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 I bought this to replace an outdated but really good CRT projector that weighed over 150 lbs.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: 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: I purchased this projector used, with 20 hours on it and 11 months left on the warranty. But, The HDMI input does not work (use YCrCb/RGB instead) but the price was right. Otherwise, the 1080i HDTV, BD and up-scaled DVD images (77" picture at 10') are very bright, richly colored, and very sharp (with "max" sharpness setting). This model (HD65) is still available on the Web at bargain prices (replaced by the HD66).
Summary: Great picture, great price. HDMI Port along with component and VGA. Menu is sometimes difficult to work with (you can only make changes if you have a source running into it) and picture adjustments are minimal. Requires a pretty good angle to be viewed perfectly. We have to use a few sheets of paper under the feet to offset the angle of the screen. It's ok, though, it performs perfectly with great quality!
Summary: I have used friends projectors in the past but this is the first one I have owned. I love it! The picture quality is great even though I havent recieved my screen yet. so far I have just been using a white wall and it looks really good. I should be getting my screen next week then it will look amazing. The only reason I didnt give it 5 stars is because I have noticed some minor flicker.
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.
Summary: We purchased this as a Christmas present for our whole family. It's perfect. The only problem has been the size of the screen. The smaller screens don't work as well when you want a big screen look. We thought we were getting something much larger. Research you screen size when you are buying them together. the projecter has to be fairly close so where you set it up needs to be considered as well.