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Street Price: n/a
Weight: 5.0 lbs
Aspect Ratio:4:3
Lens:1.1x manual
Lens Shift:No
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, VGA In (x2), RS232
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60

Optoma TX536
Portable Multimedia Projector Review

Jeffrey Janas, September 25, 2009

Low Cost of Ownership: The combination of the TX536's street price of less than $700, a 4,000 hour standard lamp life, replacement lamps under $200, maintenance free design and an excellent three-year warranty all add up to a great value and a low cost of ownership. Its value proposition is a great picture without a lot of extras, for a very low price.

Small form factor: At only five pounds in weight and a footprint smaller than a standard A11 sheet of paper, the TX536 can easily fit in a laptop carry case. An additional benefit of the form factor is that all connections - including the standard IEC C13 power adapter - are on the rear panel. Many projectors in this class have the power cable input on a face adjacent to the input connections which can make cable routing in a non-dedicated setup more complicated. Additionally, this projector includes both front and rear adjustment feet to help square up the image to the screen.

Near silent operation: The TX536 is an extremely quiet projector, only emitting white noise from the cooling fan. The color wheel is completely silent with no shrill noise or change in frequency when the projector synchronizes to a new signal, as is sometime seen in DLP projectors.

Above average video performance: As an accessory for the business traveler, this projector may be a terrific alternative to a hotel room television. The combination of 3,000:1 contrast plus high brightness gives the TX536 the ability to produce quality video images. Color performance in the pre-set 'Movie' mode is accurate within reason, producing natural looking flesh tones and images thick with color depth. It will accept a 72Hz refresh rate from a PC at its native resolution of 1024x768 - which will eliminate the judder in film-based material that derives from conversion to a refresh rate that is not a multiple of the film's native 24 fps. The TX536 will also accept 720p and 1080i signals in component video format, producing clear and tear-free images. The Optoma TX536 and a laptop set at the native XGA resolution make a great combination for traveling videophiles who are sure to enjoy its above average video performance.

Security features: The TX536 includes several security features, including a Kensington Lock, a security bar and additional soft security features. The projector can be configured to require a password for startup and to request re-entry of the password after a pre-set amount of time.

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Comments (4) Post a Comment
Mark Karnes Posted Oct 11, 2009 3:10 PM PST
Could you please inform me if this runs on 240 or 220 current as well as 110? We are traveling to Ethiopia to work and would like a projector that can run on both currents. Thanks
ED Rodriguez Posted Nov 15, 2009 8:25 PM PST
Is this compatable with MAC?
Jeffrey Janas Posted Dec 22, 2009 8:35 AM PST
@ Ed, Page 47 of the TX536 manual lists supported mac resolutions and refresh rates - so, the answer to your question is yes.

@ Mark, The spec sheet for the TX536 lists power compatibility as 'AC Input 100-240V, 50-650Hz, Auto-Switching' - looks like a yes as well

Regards, Jeff
Lynn Hughes Posted Mar 19, 2011 12:38 PM PST
Yes, it will run on 220/240 -- it's auto-switching, according to the specs.

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