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Optoma X304M Projector

10000:1 XGA (1024x768) 33dB May 2013
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The Optoma X304M is the perfect projector for mobile professionals looking for a powerful, compact projector that is capable of delivering stunning presentations. Its 3000 ANSI lumens and 10,000:1... More
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10 Reasons For

Good Brand

Optoma is one of the superior data projector manufacturers according to average reviews from users and experts, and Optoma also has good ratings for its 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors.

Good Picture Quality

One Optoma X304M owner said that it had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

One person thought the Optoma X304M was good quality. It Reviews.com wrote in their review of the Optoma X304M “Good to excellent data image quality”.

Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma X304M supports 3D image projection, unlike most of the other projectors of this age and type which do not support 3D image projection.

We compared this data projector to all the other multimedia projectors which support 3D image projection and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq MH680[plb_1998672_price], the Acer K335[plb_1598465_price], and the NEC M362[plb_2268470_price] is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker

The Optoma X304M has a built-in speaker, as do most of the other multimedia projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

We compared all the other multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker to this data projector and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq MH680[plb_1998672_price], the NEC L102[plb_2226819_price], and the Acer K335[plb_1598465_price] is also worth considering.

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1920 X 1200 (WUXGA) Graphics Resolution

The Optoma X304M supports a maximum resolution of 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA). That's over seven times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) multimedia projector, which is the most frequently found resolution supported by 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as the X304M. In addition, this projector support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA) and 1680 x 1050 (WSXGA+) and 800 x 600 (SVGA).

A 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) graphics resolution is in fact the best supported resolution across all projectors that were released around the same time as the X304M.

The worst supported resolution across comparable types of multimedia projector is 640 x 480 (VGA).

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Quite High Number of Colours

Multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as the X304M have numbers of colours of between 1M and 1,100M, and the average number of colours is 480M. At 1,070 million, the Optoma X304M has a fairly high number of colours compared to most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the X304M.

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1920 X 1200 Pixels Maximum Digital Resolution

This data projector has a maximum digital resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, which is the most frequently found maximum digital resolution on data projectors that have been around for more than two years.

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Very Light

The weights of 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years range from 360g to 54kg. At only 1.5 kilograms, the Optoma X304M is fairly light compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the X304M.

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Narrow

The Optoma X304M is one of the narrower 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the X304M (only 220 millimeters) amongst multimedia projectors of this age. 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for around the same time as the X304M have widths of between 100mm and 970mm.

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7 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

On average, based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com the average expert rating of this data projector is 65 out of 100.

Not Good in Terms of Size

One customer reckoned that the Optoma X304M was not heavy and bulky. Three years ago Pcmag.com said in their review of this projector on expert website PC Mag “Only a little heavier than 500-lumen LED-based portable projectors” however despite that they gave the Optoma X304M a score of 70 out of 100.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Optoma X304M does not support Full HD projection. Most of the other projectors that came out around the same time as the X304M also do not support Full HD projection.

It is worth also looking at alternative projectors which also support Full HD projection including the Benq MH680[plb_1998672_price], the NEC L102[plb_2226819_price], or the Acer K335[plb_1598465_price].

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

The Optoma X304M does not support WiFi connectivity, although it is worth noting that most of the other 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years also do not support WiFi connectivity.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

With an RMS rated power of only 1 Watt, the Optoma X304M has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the X304M. The RMS rated power of data projectors that are a comparable age to the X304M range from 1W to 20W.

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Very Short Service Life of Lamp in Economic Mode

The shortest service life of lamp in economic mode of comparable spec data projectors that came out around the same time as the X304M is 1,000h, the longest is 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp in economic mode is 7,400h. At only 4,000 hours, the Optoma X304M has a quite short service life of lamp in economic mode compared to most of the other projectors of this spec and age.

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Quite Small Uniformity

With a uniformity of only 80 percent, the Optoma X304M has one of the smaller uniformities amongst 10000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age. The smallest uniformity of data projectors that were launched around the same time as the X304M is 0.9% and the biggest is 100%.

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5 Other reasons to consider the Optoma X304M

Running Costs Are OK

The X304M is typical compared to the other 136 projectors of this age and type that we have looked at for running costs. Based on average energy prices, we estimate the X304M will cost £94 over 1 year to run.

Released Over Three Years Ago

This Optoma projector has been on the market for over three years.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Optoma X304M has a fairly average projector brightness compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the X304M.

If you would prefer a data projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the EB-580[pl_2237073_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens), or the EB-X24[pl_2017451_price] (3,500 ANSI lumens) both from Epson or the Panasonic PT-TW340E[plb_3140214_price] (3,200 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Noise Level

At 33 decibels, the Optoma X304M has a relatively standard noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for more than two years.

We compared all the other 33dB noise level multimedia projectors to this multimedia projector and we think the W1080[pl_1495063_price], and the W1400[pl_1731595_price] both from Benq or the Acer K335[plb_1598465_price] which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma X304M has a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768). That's 23% less resolution than a WXGA (1280x800) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution.

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio
Native Projector Resolution
Projector Brightness
Maximum Digital Resolution
Vertical Keystone Correction
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Number of Colours
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 Type
Lamp Power
Lamp Service Life
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Offset
Focal Length Range
Focus Mode
Video
3D Image Projection
Graphics Resolution
Full HD Projection
Video Mode
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
DVI Port
HDMI Version
Microphone Input
Audio Out Port
Audio in Port
Composite Video in Port
USB Connector Type
USB 2.0 Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
Networking
WiFi Connectivity
Bluetooth
Storage
Integrated Card Reader
Performance
Noise Level
Mac Operating System
Windows Operating System
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker
RMS Rated Power
Built-In Speaker
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Form Factor
Colour
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption On Standby
Typical Power Consumption
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
Storage Temperature Range
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Battery Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cable Included

Expert Reviews

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IT Reviews.com

31 August 2013

Rated at 3,000 lumens, the Optoma X304M delivers lots of light for its light weight...

Highly portable
Bright, with a 3 000-lumen rating
Good to excellent data image quality
Long lamp life
Video is suitable for only short clips
Obvious rainbow artifacts in video
29 August 2013

Only a little heavier than 500-lumen LED-based portable projectors but a lot brighter, the Optoma X304M delivers a bright image in a highly portable package...

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Total running cost over 5 years £93.42
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.46 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 12 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma x304, optoma x304m
Barcodes 00088020865595, 00617407497830, 00678476000161, 00796435418434, 04056572653188, 05060059047840, 07964354184348

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