comparable types of multimedia projector the best resolution is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Very Small Bulb Power

With a bulb power of only 190 Watts, the Optoma S303 has one of the smaller bulb powers amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. The bulb powers of projectors of a similar spec and age to the S303 range from 190W to 2,400W.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of only 2 Watts, the Optoma S303 has one of the lower RMS rated powers amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. Across all the data projectors of this age and type the RMS rated powers range from 2W to 30W, and the average RMS rated power is 6.8W.

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Only One USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

The Optoma S303 is a one USB 2.0 ports quantity multimedia projector. Most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and spec have between one and three USB 2.0 ports quantitys.

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Quite Small Matrix Size

With a matrix size of only 0.55 inches, the Optoma S303 has a quite small matrix size compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were released around the same time as the S303. The matrix sizes of 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were released more than two years ago range from 0.45" to 1.1", and the average matrix size is 0.61".

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma S303

Released Over Three Years Ago

Optoma released the S303 over three years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Optoma S303 has a fairly standard projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age.

There are a number of other 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness data projectors currently available that you might want to look at including the X302, or the X303 both from Optoma or the Viewsonic PJD6543W which has better reviews.

Multimedia projectors with a brighter projector brightness that might be worth looking at include the IN122A ($339.99) (3,500 ANSI lumens), the IN124 ($385.99) (3,500 ANSI lumens), or the IN126 ($471.99) (3,500 ANSI lumens) all from Infocus which also has a higher rating.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Maximum Analog Resolution
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Offset
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
HDMI Version
Composite Video in
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Preset Modes
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Design
Colour of Product
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

Expert Reviews

(2)
11 August 2013

The Optoma S303 provides solid data image quality, portability, and a good set of connection ports for a budget data projector...

Inexpensive
3D compatible
Portable
Reasonably loud audio
Good port selection
Sub-par video
Rainbow effect
9 August 2013

The Optoma S303 provides solid data image quality, portability, and a good set of connection ports for a budget data projector...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma s303
Barcodes 00041114493517, 00070090122555, 00095872299690, 00106497379190, 00132017894195, 00132018539798, 00163121483630, 00172304291122, 00617407478594, 00657409448461, 00682017416267, 00718612564895, 00718659152857, 00755918572230, 00796435418151, 05060059047291, 07964354181514
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