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Optoma S300 Projector

15000:1 SVGA (800x600) 28dB May 2013
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Ideal for use in a meeting room or classroom, the small and stylish S300 has a bright 2800L which allows you to project bright, crystal clear images in ambient light. Incorporating a built-in... More
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15 Reasons For

Owner Reviews Are Excellent

This 15000:1 contrast ratio projector has an excellent average owner rating based on 26 owner reviews.

Reasonably Priced

A number of people agreed that this projector was good value for money. Bp gave it a rating of 5 stars and wrote in their review of the Optoma S300 “Was of a reasonable price”. Bruno wrote two years ago “A good, economically priced projector” in his review of this projector and gave the product a score of 80 out of 100. Bruno also said “If it proves to be durable, at this price”.

One Optoma S300 reviewer who reviewed the product concluded that it was cheap. Mr. Cook Face Junior scored it 5 stars and mentioned in their review of the Optoma S300 three years ago “Great projector on a budget”. One Optoma S300 reviewer thought it was a bargain for the price. Gazza C wrote “I needed a projector that was cheap”.

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Easy to Use

A few people who bought the product considered that it was easy to use. Alan D.mounce said in his Optoma S300 review two years ago “It is simple to connect and easy to use” and rated the product 4 stars. Carlo said “Easy to use indeed! No need to learn what to do” in his Optoma S300 review. Fionafew mentioned on Amazon “It is really easy to use and set-up, used for first time last night (24 hours after delivery)” and gave it a rating of 80 out of 100.

Two customers who purchased it agreed that it was easy to setup. Ian-B said on Amazon “The picture is clear, sharp and it is easy to set up”. Mr G Mitchell said in his review of the Optoma S300 on Amazon “Nice and easy to set up” but in spite of that he gave it a rating of 3 stars.

One customer considered that it was easy to handle. Rosemarie Williams mentioned in her Optoma S300 review “Easy to install perfect picture easily adjusted to fit screen compact quite light for easy handling when setting it up”.

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Running Costs Are Low

The S300 is one of the cheaper to run projectors of a comparable spec and age that we have looked at for 1 year running costs. Based on average energy prices, we estimate the 1 year running cost of the S300 is only £79.

Optoma Has Good Reviews for Its Data Projectors

Based on 1,689 user and expert reviews, Optoma has good ratings for its data projectors. Optoma also has good ratings specifically for its 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors compared to other manufacturers.

Good Size

Some Optoma S300 owners said in their reviews that it was compact. Mr. Cook Face Junior mentioned in their review of this projector on Amazon “The DS325 unit is very light and compact and the brightness is more than enough even in a bright room”.

One customer mentioned in their reviews that it was lightweight. Three years ago Mr. Cook Face Junior wrote “Becasue of the lightweight portability of this unit I will be using it to entertain my neice”.

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Good Product Quality

A few Optoma S300 reviewers said in their reviews that the Optoma S300 was good quality. Markgd wrote in their review “Great value, quality product”. Mike Flannery mentioned in his review of this projector “Good quality picture in difficult conditions (building site welfare facilities) so am happy with the purchase” and gave the Optoma S300 a rating of 4 stars.

Robust

One Optoma S300 owner who bought the Optoma S300 reckoned that it was strong and durable.

Good Technical Features

One person concluded that it had good features.

Supports 3D

The Optoma S300 supports 3D, as do most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar age and type to the S300.

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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)|1600 x 1200 (UXGA)|640 x 480 (VGA)|800 x 600 (SVGA), which is typical of many comparable spec projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

Data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the S300 have service life of lamps of between 2,000h and 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 4,700h. The Optoma S300 has one of the longer service life of lamps (5,000 hours) amongst data projectors of this age.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

Across all the 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a similar time to the S300 the service life of lamp (economic mode)s range from 3,000h to 20,000h, and the average service life of lamp (economic mode) is 5,900h. With a service life of lamp (economic mode) of 6,500 hours, the Optoma S300 has one of the longer service life of lamp (economic mode)s amongst projectors of this age.

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Very Quiet Noise Level

Across all the 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the S300 the noise levels range from 26dB to 40dB. With a noise level of only 28 decibels, the Optoma S300 has a fairly quiet noise level compared to most of the other multimedia projectors of a similar type and age to the S300.

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Very Light

With a weight of only 2.1 kilograms, the Optoma S300 is quite light compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for more than two years. The weights of data projectors that are a similar age to the S300 range from 1.3kg to 27kg.

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11 Reasons Against

Inferior Picture Quality

One Optoma S300 owner wrote that the product did not have clear images. Two years ago Stoke Cc wrote “Worked instantly with no hassle, giving a good clear image” in their review of this projector yet they scored this projector very highly.

Poor Connectivity

One Optoma S300 owner said in their reviews that the product was not good in terms of HDMI connections. Lionelo mentioned two years ago “Just a pity it does not have HDMI connectivity.” in their Optoma S300 review.

Does Not Have a Built-In Speaker(s)

Most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the S300 have a built-in speaker(s), however the Optoma S300 does not have a built-in speaker(s).

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Does Not Support Full HD

Most projectors of a similar age and spec to the S300 do not support full HD. The Optoma S300 is no exception to this as it too does not support full HD.

There are a number of other projectors which also support full HD which you might want to consider including the PJD7820HD[pl_1536139_price], or the PRO8600[pl_1596542_price] both from Viewsonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the S300, the Optoma S300 does not support wi-Fi.

Other projectors which also support wi-Fi that you might also want to look at include the Optoma EX400[plb_2110318_price], or the Epson EB-Z11000[plb_2549617_price].

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Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution

The Optoma S300 has a maximum resolution of SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than a XGA (1024x768) projector, which is the most common resolution.

A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is in fact the worst resolution across all 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the S300.

A WUXGA (1920x1200) projector native resolution is the best resolution across comparable types of projector.

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Quite Dim Projector Brightness

With a projector brightness of only 2,800 ANSI lumens, the Optoma S300 has one of the dimmer projector brightnesss amongst comparable spec projectors of this age. Across all the 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the S300 the projector brightnesss range from 700 ANSI lumens to 11,000 ANSI lumens.

If you would prefer a projector with a brighter projector brightness then you might also want to consider the Infocus IN114A[plb_2100765_price] (3,000 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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Quite Small Bulb Power

Data projectors of a comparable age and type to the S300 have bulb powers of between 190W and 2,400W, and the average bulb power is 290W. At only 190 Watts, the Optoma S300 has a very small bulb power compared to most of the other data projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Only One VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity

Most data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the S300 have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys, including the Optoma S300 which has one VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity.

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Very Small Uniformity

The uniformitys of similar spec multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the S300 range from 80% to 90%. The Optoma S300 has a fairly small uniformity (only 80 percent) compared to most of the other projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the S300.

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Very Small Optical Zoom

The Optoma S300 has a quite small optical zoom (only 1.1 times zoom factor) compared to most of the other data projectors of a comparable spec and age to the S300. The smallest optical zoom of 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released more than two years ago is 1.1x, the biggest is 1.7x, and the average optical zoom is 1.3x.

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1 Other reason to consider the Optoma S300

Released Over Three Years Ago

It was over three years ago when this 15000:1 contrast ratio projector was released.

Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Uniformity
Projection Distance
Supported Aspect Ratios
Screen Size Compatibility
Native Aspect Ratio
Projection Technology
Number of Colours
Lamps
Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)
Bulb Power
Service Life of Lamp
Lens System
Optical Zoom
Throw Ratio
Offset
Aperture Range (F-F)
Focal Length Range (f-F)
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
S-Video Inputs Quantity
Serial Interface Type
Microphone in
Composite Video in
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Compatible Memory Cards
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
HDCP
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
TV Tuner Integrated
Design
Ceiling Mountable
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
Power Consumption (PowerSave)
AC Input Frequency
AC Input Voltage
Operational Conditions
Operating Altitude
Operating Relative Humidity (H-H)
Operating Temperature (T-T)
Certificates
RoHS Compliance
Weight & Dimensions
Weight
Height
Depth
Width
Packaging Content
Carrying Case
Manual
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

User Reviews

(26)
Reviewed 6 February 2015 by Anthony
(Verified Purchase)

Very good ,just what I needed.

Reviewed 25 January 2015 by Michelle
(Verified Purchase)

Best buy in a long time watching films on big screen at home is great kids and family love it ..

Reviewed 13 November 2014 by A S Herd
(Verified Purchase)

Works brill'.

Reviewed 23 October 2014 by Trevor Williams
(Verified Purchase)

Meets all my requirement.

Reviewed 6 September 2014 by RBP
(Verified Purchase)

Excellent value for money.

Reviewed 21 August 2014 by MarkGD
(Verified Purchase)

Bought this with a few others for a friends 30th birthday and he loves it.

4 months in, working perfectly, clear crisp image that is easily adjustable. For the price I don't think there... Read more…

Reviewed 17 August 2014 by Sulpicius Servus
(Verified Purchase)

It works. What else can i say?

Reviewed 13 August 2014 by Ade
(Verified Purchase)

Cool.

Reviewed 11 July 2014 by Mike Flannery
(Verified Purchase)

Good quality picture in difficult conditions (building site welfare facilities) so am happy with the purchase. Easy to use.

Reviewed 6 July 2014 by Malcolm Williams
(Verified Purchase)

Very good meets my needs - lamp replacement cost may be an issue when or if required.

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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 00600590477031, 05060059047703, 05060059048328

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