Portable Multimedia Projector Review
September 25, 2009
The Optoma TX536 is a small, 5 lb. XGA DLP projector in Optoma's Portable Business Series designed for the mobile presenter. It combines high brightness and high contrast to produce a quality image in darkened rooms, and those with ambient light. The TX536 also brings above average video performance to the table, compared to other projectors in its class, displaying noise free images that are relatively accurate even with out-of-the-box video settings. It is also a good fit for a classroom, since it sports multiple security features, monitor pass-through and very low cost of ownership. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles, and its basic feature set may not fit every application. But Optoma has succeeded in producing a projector of excellent value with a focus on image quality.
Sharpness and Brightness: The Optoma TX536 displays images that are bright and powerful with consistent image sharpness from image edge to edge. Under close inspection, pixel edges are clearly discernable, indicating good lens quality at this price point. Additionally, the TX536 has perfect convergence of red, green and blue image color components (due to the single chip DLP design) that contributes to image sharpness. Displayed text and small details are clear and readable across the entire screen. This projector is a great fit for any application that requires fine detail, such as small text or large format drawings.
The measured brightness of our test sample in 'bright' lamp mode was 1,822 ANSI lumens - while not quite meeting the manufacturer's specification of 2,800 ANSI lumens, the Optoma TX536 is bright enough for normal size screens where ambient light is a factor and for large format screens where light control is possible.
The BrilliantColor™ setting is a great feature for presentation-based material that adds a significant amount of brightness and 'pop' to the image. This feature does a great job in adding delineation between dark and light parts of the image (i.e. standard presentation style of dark text against a light background) without washing out the image or eliminating highlights. While BrilliantColor™ is a great feature for presentation purposes, it must be used at a low setting to get the best video quality.