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Optoma TW865-NL Projector Optoma TW865-NL
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Street Price: n/a
3D: PC 3D Ready
Contrast:4,000:1
Lumens:6000
Weight: 40.3 lbs
Resolution:1280x800
Aspect Ratio:16:10
Technology:DLP
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

Limitations

Expensive lamps. The TW865's 400 watt, 6,000 lumen lamp is the heart of the projector, and getting that kind of power out of a single lamp is no small feat. As such, it is not surprising that lamp life is relatively low, at 2,000 hours, and replacements are somewhat costly at about $450 each. Then again, the projector's warranty has a full year of lamp coverage included, so faulty lamps should be replaced quickly.

Loud fans. It's not a surprise that a 6,000 lumen projector makes noise. But as there are other projectors that are both smaller and brighter than the TW865, it is theoretically possible to make a projector this bright that produces less fan noise. The noise is only a real nuisance during startup and shutdown; at these times the TW865 sounds more like a jet engine than a projector. During normal operation, though, fan noise comes down to a more reasonable level, though it is still louder than comparable projectors.

Locked image modes. The TW865 presents a wide variety of image modes, and many of them are useful right out of the gate. Presentation, Bright, Movie, and sRGB modes are particularly well-suited to their intended applications. However, should you find something in any of these modes that you don't enjoy, changing it can be a hassle. The image modes are all hard-locked, meaning that any adjustments shunt you into the projector's sole User memory slot. This also means that if you want to calibrate more than one preset, you'll have to write down your settings and restore them the old fashioned way.

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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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