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Toshiba TLP-S30U User Reviews

Toshiba TLP-S30U Projector

Toshiba DPD TLP-S30U

SVGA (800x600), 1400 ANSI Lumens,
4.8 lbs, $1,423 (MSRP)
View Specs
4.1 out of 5
9 User Ratings
Image Quality 4.0
Features 4.0
Construction 4.3
Ease of Use 4.1
Reliability 4.0
Value for Money 4.2

User Reviews

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Review by Projector-Man

Watch out,,Big burn problem here. I suggest you have a long warranty, otherwise you'll be stuck with a green picture down the road.

Any Problems: Not bright enough, heat related issues.

Review by Paul Slocum

I got this projector to project images for a music performance I do, and it's perfect for that. It's extremely bright, light and small, and the price is good. For home theatre, it's not ideal (too little contrast, and too much screen door effect) but with some tweaking movies still look nice. And video games look great. The special low power lamp mode is plenty of light in most situations, and it's nice because it's more quiet than full power and hopefully will extend the life of the bulb and projector a bit. Contrary to another review on here, it DOES has component video input. You just have to get a special cable for it.

Any Problems: None so far.

Review by jeff

LAMP POPPED AT LESS THAN 300 HOURS I bought this 4 months ago and was impressed and believed it to be a good deal-until today. with 287 hours on the lamp it went out with a loud pop. If best buy honors their service agreement (they sold with the promise that lamps are included)then I didnt get too bad of a deal, but if 300 hours is typical of the lamps, then there is no way i can reccomend this projector

Any Problems: lamp popped at less than 300 hours

Review by Mitsu

I think this might have been an excellent choice a year ago, but I bought this unit at Best Buy and I wasn't that impressed with it. On the good side the picture is bright, but the colors to my eye are not accurate and overall the impression is of a very "video-like" image. Playing a movie on it looked like watching a very blown-up picture on a mediocre television set --- rather harsh and lacking in smoothness and detail. I would recommend this unit for presentations where brightness is crucial, but as far as picture quality overall I cannot recommend it. It is definitely not suited for home theater in my opinion. I returned this unit and got an InFocus X1, which, while much dimmer, is usable for presentations (if you turn up the brightness and contrast), and truly beautiful for home theater (provided you can block out ambient light).

Any Problems: Picture quality just isn't up to snuff, especially for home theater.

Review by Projector Gal

This projector is great. The unit is low cost, but has loads of features. Toshiba didn't skimp on performance. Images are bright and crisp, and the overall noise is very low.

Review by TimmyC

For the money, it cannot be beat, I'm running it on an 8' screen (Flat white DA-LITE) and it is sometimes so bright I have to squint. Bravo to Toshiba! Crisp and detailed.

Any Problems: Considering price, None. Wish it had component video input for my DVD and the aftermarket needs to WAKE UP and put out a nice ceiling mount for cheap $$$, Toshiba gouges $250-$299, Stupid for a $1,099 projector. (Best buy retail store w/10% discount)

Review by Todd Clark

You cannot beat the price of this projector. The quality is better than I expected. The controls are kind of weird, but that is not a big deal once you have it setup.

Review by Glen

I spent 2 months trying to get the most projector for my money. I own a small consulting firm and budgets are tight, but the presentations have to be great. The Toshiba TLP-S30 gave us all we expected and more. I can't believe it is so bright and good quality for the price. We searched the web and ended up paying $1,299 for the unit. I think it is the best value in the market today!

Any Problems: None, easy to setup. Has a cool auto keystone button, and it is SO quiet.

Review by David

Best projector for the money.