Summary: I bought this projector in March, 2012. This is the only projector with 1080P, 3D, and price tag under $1500 on the market. It has good review at Newegg, which give me confidence. I was pleasantly surprised by its image quality. I hardly hear the fan humming.
Pros: 1. Picture quality 2. Easy to set up. 3. Very quiet.
Cons: 1. Broke within 6 months. 2. No auto-focus. 3. Customer service under par.
Summary: So far my projectors Hdmi ports have shorted and the main board has shorted. I've owned it a few months and have been forced to mail it (at my expense) to optoma twice, and been without a projector (my main setup) for weeks at a time.
Summary: After a long search for a first projector, this project fits the budget and great quality. Brightness: there are 2 modes standard and bright. Different is noticeable, but not huge. I use standard for my room 20x30, it's very bright. Image Quality: it's native 1080p, it's beautiful.