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Having put a 1080p signal through the Optoma HD800X ( via our playstation 3 ) the results were impressive for a FULL HD 1080p, Dark Chip 2 home cinema projector costing less than £1200 all in.
Even though the HD800X is only rated at 1200 lumens, on watching Casino Royale's black and white entrance sequence - we had to bring up the menu settings and turn down the brightness and contrast as the whites were painfully bright on the eyes.
Colours were okay but did require some tweaking to get it to match the calibre of images of our other 1080p demo projectors. Once adjusted they were more than acceptable. The Rainbow effect was minimal on the guys here who are very sensitive to it.
Picture detail was faultless which is what we would expect at this resolution when being fed a 1080p signal.
Image size was disappointing as the HD800X has a limited zoom range in comparison to other 1080p projectors available. From an approx 3.5mtr throw distance the produced image was considerably smaller than the Epson EMP-TW1000 / EMP-TW2000, Mitsubishi HC6000 or Sanyo PLV-Z2000. All of these projectors were more than capable of filling our screen in the demo room, the HD800X unfortunately was not. This factor needs to beared in mind when calculating your throw distance to your screen. The lack of zoom range means you will physically need to put the projector further back from the screen than you would with the other mentioned models.
Overall, you need to look at the HD800X in the bigger picture( excuse the pun!) It ticks all the requirements for a Full HD Home cinema projector on the connections front ( including 2 hdmi v1.3 inputs) looks great in gloss white, produces a 1080p picture and is currently the most affordable home cinema projector available on the market. If you want the full 1080p experience but are on a budget or not keen on spending double the price, then the HD800X is certainly one for you to take a long look at.
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A perfect match for the latest Blu Ray DVD players, HD TV and extreme HD gaming; the fantastic image quality of the Optoma HD800X displays life-size movies, sports and games characters so real you could touch them
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