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Street Price: n/a
3D: PC 3D Ready
Weight: 40.3 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:1,500 Hrs
2,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:3 year
Connectors:  S-Video, Composite, Component, RGB In, VGA In (x2), DVI Digital Input, HDMI, Network, USB (x2), RS232, 12-Volt Trigger
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60

Optoma TW865-NL
WXGA Conference Room Projector

Bill Livolsi, February 14, 2013

Key Features

Interchangeable lenses. The TW865 uses interchangeable lenses. The lenses available can produce a 150" diagonal image from 10' 7" all the way out to 32' 7" with no breaks in between. Which lens you'll need depends on what size of image you want to produce, but our Projection Calculator has all three lenses programmed in if you want to take a look. Lens prices range from about $1000 for the standard lens to about $2500 for the short-throw lens.

Warranty. The TW865 features a full three-year warranty on the projector itself with Express Replacement service, meaning that Optoma will try to swap out your projector as quickly as possible in the event of a failure. The warranty also covers the lamp for a full year. Considering that the lamp is rated for 2,000 hours of use, a year could encompass the entire lifespan of the lamp. That is above and beyond what most lamp warranties typically cover.

Onboard sound. The TW865 has an onboard five-watt monaural speaker in case there are no other options for sound. It can come in handy when your usual presentations do not incorporate sound but there is an occasional need for audio of some kind. While the 5W speaker is not especially powerful, the sound quality is excellent for a small speaker, with no tinny character or distortion even at maximum volume.

Rated for 24/7 operation. The TW865 has the ability to run 24/7 without overheating or damaging internal components. This is an ability that not all projectors have. On the other hand, the relatively short lamp life of 1,500 hours in full power and 2,000 hours in Eco mode limit the usefulness of this feature -- you will burn through a lot of lamp hours leaving the projector running full-time. Assuming 1,500 hours of real lamp life, a fresh lamp would last about two months.

Ease of maintenance. With a projector as heavy as this one, it is important that regular maintenance can be undertaken without moving the projector from its mount. The TW865 has a side-loading lamp bay, which makes it simple to swap out lamps without taking the projector down from the shelf or ceiling. The projector also sports a self-cleaning air filter, reducing the amount of maintenance you'll have to do overall.

Placement flexibility. The TW865's motorized lens shift can move the image up or down by 50% of the image's height, or move it left or right by 10% of the width. In other words, you can put the projected image either completely above the lens centerline or completely below it, but horizontal adjustment is more limited.

Center-mount lens. Projectors with offset lenses tend to be more difficult to mount than those with center-mounted lenses. A center-mounted lens keeps installation math simple. When installing a lot of projectors, simplicity saves time.

Network administration. The networking features of the TW865 allow your IT support staff to monitor the projector or projectors for failure from a remote location. It also allows them to turn off projectors that were accidentally left on. From a management standpoint, being able to control all of a company's projectors from one location is invaluable.

PC 3D Ready. The TW865 can accept frame-sequential 120Hz 3D 720p, XGA, or SVGA signals. Understand that PC 3D compatibility and Full HD 3D compatibility are two separate things, so you won't be able to hook up a Blu-ray player.

Connectivity. The TW865 has an impressive connection panel. Included are two VGA inputs, one VGA monitor passthrough, one DVI-D port, one set of five BNC inputs, a set of YPbPr component inputs, S-Video and composite video ports, two 1/8" audio inputs, one 1/8" audio passthrough, a 12V trigger, two 1/8" ports for in/out wired remote, a VESA 3D sync port, an RS-232 port, and a USB port. But it has only a single HDMI port. If you need multiple HDMI ports, you'll have to invest in an external switch.

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Comments (1) Post a Comment
Super Size Screens Posted May 28, 2013 6:46 PM PST
Would this projector work well for outdoor movies on a 30' wide screen with 16:9 ratio? Would I need a more powerful projector? What would you recommend without breaking the bank account? Appreciate your recommendation.

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