Optoma HD27HDR 1080P DLP Projector
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The $649 Optoma HD27HDR gives away the big news about itself with its three-digit price and the three-letter acronym in its name: HDR. At this writing it is the only projector on the planet that costs anything like the price, supports HDR10, and can accept 4K input. Connect it to, say, a 4K Blu-ray player, and you can watch a 4K HDR movie with the benefits of HDR, even though the projector will downsample the resolution to its native 1080p.

The HD27HDR also has two key advantages over most current 4K projectors. It offers playback of 1080p 3D, which only a few 4K models support so far, and it has a far shorter input lag than any current 4K model. With Enhanced Gaming mode On, the lag is only 16.4 ms in most color modes, making it fast enough for serious gamers.

Optoma rates the HD27HDR at 3,400 ANSI lumens. We measured it at a little more than 2,800 lumens—bright enough to fill a 135" diagonal 1.0 gain screen in moderate ambient light. With video optimized settings, we measured it at a little over 900 lumens—bright enough to light up a 140" 1.0-gain screen in the dark or a 100" 1.3-gain screen in moderate ambient light.

Optoma HD27HDR

Optoma HD27HDR Features

  • Accepts 3840x2160 input (4K UHD) and downsamples to its native 1080p
  • HDR mode is highly watchable; supports signals with HDR10, REC.2020 color gamut
  • Six-segement RYGCWB color wheel delivers rich color with good color accuracy in most modes
  • Rated at 3,400 ANSI lumens, measured at 2,822 ANSI lumens
  • Full 1080p 3D; compatible with either DLP Link or Vesa RF glasses
  • 16.4 ms input lag with Enhanced Gaming On and 1080p HDR or SDR input; 33.1 ms input lag for 4K HDR input
  • Supports ISF Day and Night modes
  • Dynamic black mode rated at 50,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Two HDMI ports
  • 1.1x zoom lens
  • Small size and low weight—6.2 pounds—for portability and easy handling for setup
  • 6,000-hour lamp life at full power, 10,000 hours in Eco mode, 15,000 hours in Dynamic mode; replacement lamps cost $179
  • 10-watt speaker delivers usable sound quality and enough volume to fill a small to mid-size room.
  • Manual vertical keystone: +/-40 degrees
  • One-year warranty; 90 days on lamp

Optoma HD27HDR Limitations

  • Lacks some common video processing features, most notably frame interpolation and noise reduction
  • Only one 2.0 HDMI port for 4K UHD at 60 Hz with HDR; second HDMI port is 1.4a with MHL, making it suitable for up to 4K at 30HZ without HDR
  • No auto keystone or horizontal keystone
  • To use Enhanced Gaming mode with its fast input lag, the video source has to be set for 1080p output
  • Finicky remote requires precise pointing for consistent operation

Optoma HD27HDR Performance

Brightness. We measured the HD27HDR test unit at 83% of its 3,400 ANSI lumen rating. Using the widest angle setting for the 1.1x zoom lens, our measurements are as follows for Bright and Eco power modes:

Optoma HD27HDR ANSI Lumens

MODE Bright Eco
Bright 2822 2166
Cinema 1225 940
Film 997 765
Vivid 1298 996
Game 1501 1152
Reference 713 547

Low Lamp Mode. Eco reduces brightness by about 33% compared with Bright mode. There are also two other power settings. Dynamic Black, called simply Dynamic in the projector menu, works like an auto-iris to make dark scenes darker and bright scenes brighter by adjusting the power level based on the contents of the current image. Eco+ is a few percent brighter than Eco. We measured it in Bright color mode at 2,310 lumens. When the image isn't changing however—as when you pause a movie—it slowly dims over time by as much as 70% according to Optoma. As soon as the image changes again, the projector immediately goes back to the brightest Eco+ level.

Zoom Lens Light Loss. The 1.1x zoom isn't enough to curtail brightness significantly at the telephoto end of the lens. You can ignore it as a factor when choosing how far to put the projector from the screen.

Brightness Uniformity. The measured brightness uniformity for the test unit is 64%. This would be low for a more expensive home theater projector, but it is a touch better than typical for projectors in this price range. A close look at a solid white image shows that it is a little brighter towards the vertical center and towards the bottom, making it dimmest at the upper left and right corners. Those who are particularly concerned with low uniformity may find it unacceptable. However, most people will never notice it, especially with photorealistic images.

Optoma HD27HDR Top

Video Optimized Lumens (SDR). After adjusting brightness and contrast properly, Film mode with default color settings delivers a close color match to a reference projector. It also offers top tier image quality overall for the price, with suitably dark blacks and excellent contrast, shadow detail, and three-dimensionality for a sub-$700 projector. Film mode also does notably well maintaining the subtle gradations in shading that help make close ups of faces and the like look rounded rather than flat.

With the optimized settings, brightness drops slightly, to 918 lumens, making it bright enough to light up a 140" 1.0-gain screen in a dark room or a 100" 1.3-gain screen in a family room at night with moderate ambient light. Eco mode drops the brightness to a touch more than 700 lumens, which is still enough with a 1.3-gain screen for a 135" image in a dark room or an 85" image in moderate ambient light.

Color Preset Mode Performance (SDR). Colors for all but one SDR color mode are well within a realistic-looking range with default settings, despite side-by-side comparisons with a reference image showing slight, but varying, levels of blue bias. The exception is Bright mode, which has an obvious green bias for photos, video, and film. However, that's true of the brightest mode in most projectors. Most people will consider the HD27HDR's Bright mode somewhere between tolerable and acceptable for occasional use in, say, a family room in daytime.

With default settings for each mode, Vivid delivers the closest color match to a reference projector but loses subtle gradations, which makes close ups of rounded objects like faces, for example, look a little flat instead of three dimensional. Game is similar to Vivid and a bit brighter, but makes rounded objects look even flatter.

Cinema and Film modes are also similar to each other, with Cinema being the brighter of the two. However, Cinema also turns some colors—like bright, saturated yellow as seen on a reference projector—into pastel shades. Reference mode offers the lowest brightness, but without delivering the most accurate color, a combination that leaves little reason to use it.

With any of these modes, more demanding users will want to adjust at least brightness and contrast, which makes a significant difference for black level, contrast, and sense of three-dimensionality. In some modes it even improves color accuracy, affecting hue and making colors more saturated. For even more accurate color, the HD27HDR's easy-to-use color management system provides settings for hue, saturation, and gain for each primary and secondary color (RGBCYM).

We saw no benefit from adjusting Brilliant Color. Changing from the maximum 10 to the 1 setting (off) in Bright mode increased the green bias instead of decreasing it.

For those who are willing to pay for calibration, the HD27HDR supports ISF Day and Night modes, which become available only after calibration.

SDR Performance with 4K input. When the HD27HDR is connected to a 4K video source, it automatically establishes a connection at 3840x2160. And with 4K material, all the comments above about SDR performance hold true. If you're not viewing 4K material, however, the 4K connection doesn't always provide the best image quality. With a Blu-ray player, for example, playing a 1080p disc—or a DVD—means the player has to upscale the image to 4K, and then the HD27HDR has to downscale it to 1080p to display it. The combination of upscaling and downscaling can degrade the image.

The actual effect varies from disc to disc. With one, I saw more noise when connecting at 4K. With another, I saw occasional momentary dead stops in movement, possibly because the projector couldn't keep up with the incoming data. When I set the player to connect only at 1080p, movement was appropriately smooth. With a third disc, colors were noticeably different between 4K and 1080p connections. And with still another I didn't see any differences.

The HD27HDR doesn't offer a setting to force a 1080p connection, so you have to set the video source instead. Probably the best approach is to leave the source at 4K unless you're seeing a problem. But if you switch the video source to force a 1080p connection, don't forget to switch it back.

HDR Performance with 4K HDR Video. Of course, what makes the HD27HDR notable is that it will let you take advantage of HDR with 4K HDR material. So the really good news is that it handles 4K HDR nicely. To begin with, it automatically switches to HDR color mode—as the only mode available—when it sees an incoming HDR10 video stream, and it switches back to whatever color mode was previously in use when the input changes back to SDR.

Unlike most projectors with HDR, the test unit offered only one HDR setting. Optoma's 4K-resolution projectors offer four, which provide a range of brightness levels. Optoma says that a firmware upgrade, which should be available by the time you read this, will add the missing three HDR settings to the HD27HDR. Optoma also says that the setting in the test unit is the same as the brightest end of the range. As tested, the one available HDR setting delivered the rich color and excellent shadow detail you would expect from HDR.

3D Performance. The HD27HDR handles 3D better than most projectors. I didn't see any crosstalk in my tests and saw barely a hint of 3D-related motion artifacts. The result was much smoother motion in scenes that tend to show those artifacts than with any other projector I've tested. Like most Optoma models, the 3D is switchable between supporting DLP-Link and Vesa RF glasses. And for those who really love 3D, there's also a 2D to 3D conversion setting.

Rainbow artifacts. Like most Optoma projectors, the HD27HDR scores well for rainbow artifacts. I see these artifacts easily, and saw them only rarely with the HD27HDR. With 1080p material, using both 4K and 1080p connections, they were so fleeting that I barely noticed them. With 4K material, they were still rare, but a little more obvious when they showed. If you're unusually sensitive to rainbow artifacts or don't know if you are, it is best to buy from a dealer who allows easy returns so you can test this for yourself.

Onboard audio. The HD27HDR's 10-watt mono speaker delivers usable sound, despite a slight bottom-of-the barrel echo effect, along with enough volume to fill a small to mid-size room. It can be helpful for portable use, or for a backyard movie night, but for stereo or better sound quality, you'll need an external sound system.

Fan noise. The HD27HDR is rated at 28 dB in full power mode and 26 dB in Eco. In full power mode, you can hear it in quiet moments in a small room, but it is the kind of steady sound that tends to fade into the background. In Eco mode, it is quiet enough that it can easily be hidden by other ambient noise—like a ceiling fan—in a typical family room.

Optoma recommends using High Altitude mode at 5,000 feet and above. With High Altitude On, Eco mode is only a little louder than full power mode with High Altitude Off. With full power and High Altitude On, those who are more sensitive to fan noise may want to apply some form of acoustic isolation.

Input lag. With Enhanced Gaming Mode On, the HD27HDR's input lag is 16.4 ms in most color modes, 17.1 ms in Vivid and 17.4 ms in Reference. This feature does not work with 4K input. With Enhanced Gaming Mode Off, we measured 33.1 to 34.1 ms with 1080p input, and Optoma says it is the same for 4K. Optoma also says the lag drops to 8 ms in Enhanced Gaming Mode for 120 Hz 1080p input. Although it currently works with PC games only, the Xbox One also supports 120 Hz 1080p, and Xbox games are on the way.

Optoma HD27HDR Connection Panel Inputs

Optoma HD27HDR Connections

  • (1) HDMI 2.0 with HDCP 2.2
  • (1) HDMI 1.4a with MHL and HDCP 2.2
  • (1) Vesa 3D Sync
  • (1) USB A (for power only)

Setting Up the Optoma HD27HDR

Throw Distance. The 1.1x zoom offers enough throw distance range so you can position the projector at approximately the right distance for the screen size, and then adjust the zoom to fine tune the image size. For a 100" 16:9 image, the range is roughly 10.75 to 11.75 feet. You can use the Optoma HD27HDR Projection Calculator to find the throw distance range for the image size you want.

Lens offset. The lens offset is designed for placement on a low table or upside down in a ceiling mount. With the test unit right side up on a table, the bottom edge of the image is roughly 12% of the image height higher than the lens centerline. According to Optoma, this can vary, unit to unit, from roughly 10% to 22%.

Our Take on the Optoma HD27HDR

Even without support for HDR and 4K input, the Optoma HD27HDR would be a solid value at $649, with nicely saturated color; excellent contrast, shadow detail, and three-dimensionality; and better-than-typical brightness uniformity for its price class. Adding HDR and the ability to accept 4K input makes it even more of a value, and unique for its price.

Optoma HD27HDR Front

In its brightest color mode and full power, the HD27HDR can stand up to daylight in a family room, with enough brightness to fill a 135" diagonal 1.0 gain screen in moderate ambient light. With video optimized settings, it can light up a 100" 1.3-gain screen in moderate ambient light, or a 140" 1.0-gain screen in a traditional home theater in a dark room.

Gamers will appreciate the 16.4 ms input lag with 1080p input, not to mention the rated 8 ms lag with 120 Hz, 1080p games. Enhanced Gaming mode isn't available for 4K input, but the 33.1 ms lag with Enhanced Gaming mode off is fast enough for all but the most serious gamers.

The support for 4K input and HDR—including the 1080p HDR modes on the PS4 and Xbox One S—makes the HD27HDR a compelling choice in its price range. It will let you take advantage HDR's rich color and boost in contrast without the budget you need for a true 4K or pixel-shifting 4K projector. Beyond that, the Full 3D and fast input lag is a major advantage over today's 4K models, most of which have input lags of 50 ms or more. The HD27HDR may well be your preferred choice while you're waiting for 4K projectors to catch up on these other features, or just waiting for them to drop in price.

For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Optoma HD27HDR projector page.

Comments (57) Post a Comment
Mike C Posted Dec 26, 2018 11:57 AM PST
HD26 vs. HD27HDR? I have an HD26 that I have used for a few years, and have been using it with a PS4 Pro. I am looking to upgrade, but I just can’t tell if the 27HDR is going to be that much of a difference... any ideas?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Dec 26, 2018 11:58 AM PST
Mike, on specs alone the HD27HDR has a better contrast rating, and its ability to play 4K content and make use of the HDR10 mastering on UHD discs and games is a strong plus vs. your now aging HD26. It also has MUCH lower input lag for gaming than either the HD26 or the HD27e (an updated version of the HD27). As well as the ability to play games at 1080p/120Hz. Our reviewer David Stone noted good picture quality in the one HDR mode it offered at the time of our review (the new firmware should allow their usual 4 modes). I suspect image quality is already very good with the HD26, and without direct comparison I can't say what differences you'll see (which is affected by the conditions -- dark room? ambient light? screen gain/type?). But on paper the HD27HDR would seem to be a more modern and advanced projector on several fronts that would benefit your gaming.
Eric Posted Dec 27, 2018 1:32 PM PST
Thanks for the review. You give a very positive impression of the contrast. I was wondering how the contrast compared to more expensive units such as the Benq W2000+ or Optoma UHD51A.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Dec 27, 2018 11:40 PM PST
Eric, it's tough to make a comparison between brands, but the specs for the UHD51A, a much more expensive 4K projector, is literally ten times what's cited for the HD27HDR. As it should be: it costs 2 to 3 times the price.
Chris Posted Dec 28, 2018 6:20 PM PST
What about the 3D on this projector? How bright is it compared to 2D or other projectors?
Nick Posted Dec 31, 2018 12:18 PM PST
Any issues with 3D performance?

How does the contrast and black level performance (with and without Dynamic Black mode) compare to the similarly priced BenQ 2050a?

Thank you for the review!
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Dec 31, 2018 12:25 PM PST
Chris and Nick, I'm inquiring with David about his 3D experience with the projector. As for a contrast comparison with the BenQ 2050a, we really can't comment on it short of a direct comparison. There is no doubt though that the HD27HDR is a much brighter projector (just look at our measurements of each in the individual reviews). That can sometimes be a plus or a minus depending on your viewing conditions and application -- a much brighter projector may sacrifice some black level/contrast in a dark room for the benefit of more punch. On the other hand, if you view in high or modest ambient light the extra lumens are a big plus and you may not notice differences in contrast. The addition of HDR in the HD27HDR adds something to the equation as well; although it doesn't really boost the brightest highlights or darken the deepest black, it's massaging of the gamma curve has a visual effect on apparent dynamic range. That ability to view HDR content is something the BenQ 2050a cannot boast.

As for input lag time, both projectors are rated at a very low 16 ms.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Dec 31, 2018 3:13 PM PST
David has added comments to the story to address the 3D performance that were inadvertently dropped from our initial draft. The Optoma HD27HDR actually performed quite well with 3D, and specifically rendered motion very well in 3D mode. You can see his comments just below the paragraph describing "Rainbow Artifacts."
shaunv Posted Jan 6, 2019 12:49 PM PST
I would buy this in a heartbeat............. if it only had zoom 1.1 =0
Alex Posted Jan 16, 2019 1:08 PM PST
Would you recommend this model over the Optoma HD143x? The HD27HDR is currently $200 more expensive. is it worth it over the HD143x?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Jan 16, 2019 1:24 PM PST
Alexander, it strikes me that the much higher contrast ratio on the HD27HDR and the ability to feed it 4K HDR content and enjoy some benefits of HDR makes it well worth the premium in this case.
Alex Posted Jan 16, 2019 1:32 PM PST
Thanks Rob. I am still unsure of the meaning of "4k compatible". Does it mean that I can view 4k videos but only in 1080p? Will there be a difference in quality?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Jan 16, 2019 1:34 PM PST
Correct! This projector can recognize and accept a 4K input signal and will downscale it to 1080p to match the resolution of its DLP imager. If that 4K signal is encoded for HDR, it'll recognize that and activate its HDR viewing mode for enhanced contrast. This is a previously unseen feature on 1080p projectors, but I suspect we'll see it appearing elsewhere as time goes on.

Regarding image quality, and even putting aside the HDR compliance and the benefits of that, there is another potential benefit by being able to start with 4K content even though you're only viewing at 1080p. When content is truly captured and mastered at 4K (either by a scan of a film negative or with a 4K video camera), some of the additional detail captured vs 1080p is retained even when the content is downscaled. Readers might recall that Sony was specifically promoting 1080p Blu-rays a while back that were mastered at 4K; the idea was that there was more detail in them than if the same movie was mastered at 1080p and just plunked on the disk. I actually had the pleasure once of visiting Sony Picture's mastering facility in Hollywood, back when they were just launching their first 4K home theater projector, and had the benefits of a 4K or higher capture clearly demonstrated for me on 1080p studio monitors.
Alex Posted Jan 16, 2019 1:56 PM PST
Wow, thank you for all the info Rob, it has really helped!
Jean Posted Jan 24, 2019 10:33 AM PST
How does it compare with LG PF1500W?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Jan 24, 2019 10:46 AM PST
Suggest you do a comparison with our Feature Search function on the homepage. The Optoma is considerably brighter, is cheaper, and handles 4K HDR content when the LG does not.
Dustin Posted Feb 1, 2019 3:56 PM PST
Maybe this is an impossible question to answer due to the differences of technologies but figured I'd attempt to ask. What TV on the market would or could this projector be compared to? I know we aren't talking about OLED quality blacks. But colorwise and black level wise how does this compare to a decent quality 4K TV?
Eugenio Posted Feb 9, 2019 6:16 AM PST
There are possibilities to see this projector for sale in Italy?
James Posted Feb 10, 2019 7:27 AM PST
Thanks for a great review! I purchased the HD27HDR and the image quality is impressive for this price range, but the high-pitched fan (or color wheel) noise that whirls up when it turns on then stays constant like tinnitus is really annoying. Is this a 'known' issue on Optoma projectors? This is my first Optoma DLP.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Feb 10, 2019 10:16 AM PST
Optoma does business internationally and I gather there is a European equivalent. I'll make an inquiry.

Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Feb 10, 2019 10:17 AM PST
This was not an issue in our sample according to our reviewer David Stone, but there was some mention of it on the enthusiast bulletin boards among some users. It has not been a common issue among Optoma projectors.
Martyn Capstick Posted Feb 11, 2019 12:16 AM PST
If you only have Blu-ray DVDs to play would this projector be overkill as the HDR feature is not being used ? Would I be better with a lesser model such as Optoma HD141X, original HD27 or the BenQ HT2050a ?
Angel Posted Feb 11, 2019 2:18 AM PST
Hello, have you had a chance to review the BenQ 2050A? If yes, between that one and the Optoma HD27HDR, which one would you recommend? 
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Feb 11, 2019 10:57 AM PST
Angel, our review of the 2050A can be found with a simple search on our site.

Without doing a direct comparison it's hard to know where these stand. The Optoma derives some benefit from HDR content that the BenQ cannot, but the BenQ reviewed well among 1080p projectors in this price class. I'd be hesitant to make any judgements about black-levels and contrast among these two because of that difference. A careful read of both reviews should give you a better sense of strengths and weaknesses beyond this key point.
John Posted Feb 12, 2019 1:07 PM PST
Does anyone know where or when will this projector go on sale in Europe? I can't find even one store that offers it. Even Optoma Europe themselves.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Feb 12, 2019 1:20 PM PST
John, Optoma has reported some good news for you and our other European readers with interest in this projector. It is available for sale there now as the HD29H. Product link below...

Michael Collins Posted Feb 13, 2019 2:52 AM PST
I picked an HD27HDR to replace an older HD26 that I had been using. The one that I received does not have any issues with color wheel noise, but it also only has a single HDR setting unlike what was said in the comments above. Not sure how to get new firmware update as it is not listed on the Optoma website. Brightness is better than the HD26, but that might have something to do with the number of hours I have on the lamp.

That said, the HD27HDR is an improvement over the HD26 (which is very similar to the HD14x) in all ways. In 1080p SDR mode, the colors are deeper, the contrast is better, and I don’t get the pumping that I was seeing with the HD26. There is still a bit of banding evident, but much less than before. Also, rainbow effect is much less - I used to notice it once in a while on the HD26, but have not picked it up once on the new projector. I found the ‘gray’ screen setting useful to help with making the picture optimized for my 100” ALR screen. I have significant ambient light in my living room with off access open windows pretty much all day. Night time viewing allows the color/contrast to really shine, and I am tempted to black out everything just to get that performance all the time.

I have had minimal chance to do much viewing in HDR. I have played a few games through my PS4 pro on it. Lag is unnoticeable, and HDR mode makes the colors/contrast even better in AC Odyssey. Even For Honor looks great in 4K SDR mode (doesn’t support HDR) as compared to 1080p. The projector automatically switches to HDR mode when detected. In my case, that is when a game starts up. There is about a 10 second delay as it resyncs, but other than that, it works perfectly. I did notice that I had some sync issues with a couple of my 4K certified 35’ HDMI cables, but switched to a different brand (40’) and it works just fine. The ‘bad’ cables work just fine in 1080p mode, but for some reason, won’t sync (BSOD) when switching to 4k (with or without HDR).

I have visited various stores in the area, and, in my opinion, you have to triple the price before you start getting a projector with better performance.

Hope that this mini-review is helpful.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Feb 13, 2019 8:06 AM PST
Thanks for sharing your eyes-on experience, Michael. Very helpful to me and other readers.
John Posted Feb 13, 2019 1:27 PM PST
Thank you Rob. There are so many models! How does the HD29H compare to the HD27HDR?

And also I still can't find the 27HDR, but the 29 seems to start getting available. I'm mainly interested in buying it from Amazon.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Feb 13, 2019 1:40 PM PST
My understandings is that the HD29H is the same projector as the HD27HDR, just a different model number for the Euro market.
Someone Posted Feb 14, 2019 6:53 AM PST
is it true that there is NO keystone korrection? what if i want to mount that on the ceilling?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Feb 14, 2019 7:10 AM PST
If a projector has no keystone correction you must mount it in a location that avoids having to tilt the projector up or down. In a ceiling mount, you'll have the projector facing directly toward the wall on which the screen is mounted and use the vertical lens shift available in the projector to get the image framed up on the screen. If the combination of the native vertical offset (which pushes the image down to some degree with an inverted ceiling mount) plus the available shift still places the image too high, you would have to use a pole on the mount to get the projector a bit further off the ceiling. Otherwise, your only option would be to tilt the projector down, which would cause keystone distortion that you would have no mechanism to adjust out.

Barry (NJ) Posted Mar 11, 2019 7:09 AM PST
I'd love to see a direct comparison between this and the BenQ HT2050A. They are very close in price and it would seem performance as well. I'm trying to decide on which to purchase... Thanks, Barry
Barry (NJ) Posted Mar 11, 2019 7:17 AM PST
There is Vertical Keystone adjustment, just not "Automatic" so it must be set manually in the set up menu. There is no horizontal adjustment, so you need to be sure the projector is centered left/right to the screen.
Joshua Dawson Posted Apr 2, 2019 12:35 PM PST
I am a big fan of projector central, buying 3 projectors based on these review. I am trying to decide between an Optoma HD143x or the HD27hdr. Gaming got, movies the room is 22x21 and it total blackout. I am after the biggest screen I can get. What would you recommend. The game system is Xbox one and the media driver will be a fire stick. Please help me decide.
Carlos Posted Apr 29, 2019 7:23 AM PST
Hello! So I'm torn between this Optoma and the BenQ MH530FHD. Where I live the Benq is 120 USD cheaper. Is the Optoma worth the price difference? Thanks a lot for the great review!
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Apr 29, 2019 2:13 PM PST
We've not compared these two projectors directly to understand the difference in image quality, but on paper the more recent Optoma (introduced about a year later than the BenQ in Sept 2018) has the potentially valuable ability to play UHD HDR content and take advantage of the HDR tone-mapping to boost the image quality. Otherwise, it has about the same rated lumen output. So you do get an important upgrade with the Optoma. But we're unable to comment on how else the two projectors might vary, such as image sharpness or out-of-box color accuracy since we haven't reviewed this particular BenQ.
Fernando W Posted May 7, 2019 2:19 PM PST

I'm interesting to know the comparison between HD27 HDR and HD39 Daarbee. Im looking for an HD projector, no 4K yet. Im upgrading my told H31. Which is better in tenes of image, and contrast for a 92inches screen Graywolf, dark Room and cinema use mainly?

Steve Sallquist Posted May 16, 2019 1:32 PM PST
I am comparing the Optoma HD27HDR to the Optoma GT1080Darbee. Is there a noticeable difference between these two. It would seem the short throw GT1080 would perform better in lighter ambient situations with it being a shorter distance to the screen. I am having difficulty deciding. Any advice would be helpful.
Lance Posted Jun 2, 2019 9:34 PM PST
Awesome review! I just ordered one myself and I'm really interested in the 120hz and HDR feature as I'm primarily going to connect to my PC for higher fps HDR gaming. Have a 1080ti so I'm guessing everything should work smoothly
Sedrani Posted Jun 24, 2019 3:57 AM PST
Hello, since i am pretty new to the world of projectors, i would like to ask some questions.

I was using the Viewsonic PJD7720HD for 3 weeks now, i was happy, except with the fan noise, on hot days it got really really loud.

So i wanna buy a new projector. For the last days i am between the "Optoma HD27HDR" and the "BenQ HT2050A"

Personal information: My throw range is 4,7 Meter (15,4 feet). The bigger the image, the better. Most of the time, im not watching in a complete dark room, but it would be an option if necessary.Im mainly using the projector for movies & series (80%) and sometimes gaming (20%). Got a soundsystem, so onboard audio is irrelevant for me.

Now im wondering what the best choice for me is. Which one has the better overall image quality (and the bigger image). Which one is best usable at daytime, without completely blacking your room?

"Optoma HD27HDR" or "BenQ HT2050A"?

I would appreciate every tip!
Lyouki Posted Jun 25, 2019 2:16 AM PST
Sedrani, Both are really great products for the price. I personally have the HT2050A, but it is used in a small dedicated room with no light, where it shines. Since the HD27HDR is much brighter, it is probably better suited to an environment where light isn't as controlled. Keep in mind though that projectors love darkness, the darker the room, the better the picture since any light hitting the screen that is not coming from the projector (ie:windows) will severely reduce contrast and black levels.
DSeyer Posted Jul 31, 2019 11:09 AM PST
Has anyone used the HDCast Pro wireless dongle with this? Does it work? I've seen mixed reviews on Amazon regarding it. We just received the projector for my office but was disappointed that it doesn't seem to have wifi or bluetooth built into it so I can wirelessly mirror my laptop and iPad screens to it. Would hate to buy the dongle only to have it not work. Help.
Jordan Posted Aug 31, 2019 6:12 AM PST
Does this really convert 2d to 3d?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Aug 31, 2019 7:14 AM PST
Jordan, many 3D projectors have a 2D to 3D conversion mode, but the effectiveness of this feature varies greatly with the content as well as the execution of the engineering. No one should expect to be able to consistently turn 2D content into a great 3D experience compared with content that has been carefully crafted by the content creator for 3D.
Jordan Posted Aug 31, 2019 3:25 PM PST
Thanks! I didn't know that was a thing. And makes sense it probably doesn't work that well.
Sundesh Vijay Posted Sep 8, 2019 11:03 AM PST
Which one will give good contrast ratio?? 1. Benq TK800 2. OPTOMA HD27HDR

Im ready to buy BENQ TK800 but it has only 10,000:1 contrast ratio where OPTOMA HD27HDR has 50,000:1

Which one will be your pick sir between these two projectors??

Thanks in advance
Bob jipson Posted Sep 16, 2019 11:55 PM PST
I recently acquired this projector(hd27hdr/hd29h) and it looks pretty good. I had an HD26 before this and had an Optoma h181x before that. I live in Dubai and I'm really a 3d guy so I wanna check how good 3d is on this, I will be using DLP link 3d glasses. The H181x was very good with 3d effect but that was a WXGA projector. I will update you guys once I view 3d on this. I have this fixed in my living room so I cannot control light, in fact I have huge windows and lots of plants around. As to experience in general, I would say Optoma projectors have more value with options for the money than any other brand, that's just my personal opinion, especially if you like 3d movies. ProjectorCentral is amazing with all the information about projectors and the throw ratio calculator. I have got all my projectors based on your reviews and the calculator. Good job, you guys!!
Nicholas Jenkins Posted Oct 2, 2019 2:08 PM PST
The 1.1 zoom is killing my current room setup. Are there any other comparable short throw projectors?

I was kinda devastated I wouldn't be able to use this projector
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Oct 2, 2019 2:24 PM PST
The new Optoma HD39HDR has a 1.3x zoom with a little wider range; maybe that will work better for you, Nick. We have a review of it just completed and will post it shortly.

You can visit our projection calculator for this model to see if the throw ratio accommodates your screen size and distance.
PAUL TUVESON Posted Nov 3, 2019 2:05 PM PST
I can't tell if this projector has Blue tooth capability along with wi-fi.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Nov 6, 2019 6:02 AM PST
No Bluetooth capabilities of any kind with this projector. You can find the spec sheet and instruction manual available at our product database page, accessible from by clicking the product name in the info box at the top of the review.
sidg Posted Nov 23, 2019 7:08 AM PST
After peeling the protective film from the top of my new ceiling mounted HD27HDR, I inadvertently peeled a small round label from the side. Then noticed the fine print (with the aid of magnifying glass) "Warranty Void if removed". I'm guessing this is a service port. Fearing this may nullify my 1 year Warranty. I sent this info to Optoma Tech Support. I saw no instructions about care and removal of protective film, labels. Didn't notice it until the projector warmed up and caused some small bumps in the film. No warning about the small "Warranty Void" label either. Any advice on this issue? Thanks for your support.
sidg Posted Nov 25, 2019 11:35 AM PST
All is ok! Email reply from Optoma Technical Support Mon. Nov. 25, 2019 10:58am est

"...Dear Sidney, Simply removing the sticker does not void the warranty, if the unit were to come in for service our repair team would inspect the unit for any unauthorized repairs. If unauthorized repairs are found then the unit will be considered out of warranty.

Best Regards, xxxxxx xxxxxxx, Technical Support Rep..."
Harold Watson Posted Jan 26, 2020 4:09 AM PST
I recently purchased this Optoma HD27HDR primarily to watch 3d with it. I was confused on what 3d glasses is compatible. I purchased the Optima BG-ZD101 DLP glasses. My question is: will these glasses work with the HD27HDR?. I have Fuji 3D W3 camera which takes terrific 3D video. Also I have an excellent software editing program for the 3d video which I can produce a nice Blu Ray disc of the footage. I have a 3D compatible Blu Ray player. So I have the option (using the HDMI port) to connect this to the projector or I can connect the unedited footage directly to the projector from the camera. So another question is: Is there a setting I have to do on the HD27HDR to watch the 3d content? How good is the 3d mode on this projector? I am looking forward to tie this all up together to view the 3d on this projector. Thank you👍😀
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Jan 26, 2020 6:38 AM PST
Harold, it's nice that you have so many options to enjoy the 3D playback of this projector. To answer your question, any generic glasses you find online that are DLP-Link compatible will work with this projector. That includes your Optoma branded glasses, but you can find less pricey options on Amazon that will allow you to stock up an enjoy your 3D movies and photos with friends and family.
Jordan Posted Mar 12, 2020 6:07 PM PST
I asked a question about 2D to 3D conversion back in August. Thinking about getting this projector and was looking through the manual and I did not find a 2D to 3D conversion. I did find a 3D to 2D conversion.

This is not going to make or break my purchase decision. I'm just curious.

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