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Optoma DS325 Projector

13000:1 SVGA (800x600) 29dB Apr 2013
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The Optoma DS325 data projector is a remarkably bright, easy-to-use, feature rich DLP projector, designed to provide outstanding performance whether on the road or at the office. With its 2600... More
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Optoma DS325 SVGA 2800 Lumen Full 3D DLP Projector Quick Review

16 Reasons For

User Reviews Are Excellent

The average user rating of this Optoma multimedia projector is superb based on 23 user reviews.

Reasonably Priced

Several Optoma DS325 reviewers who reviewed it said that it was good value for money. Two years ago Brian S. wrote “Cant fault it for the price wish I had more”. Bryan Howe he wrote “Good value for money & 'fit for purpose' normal audience 60+” in his review of the Optoma DS325. Hugh Dibley mentioned on Amazon “And is very good value” in his review of this projector.

One Optoma DS325 reviewer considered that this projector was a bargain for the price. Jacs T said on Amazon “The reviews helped me a great deal when selecting this purchase”.

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Easy to Use

A few Optoma DS325 reviewers who purchased the Optoma DS325 said that it was easy to setup. Andrea King said “Good, sharp image, easy to set up and connect”. Tommo wrote “Easy to set up &crystal clear images” in their review of the Optoma DS325.

One Optoma DS325 owner concluded that it was easy to use. Naney wrote on Amazon “This is really good, really easy to use”.

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Good Brand

13000:1 contrast ratio projectors manufactured by Optoma have good reviews on average compared to other brands. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors) and found that Optoma also has good reviews across its entire range.

Good Product Quality

A number of Optoma DS325 reviewers wrote in their reviews that it was good quality. Amazon Customer scored the product 5 stars and wrote in their review of this projector on Amazon “Great picture quality even with lights on!”. Two years ago Bill a mentioned “Connected to a freeview TV receiver incorporated within a DVD player, we can watch excellent quality big screen films” in his review of the Optoma DS325.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Optoma DS325 owner who purchased it concluded that it was noisy. Mr. P. Boocock mentioned in their review of the Optoma DS325 “Great, not too noisy to disturb” and scored it very highly.

Good Picture Quality

One customer said that this projector had good picture quality.

Supports 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago, the Optoma DS325 supports 3D image projection.

It may also be worth considering one of the other multimedia projectors which support 3D image projection currently available including cheaper projectors such as the Benq MS502[plb_1385309_price].

We think you might also be interested in other multimedia projectors which also support 3D image projection including the Acer X123[plb_2717080_price], or the Benq MX819ST[plb_1552200_price].

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This projector supports a graphics resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1280 x 768 (WXGA)|1400 x 1050 (SXGA+)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is the most frequently supported graphics resolution on comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as it.

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Quite High Number of Colours

With a number of colours of 1,070 million, the Optoma DS325 has one of the higher numbers of colours amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. Across all the projectors of this spec and age the numbers of colours range from 1M to 1,100M.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

At 6,500 hours, the Optoma DS325 has a quite long service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the DS325. Across all the comparable spec projectors that were released around the same time as the DS325 the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 3,000h to 10,000h.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This data projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many data projectors that have been available for more than two years.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

With a noise level of only 29 decibels, the Optoma DS325 has one of the quieter noise levels amongst projectors of this age. The quietest noise level of data projectors of this age and type is 26dB and the loudest is 40dB.

Projectors with a louder noise level that might be worth considering include the DX330[pl_1724110_price] (26dB), or the DX325[pl_1915714_price] (28dB) both from Optoma or the Benq MX819ST[plb_1552200_price] (32dB).

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Fairly Long Lamp Service Life

The lamp service lives of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched more than two years ago range from 2,500h to 20,000h, and the average lamp service life is 4,600h. The Optoma DS325 has a quite long lamp service life (4,500 hours) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Narrow

The Optoma DS325 is quite narrow (only 287 millimeters) compared to most of the other comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the DS325. Projectors of a comparable age and type to the DS325 have widths of between 260mm and 340mm.

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Light

The Optoma DS325 is one of the lighter multimedia projectors of this age and spec (only 2.3 kilograms) amongst 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The average weight of projectors of a similar spec and age to the DS325 is 2.8kg, and the weights range from 1.3kg to 5.4kg.

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10 Reasons Against

Inferior Remote Control

One person who bought it considered that it did not have a good remote control. Two years ago Cony Eyre wrote in their review “There is a little problem with remote” but they still gave the product a score of 80 out of 100.

Not Good in Terms of Size

One Optoma DS325 reviewer mentioned in their reviews that the product was not thick. Bill a wrote “Not a problem if you have very thick curtains or it is dark outside”.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma DS325 does not have a built-in speaker, unlike most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the DS325 which have a built-in speaker.

It is worth considering alternative data projectors which also have a built-in speaker including the Benq MS502[plb_1385309_price] which is also cheaper.

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Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Most comparable spec multimedia projectors that have been available for a similar time to the DS325 do not support Full HD projection. The Optoma DS325 is no exception to this as it too does not support Full HD projection.

There are a number of alternative data projectors which also support Full HD projection which you might also want to consider including the Benq MX819ST[plb_1552200_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma DS325 does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

At only 2,600 ANSI lumens, the Optoma DS325 has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the DS325. The dimmest projector brightness of projectors that are a similar age to the DS325 is 800 ANSI lumens, the brightest is 4,200 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,000 ANSI lumens.

If this 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might want to consider the Benq TW523[plb_2029704_price] (3,000 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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Very Small Lamp Power

Across all the 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out more than two years ago the lamp power range from 190W to 310W, and the average lamp power is 210W. At only 190 Watts, the Optoma DS325 has a quite small lamp power compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were launched around the same time as the DS325.

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Quite Low Maximum Horizontal Synchronization

At only 91.146 kilohertz, the Optoma DS325 has a quite low maximum horizontal synchronization compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been around for around the same time as the DS325. Across all the projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the DS325 the maximum horizontal synchronization range from 0.1kHz to 110kHz, and the average maximum horizontal synchronization is 95kHz.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Port

The Optoma DS325 is a one VGA (D-Sub) port data projector. Most of the other data projectors of a comparable type and age to the DS325 have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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Quite Small Offset

The smallest offset of 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the DS325 is 100% and the biggest is 160%. The Optoma DS325 has a fairly small offset (only 114 percent) compared to most of the other 13000:1 contrast ratio projectors that came out around the same time as the DS325.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Optoma DS325

Average Running Costs

The DS325 is typical compared to the other 72 projectors of a similar age and type that we have assessed for running costs. Based on average energy prices and usage levels, we estimate the DS325 will cost £86 over 1 year to run.

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this 13000:1 contrast ratio multimedia projector was released.

SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma DS325 is SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than a XGA (1024x768) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Maximum Digital Resolution
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Minimum Vertical Synchronization
Maximum Horizontal Synchronization
Maximum Vertical Synchronization
Minimum Horizontal Synchronization
Number of Colours
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
3D-Ready
HD-Ready
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
Serial Interface Type
D-Sub PC in Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Noise Level in Economy Mode
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display Language
On Screen Display
Preset Mode
HDCP
Password Protection
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot Type
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption in Economy Mode
Auto Power Off
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
Power Consumption During PowerSave
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Storage Temperature Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
RoHS Compliant
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included

User Reviews

(23)
Reviewed 13 May 2015 by RR
(Verified Purchase)

Just right.

Reviewed 10 April 2015 by Tommo
(Verified Purchase)

Early days, but delighted so far. Easy to set up &crystal clear images.

Reviewed 4 April 2015 by Blaise F. Egan "blaisefegan"
(Verified Purchase)

I bought a similar Optomo DLP projector from Amazon some years ago for

Reviewed 3 April 2015 by B W Du-Crow
(Verified Purchase)

Fantastic, projects in daylight would recommend. Puts out loads of heat so turn down your radiators!

Reviewed 2 March 2015 by Bryan Howe
(Verified Purchase)

Early days, still learning but good value for money & 'fit for purpose' normal audience 60+.

Reviewed 3 February 2015 by Mr. P. Boocock "nastypasty"
(Verified Purchase)

Great, not too noisy to disturb but it is noticeable! Tried using an MHL connector with my MHL enabled phone but it didn't work with it which is a shame as the cable isn't faulty with a monitor!

Reviewed 29 January 2015 by Steven Hobbs
(Verified Purchase)

I avery happy with the projector and the excellent service of the supplier.

Reviewed 28 January 2015 by Zhivka Gesheva
(Verified Purchase)

Good.

Reviewed 13 January 2015 by Kirsten Farnell
(Verified Purchase)

Perfect for the job, would recommend.

Reviewed 5 January 2015 by Andrea King
(Verified Purchase)

Good, sharp image, easy to set up and connect.

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Electricity cost when switched on £81.72
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £85.41
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 11 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00796435418472, 00971484140400, 00971494277318, 05053973608136, 05054063001585, 05060059047697, 05060059048403, 07964354184720

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