Optoma HD33 3D DLP Video Projector - Product Review
20 February 2013
Conclusion: Setting up and using the HD33 was fairly easy. The input connections are clearly labeled and spaced out, and the remote control is easy to use. However, the HD33 does not offer power zoom or focus controls. With 1,800 maximum lumens output capability, the Optoma HD33 projects a bright image suitable for small, medium, and large size rooms in most homes. The HD33 provides a great 2D and 3D viewing experience, especially for the price.
Conclusion: The Optoma HD33 is one of the few full HD 1080p 3D projectors on the market for less than $2,500 - it actually sells for under $1,500. Although the lack of lens shift and lack of extended zoom capabilities restrict its placement, you can work around this if you have the right room and suitable placement options. The HD33 is a solid performer in both 2D and 3D modes presenting a bright and detailed image with full 1080p resolution.
Pros: Low price for a huge full HD 1080p 3D image, Good picture quality in 2D and 3D modes, Supports RF and DLP-Link glasses
Cons: Inflexible mounting/placement options due to limited zoom range and no lens shift, Not quite as strong a performer in 2D mode as some comparably priced options, Slightly noisy
Summary: That’s because the HD33 delivers better contrast in 3D than either the Epson or the Acer. The HD33 produced great color, strong black levels, and very good shadow detail in both 2D and 3D modes. But add $100 to its price tag for one pair of glasses, and its price/performance ratio falls just a little short of both the Acer and Epson models.
Pros: Great color, good contrast and strong black level; small and lightweight.
Cons: No lens shift feature; 3D glasses cost extra.
Excerpt: Like it or not, 3D compatibility is becoming nearly ubiquitous in midrange to high-end flat panels and projectors. But what about those who are looking for an entry-level projector with 3D? Are they out of luck? Not according to Optoma, whose HD33 DLP projector sells for less than $1,500, making it one of the least expensive 1080p 3D projectors on the market.
Excerpt: A couple years ago, Optoma redefined the projector market by introducing a 1080p model for under $1000. That was unheard of. What's equally unheard of is a 3D projector under $3000 - except that Optoma has now broken down that barrier again, too. And this is the model that did it, the HD33. And, you know, you'd think that doing this would result in a projector that meets the 3D spec, but perhaps drops a lot of features and sacrifices quality to do it.
Excerpt: Optoma, “The Projector Expert” has sent us their HD33 projector to review. The HD33 is listed as their mid-level projector which runs a price tag (at the time of this review) of $1,500.00 USD. The HD33 has some note worthy features that are just simply awesome, such as full 3D capable at 1080P resolution being the main attraction. We took the HD33 for an extended time frame test because of this and really regretted having to return it.
Conclusion: After spending countless hours with the Optoma HD33, I believe that this may be the best projector for your dollar that I have reviewed to date. Regardless of whether I was gaming, watching movies, streaming content or playing Hi-Def 3D video, the Optoma HD33 provided a stellar performance.
Excerpt: Optoma seems to have a knack when it comes to designing affordable home theater projectors. Their 2D HD20 model was the first 1080p DLP home theater front projector to break the $1,000 price point barrier, and it delivered a surprisingly good picture.
Conclusion: The Optoma HD33 definitely earns its Hot Product award. The breakthrough price is one great reason, although I expect it will see some 3D competition near the price real soon. The thing is, the HD33 does everything reasonably well. It's not the most feature enabled projector but it does have some bells and whistles not often found on low cost projectors (such as CFI).
Pros: Brightest 3D projector we've reviewed to date, and the first that has reasonable brightness on an average sized and surfaced screen, With about 1000 lumens in best mode, easily handles large screens for 2D, Good overall color, Skin tones are pretty good, skin tones in darker scenes do have a bit too much red, Respectable shadow detail, Edge Masking and Vertical digital image shift, HDMI 1.4a inputs (2) allows for support for Blu-ray 3D content, Optional 3D glasses use...
Cons: Black level performance is definitely entry level, Limited placement flexibility (typical of low cost DLP projectors), Adequate, but not plentiful lumens for 3D, Minor 3D artifacts including crosstalk, Could be quieter (but not bad), Remote control's backlight is way, way, way, too bright., No control panel (power off/on, only) on the projector - don't lose that HD33 remote control, Offers Image AI - lamp dimming to enhance black level performance (instead of a dynami...