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Optoma HD27 Review - DLP Home Cinema Projector

by 15. March 2017
The worldwide operating company "Optoma" has become indispensable in the projector and projector market. In addition to business projectors Optoma also specializes in home theater solutions. The mid-range home cinema projector "Optoma HD27" promises not only a full HD resolution but also 3D support and particularly rich colors thanks to the Amazing Color technology. In the test we have the Optoma HD27 on the tooth felt.
Overview
Manufacturer/Model

optoma

Product

Optoma HD27

Specifications

General
Type: DLP
Chip: Single 0.65 "1080p DC3 DMD
Lens: F / 2.5 ~ 2.67; f = 21.86 ~ 24mm

Brightness: 3200 ANSI Lumens
Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
Picture format: 16: 9 (4: 3)
Projection size: 27.88 "- 305.3"
Projection ratio: 1.48 - 1.62: 1
Contrast: 25.000: 1
3D: VESA / DLP link

Focus: Manual
Zoom: 1.1 fold manually

Connections
2x HDMI (1x MHL)
1x 3.5mm jack (audio out)
1x 3D Sync Port
1x USB Type-A female
1x 12V output

other
Lamp life: 8000 / 6000 / 5000
Speaker: 10W
WiFi: Optional
Power consumption: 230W / 192W (Eco) / 0.5W (standby)
Size: 298 230 x x 96.5 mm
Weight: 2.38 kg

First impression of the Optoma HD27

With a size of 23 x 29.8 x 9.65 cm and a weight of 2.38 kg, the Optoma HD27 is one of the more compact home theater solutions. The full white plastic housing is inconspicuous and visually appealing at the same time. The application succeeded and in no way to complain about. Despite the compact design, the projector can of course also be attached to the ceiling. A mounting option is located on the bottom of the housing. For a secure stand instead provide height-adjustable rubber cushions.

All connection options are placed on the back and easy to reach. Besides two HDMI sockets, the second socket also has the Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) Supported for mobile devices, the projector has a jack audio output, a 3D sync port, a USB type-A jack and an 12V output. Unfortunately Optoma omits the HD27 on further video interfaces such as DVI or VGA. Likewise, another USB connection option would have been desirable.

The Accessories included is manageable. In addition to an A / C power cable is still a remote control including batteries, as well as a manual in print and as a CD-version. Additional connection cables are not included.

connection options

Hardware

The Optoma HD27 is a Full HD DLP projector with .65 "DC3 DMD chip from Texas Instruments. The maximum possible brightness is given by the manufacturer 3.200 ANSI lumens at. The contrast ratio is 25.000: 1. The lifetime of the lamp ranges from 5000 to 8000 hours, depending on which display mode is used. By "Optoma's Amazing Color" the projector works with the Rec.709 color scheme, rendering even richer and more accurate colors. The "Dynamic Black Technology" optimally adjusts the contrast to the scene in question.

A Zoom lens enables an accurate representation of small and at the same time large projection distances. Image sizes from 0.71 to 7.75 meters are no problem for the Optoma projector. A WLAN function is native not present. With the Optoma HDCast Pro dongle But the beamer can be converted into a smart streaming box. Content can be wirelessly exchanged or streamed between the projector and a mobile device or computer.

Commissioning and user interface

The commissioning of the Optoma HD27 is also no problem for the technical layman. If the projector is connected to the power supply and a playback device has been connected, the projector is ready for use after switching on and a short warm-up phase.

Service

The beamer can be operated directly via the device itself or via the included remote control. The remote control is handy and the names printed on the keys are understandable. The illuminated buttons make it easy to use the remote control even in the dark. Unfavorable is the placement of the IR receiver. If you stand a few meters behind the projector, the remote control does not work because of a missing, rear receiver.

On the top of the housing of the projector are again the most important control buttons. Overall 3 LED indicators visually reflect the operating mode. Operating the Optoma HD27 is easy and hassle free.

settings menu

The settings menu is clearly structured. There are 3 preference categories that are in Display, audio and system settings divide. In addition, there is still a point "info", which provides, among other information about the selected resolution, the source or the lamp hours.

display settings

The menu item "Display" is subdivided again and different subcategories. Among the image settings Already preset display modes can be selected. Depending on whether the projector is used for home theater applications or for the best possible presentation of presentations 5 default and a user-defined mode You can choose a suitable display mode for every application. Adjustments to contrast, brightness, hue or sharpness can be subsequently adjusted individually and accordingly for each display mode.

You can also activate the here 3D mode, You can choose between DLP link and VESA, If 3D mode is activated, further settings for the format (eg side-by-side), the 3D sync reversal and the 3D-2D change are possible. Further display settings are available for the aspect ratio (16: 9, 4: 3, LBX, Native and Auto), the render mask, zoom, image shift and keystone correction.

Audio settings

Here you can mute the integrated speaker of Optoma HD27, as well as there are options for adjusting the volume of the speaker.

System Settings

The category "System Settings" leaves nothing to be desired. Here you can make countless settings to the projector itself. Among other things, there are options for setting the projector, there are lamp and filter settings, power and security settings and even more profound system settings, including the system language or, for example, the menu itself. Interesting is the same opportunity 3 individual user keys to apply. Functions that seem important but can not be directly selected via the remote control can thus be programmed to one of the 3 keys.

Home theater capability

After starting the beamer is in the so-called "Vivid Mode", In this mode, the Optoma HD27 convinces with particularly bright and strong colors, whereby the white value tends towards the blue. in the "Cinema mode" The picture is displayed very dynamically. Above all, colors are warm and the overall color reproduction is convincing thanks to the supported Rec.709 standard. Many home projectors have the problem of producing a rich black level. Often the black shown tends to gray rather. Even with this projector, the black appears slightly greyish with the factory settings. Is activated in addition to the cinema mode the "Dynamic Black" Function, a quite good black level is achieved. Convince the Optoma HD27 by its high brightness. Even in the not completely darkened room and with average screen area, in the standard mode a handsome picture is projected.

Lens with zoom lens

fan noise are perceptible in the standard mode, but keep in a still passable framework and do not affect the movie experience. If you activate the eco mode, the brightness will be reduced, but the fan will make almost no noise. Otherwise it is Eco mode perfectly matched, the presentation remains at a good level and with a little attitude skills, can conjure up a decent picture. The integrated Loudspeakers is less suitable for a home theater experience. Although the speaker reaches a decent volume, but powerful sounds are not expected. For one or the other public viewing in the garden or to take the beamer with just friends, the speaker is sufficient.

Gaming suitability

Another display mode is the "Gaming Mode", In combination with a PC or a console and selected gaming mode, the Optoma HD27 produces a very bright image with comparatively cool colors. Of the Input lag is comparatively small and has only noticeable when changing from a responsive gaming monitor.

3D mode

In the test, of course, we also took a closer look at the 3D mode of the Optoma HD27. Two 3D modes can be selected here. Next DLP Link there are still the house VESA 3D mode, With the right one Optoma ZD302 DLP-Link 3D glasses was a convincing 3D experience to achieve. It should be noted, however, that the glasses are properly darkened and you should operate the projector in any case in standard mode. A "ghosting effect", ie an offset image to the main picture, has not occurred at any time.

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Final Words

rating
Positive

Compact design
Good workmanship
Accurate color representation
High brightness
Extensive setting options
DLP link and VESA
Gaming suitability
Low fan noise

Negative

IR receiver
Weak speaker
No VGA / DVI
No integrated WiFi

First impression
8.5
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application
8.5
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Design
8.0
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Features
8.5
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usability
7.0
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Home theater capability
8.5
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Gaming suitability
8.0
8.6
picture quality
8.0
-
Loudspeakers
5.5
-
Summary

The Optoma HD27 also offers the frugal home theater enthusiast an impressive home theater experience. The projected image presents the projector razor-sharp and with "Optoma's Amazing Color Technology", the color reproduction is hard to beat. Smaller cuts are in the contrast, which is why the black level of the HD27 tends to gray slightly. However, this is well counteracted with the "Dynamic Black Technology". All in all, the Optoma HD27 has surprised and is definitely worth a recommendation!

7.8
Our rating
8.6
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