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Optoma DS322 Projector Optoma DS322
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Street Price: n/a
Contrast:2,500:1
Lumens:2600
Weight: 5.0 lbs
Resolution:800x600
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Technology:DLP
Lens:1.1x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:5,000 Hrs
6,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:1 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In, RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60

Optoma DS322
Low-priced Portable Projector

Jeff Janas, June 27, 2011

The Optoma DS322 delivers a bright, color rich, low resolution (800x600) picture for less than $350. Suitable for the classroom, conference room, or as a portable projector, it is quick to setup and easy to use thanks to a simple design and basic feature set. This DLP projector features a maintenance free design and long lamp life in both normal and ECO modes. While the DS322 does not have many advanced features and has limited placement flexibility, its brightness will accommodate ambient light and produce a quality image in different environments.

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The DS322 is best used for the display of static or presentation based material at screen sizes up to 90" diagonal. The 800x600 native resolution limits the ability of the projector to display fine detail from high resolution pictures and the limited number of pixels can result in a visible screen door effect on large size screens. However, the majority of PowerPoint based content does not need high resolution display, and this projector's resolution is more than capable of displaying clear and readable 8 point font. The visibility of the screen door effect can be reduced by increasing the viewing distance or opting for a smaller screen size. If you view at a distance of at least two times the screen width, you will eliminate pixel visibility and allow the DS322 to display a solid and continuous image.

At under 5 lbs., the projector is small and easy to carry. Its footprint is about the size of a standard sheet of paper (11.25"x7.5"), and it is under 4 inches in height. The soft carry case that comes with it provides protection during movement and contains a zippered front pouch for storage of cables and the remote control.

Once powered on, the DS322 reaches full brightness quickly and automatically scans all inputs for the active signal. The projector does not include an auto-keystone function, but dedicated remote control keys are included on the remote. Keystone scaling produced an acceptably clear image, with small font text clearly defined even when the keystone was adjusted to maximum levels.

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