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Optoma S303 Projector

15000:1 SVGA (800x600) 26dB Mar 2013
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- Bright projection 3000 ANSI Lumens - SVGA resolution, 15,000:1 contrast ratio, HDMI input - Low ownership costs - up to 10,000 hours lamp life - Lightweight and portable, carry bag included... More
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Optoma S303 SVGA 3000 Lumen Full 3D DLP Easy to Use Performance Projector with HDMI Quick Review

15 Reasons For

Good Brand

15000:1 contrast ratio projectors manufactured by Optoma have good reviews on average. We also checked the reviews for all projectors (not just 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors) and found that Optoma also has good reviews across its entire range.

Robust

A number of people who reviewed the Optoma S303 agreed that it was well made. Pcmag.com gave it a score of 4 stars and said on expert website PC Mag “The Optoma S303 provides solid data image quality, portability”.

Reasonably Priced

Several Optoma S303 owners mentioned that it was cheap. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “The Optoma S303%displayPrice% at %seller% provides solid performance as a budget projector for business” in their review of this projector. Itreviews.com wrote “The Optoma S303 provides solid performance as a budget projector for business” in their Optoma S303 review.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Optoma S303 reviewer who reviewed this projector thought it was noisy. It Reviews.com said in their review on IT Reviews.com “Reasonably loud audio” but even so they gave it a rating of 3 stars.

Good Sound Quality

One person who purchased the Optoma S303 thought it had good sound quality.

Good Picture Quality

One Optoma S303 owner wrote that the Optoma S303 had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

One Optoma S303 reviewer said in their reviews that the product was good quality.

Good 3D Picture Quality

One person who reviewed the Optoma S303 reckoned that it had a good 3D picture quality. Pcmag.com said on expert review site PC Mag “Is 3D compatible” in their review.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma S303 supports 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to the S303 also support 3D image projection.

We compared all the other projectors which support 3D image projection to this projector and we think the Pro Z11000WNL[pl_3018741_price], and the Pro Z11005NL[pl_3018740_price] both from Epson or the Optoma X303[plb_1724539_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

Like most of the other data projectors of this age and spec, the Optoma S303 has a built-in speaker.

There are a number of alternative multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker currently available which you might also want to look at including because of it's better review score, the Vivitek D556[plb_2998065_price], the Viewsonic PJD7333[plb_1875423_price], or the Optoma ML1000[plb_1725906_price].

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

This data projector supports a graphics resolution of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is typical of many projectors of this type and age.

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Quite High Number of Colours

Data projectors of this type and age have numbers of colours of between 1M and 1,100M, and the average number of colours is 840M. The Optoma S303 has a quite high number of colours (1,073.4 million) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been around for around the same time as the S303.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Optoma S303 is a three VGA (D-Sub) port projector.

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Quite Long Lamp Service Life

At 10,000 hours, the Optoma S303 has a quite long lamp service life compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the S303. The shortest lamp service life of multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the S303 is 2,000h and the longest is 30,000h.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

Multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to the S303 have noise levels of between 26dB and 40dB. The Optoma S303 has a quite quiet noise level (only 26 decibels) compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the S303.

We compared all the other 26dB noise level projectors to this projector and we think because of it's better review score, the X302[pl_1725842_price], and the X303[pl_1724539_price] both from Optoma is also worth considering.

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8 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this 15000:1 contrast ratio projector is 65 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

Like most of the other projectors of this age and type, the Optoma S303 does not support Full HD projection.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a Full HD projection and we think the Vivitek D552[plb_2204284_price], the Viewsonic PJD7820HD[plb_1536139_price], or the Epson EB-Z9875U[plb_2765002_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other projectors that came out around the same time as the S303, the Optoma S303 does not support WiFi connectivity.

Alternative multimedia projectors which also support WiFi connectivity that you might also want to look at include the EB Z9870U[pl_3022342_price], or the EB-Z11005[pl_2549634_price] both from Epson or the Optoma EX400[plb_2110318_price] which also has a higher rating.

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Only SVGA (800x600) Native Projector Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma S303 is SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than a XGA (1024x768) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

A SVGA (800x600) native projector resolution is in fact the worst resolution amongst all comparable spec projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

Amongst comparable types of projector the best resolution is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

At only 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Optoma S303 has a fairly dim projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to the S303. Across all the projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the S303 the projector brightness range from 700 ANSI lumens to 11,000 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 4,200 ANSI lumens.

We compared all the other 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness projectors to this projector and we think the X302[pl_1725842_price], and the X303[pl_1724539_price] both from Optoma or the Viewsonic PJD6543W[plb_1530990_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

If you are looking for a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to look at the S316[pl_2280092_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens and higher rated), the X316[pl_2280095_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the W316[pl_2136073_price] (3,400 ANSI lumens and higher rated) all from Optoma.

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Very Small Lamp Power

The Optoma S303 has a quite small lamp power (only 190 Watts) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age. Across all the multimedia projectors that are a similar age to the S303 the lamp power range from 190W to 2,400W, and the average lamp power is 290W.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

The Optoma S303 has one of the lower RMS rated power (only 2 Watts) amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. Projectors of this age and type have RMS rated power of between 2W and 30W.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

Most 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the S303 have between one and three USB 2.0 ports, including the Optoma S303 which has one USB 2.0 port.

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1 Other reason to consider the Optoma S303

Released Over Three Years Ago

Optoma released the S303 over three years ago.

Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Maximum Analog Resolution
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
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
Offset
Aperture Range
Focal Length Range
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Port
DVI Port
S-Video Input
HDMI Version
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
Networking
Ethernet LAN Connection
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Preset Mode
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Design
Colour
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Input Frequency
Input Voltage
AC Adapter Frequency
AC Adapter Input Voltage
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Relative Humidity Operational Range
Operating Temperature Range
Certificates
RoHS Compliant
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

(2)
11 August 2013

The Optoma S303 provides solid data image quality, portability, and a good set of connection ports for a budget data projector...

Inexpensive
3D compatible
Portable
Reasonably loud audio
Good port selection
Sub-par video
Rainbow effect
9 August 2013

The Optoma S303 provides solid data image quality, portability, and a good set of connection ports for a budget data projector...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma s303
Barcodes 00041114493517, 00070090122555, 00095872299690, 00106497379190, 00132017894195, 00132018539798, 00163121483630, 00172304291122, 00617407478594, 00657409448461, 00682017416267, 00718612564895, 00718659152857, 00755918572230, 00796435418151, 05060059047291, 07964354181514

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