Optoma HD25e User Reviews
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Excellent projector,contrast 20000:1. Value for money excellent. Projector Optoma ease of use and excellent construction. This is one of the best 3D inexpensive projectors I've ever had the opportunity to test.
Any Problems: No problems.
Very bright on my 104" 1.0 gain screen, even in eco mode. 3D is better than in the theater because of brightness. I am using Estar RF glasses. My previous projector was Mits HD1000. Contrast is much higher. Hard to beat for the price!
Any Problems: slight defocus in upper left (I am ceiling mounted) on test pattern but not noticed with image. Fan is a little more noise than Mits but not enough to complain. Some may want to use ND filter to tame black level until the newness wears off lamp.
Great value! I just got an HD25e tonight and thought I'd offer an initial impression. It was $900 with shipping via Projector Central's link to a quote from AGI. Seems like a great company on weekdays (couldn't get shipping started on weekend). It's replacing an Optoma 1690 that was fine for our main use: TV in somewhat darkened room. This HD25e so far seems a bit brighter, but I haven't yet calibrated at all. Of the presets, so far I like Reference the best. So far it looks well worth the price, and I'm ok with it having a few shortcomings. Of course, I was ok with the 1690 after a lot of fiddling but this HD25e seems fine right out of the box. Plus it can do 3D, with enough brightness to spare for bright room viewing and probably 3D in a darker room after glasses drop the light level. If you're ok with the specs and the shortcomings, this is a great projector and my Optoma 1690 lasted for 6 years and the company was helpful with a part I used to fix it myself so I'm hopeful this HD25e will live up to that reliability.
Any Problems: Seems less sharp than the 1690 (720p native) in 720 mode, but it seems to be due to more pixels when down-scaling. In 1020p it's much sharper, but focus isn't uniform across the screen due to apparently low lens quality. Not bad enough to be objectionable, but easy to see if you look for it. Corners look a bit darker, especially the top-left.