Optoma HD20 Single-chip 1080p DLP Projector



One of the difficulties in writing a series about affordable front projectors is deciding what constitutes “affordable.” A few years ago, that would have meant anything under $5,000 for a 1080p projector. But advances in technology, manufacturing efficiency and market demand have caused the prices of entry-level front projectors to plummet. Soon a 1080p front projector could be had for $3,000; only a year later there were $2,000 (street price) projectors that put out a surprisingly good picture. Surely $2,000 was the floor for a 1080p projector?

Don’t call me Shirley. Optoma, known for both its business and home theater line of projectors, has thrown down the gauntlet with the new HD20, a full 1080p front projector priced at $999. Let me repeat that: $999. You can’t even buy a 50 inch flat screen for under a thousand dollars. How could anyone possibly make a front projector that looks half-way decent for under a grand?

Read on.


  • Design: Singl-chip 1080p DLP Projector; 0.65" Texas Instruments Dark Chip 2 DMD DLP
  • Native Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Light Output: 1,700 ANSI Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 4000:1 (Full On/Off)
  • Lens Throw Ratio: 1.5 -1.8 (Distance/Width)
  • Zoom & Focus Adjustment: Manual; 1.2
  • NTSC, PAL, SECAM, HDTV 480i; 480p; 720p; 1080i/p
  • Bulb Life: 4,000 Hours (Standard Mode)
  • Dimensions: 3.8" H x 12.8" W x 9.2" D
  • Weight: 6.4 Pounds
  • MSRP: $999 USA
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