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LG PW800 vs Optoma HD26
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LG PW800vsOptoma HD26

LG PW800

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score

LG PW800

£519.00
Our Verdict:
An astoundingly economical to run and award winning moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution multimedia projector, with great features
91
Reviews
24 Reviews + 2 Awards
56
Value for Money
Average
87
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Age
3 Years Old
97
Running Costs
£19 Over 5 Years
78
Overall Score
Very Good
34dB 1280 X 800 100000:1 Yes Mar 2015
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 34dB
Projector Native Resolution 1280 X 800
Contrast Ratio 100000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Mar 2015
Optoma HD26

79

Overall Score

79

Overall Score

Optoma HD26

£712.84
Our Verdict:
A very economical to run and fully loaded moderate noise level 1080p projector, with two industry awards
91
Reviews
92 Reviews + 2 Awards
56
Value for Money
Average
93
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Age
3 Years Old
93
Running Costs
£48 Over 5 Years
79
Overall Score
Very Good
31dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 23000:1 Yes Aug 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 31dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 23000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Aug 2014
LG PW800

78

Overall Score

78

Overall Score

LG PW800

£519.00
Our Verdict:
An astoundingly economical to run and award winning moderate noise level 1280 x 800 resolution multimedia projector, with great features
91
Reviews
24 Reviews + 2 Awards
56
Value for Money
Average
87
Features
Fully-Featured
76
Age
3 Years Old
97
Running Costs
£19 Over 5 Years
78
Overall Score
Very Good
34dB 1280 X 800 100000:1 Yes Mar 2015
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 34dB
Projector Native Resolution 1280 X 800
Contrast Ratio 100000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Mar 2015
Optoma HD26

79

Overall Score

79

Overall Score

Optoma HD26

£712.84
Our Verdict:
A very economical to run and fully loaded moderate noise level 1080p projector, with two industry awards
91
Reviews
92 Reviews + 2 Awards
56
Value for Money
Average
93
Features
Fully-Featured
72
Age
3 Years Old
93
Running Costs
£48 Over 5 Years
79
Overall Score
Very Good
31dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 23000:1 Yes Aug 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 31dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 23000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Aug 2014

Top Prices

LG PW800 Optoma HD26
Projectorshop24
£519.00
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19 hours agoExcellent Customer Feedback
£549.99
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£712.84
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Reasons For

LG PW800 Optoma HD26
7 Reasons For
Significantly Longer Service Life of Lamp
The LG PW800 is a 30,000h lamp service life projector, whereas the Optoma HD26 is only a 5,000h lamp service life projector (25,000h shorter).

This indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

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Cheaper by £194
The LG PW800 costs £193.84 less than the Optoma HD26.
More Shops Are Selling it
A greater number of sellers increases the chances of the product remaining in stock and also increases the price competition amongst retailers for this projector.
61% Cheaper to Run Over Five Years
Over five years the LG PW800 only costs £19 to run but the Optoma HD26 costs £48 to run (157% more).
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Better Expert Reviews
The LG PW800 has an average expert review score of 78%, however the Optoma HD26 has an average rating of 73% (based on 10 reviews).
Better PC Mag Review Score
The LG PW800 has a PC Mag review score of 80%, whereas the rating of the Optoma HD26 was only 70% from the same site.
Better Techradar Review Score
Techradar's LG PW800 review gave it a score of 80%, whereas the rating of the Optoma HD26 was only 70% from the same site.
7 Reasons For
3dB Quieter Noise Level
The Optoma HD26 has a noise level of 31dB, however the LG PW800 is a 34dB projector (3dB louder).

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running.

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75% Brighter Projector Brightness
The Optoma HD26 has a projector brightness of 3,200 ANSI lumens. That's 2,400 ANSI lumens brighter than the LG PW800 (800 ANSI lumens).

This is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

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Full HD
The Optoma HD26 supports full HD, whereas the LG PW800 does not.

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

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More Popular
The Optoma HD26 is a more popular choice amongst buyers.
User Reviews Are Appreciably Better
Based on 82 reviews, the average user review score of the Optoma HD26 is 92%, however the average rating of the LG PW800 is 80% (based on 15 reviews).
Better Brand
Optoma projectors have an average rating of 87.8%, whereas LG has an average rating of 82.2%.
Better Projectorcentral.com Review Score
The Optoma HD26 has a review score of 100% from Projectorcentral.com, whereas the LG PW800 only has a rating of 70% from the same site.

Reasons Against

LG PW800 Optoma HD26
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Reviews & Awards

Awards

The LG PW800 and the Optoma HD26 both have 2 awards. Compare all award winning projectors.
LG PW800 Optoma HD26
2 Awards
2 Awards

Average Expert Rating

The LG PW800 has better expert reviews than the Optoma HD26. The average expert reviews score for the LG PW800 is 78% based on 9 reviews, where as the average score for the Optoma HD26 is 73% based on 10 reviews.
LG PW800 Optoma HD26
Best
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
5 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
5 stars
2 reviews
4 stars
5 reviews
3 stars
2 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Optoma HD26 has better user reviews than the LG PW800. The average user reviews score for the Optoma HD26 is 92% based on 82 reviews, where as the average score for the LG PW800 is 80% based on 15 reviews.
LG PW800 Optoma HD26
5 stars
7 reviews
4 stars
5 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
2 reviews
1 star
1 review
Best
5 stars
55 reviews
4 stars
23 reviews
3 stars
1 review
2 stars
3 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average Brand Rating

Optoma has a better average brand rating than LG. The average brand rating for Optoma is 87.82% based on 4,181 reviews, where as the average brand rating for LG is 82.17% based on 1,008 reviews.
LG PW800 Optoma HD26
LG

82

82

Based on 1,008 reviews
Optoma

88

88

Based on 4,181 reviews

Proportion of Users That Recommend It

For both the Optoma HD26 than the LG PW800 the same percentage of owners recommend the product. In both cases 47.1% recommend the product, based on a total of 119 reviews for the Optoma HD26 and 119 reviews for the Optoma HD26.

PC Mag Review Score

LG PW800 Optoma HD26
Best
The obvious way to think of the LG Compact Pebble Design Smart Minibeam Projector PW800 ($599.99) is as a projector with a built-in TV tuner. But that would be missing the point. Think of it instead as a big-screen 720p HDTV that uses a projector as ...
Compact
Built-in TV tuner
Supports Miracast and WiDi for easy wireless mirroring of cell-phone, tablet, and PC screens
Very small light weight
HD resolution of 720p (higher than many pico pocket projectors)
Long lasting LED light source
Builtin media player with good support for displaying photos, videos, playing audio files
Directly display MS Office documents
3D, ready
Stellar picture quality
Small and light, weight
No zoom
Low brightness limits useful image size, particularly in rooms with ambient light
No 3D support for video sources
Showed rainbow artifacts in testing
Measured lumens well short of manufacturer claimed value
No network support
No mode offered with really low input display lag, as would be desired by serious gamers (really hard core gamers want 33ms or less)
Small, low powered, builtin speakers offer
Screen sharing on Android only
Manual focus
Basically a portable HDTV that uses a projector for its display, the LG Compact Pebble Design Smart Minibeam Projector PW800 offers the usual HDMI and VGA ports, plus easy wireless connectivity to mobile devices......
Sep 2015
Optoma calls the HD26 ($699) a home theater projector, which implies it's meant primarily for theater-dark lighting. However, it's at least as much a home entertainment projector, with a bright enough image to stand up to ambient light in a family ro...
Full 1080p resolution in 2D and 3D
Two HDMI connectors, one with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Shows rainbow artifacts, particularly in black-and-white film clips
Has additional image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode
The Optoma HD26 home theater projector suffers from some image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode, but delivers excellent quality with other modes......
Nov 2014

Techradar Review Score

LG PW800 Optoma HD26
Best
The LG PW800 ($599.99, £385.24, AU$738.45) is small, lightweight and attractive. But, unlike other projectors that compromise image quality for hardware aesthetics, the PW800 is an ideal combination of brains and beauty.It is a great tool for the tr...
The LG PW800 is the perfect projector for traveling salespeople, teachers and anyone who wants to watch movies at a modest volume in a small room. It's tiny, attractive and powerful ? and you can't beat the price. There are a few minor flaws, but not...
Jul 2015
High-end home cinema projection used to be the reserve of those who could afford a high cost product and provide a dedicated room, complete with blackout, for watching films and playing games.All that changes with entry-level projectors like the HD26...
Great value
Colours and black levels
Backlit remote control
Full HD detail
Two HDMI
Clear picture
Rich colours
Deep blacks
Compact and light design
Backlit remote
Full 1080p resolution in 2D and 3D
Two HDMI connectors, one with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL)
Superb value
Good picture quality for the money
Decent picturecalibration options
Bright image
Easy to setup
Reasonable greyscale
Good motion handling
Competitive price
Qualit d'image HD honorable
Puissante luminosit (modes Vif et Lumineux)
Un bon rendu 3D
Faible input lag pour une utilisation jeux
Le bruit en fonctionnement correct
La compatibilit VESA 3D
Rapport qualitprix
La tlcommande rtroclaire
Dobry kontrast, dobre odwzorowanie kolorw, doskonay stosunek moliwoci do ceny, dugi czas uytkowania lampy, cichy, moliwo zamocowania do sufitu
Slightly soft images
Some motion blur
Trace of rainbow effect
Tricky set, up
Rivals offer more detail and nuance
Slight motion issues
Picture could be brighter
Shows rainbow artifacts, particularly in black-and-white film clips
Has additional image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode
Very limited optical zoom
Colours need handling with care
Minor rainbow effect
Mediocre blacks
Undersaturated colours
Possible rainbow artefacts
Contraste faiblard
Luminosit bride sur les modes Cinma et Rfrence
Pas de lensshift
Gamut tronqu et CMS limit
Prsence de judder
Connectique minimaliste
Brak regulacji pooenia obiektywu, bardzo may zoom, ograniczona liczba wej, niepraktyczna regulacja barw
Kod rabatowy
Dla Czytelnikw SwiatObrazu
Pl przygotowalimy kod rabatowy o wartoci 50 z na zakup projektora Optoma H 26 w najniszej cenie na
This entry-level, Full HD beamer is a surprisingly capable home cinema performer. Give it some low ambient light levels and its colour and black level performance impress. It's not perfect though; ultimately lacking overall detail in the final reckon...
Sep 2015

Projectorcentral.com Review Score

LG PW800 Optoma HD26
LG is on a roll this year with a wide lineup of LED based DLP projectors for the portable and home theater market. With the recent reviews of the PF1500 and the PH300 projectors, we now get to experience the PW800 projector. Rated to up to 800 lumens...
The LG PW800 isn't going to change the course of the pocket projector. It has a lot of competition from other models which perform similarly, are similarly priced, and are of similar size. But, it is an ultra-mobile projector that can be used in a va...
Jul 2015
Best
Last year, the Optoma HD25 made a splash in the sub-$1000 home theater projector market. This year, Optoma has released the HD26 , another sub-$1000 home video projector, as the next iteration in its inexpensive home theater line-up.Like many other i...
Bright image
Easy to setup
Reasonable greyscale
Good motion handling
Competitive price
Mediocre blacks
Undersaturated colours
Possible rainbow artefacts
The Optoma HD26 is a perfect example of why you shouldn't base purchasing decisions on a projector's specifications. On paper, the HD26's 3,200 lumens make it look like a super-bright projector for living rooms and other areas with lots of ambient li...
Nov 2014

Date Released

LG PW800 Optoma HD26
37 months old Best 44 months old

Key Features

Noise Level

The noise level of the projector is the amount of noise that the projector makes (caused by the cooling fan inside the projector) when it is running.

A lower noise level means that the projector will be quieter when it is running. This means that you will be able to appreciate the quieter parts of films better without the background noise of the projector running.

Projector Brightness

This is how bright the bulb in the projector is, measured in 'lumens'.

A brighter bulb means that the projector will be seen clearer, and can project to surfaces father away without appearing too dark.

Service Life Of Lamp

This indicates how long the lamp in the projector will last before it needs to be replaced, measured in hours.

A longer life lamp means you'll need to replace it far less frequently, saving you money.

Full HD

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

Full HD projectors can display full HD content such as films and HD TV.

LG PW800 Optoma HD26
Best
No
Yes

Energy Efficiency

Running Costs Over 5 Years

Projector running costs calculated based on an average of 5 hours of use per week. The running cost comprises the electricity cost when using the projector and the electricity standby cost. Compare all energy saving projectors.

Environmental Impact

We have calculated the amount of CO2 that will be generated by running each of these projectors for 5 years. We have then converted that into the number of tree seedlings that you would need to plant and grow for 10 years in order to offset that amount of CO2.
LG PW800
LG
PW800
2 trees 0.092 tonnes CO2 (Best)
Optoma HD26
Optoma
HD26
6 trees 0.24 tonnes CO2

Review Analysis

Picture Quality

Reviewers thought the Optoma HD26 picture quality was excellent, but thought the LG PW800 picture quality was only average.
LG PW800 Optoma HD26
  • For first timers, turning up brightness does not help with making the picture more clear or bring the colors more true to life…
    Pakou C. - April 2015
  • Good colors and a nice throw.
    RF - March 2016
  • The image quality is really good…
    Amazon Customer - June 2016
  • One of the best purchases made! Great for my home theater! Great picture quality!
    1077 - February 2016
  • Good product no a problem with it clear image sharp picture…
    Erika1184 - December 2015
  • Better contrast ratio by far and a better bulb! Affordable…
    RIPMoa - October 2014
  • Overall picture quality is great…
    Mark - March 2016
  • The image quality is great…
    LUKRO - March 2016
  • The picture quality is great and the sound is amazing…
    Hilt1985 - February 2016
  • The picture quality is ok, not great especially when there is light outside…
    Ilovejesus - February 2016
  • As for the pros, great picture quality, smooth lines…
    KDFresh - January 2016
  • Price

    Reviewers of the Optoma HD26 thought the price was excellent, and thought the LG PW800 price was very good.
    LG PW800 Optoma HD26
  • It has a lot of competition from other models which perform similarly, are similarly priced…
  • It's tiny, attractive and powerful – and you can't beat the price…
    Techradar.com - July 2015
  • For the price its still a great deal…
    Trevor V. - April 2015
  • There are price rivals out there…
    Whathifi.com - January 2015
  • With the best buy price match got it for a good deal…
    Wildcatfan1 - November 2015
  • Definitely a good value for the price…
    Dsjal - August 2015
  • Good for the price.
    Binagina4 - September 2015
  • Better contrast ratio by far and a better bulb! Affordable and same set up…
    RIPMoa - October 2014
  • Just saying that there is a huge difference in the price…
    Mark - January 2016
  • The price was better than any others that are just as bright! Great product that works well for me!
    GTRIDER - February 2016
  • The price pt was great for my first projector too…
    Ilovejesus - February 2016
  • The picture is fabulous! What a great deal…
    JoAnderson - February 2016
  • The price was best at Best buy for the projector at the time…
    JoAnderson - February 2016
  • Specification

     
     
     
    Performance LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Noise Level 34dB 31dB
    BEST
    Noise Level (economic Mode) Unknown - Click to provide data 26dB
    Horizontal Scan Range Unknown - Click to provide data
    Vertical Scan Range Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Projector LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Projector Native Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (1080p)
     1920 x 1080 (1080p)
    1920 x 1080 (1080p)
     1920 x 1080 (1080p)
    Contrast Ratio
    100000:1
     100000:1
    100000:1
     100000:1
    Projector Brightness 800 ANSI Lumens
    BEST
    3,200 ANSI Lumens
    Keystone Correction, Horizontal Unknown - Click to provide data
    Maximum Digital Resolution
    1920 x 1200
     1920 x 1200
    1920 x 1200
     1920 x 1200
    Keystone Correction, Vertical Unknown - Click to provide data
    Matrix Size Unknown - Click to provide data 0.65"
    Uniformity Unknown - Click to provide data 80%
    Zoom Ratio
    1.1:1
     1.1:1
    1.1:1
     1.1:1
    Projection Distance Unknown - Click to provide data
    Screen Size Compatibility
     
     
     
    Lamps LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Lamp Unknown - Click to provide data 1lamp(s)
    Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode) Unknown - Click to provide data 6,500h
    Bulb Power Unknown - Click to provide data 190W
    Service Life of Lamp 30,000h 5,000h
    BEST
     
     
     
    Lens System LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Digital Zoom Unknown - Click to provide data 2x
    Offset Unknown - Click to provide data 116%
    Aperture Range (F-F) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Focal Length Range (f-F) Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Video LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Supported Graphics Resolutions
    1600 x 1200 (UXGA) 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
    1280 x 768 (WXGA) 1280 x 768
    1024 x 768 (XGA) 800 x 600 (SVGA)
    640 x 480 (VGA)
     1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
     1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
     1280 x 768 (WXGA)
     1280 x 768
     1024 x 768 (XGA)
     800 x 600 (SVGA)
     640 x 480 (VGA)
    1600 x 1200 (UXGA) 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
    1280 x 768 (WXGA) 1280 x 768
    1024 x 768 (XGA) 800 x 600 (SVGA)
    640 x 480 (VGA)
     1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
     1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
     1280 x 768 (WXGA)
     1280 x 768
     1024 x 768 (XGA)
     800 x 600 (SVGA)
     640 x 480 (VGA)
     
     
     
    Ports & Interfaces LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Headphone Outputs Unknown - Click to provide data 1
    Audio (L,R) Out 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
    Composite Video in 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
    USB 2.0 Port 1 1
    HDMI Port 1 2
    BEST
     
     
     
    Storage LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Optical Disc Player Type
    Not included
     Not included
    Not included
     Not included
     
     
     
    Multimedia LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    RMS Rated Power 2W
    BEST
    10W
    Built-In Speaker 2
    BEST
    1
     
     
     
    Power LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Power Consumption (standby) 0.5W 0.5W
    Power Consumption (typical) 65W 233W
    BEST
    Power Consumption (economy Mode) Unknown - Click to provide data 193W
    Maximum Power Consumption Unknown - Click to provide data 262W
     
     
     
    Operational Conditions LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Operating Altitude Unknown - Click to provide data
    Operating Relative Humidity (H-H) Unknown - Click to provide data
    Operating Temperature (T-T) Unknown - Click to provide data
     
     
     
    Weight & Dimensions LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Package Weight 1.8kg Unknown - Click to provide data
    Package Height 190.5mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Package Depth 170.18mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Package Width 259.08mm Unknown - Click to provide data
    Weight 589.67g 2.5kg
    BEST
    Height 50.8mm 114mm
    Depth 139.7mm 224mm
    Width 139.7mm 315mm
     
     
     
    Technical Details LG PW800 Optoma HD26
    Contrast Ratio
    25000:1
     25000:1
    25000:1
     25000:1

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    NEC
    ME331W
    £574.31
    £139 Cheaper
    Vastly better
    expert reviews
    Bigger bulb
    power
    4% cheaper to
    run
    Slightly
    brighter
    projector
    brightness
    Optoma
    HD26
    £712.84
    £65.54 cheaper to run
    Quieter noise level
    VS
    Panasonic
    PT-LB332
    £572.29
    £141 Cheaper
    18% bigger bulb
    power
    Brighter
    projector
    brightness
    Optoma
    HD26
    £712.84
    Better brand
    £15.34 cheaper to run over five years
    Quieter noise level
    VS
    Vivitek
    DX813
    £567.44
    £145 Cheaper
    2,000h longer
    service life of
    lamp
    Bigger bulb
    power
    300 ANSI lumens
    brighter
    projector
    brightness
    Ethernet LAN
    Optoma
    HD26
    £712.84
    More popular
    VS
    Optoma
    EH331
    £563.76
    £149 Cheaper
    Better user
    reviews
    5,000h longer
    service life of
    lamp
    Quieter noise
    level
    100 ANSI lumens
    brighter
    projector
    brightness
    Cheaper to run
    by £1 over
    five years
    5W bigger bulb
    power
    Optoma
    HD26
    £712.84
    Better Trusted Reviews review score
    Brighter projector brightness
    20% longer service life of lamp
    Quieter noise level
    £5 cheaper to run over five years
    VS
    Epson
    EH-TW5300
    £563.25
    £150 Cheaper
    More popular
    One more awards
    Better brand
    Better
    Whathifi.com
    review score
    Expert reviews
    are slightly
    better
    5% bigger bulb
    power
    Optoma
    HD26
    £712.84
    £32.73 cheaper to run
    Better selling
    VS
    Sony
    VPL-EX345
    £761.64
    1,000 ANSI
    lumens brighter
    projector
    brightness
    Longer service
    life of lamp
    16% bigger bulb
    power
    Slightly
    quieter noise
    level
    Optoma
    HD26
    £712.84
    Higher Audiovideohd.fr review score
    Higher Techradar review score
    Considerably better user reviews
    1,000h longer service life of lamp
    Quieter noise level
    200 ANSI lumens brighter projector brightness
    VS
    Optoma
    HD28DSE
    £699.99
    £13 Cheaper
    One more awards
    Expert reviews
    are a bit
    better
    Bigger bulb
    power