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...
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
Excerpt: At first glance, Optoma’s DLP-based HD33 struck us as the Charlie Brown of this batch. While it was the first 3D video projector in this price range to reach the market, it delivers only 1,800 ANSI lumens of brightness, its zoom lens is limited to 1.2x, and you must buy the 3D glasses separately.
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?
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.
Summary: Usually when I review of projector, I have previously seen it and had hands on with it at the annual CES show in Vegas the prior January. When Optoma offered me the chance to review a 1080p home theater projector that I hadn’t seen yet, which also happened to contain full 3D technology, I jumped at...
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.
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 ...
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 co...
Excerpt: Don’t be surprised if you’re told you’ll have to go on a waiting list to get an Optoma HD33. According to a little birdie in the trade, demand for this model is outstripping supply across Europe – and having now lived with one for a few weeks, I’m not surprised.