The Optoma X304M is the perfect projector for mobile professionals looking for a powerful, compact projector that is capable of delivering stunning presentations. Its 3000 ANSI lumens and 10,000:1...
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8 Reasons For
Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors
We checked 1,734 expert and owner reviews for Optoma projectors and found that on average Optoma has good ratings. We also found that Optoma has good ratings specifically for its 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors.
Good Picture Quality
One customer who purchased the Optoma X304M concluded that it had good picture quality.
Good Product Quality
One customer who reviewed the Optoma X304M concluded that it was good quality. Three years ago It Reviews.com mentioned in their review of the Optoma X304M “Good to excellent data image quality”.
The Optoma X304M supports 3D, which is unusual. Most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the X304M do not support 3D.
Alternative multimedia projectors which support 3D currently available which you might want to consider include because of it's better review score, the Infocus IN8606HD[plb_2110248_price], the NEC M362[plb_2268470_price], or the Benq W1070[plb_1522360_price].
Has a Built-In Speaker(s)
The Optoma X304M has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other projectors of this spec and age.
It may also be worth considering one of the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including the Infocus IN8606HD[plb_2110248_price], the Acer K335[plb_1598465_price], or the NEC M362[plb_2268470_price] which has better reviews.
1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions
The highest resolution supported by the Optoma X304M is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of the most frequently found supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA). In addition, this multimedia projector support supported graphics resolutionss of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+) and 800 x 600 (SVGA).
This multimedia projector's resolution (1920 x 1200 (WUXGA)) is in fact the best supported resolution amongst all similar spec projectors that came out more than two years ago.
The worst supported resolution across similar types of multimedia projector is 640 x 480 (VGA).
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1920 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Digital Resolution
The biggest maximum digital resolution of the Optoma X304M is 1920 x 1200 pixels. That's 11% more maximum digital resolution than the most frequently found maximum digital resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
This multimedia projector's maximum digital resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels) is in fact the best maximum digital resolution across all projectors of this age and spec.
The worst maximum digital resolution amongst comparable types of multimedia projector is 1920 x 1080 pixels.
The weights of 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been around for around the same time as the X304M range from 360g to 54kg, and the average weight is 4.6kg. With a weight of only 1.5 kilograms, the Optoma X304M is fairly light compared to most of the other data projectors that are a similar age to the X304M.
8 Reasons Against
Expert Reviews Are Average
This multimedia projector has an average expert rating of 65 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.
Not Good in Terms of Size
One customer who purchased it said that it was not heavy and bulky. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag “Only a little heavier than 500-lumen LED-based portable projectors”.
Only 100V AC Input Voltage
This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many projectors of a comparable age and spec to it.
Does Not Support Full HD
The Optoma X304M does not support full HD. Most of the other data projectors of this type and age also do not support full HD.
It is worth considering alternative projectors which also support full HD including the Infocus IN8606HD[plb_2110248_price], the NEC M362[plb_2268470_price], or the Benq W1070[plb_1522360_price] which also has a higher rating.
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Does Not Support Wi-Fi
Like most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were launched more than two years ago, the Optoma X304M does not support wi-Fi.
Quite Low RMS Rated Power
With an RMS rated power of only 1 Watt, the Optoma X304M has one of the lowest RMS rated powers amongst data projectors of this age. The RMS rated powers of multimedia projectors of this age and type range from 1W to 20W, and the average RMS rated power is 8.9W.
Very Short Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
The shortest service life of lamp (economic mode) of projectors of a comparable type and age to the X304M is 3,500h and the longest is 30,000h. At only 4,000 hours, the Optoma X304M has a fairly short service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other projectors that are a similar age to the X304M.
Quite Small Uniformity
The Optoma X304M has one of the smaller uniformitys (only 80 percent) amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio data projectors of this age. The smallest uniformity of projectors of a comparable type and age to the X304M is 0.9%, the biggest is 100%, and the average uniformity is 83%.
4 Other reasons to consider the Optoma X304M
Released Over Three Years Ago
This multimedia projector has been on the market for over three years.
Average Projector Brightness
At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Optoma X304M has a relatively average projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors that were launched around the same time as the X304M.
There are a number of other 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness data projectors currently available which you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Epson EB-98[plb_1734445_price].
If you would prefer a multimedia projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the Acer H6520BD[plb_2690133_price] (3,500 ANSI lumens), or the NEC M362[plb_2268470_price] (3,600 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.
Average Noise Level
At 33 decibels, the Optoma X304M has a fairly standard noise level compared to most of the other projectors of this age and type.
We think you might also be interested in some of the other 33dB noise level multimedia projectors currently available including because of it's better review score, the W1080[pl_1495063_price], or the W1070[pl_1522360_price] both from Benq or the Acer K335[plb_1598465_price].
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XGA (1024x768) Projector Native Resolution
The highest resolution of the Optoma X304M is XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
3,000 ANSI lumens
Maximum Digital Resolution
1920 x 1200
Keystone Correction, Vertical
-30 - 30
Number of Colours
1.2 - 12
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
26.87 - 311.1
Native Aspect Ratio
Number of Colours
1.073 billion colours
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Service Life of Lamp
Focal Length Range (f-F)
21.3 - 24.5
Supported Graphics Resolutions
1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+), 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA)
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ports & Interfaces
Audio (L,R) Out
Audio (L,R) in
Composite Video in
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Mac Operating Systems Supported
Windows Operating Systems Supported
Horizontal Scan Range
15.375 - 91.4
Vertical Scan Range
24 - 85
On Screen Display (OSD)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Colour of Product
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Auto Power Off
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Adapter Frequency
50, 60, 50/60
AC Adapter Input Voltage
100 - 240
AC Input Frequency
50, 50/60, 60
AC Input Voltage
100, 100 - 240
Storage Temperature (T-T)
5 - 45
Weight & Dimensions
Handheld Remote Control
Quick Start Guide
31 August 2013
Rated at 3,000 lumens, the Optoma X304M delivers lots of light for its light weight...
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