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Optoma HD131 Projector

18000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 26dB Jul 2014
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date £98.87 Electricity cost over 5 years
Owner reviews are excellent
Good quality
Good picture quality
139 Reviews

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Reviews

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

On average, HD131 owners rated this multimedia projector as marvellous. 100 reviewers (74% of all reviewers) gave this multimedia projector the highest possible rating of 5 stars. This means that users think this multimedia projector is one of the very best projectors of a similar age and spec.

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Data Projectors

Based on 1,873 expert and user reviews (including 38 verified purchases), Optoma has good reviews for its projectors. Optoma also has good reviews specifically within its 18000:1 contrast ratio projectors range compared to other manufacturers.


Price

Good Value for Money

Fourty-three owners said in their reviews that it was good value for money. Website Newegg.com said “For the price, this is one of best home theater projectors I found after shopping around for several days” in their review of this projector. They also mentioned “The price was great” in their review. Robal wrote on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Excellent price/performance - very good picture - good brightness - long lamp life - lots of settings - very quiet (barely audible in 'eco' mode) Cons” in their review of this projector.

Eight people who reviewed the product thought it was expensive. Vladimir Savekov said on expert website Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Usually NO, so be careful since they are expensive !”. Wildebed scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned in their Optoma HD131 review on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Tried the expensive RF glasses - bought one pair.”. Slawek rated it 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Secondly 3D glasses are quite expensive if you consider buying the original ones”.

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Design

Good Quality

Thirty-five people concluded that the Optoma HD131 was good quality. Website Newegg.com scored this projector a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “The picture quality is out of this world even on larger surfaces”. Richiecee said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “FLIPPIN' HECK! This thing makes my 46" LED 3D top-of-the-range TV look like a 'mickey mouse' toy! The picture quality was so vivid, so clear, so bright, so dynamic”. Three years ago Sanjay Joshi mentioned “Great buy excellent picture quality” in their review of this projector.

Easy to Use

Twelve owners who reviewed this projector agreed that it was easy to use the menus. Robal wrote on expert website Amazon.co.uk “There are a lot of settings to play with (although the menu navigation is less than intuitive” in their Optoma HD131 review. Rosty said “I spent many hours, trying adjust perfect settings, even tried with many other films.” in their review of this projector. Taz wrote four years ago “Default settings are very good in a dark lit room”.

Nine owners wrote in their reviews that this projector was easy to use. Robal scored it 4 stars out of 5 and wrote “The included remote is very handy to use, however its back-lighting is probably visible from space”. Shane said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The remote is easy to use and lights up so it can be used in the dark” in his review of this projector and gave the product a rating of 80 out of 100. Suzanne Kinahan mentioned “Quality control should be better” but she only gave this projector a rating of 20 out of 100.

Four customers who bought it reckoned that it was easy to setup. Themightybuda gave the product a score of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Really easy to set up and an amazing image, for the 3D viewers out there there is not visible shadowing when watching films” in their review of this projector. Coolgal gave this projector a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and wrote on expert website Amazon.co.uk three years ago “The projector is simple to setup”. Olympus mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Very easy to set up and easy to ceiling mount” in their review of this projector and gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5.

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Robust

Eight owners mentioned in their reviews that it was well made. Robin66 wrote “I can say that it's a solid projection with vibrant colours” in their review of this projector but even so they only gave it a score of 3 stars out of 5. Railroader said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “And as a bonus a ten watt speaker built in rounds off the package” in their review of this projector and rated it 5 stars out of 5. Aamir Abideen scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars and mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk four years ago “Very good value and a built in speaker to boot”.

Good Looking

Two people mentioned in their reviews that the product was good looking. Three years ago website Newegg.com said in their review of this projector “This thing for PricePerformance is just beautiful”.

Ceiling Mountable

The Optoma HD131 is ceiling mountable. Most of the other data projectors of a comparable age and type to this projector also are ceiling mountable.

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Weight & Dimensions

Good Size

Three people wrote that this projector was heavy and bulky. Shawn S. mentioned on expert website Newegg.com “I have no regrets after six months of heavy use”. W. Harlow scored it a maximum of 5 stars and wrote “Have recently upgraded to this from the Optoma Hd600x as the DLP chip had started to die after many years of good service and heavy use”.


Other

Released Over Two Years Ago

This projector was released in July 2014.


Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma HD131 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other projectors that have been available for around the same time as this projector.

We compared all the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) to this multimedia projector and we think because of their better review scores, the DХ346, the DX345, and the DS346 all from Optoma are also worth considering.

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Projector

Very Dim Projector Brightness

The Optoma HD131 has one of the dimmer projector brightnesses (only 2,000 ANSI lumens) amongst comparable spec multimedia projectors of this age. The projector brightnesses of 18000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for around the same time as this projector range from 2,000 ANSI lumens to 3,600 ANSI lumens, and the average projector brightness is 3,000 ANSI lumens.

If this projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might want to look at the DХ346 (3,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated), the DX345 (3,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the DS346 (£239) (3,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated) all from Optoma.

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1080p (1920x1080) Resolution

This multimedia projector has a projector native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), which is typical of many data projectors of a similar type and age to it.

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Good High Def TV

Twenty-three people said in their reviews that it was good at displaying high definition TV. Rosty mentioned in their review of this projector four years ago “My previous projector was HD ready gave fantastic quality of video when i watched trough DVD player.” . Also four years ago Prax said “If you are looking for a good projector that displays in true HD then this is the one” and scored it the highest possible rating of 5 stars. Slawek wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Since a while I've been looking for a full HD projector for home environment”.

Good Picture Quality

Eighteen customers who reviewed the Optoma HD131 thought it had good picture quality. Ravi said “I have been using it since June 2014 Pros Pleased with the picture quality”. Four years ago Prax mentioned on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “I'm very pleased with the picture quality” in their review of this projector and scored it a maximum of 5 stars. Three years ago Phillip Lacey said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The picture quality is awesome with HD”.

Eleven people who reviewed it agreed that it had good colour saturation. Scott said on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Good - Fantasic picture on full HD, colours are good”. W. Harlow wrote “I am projecting onto a regular plain white wall and the colors are good.”. Sheraz said four years ago “Brilliant product family love it best projector to watch hd 3 d movies fantastic picture and colours always happy to buy from amazon good deivery time 5 stars for this product”.

Four owners reckoned that it was good for watching blu-ray discs. Richiecee wrote on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “I love my bluray films, PS3, Apple TV (HiDef content) etc” in their review of this projector. Babis mentioned on expert website Amazon.co.uk “The high contrast works great with 1080p bluray films (like a cinema), also delivers very well the motion of every film because of the 24 f/s”. Mr Nigelson gave it a score of 5 stars out of 5 and he said “My projector sits up high behind my main sofa about 4.5 m from the screen - a 140 inch luxburg - wonderful bright clear image from a bluray disc” in his review of this projector.

Two people who purchased it considered that it was good for playing games on. Robal gave the product a score of 4 stars out of 5 and said in their review of this projector on expert review site Amazon.co.uk three years ago “The projector is good for gaming (at 1920x1080@60”. Dean Percy wrote in his review of this projector on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “I have sold my 46inch 3d TV as I will use a old HD TV for sky and this will only be used for gaming on PS4, PS3” and scored it a maximum of 5 stars.

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Good for Ceiling Mounting

Three customers who purchased the product considered that it was good for ceiling mounting. Website Newegg.com gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5 and said “No keystone had to be used with flush ceiling mount”.

Good Remote Control

Four customers who reviewed this projector wrote that it had a good remote control. Dean Percy gave this projector a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and he wrote in his review of this projector on expert website Amazon.co.uk “Zoom and focus was easy to do and the remote control responded great for me”. Mr Nigelson said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “Nice remote control that lights up helpfully in the dark” in his review of the Optoma HD131 and gave it the highest possible rating of 5 stars out of 5.

Good Sound Quality

Eight owners who reviewed it agreed that it had good sound quality. Four years ago expert review site Projectorreviews.com wrote “Very bright, built-in 10W audio”. Thefarhad mentioned “Sound from built-in speaker is a joke so don't count on it” in their review of this projector. Shane gave it a rating of 80 out of 100 and he said “The projector speakers are adequate” in his review of this projector.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Thirty-eight people wrote in their reviews that it had a good 3D picture quality. Website Newegg.com said “3D support”. Ross wrote in his review of this projector “I'm tempted to buy another so that i can use the two to create actual 1080p full 3D PASSIVE”. Three years ago Satty gave it a rating of 5 stars out of 5 and mentioned “Return process was great so thank you amazon, 3D works great”.


Video

Supports Full HD

The Optoma HD131 supports full HD, unlike most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable type and age to this projector which do not support full HD.

We compared all the other data projectors which support full HD to this projector and we think the DХ346, and the DS346 both from Optoma which and both of have better reviews are also worth considering.

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HD-Ready

The Optoma HD131 is HD-Ready. Most of the other multimedia projectors of a comparable age and type to this data projector also are HD-Ready.

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Packaging Content

Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Optoma HD131 has a handheld remote control. Most of the other projectors of this age and type also have a handheld remote control.

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Certificates

RoHS Compliance

RoHS compliance

The Optoma HD131 is RoHS compliance, as are most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

Like most of the other data projectors of this age and type, the Optoma HD131 does not have a DVI port.

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Performance

Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

The Optoma HD131 has an On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar spec and age to this projector also have an On Screen Display (OSD).

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The noise levels of projectors that have been around for a similar time to this data projector range from 26dB to 34dB, and the average noise level is 30dB. With a noise level of only 26 decibels, the Optoma HD131 has one of the quieter noise levels amongst comparable spec projectors of this age.

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Lamps

Very Big Bulb Power

The average bulb power of projectors that are a similar age to this projector is 200W. When compared to other 18000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago, the bulb power of the Optoma HD131 of 240 Watts is one of the biggest.

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Energy

High Running Costs

Based on average energy prices and usage levels we estimate that the 1 year running cost of the HD131 is £99, which makes it one of the more expensive to run 18000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for more than two years.


Audio

Quiet

Eighteen people who bought it thought it was quiet. Website Newegg.com said “It's very quiet, I cannot hear it running at all” in their review of the Optoma HD131. Robin66 mentioned “The picture is bright enough even with plenty of ambient light and it's very quiet”. Rosty said “Fan works very quiet”.

Six people who reviewed it considered that it was noisy. Shane scored it 4 stars out of 5 and he said on expert review site Amazon.co.uk “The fan is not very loud” in his review of this projector. He also wrote “The picture and the lack of fan noise really trump these two defects” in his review. Suzanne Kinahan said three years ago “The colour wheel is making an intermittent high pitch whiring noise like a dentist drill”.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma hd131xw, optoma 1080p, hd131xew
Barcodes 00012301809886, 00071030574854, 00665164774961, 00682017415901, 00717990806795, 00796435812065, 00796435812133, 05052184790494, 05053973110042, 05060059047581, 05060059048137, 05060059049578, 07964358120656, 07964358121332

Optoma HD131 Review Sources

To prepare this Optoma HD131 review we compared this projector to 2,071 other models. For each projector that we compared, we collated thousands of pieces of information including technical specs, reviews, and prices. In total we analysed 328,171 product attributes, 14,282 projector reviews and 3,049,700 historical projector prices from 169 projector retailers. We then picked out the standout features of this projector compared to the other models as well as any areas where this projector is lacking.

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