Optoma HD36 vs Optoma HD50
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Optoma HD36

76

Overall Score

76

Overall Score

Optoma HD36

£799.99
Our Verdict:
A staggeringly quiet and award winning 1080p 3D data projector, with average running costs and one of the highest contrast ratios on the market
93
Reviews
4 Reviews + 1 Award
50
Value for Money
Average
90
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Age
3 Years Old
69
Running Costs
£83 Over 5 Years
76
Overall Score
Very Good
27dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 30000:1 Yes Oct 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 27dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 30000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Oct 2014
Optoma HD50

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score

Optoma HD50

£970.00
Our Verdict:
An amazingly high contrast ratio and multi award winning quiet 1080p projector, with very low running costs and great features
90
Reviews
22 Reviews + 4 Awards
51
Value for Money
Average
85
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Age
3 Years Old
86
Running Costs
£56 Over 5 Years
75
Overall Score
Very Good
29dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 50000:1 Yes Sep 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 29dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 50000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Sep 2014
Optoma HD36

76

Overall Score

76

Overall Score

Optoma HD36

£799.99
Our Verdict:
A staggeringly quiet and award winning 1080p 3D data projector, with average running costs and one of the highest contrast ratios on the market
93
Reviews
4 Reviews + 1 Award
50
Value for Money
Average
90
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Age
3 Years Old
69
Running Costs
£83 Over 5 Years
76
Overall Score
Very Good
27dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 30000:1 Yes Oct 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 27dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 30000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Oct 2014
Optoma HD50

75

Overall Score

75

Overall Score

Optoma HD50

£970.00
Our Verdict:
An amazingly high contrast ratio and multi award winning quiet 1080p projector, with very low running costs and great features
90
Reviews
22 Reviews + 4 Awards
51
Value for Money
Average
85
Features
Fully-Featured
70
Age
3 Years Old
86
Running Costs
£56 Over 5 Years
75
Overall Score
Very Good
29dB 1920 X 1080 (1080p) 50000:1 Yes Sep 2014
Noise Level Projector Native Resolution Contrast Ratio 3D Release Date
Noise Level 29dB
Projector Native Resolution 1920 X 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio 50000:1
3D Yes
Release Date Sep 2014

Top Prices

Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
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£799.99
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£879.00
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£942.53
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£970.00
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Optoma HD50 16:9 Full HD Projector
£999.00
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£1,099.00
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Audio Express
£1,099.00
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OPTOMA HD50 FULL HD HOME CINEMA PROJECTOR - AUTHORISED UK DEALER (Brand new, unopened)on -
£1,099.00
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£1,099.00
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Kent Home Cinema
£1,099.99
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eBay
Optoma HD50 16_9 Full HD Projector (Brand new, unopened)
£1,181.21
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Optoma HD50 Full HD Dlp Meeting Room Projector - 2,200 lms
£1,309.98
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Reasons For

Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
6 Reasons For
Quieter Noise Level
The Optoma HD36 is a 27dB projector. That's 2dB quieter than the Optoma HD50 (29dB).

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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800 ANSI Lumens Brighter Projector Brightness
Optoma HD36 is 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness, but the Optoma HD50 is only a 2,200 ANSI lumens brightness projector (800 ANSI lumens dimmer).

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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70W Bigger Bulb Power
The Optoma HD36 is a 310W lamp power projector, whereas the Optoma HD50 is only a 240W lamp power projector (70W smaller).

This denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

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

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DVI Port
The Optoma HD36 has a DVI port, but the Optoma HD50 does not.

This indicates whether the projector has a DVI port to allow it to connect to computers and DVD players.

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Cheaper by £170
The Optoma HD36 costs £799.99, whereas the Optoma HD50 is £970.00.
Hugely Better User Reviews
Based on 1 review, the Optoma HD36 has an average user review score of 100%, but the Optoma HD50 has an average rating of 73% (based on 3 reviews).
6 Reasons For
A Lot Longer Service Life of Lamp
The Optoma HD50 is a 7,000h lamp service life projector, whereas the Optoma HD36 is only a 4,000h lamp service life projector (3,000h 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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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.
32% Cheaper to Run Over Five Years
Over five years the Optoma HD50 only costs £56 to run but the Optoma HD36 costs £83 to run (47% more).
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Three More Awards
The Optoma HD50 has 4 awards from expert review sites, whereas the Optoma HD36 has 1 award.
Moderately Better Expert Reviews
The Optoma HD50 has an average expert review score of 80%, however the Optoma HD36 has an average rating of 77% (based on 3 reviews).
Better Avforums.com Review Score
Avforums.com gave the Optoma HD50 a review score of 80%, whereas the rating of the Optoma HD36 was only 70% from the same site.

Reasons Against

Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
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Reviews & Awards

Awards

The Optoma HD50 has more awards than the Optoma HD36. The Optoma HD50 has 4 awards, where as the Optoma HD36 has 1 award. Compare all award winning projectors.
Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
1 Award
Trusted Reviews: Recommended
4 Awards Best
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Average Expert Rating

The Optoma HD50 has better expert reviews than the Optoma HD36. The average expert reviews score for the Optoma HD50 is 80% based on 19 reviews, where as the average score for the Optoma HD36 is 77% based on 3 reviews.
Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
5 stars
0 reviews
4 stars
3 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
Best
5 stars
5 reviews
4 stars
12 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews

Average User Rating

The Optoma HD36 has better user reviews than the Optoma HD50. The average user reviews score for the Optoma HD36 is 100% based on 1 review, where as the average score for the Optoma HD50 is 73% based on 3 reviews.
Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Best
5 stars
1 review
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
0 reviews
5 stars
2 reviews
4 stars
0 reviews
3 stars
0 reviews
2 stars
0 reviews
1 star
1 review

Trusted Reviews Review Score

Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Trusted Reviews logo
What is the Optoma HD36? The HD36 is a Full HD home cinema projector that uses single-chip DLP technology. Available for under £750 from some online retailers, the HD36's main attractions ? aside from its unusual affordability for a dedicated home e...
Recommended
Really good 2D and 3D picture quality
Good value
Adaptable to dark or bright room situations
Bright image
Easy to setup
Excellent greyscale
Good motion handling
Colours occasionally look slightly unnatural out of the box
Slight squeak from the colour wheel
Builtin speaker is a let down
Mediocre blacks
Undersaturated colours
Possible rainbow artefacts
Not just another data projector masquerading as a home cinema machine, with careful set up the Optoma HD36 can produce extremely satisfying images for movies and gaming that are unusually easy to adapt to both dark and light room conditions......
Mar 2015
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What is the Optoma HD50? The HD50 is the latest in a remarkably long line of staggeringly affordable DLP projectors, delivering pictures specifically honed for home cinema up to 300in in size for just £999. Optoma HD50: Design and Features The HD50 ...
The HD50 takes home cinema very seriously. This is abundantly obvious both in the amount of picture adjustments and features it offers and the quality of many parts of its picture quality.However, slightly compromised blacks, high input lag levels an...
Sep 2014

Avforums.com Review Score

Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Avforums.com logo
The Optoma HD36 is a single-chip DLP projector with 3D support and it sits between the HD26 and HD50 in the manufacturer's line-up. The HD36 appears to be an amalgamation of those two projectors, combining the chassis of the HD50 with many of the pro...
...
Oct 2014
Best
Avforums.com logo
It's always good to see projector manufacturers thinking of the home cinema fan when launching a new model. Too often we see what are essentially data grade projectors being marketed at the movie enthusiast and in reality that kind of projector just ...
Recommended
...
Aug 2014

Date Released

Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
41 months old Best 42 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.

Bulb Power

This denotes how powerful the bulb in the projector is, measured in watts (W).

A more powerful 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.

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.
Optoma HD36
Optoma
HD36
11 trees 0.41 tonnes CO2
Optoma HD50
Optoma
HD50
7 trees 0.28 tonnes CO2 (Best)

Specification

 
 
 
Performance Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Noise Level 27dB
BEST
29dB
Noise Level (economic Mode) Unknown - Click to provide data 29dB
Horizontal Scan Range Unknown - Click to provide data
Vertical Scan Range Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Projector Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Projector Native Resolution
1920 x 1080 (1080p)
 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
1920 x 1080 (1080p)
 1920 x 1080 (1080p)
Contrast Ratio
50000:1
 50000:1
50000:1
 50000:1
Projector Brightness 3,000 ANSI Lumens
BEST
2,200 ANSI Lumens
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Uniformity 80% 80%
Minimum Vertical Synchronization 24kHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Horizontal Synchronization 91.15kHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Maximum Vertical Synchronization 85kHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Minimum Horizontal Synchronization 15.38kHz Unknown - Click to provide data
Zoom Ratio
1.5:1
 1.5:1
1.5:1
 1.5:1
Projection Distance
Screen Size Compatibility
 
 
 
Lamps Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode) 3,500h 5,000h
BEST
Bulb Power 310W
BEST
240W
Service Life of Lamp 4,000h 7,000h
BEST
 
 
 
Lens System Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Offset Unknown - Click to provide data 130%
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Vertical Lens Shift Range Unknown - Click to provide data -15°
 
 
 
Video Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Supported Graphics Resolutions
1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
1280 x 1024 (SXGA) 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
1280 x 768 1280 x 720 (HD 720)
1024 x 768 (XGA) 800 x 600 (SVGA)
640 x 480 (VGA)
 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
 1280 x 768
 1280 x 720 (HD 720)
 1024 x 768 (XGA)
 800 x 600 (SVGA)
 640 x 480 (VGA)
1920 x 1080 (HD 1080) 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
1280 x 1024 (SXGA) 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
1280 x 768 1280 x 720 (HD 720)
1024 x 768 (XGA) 800 x 600 (SVGA)
640 x 480 (VGA)
 1920 x 1080 (HD 1080)
 1600 x 1200 (UXGA)
 1280 x 1024 (SXGA)
 1280 x 768 (WXGA)
 1280 x 768
 1280 x 720 (HD 720)
 1024 x 768 (XGA)
 800 x 600 (SVGA)
 640 x 480 (VGA)
 
 
 
Ports & Interfaces Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
RS-232 Port 1 1
S-Video Inputs 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Component Video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in 1 1
Audio (L,R) Out 1 Unknown - Click to provide data
Audio (L,R) in 3 Unknown - Click to provide data
Composite Video in 1 1
USB 2.0 Port 2 2
HDMI Port 1 2
BEST
VGA (D-Sub) Port 3
BEST
1
 
 
 
Multimedia Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
RMS Rated Power 30W Unknown - Click to provide data
 
 
 
Power Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Power Consumption (standby) 0.5W 0.5W
Power Consumption (typical) 345W 270W
BEST
Power Consumption (economy Mode) Unknown - Click to provide data 230W
 
 
 
Operational Conditions Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Operating Altitude Unknown - Click to provide data
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
 
 
 
Weight & Dimensions Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Weight 4.5kg 3.8kg
BEST
Height 162mm 124mm
Depth 280mm 265.5mm
Width 386mm 286mm
 
 
 
Packaging Content Optoma HD36 Optoma HD50
Cables Included
AC
 AC
AC
 AC

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