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Optoma X306ST Projector

XGA (1024x768) 30dB 3,200 ANSI Lumens May 2013
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- Native XGA, 60 image from just 77cm away.- Bright images, vivid colours 3200 ANSI Lumens.- Up to 6000 hours2 lamp life and 70% energy saving.- Crestron RoomView RJ45 control and monitoring. 3D... More
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11 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Projectors

We checked 1,708 expert and owner reviews for Optoma projectors and found that on average Optoma has good reviews compared to other brands. We also found that Optoma has good reviews specifically within its projectors range.

Good Product Quality

A few Optoma X306ST reviewers said in their reviews that it was good quality. Three years ago It Reviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “Good text quality” in their Optoma X306ST review.

Robust

Some Optoma X306ST owners considered that the product was well made. Pcmag.com wrote on expert review site PC Mag “Solid data image quality” in their review of the Optoma X306ST.

Good Picture Quality

A few Optoma X306ST reviewers who reviewed this projector thought it had good picture quality.

Has a Built-In Speaker

Unlike most of the other projectors of a comparable type and age to the X306ST which do not have a built-in speaker, the Optoma X306ST has a built-in speaker.

We think you might also be interested in some of the alternative projectors with a built-in speaker currently available including the W304M (£671.87), or the EH200ST (£657.60) both from Optoma or the Acer H7532 (£655.36) which has better reviews.

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Supports 3D Image Projection

The Optoma X306ST supports 3D image projection. Most of the other projectors that were launched around the same time as the X306ST also support 3D image projection.

There are a number of alternative data projectors which support 3D image projection currently available that you might want to look at including because of it's better review score, the W304M (£671.87), or the EH200ST (£657.60) both from Optoma or the Acer H7532 (£655.36).

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Graphics Resolution

The Optoma X306ST supports a maximum resolution of 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of a 640 x 480 (VGA) data projector, which is the most common resolution supported by projectors that came out around the same time as the X306ST. 640 x 480 (VGA) is also supported by this multimedia projector. In addition, this data projector support graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720) and 1360 x 768 (WXGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). Across all projectors that were released around the same time as the X306ST the resolution ranges from 640 x 480 (VGA) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA).

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Fairly Bright Projector Brightness

The Optoma X306ST has a fairly bright projector brightness (3,200 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors that have been available for more than two years. The projector brightness of data projectors of a similar age and spec to the X306ST range from 300 ANSI lumens to 9,200 ANSI lumens.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness multimedia projectors currently available including because of it's better review score, the Optoma W305ST (£535.65).

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports

The Optoma X306ST is a three VGA (D-Sub) port projector. Most of the other projectors that have been on the market for more than two years have between 1 and 11 VGA (D-Sub) ports.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This multimedia projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is typical of many comparable spec multimedia projectors that came out around the same time as it.

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Narrow

Comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the X306ST have widths of between 130mm and 750mm. The Optoma X306ST is fairly narrow (only 288 millimeters) compared to most of the other projectors that have been on the market for a similar time to the X306ST.

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10 Reasons Against

Average Expert Reviews

The average expert rating of this Optoma projector is 65% based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.

Price Has Recently Increased by £117.98

The X306ST has increased in price by £117.98 in the last 8 days.

Does Not Support Full HD Projection

The Optoma X306ST does not support Full HD projection. Most of the other multimedia projectors of this age and type also do not support Full HD projection.

We compared this projector to all the other data projectors with a Full HD projection and we think the EH200ST (£657.60), or the GT1080 (£590.00) both from Optoma or the Acer H7532 (£655.36) which is also higher rated is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support WiFi Connectivity

Like most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to the X306ST, the Optoma X306ST does not support WiFi connectivity.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a WiFi connectivity and we think the GP30 (£570.39), or the GP20 (£566.00) both from Benq or the Optoma W305ST (£535.65) is also worth considering.

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Only XGA (1024x768) Native Projector Resolution

The Optoma X306ST has a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768). That's 62% less resolution than the most frequently found native projector resolution of 1080p (1920x1080). The worst resolution of all projectors of a similar spec and age to the X306ST is SVGA (800x600) and the best is 1080p (1920x1080).

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Only Fixed Zoom Ratio

This projector supports a Fixed zoom ratio, which is the most frequently supported zoom ratio on multimedia projectors that were launched around the same time as it.

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Only One USB 2.0 Port

The Optoma X306ST is a one USB 2.0 port multimedia projector.

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Only One HDMI Port

Most projectors that came out more than two years ago have between one and three HDMI ports, including the Optoma X306ST which has one HDMI port.

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Only One Built-In Speaker

The Optoma X306ST is a one built-in speaker projector. Most of the other projectors that are a comparable age to the X306ST have one built-in speaker.

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Quite Small Matrix Size

Projectors that were launched more than two years ago have matrix sizes of between 0.45" and 0.76". The Optoma X306ST has a quite small matrix size (only 0.55 inches) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Optoma X306ST

Average Running Costs

The average running cost of the X306ST is £97 over 1 year based on typical energy prices, which is typical compared to the other 102 data projectors of this spec and age.

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when Optoma released the X306ST.

Average Noise Level

The Optoma X306ST has a fairly typical noise level (30 decibels) compared to most of the other data projectors that have been available for more than two years.

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Specification

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RS-232 Port
DVI Port
PC Audio Input
HDMI Version
Microphone Input
Headphone Output
Composite Video in Port
USB 2.0 Port
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Port
HDMI Port
VGA (D-Sub) Port
AC Power in
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WiFi Connectivity
Ethernet LAN Connection
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Integrated Card Reader
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Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

24 November 2013

The Optoma X306ST is a short-throw XGA projector with solid data image quality and video suitable for short clips...

Good text quality
Bright
3D compatible
Portable
Good port selection
Rainbow effect in video more severe than is usual
No port for USB thumb drive
22 November 2013

The Optoma X306ST is a short-throw XGA projector with solid data image quality and video suitable for short clips...

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Electricity cost when switched on £92.94
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £96.63
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.48 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 13 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers x306st, optoma x306, optoma x306s, optoma x306st, optoma p166791, optoma x306ste, optoma p168201, optoma p166791p, optoma x306sted, optoma p168201p, optoma x306stedu, optoma 958tu01gc0, optoma 958tu01gc0e
Barcodes 00686063811540, 00796435418557, 05053959398570, 05060059047888, 07964354185574

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