Summary: Personal Experience I use this as a movie going / gaming Projector and put a good few hours into it now and sofar I am still very happy with the projector. The colours of the device are dam good and the blacks are pretty good also, mind I use a creamy white coloured wall and did need to mess with the settings to get them to look right. The 1080p on this thing is Dam fine, it's crystal clear. Very bright, I have watched films on this during the day.
Summary: Personal Experience This is an excellent under 1k projector. Black levels and contrast is surprisingly very good. Scenes in space finally work on a budget PJ. Setup is easy as long as your room can work with the Offset requirements. See the projection calculator on this site for needed information. Out of the box colors and all are ok. By going to AVSForum one can get better numbers and this projector can really deliver a high quality picture.
Summary: Personal Experience Have put ~150hrs on our 131Xe as of Nov 2013, and couldn't be happier. This is my 3rd projector over the last 12 years: 1) $1500 Sanyo XW15 in 2001 (LCD, 4:3, 800lumens, 300:1 contrast ratio and WOW XGA/1024x768 resolution!), happily watched it for 6 years, 2 bulbs and over 7k hours. First apt was shooting it on a white wall, then a 6' wide Ikea window shade in my German apt, then another white wall when I moved back to the US.
Summary: Personal Experience Like other reviewers I have been on the lookout for a 1080HD / 3d projector around the $1k mark. I was about to buy a HD25 or Benq W1070 after considering reviews on various web sites. When I saw the HD131XE listed for $758 I did not hesitate as I assumed that the performance would be inline with previous projectors (but with additional brightness).
Summary: Personal Experience First off, I'll say that this is about the 4th review I've ever written, but I felt as if I NEEDED to write one as a thank you to optoma for the deal that this thing is. I have been looking to buy a new projector for over a year. I have had 4 projectors over the course of the last 10 years, so I'm not an expert, but I have a few projectors to compare to.
Summary: Essential accessories: Optoma 3D glasses: Optoma ZD201 DLP-Link 3D Glasses High Quality HDMI 3D 1080p HDMI cables: Amazon ASIN: B0036BD0K2 Mounting bracket: Amazon ASIN B003Q58C2E First off! Dont buy the cheaper Sainsonic 3D glasses! They DO NOT WORK properly with this projector. Also get a decent set of high quality HDMI cables otherwise you will get problems when trying to play 3D content at 1080p Full HD! Details above of the ones that I purchased.
Pros: Fantastic Quality, 3D works extremely well! Superb colour rendition.
Summary: Personal Experience Purchased this as a replacement to a 3 yr old optoma hd 20 in a dedicated home theatre. My initial impression is that it has the same basic features with improved brightness and color handling. The closest comparison i believe is the hd25e with same basic specifications and bulb. The slightly reduced lumen output on the hd131xe seemed worth the price savings and black casing.
Summary: Like most people investing in a home cinema projector i did a lot of research and this looked like the best for the cost. I previously had a BenQ PE7700 projector so i had something to compare to So the good and the bad. Good - Fantasic picture on full HD, colours are good and blacks are very black ! Half the size and weight of my old BenQ so thats a bonus . Giving it 4 stars instead of 5 due to the bad points below.
Outstanding performance for the price, and the best way to get better than cinema 3D at home
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Summary: Absolutely amazing pin sharp display. Projected onto a wall at about 120 inches. It also has the best 3-D I have ever experienced including the Cinema. Works with Optoma 3D DLP-Link glasses out of the box without any need for additional transmitters. Fan is quieter than previous projectors I have owned.
Summary: I'm really happy with this purchase, absolutely recommended enjoying every moment. the colors the picture quality everything about this projector is great, very silent too you can hardly hear the fan. Ii haven't yet tried out the 3D projection as i have yet to buy the glasses.