Optoma HD33 3D DLP Projector


Introduction to the Optoma HD33 3D DLP Projector

In the two years since 3D displays first became commonplace, I’ve seen many demos; and only a few of them really impressed me. When you watch for a few minutes and you get that “gotta have it” feeling, you know you’ve seen something special. So far I’ve seen exactly zero flat panels that affected me that way. They just don’t immerse the viewer the way a projector does. I’ve found for the 3D effect to be truly convincing, the edges of the screen have to be outside my peripheral vision. Front projection is, of course, the answer; but 3D capable models are only just now trickling down to the affordable level.

I’ve been dying to try a 3D projector for a while now, so when Optoma offered me their new HD33 for review, I jumped at it. Optoma has always been a leader in affordable front projection. With the HD33 however they’ve broken new ground – 1080p and 3D for only $1499! With an entry price below that of most 3D-capable flat panels, the HD33 is almost a no-brainer purchase. The question is, how much did they compromise? The answer is, not nearly as much as you might think.


  • Design: 3D DLP Projector
  • Panel Type: Texas Instruments Single-chip DLP
  • Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Anamorphic Lens Support: Yes
  • Native Resolution: 1920x1080
  • Max Refresh Rate: 120 Hz
  • Lens Throw Ratio: 1.5-1.8:1
  • Lens Shift: None
  • Light Output: 1800 Lumens
  • Contrast Ratio: 4,000:1
  • Iris Control: None
  • Image Size: 38” – 300”
  • Inputs: (2) HDMI 1.4a (1) Component, (1) Composite, (1) 15-pin VGA, (1) VESA 3D
  • Control: (1) RS-232, (1) 12v Trigger
  • Lamp Power: 230 Watts
  • Rated Lamp Life: 4000 Hr Standard, 3000 Hr Bright
  • Dimensions: 4.5" H x 14.2" W x 12.2" D
  • Weight: 10 Pounds
  • Warranty: 1 Year, 90 Days on Lamp
  • MSRP: $1,499 USD, 3D RF Glasses - $99/pair
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