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Olympus VP-1 Projector

Olympus VP-1

XGA (1024x768), 1000 ANSI Lumens,
2.4 lbs, $1,799 (MSRP)
View Specs
4.5 out of 5
5 User Ratings
Image Quality 4.6
Features 4.8
Construction 4.2
Ease of Use 4.6
Reliability 4.4
Value for Money 4.6

User Reviews

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Review by Jan Steinman

I love this thing! You can almost slip it in a pocket, and I regularly put it in the same case as my laptop. But I would never have spent the $1,800 list price for it -- I got it for $520 on close-out after it had been discontinued. There's a couple on evilBay right now for around $100 -- given the cost of the lamp, be sure to find out how many hours are on any used one you're considering. The image quality is simply superb. It has lower brightness than many projectors, but a quality glass-beaded screen makes it very viewable in anything but a brightly-lit room.

Any Problems: The biggest problem is the excellent image quality brings out every flaw in the source material -- garbage-in, garbage-out. Don't expect it to magically make tiny YouTube or iPhone videos look wonderful. My lamp lasted over 2,000 hours (rated 1,000 hours) before blowing up with a loud POP! So I got here while searching for replacement lamps. I note that the original replacement lamp costs more than I paid for the projector! But Projector Lamp Genie ( has one for a reasonable $174.10, including free shipping.

Review by sm

got it for $499.00 at local electronics store. Extremely portable and easy to hook up. Picture clarity is great. All cables are provided in package for easy connectivity via VGA, DVI or S-Video. Great addition to a notebook and since its so small, easily fits in outer sleeve of a laptop bag. For this price its a steal!

Any Problems: Little bit noisy compared to other DLP projectors.

Review by Dave

Got the projector for work, but also use it for home. For work, great ease of use and size, nothing to say other than great....fornd it's true calling at home, where it easily throws a dvd to a 10x20 ft screen in my backyard for movie nights.....

Any Problems: only problem seems to be heat....needs extra time from shutdown 'till you can unplug, so the fan can vent the heat...I killed one by running for a long time, think it cooked....Olympus replaced it with no fuss, so guess thats a positive re customer support.

Review by Sebastian

I got this one in March 2006 for $699 + tax (= $756.67) new and even though I have used projectors at work a lot, this is my first home projector. The good: super small, true 1024x768, good image, DVI input. The bad: Could be brighter, colors aren't as nice as on an LCD monitor, and it smells! In the lamp block, the bulb is attached to a plastic block which doesn't seem to tolerate the heat very well, hence the burnt plastic smell. I think I'll "burn it in" under a fume hood and see how I like it then.

Review by PAUL6050

I bought this projector to use for work and home theater. Works well for both. It is very small, light weight and has an excellent carrying case that folds flat to fit in my briefcase. The room needs to be dark for best results.

Any Problems: Tried using a new DVI HDCP output DVD player and got a blue screen. It is not HDCP compatible so it works well with computer DVD players that don't have HDCP.