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23000:1 1080p (1920x1080) 3,200 ANSI Lumens Aug 2014
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Created for super-sized 1080p home entertainment, the bright HD26 is perfect for watching TV shows, sports and movies or playing action-packed games on a huge screen. With a built-in speaker and... More
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24 Reasons For

Two Industry Awards

This multimedia projector was given a "Recommended" award by Trusted Reviews who thought that this data projector was good.

The reviewer at one more expert review site said that this data projector was good. Projectorcentral.com gave this projector a "Highly Rated" award.

Average Expert Reviews

On average, based on nine expert reviews from sites including Trusted Reviews, Techradar, PC Mag and whathifi.com the average expert rating of this 23000:1 contrast ratio data projector is 73 out of 100.

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

The average owner rating of this 23000:1 contrast ratio data projector is outstanding based on 36 owner reviews. If all the 23000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for more than two years are ranked by average owner review score then this multimedia projector is in the top 1%.

Reasonably Priced

Some Optoma HD26 reviewers concluded that the product was good value for money. Derek Sewkumar he wrote last year “One of the best DLP projectors on the market at present and great value for money too.I've had the use of the Optoma hd26 for over a year now” in his review of the Optoma HD26. Derek Sewkumar also said “Cost wise over priced compared to the Optoma hd26”. Three years ago Djmel mentioned in their review of this projector “Have found it to be very good value”.

A number of customers wrote in their reviews that the product was cheap. Expert website Projectorcentral.com rated the product 5 stars and wrote “This year, Optoma has released the HD26, another sub-$1000 home video projector, as the next iteration in its inexpensive home theater line-up” in their review of the Optoma HD26. Three years ago expert website Avforums.com mentioned in their review “The HD26 is the latest budget Full HD projector from Optoma”.

One person who bought it concluded that it was a bargain for the price. Expert website Whathifi.com mentioned in their review of this projector “The compact Optoma HD26 seems like a good bargain on paper – 1080p” but in spite of that they only gave the Optoma HD26 a score of 3 stars.

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Good 3D Picture Quality

A number of Optoma HD26 owners thought it had a good 3D picture quality. Djmel wrote “I suggest watching Hugo for a great 3d film2” in their review of the Optoma HD26 and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Three years ago Kevin gave the product a rating of 4 stars and he wrote “The 3D works well with universal DLP glasses ( I have Sain Sonic DLP from Amazon)” in his review of this projector. Kevin also mentioned “2D and 3D movies play really nicely”.

Good Picture Quality

Several Optoma HD26 owners wrote in their reviews that the product had good picture quality. One customer who purchased the product wrote that it was good for playing games on. Amazon Customer said “Great beamer! I use it for gaming mostly and i love it!” in their review of this projector and scored the product 5 stars.

One customer who reviewed the Optoma HD26 thought it had good colour saturation. Techradar gave the product a rating of 70 out of 100 and wrote “Rich colours” in their review of the Optoma HD26.

One Optoma HD26 reviewer considered that it had a good contrast ratio. Expert website Avforums.com said in their review “It is rated at 3200 ANSI lumens and has a claimed contrast ratio of 25,000” and rated the Optoma HD26 70 out of 100.

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A Top Selling Projector

The HD26 is one the fastest selling multimedia projector currently available according to sales data from Amazon.

Good High Def TV

A few Optoma HD26 owners thought the product was good at displaying high definition TV. Techradar.com mentioned in their review of this projector on Techradar two years ago “This entry-level, Full HD beamer is a surprisingly capable home cinema performer”. Techradar wrote in their review “Full HD detail”. Expert website Whathifi.com mentioned “Finding a Full HD projector for £650 is no mean feat” in their Optoma HD26 review.

Good Brand

We calculated the average ratings for all Optoma projectors and also specifically for Optoma 23000:1 contrast ratio data projectors and found that in both cases Optoma had good ratings compared to other manufacturers.

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Good Product Quality

Some customers concluded that the product was good quality. Amazon Customer mentioned on Amazon “The image quality is really good” in their review. Pcmag.com mentioned on PC Mag “Delivers excellent quality with other modes”. Two years ago Techradar mentioned “Good picture quality for the money” in their Optoma HD26 review.

Easy to Use

One person wrote in their reviews that it had a good experience. M. A. Hussain mentioned on Amazon “Never ever tell anyone else about it to let them enjoy the experience” in their review. One Optoma HD26 owner who reviewed this projector concluded that it was easy to setup. Techradar gave it a rating of 4 stars and mentioned in their Optoma HD26 review “Easy to setup”.

One Optoma HD26 reviewer who reviewed it concluded that it was easy to handle. Techradar said two years ago “Good motion handling” in their review of this projector.

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Good Size

Several Optoma HD26 reviewers said in their reviews that it was compact. Two years ago Techradar mentioned in their Optoma HD26 review “Compact and light design” and rated it 70 out of 100.

Acceptable Noise Level

One Optoma HD26 reviewer mentioned that it was noisy. Djmel mentioned on Amazon “The fan is not too noisy”. One customer concluded that the Optoma HD26 was quiet. M. A. Hussain said on Amazon “5) Noise levels are very low - It's quieter than my old computer desktop”.

Robust

One person who purchased it wrote that it was well made. Two years ago M. A. Hussain wrote on Amazon “1) In built speaker is surprisingly decent and you can even connect up computer speakers directly to the projector to jury-rig up a pseudo 5.1 speaker effect”.

Nice Design

One Optoma HD26 owner concluded that it was a good design.

Supports Full HD

The Optoma HD26 supports full HD, which is unusual. Most of the other projectors that have been on the market for more than two years do not support full HD.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other multimedia projectors which support full HD currently available including the Optoma HD141[plb_2415610_price] which has better reviews.

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Supports 3D

The Optoma HD26 supports 3D, which is unusual. Most of the other data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the HD26 do not support 3D.

Alternative data projectors which support 3D currently available which you might want to consider include the Optoma HD141[plb_2415610_price] which has better reviews.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma HD26 has a built-in speaker(s), as do most of the other similar spec data projectors that have been on the market for a comparable time to the HD26.

We think you might also be interested in some of the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available including because of it's better review score, the Optoma HD141[plb_2415610_price].

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1080p (1920x1080) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma HD26 is 1080p (1920x1080). That's over two times the resolution of a WXGA (1280x800) projector, which is the most common resolution. The resolution of all projectors that came out more than two years ago ranges from VGA (640x480) (worst) to DCI 4K (4096 x 2160) (best).

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

This projector supports a supported graphics resolutions of 1024 x 768 (XGA)|1280 x 1024 (SXGA)|1280 x 768 (WXGA)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is typical of many data projectors of this spec and age.

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Two HDMI Ports Quantitys

The Optoma HD26 has more HDMI ports quantitys than most of the comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago. This Optoma projector is a two HDMI ports quantity multimedia projector compared to most of the comparable spec multimedia projectors that were released around the same time as the HD26 which only have one HDMI ports quantity.

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Fairly Big Offset

The average offset of projectors of a comparable age and spec to the HD26 is 97%, and the offsets range from 10% to 130%. With an offset of 116 percent, the Optoma HD26 has a fairly big offset compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the HD26.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

Across all the data projectors of this type and age the service life of lamp (economic mode)s range from 600h to 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 5,300h. At 6,500 hours, the Optoma HD26 has a fairly long service life of lamp (economic mode) compared to most of the other similar spec projectors that were released around the same time as the HD26.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level (economic Mode)

At only 26 decibels, the Optoma HD26 has a quite quiet noise level (economic mode) compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of this spec and age. Projectors of this spec and age have noise level (economic mode)s of between 22dB and 38dB.

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5 Reasons Against

Inferior Sound Quality

One person mentioned in their reviews that the product did not have good sound quality. Kevin mentioned on Amazon “Does not distract when watching full surround sound movies/shows”.

Does Not Support Wi-Fi

The Optoma HD26 does not support wi-Fi. Most of the other projectors that have been around for more than two years also do not support wi-Fi.

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Quite Small Bulb Power

The average bulb power of projectors of this age and type is 230W. With a bulb power of only 190 Watts, the Optoma HD26 has one of the smaller bulb powers amongst similar spec projectors of this age.

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Very Small Uniformity

The uniformitys of projectors of a similar age and spec to the HD26 range from 80% to 120%. With a uniformity of only 80 percent, the Optoma HD26 has a quite small uniformity compared to most of the other data projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Only One USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

The Optoma HD26 is a one USB 2.0 ports quantity projector.

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3 Other reasons to consider the Optoma HD26

Released Over Two Years Ago

Optoma released the HD26 over two years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Optoma HD26 has a relatively average projector brightness compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and spec to the HD26.

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OK Running Costs

The average running cost of the HD26 is £79 over 1 year based on typical energy prices, which is typical compared to the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type.

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Specification

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Offset
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3D
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Full HD
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Headphone Outputs
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AC (power) in
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Ethernet LAN
Storage
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Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level (economic Mode)
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Password Protection
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
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Quick Start Guide
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Contrast Ratio

2 Awards

Trusted Reviews Recommended projectorcentral.com Highly Rated

Expert Reviews

(9)
9 September 2015

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;...

Great value
Colours and black levels
Backlit remote control
Full HD detail
Two HDMI
Slightly soft images
Some motion blur
Trace of rainbow effect
Tricky set, up
Rivals offer more detail and nuance
21 January 2015

If the HD26 was notably cheaper than its rivals we would forgive its shortcomings. But there are price rivals out there, and many offer superior performance. We know you'll find a better...

17 November 2014

The Optoma HD26 home theater projector suffers from some image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode, but delivers excellent quality with other modes...

4 November 2014

The HD26 is an excellent small-cost big-screen option for movie fans and gamers alike.Next, read more Projector Reviews...

Trusted Reviews

3 November 2014

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...

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User Reviews

(30)
Reviewed 20 September 2014 by Gokul
Gokul would recommend the Optoma HD26

This is my first projector and i cant be happier with what's under the hood at a price this low.I was a little skeptical making this purchase.I intend to use this projector in india and i am glad... Read more…

Reviewed 31 October 2014 by Alcantara
Alcantara would recommend the Optoma HD26

I'm a Optoma person for about 8 years, my first projector was a EP721. Now i got this AMAZING HD26... i love it,,, i mean, everybody loves it, two of my friends are going to buy the same.... Very... Read more…

Easy To Set Up
Easy to use
Great picture quality
Handles Heat Well
Mostly Quiet
Bright Images Can Glare
Dim Image In Bright Light
Occasionally Loses Focus
Long Throw
Reviewed 28 October 2014 by RIPMoa
RIPMoa would recommend the Optoma HD26

Recently had to replace and HD20 due to a bad color wheel. HD26 is a great Hi-Def 1080p replacement. Better contrast ratio by far and a better bulb!! Affordable and same set up...

Reviewed 16 October 2014 by Mell
Mell would recommend the Optoma HD26

My boyfriend and I have now completely replaced our high-definition TV with this high-def projector, and we are never looking back! We absolutely love having such a large screen with high quality... Read more…

Reviewed 12 October 2014 by Breazy23
Breazy23 would recommend the Optoma HD26

This bad boy has all the features you want for a very small price! 1080p high contrast and over 3000 lumens! If you want an affordable setup this is it!!

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Electricity cost when switched on £74.67
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £78.36
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.39 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 10 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Barcodes 00077793000401, 00796435812102, 00845251082913, 05060059049592, 07964358121028

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