Summary: I have had this projector for 3 years and just now blew the lamp. I bought this to replace an outdated but really good CRT projector that weighed over 150 lbs. I. Was immediately shocked at how simple it is to work, but it is so simple because they removed a lot of options. It is a similar size to a cable box and probably lighter. This projector is awesome for gaming and movie night but requires a really dark room. It is easy on the eyes also.
Summary: I have owned the HD65 projector for just over 2 years now. I bought it because a good friend had the same one and I loved the picture quality. For the price, this system cannot be beat. However, I have had a few minor issues...well really just one issue that continues to this day: Fan noise. I'm a bit perplexed by this problem because my friend's projector is not nearly as loud as mine.
Summary: Bought this as a gift. Easy to install and the clarity is amazing. Great accessory is a HDMI cable. Works great with video games and dvd's. Real crowd pleaser. Great for sleepovers, movie night and other occasions.
Summary: Good economical projector, not to noisy,and relatively easy to use menu. Warmup time to view and Some heat issues but that is normal for most projectors. The Optoma bulb lasted as long as the warranty plus a month, so not as good as other projector bulbs I've used.
Summary: This projector does 1080p (Blu-ray), 1080i (HDTV), 720p, etc. It does not have an audio speaker built-in, so you'll have to use an AV receiver that has its own speaker system. It has only 1 HDMI port, which I put my Playstation 3 Blu-ray player on. It has component, also, so I stick my DirecTV HD receiver on that port (component will do up to 1080i, which is HDTV's highest resolution, but it will not take 1080p on the component port).
Summary: Personal Experience Excellent projector, only grip is the fan noise is really loud. During quiet sceens it can be distracting. I havehad this projector for 1.5 years no other complaints Also, in regards to the last posters opinion about watching star trek and the projector showed as 1080p, that's because (as per the specs) this projector accepts 480i/480p/720p/1080i/1080p signals, but its native resolution (the only highest resolution you will actually see) is 720p.
Optoma HD65 - A good buy for the budget-conscious!
23 December 2009
Summary: When my old projector (Mitsibushi 1500) stopped working properly, I immediately began the research for another one. After countless hours searching and reading review after review, I settled for the Optoma HD65. I am very happy with the performance of this projector. It's much lighter and the install was a breeze (I have it ceiling mounted). I only had to tweak the settings slightly as it looked great out of the box. Directv HD programming looks fantastic!
Summary: It's hard to beat this projector without spending at least twice as much. Deep blacks, bright and natural colors, smooth gradients, and sharp 720p: the picture hits all the marks hands-down. It has all the inputs you need, plus a 12v trigger output--a nice touch. The optics do the job, the fan noise is forgettable, and the enclosure is attractive, with minimal light leakage. There's nothing fussy about this thing. It's here to give you a great image, no more and no less.