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Optoma DS331 Projector

SVGA (800x600) 28dB 3,200 ANSI Lumens Oct 2014
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Digital HDMI sources deliver sharper, clearer image quality; the Optoma DS331 provides 2x HDMI ports to display them. With a powerful 3200 lumens and a remarkable 20,000:1 contrast ratio the... More
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Optoma DS331 Full 3D WXGA Projector Review
Optoma DS331 Full 3D SVGA 3200 Lumen DLP Multimedia Projector with 2 HDMI Ports Quick Review

7 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Data Projectors

Projectors produced by Optoma have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just projectors) and found that Optoma also has good reviews across its entire range.

Has a Built-In Speaker

Unlike most of the other comparable spec projectors that have been around for a similar time to the DS331 which do not have a built-in speaker, the Optoma DS331 has a built-in speaker.

Alternative data projectors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to look at include the Acer H7531D which has better reviews.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

Like most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the DS331, the Optoma DS331 supports 3D image projection.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors which support 3D image projection and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq W7000+ is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The Optoma DS331 supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of the most frequently found graphics resolution of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this multimedia projector). This projector also support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+) and 1440 x 900 (WXGA+) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). Across all comparable spec projectors that came out around the same time as the DS331 the best resolution is 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) and the worst is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

At 10,000 hours, the Optoma DS331 has a fairly long service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were launched more than two years ago. Across all the multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago the service life of lamp in economic mode range from 2,000h to 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 6,900h.

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Narrow

Projectors of a comparable type and age to the DS331 have widths of between 130mm and 750mm, and the average width is 380mm. With a width of only 287 millimeters, the Optoma DS331 is quite narrow compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable type and age to the DS331.

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Very Light

The lightest multimedia projector that has been available for more than two years is 2.7g heavy, the heaviest is 26kg, and the average weight is 6.2kg. At only 2.1 kilograms, the Optoma DS331 is quite light compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for more than two years.

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7 Reasons Against

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Optoma DS331 does not support Full HD projection, although keep in mind that most of the other projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the DS331 also do not support Full HD projection.

Other projectors which also support Full HD projection that you might also want to look at include the Benq W7000+, or the Panasonic PTAE7000U which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma DS331 does not support WiFi connectivity. Most of the other projectors of this age and type also do not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this projector to all the other data projectors with a WiFi connectivity and we think the LG PW700 (£337.00), or the Optoma W305ST (£535.65) is also worth considering.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma DS331 has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 77% less resolution than a 1080p (1920x1080) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

A SVGA (800x600) native projector resolution is actually the worst resolution amongst all projectors of this spec and age.

The best resolution amongst comparable types of data projector is 1080p (1920x1080).

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Very Small Lamp Power

Across all the projectors that have been around for around the same time as the DS331 the lamp power range from 140W to 420W. With a lamp power of only 190 Watts, the Optoma DS331 has a fairly small lamp power compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that are a similar age to the DS331.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

Across all the projectors that have been around for a similar time to the DS331 the RMS rated power range from 1W to 30W, and the average RMS rated power is 9.6W. The Optoma DS331 has a quite low RMS rated power (only 2 Watts) compared to most of the other comparable spec data projectors that were launched around the same time as the DS331.

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Very Small Uniformity

With a uniformity of only 80 percent, the Optoma DS331 has a quite small uniformity compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for around the same time as the DS331. Projectors that were released more than two years ago have uniformities of between 80% and 130%.

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Quite Small Matrix Size

With a matrix size of only 0.55 inches, the Optoma DS331 has a fairly small matrix size compared to most of the other projectors that were launched more than two years ago. The average matrix size of data projectors of this spec and age is 0.64", and the matrix sizes range from 0.45" to 0.76".

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4 Other reasons to consider the Optoma DS331

OK Running Costs

Based on typical energy prices and usage levels we estimate that the DS331 will cost £84 over 1 year to run, which is typical compared to the other 102 data projectors of this age and type.

Released Over Two Years Ago

It was over two years ago when this Optoma multimedia projector was released.

Average Projector Brightness

The Optoma DS331 has a pretty average projector brightness (3,200 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age.

There are a number of alternative 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness multimedia projectors currently available that you might also want to consider including because of it's better review score, the W311, the S311 (£273.99), or the H100 (£452.26) all from Optoma.

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Average Noise Level

The Optoma DS331 has a fairly typical noise level (28 decibels) compared to most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the DS331.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 28dB noise level data projectors currently available including the Optoma S311 (£273.99) which has better reviews.

Other projectors with a louder noise level that you might want to look at include the Optoma H180X (£404.86) (28dB).

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Specification

Projector
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Matrix Type
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Zoom Ratio
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratio
Compatible Screen Size
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Supported Number of Colours Display
Lamps
Lamp
Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode
Lamp Type
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Throw Ratio
Digital Zoom
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
3D Format
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
Serial Interface Type
HDMI Version
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
AC Power in
Networking
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Optical Disc Player
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Cable Lock Slot
Cable Lock Slot Type
Colour
LED Indicator
Product Type
Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
Power Consumption in Economy Mode
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Battery
Operational Conditions
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Manual
Remote Control Type
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included
Other Features
Technical Details
Contrast Ratio

Brochures and Manuals

Running Cost

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Electricity cost when switched on £80.12
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £83.81
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0.42T
Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.42 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
11
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 00796435419424, 07964354194248

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