Summary: Livolsi writes "if you were to put a quarter in a jar every time you watched a movie, you would have more than enough money for a new lamp when the time came to purchase a replacement." If you have a bigger budget, the Epson Home Cinema 8350 (*Est. $1,300) delivers great colors and deeper blacks, and it's easier to place in a room. No other projector at or near the same price point as the HD20 can deliver a 1080p image that looks as good.
Pros: Very bright, Good color, Lots of connections
Cons: Blacks could be darker, Placement in a room can be difficult
Excerpt: In some respects, the Optoma HD20 is an exceptional value, providing a razor-sharp 1080p image for just about as little money as any projector I know of. It's overall detail and color are excellent via HDMI, and it offers extensive controls, surprisingly advanced features, and a well-organized user interface. However, the lack of lens shift makes placement difficult without invoking the keystone control that can degrade the detail a lot.
Optoma HD20 1080p DLP Home Theater Projector Review
4 June 2010
Conclusion: For $999, Optoma's HD20 represents a giant leap forward in home theater projector value. Although its blacks could be blacker, lens shift is unavailable and you're apt to notice a few jaggies here and there on standard def content, the HD20 still manages to create a large, bright and color-rich HD picture for very little money.
Pros: 1080p HD video for $999, Lightweight, portable design, Very bright, doesn't require total darkness, Long 4,000 hour lamp life potential
Cons: No lens shift, 4x-speed color wheel reveals minor DLP rainbows, Heavy light spill through front grille, Remote too bright for a darkened home theater environment
Conclusion: I may have a few gripes with the Optoma HD20, but I really don’t intend to put you off what is essentially an outstanding product for its price. If you really want the best, then you will have to reach that much further into your pocket to pull out twice as much as the HD20 costs. If you follow this logically then the HD20 should have about half the quality of a higher-end model – but this is far from the case.
Excerpt: With the roll out of Optoma’s HD20 DLP home projector last year, the reality of a 1080p projector lower than $1000 was finally realized. As Blu-ray is rapidly growing in popularity, there’s no reason that home theater gurus with growing collections of stunning 1080p transfers need to hold off on replacing that old 720p projector. The Optoma HD20 attempts to meet that need with 1080p output, 4000:1 contrast, and 1700 ANSI lumens.
Conclusion: As the first $999 1080p projector to hit the market, the HD20 can’t really be expected to match the performance of many projectors that are more expensive. On the other hand, it’s only $999, and overall, it’s a very nice “entry level” projector with 1080p resolution, and is the first of three announced DLP models at that price – the other two from Vivitek and BenQ, both which will be reviewed in the next month or so.
Pros: Good out of the Box picture quality (though greens are a touch weak), Very good color accuracy post calibration in best mode, Well balanced, good overall picture quality, pretty natural skin tones, A very bright entry-level projector in its “best” mode, just above average brightness in its brightest mode, Two HDMI 1.3 inputs, full support for 24 fps, Deep Color, CEC etc., Good, well structured menu system, Longer than average lamp life for lower cost of operation, No ...
Cons: The remote control’s LED light is too bright for making fine adjustments to the image, Black level performance is basic – very entry level. It comes up short of almost all other low cost projectors (keep in mind that all of them are more money), On that same black level subject, the ImageAI, which is designed to improve black levels, does so, but I find it annoying because it makes changes many seconds after scene changes, and is noticeable. I recommend you not use Im...
Excerpt: Projector Reviews HD20 Full High Definition DLP Home Theatre Projector Review Following their success in the High def market Optoma have released the HD20 to target the emerging budget Full HD market. this unit is stripped down to fit a price but still boasts a few good features and of course the ever important 1920 x 1080 (1080p) resolution to make the most of blu ray movies. We found it lacked the lens shift you will see in the higher end Epson home theatre models.
Excerpt: This is one of the cheapest and smallest projectors in its class – shaving a few millimetres off the BenQ W1000 here and there – meaning it should be just about as easy to accommodate as you're going to find when it comes to projecting a big picture on your wall. As befits a more compact – indeed, you could almost say portable – design, the Optoma HD20 is far easier on the eye than most rivals, which is handy considering you may well find it placed within your field of...
Pros: Cheap and compact, can be positioned close to the screen, decent detail, bright, bold colours
Cons: Not as simple to set up as others, lacks extra quality