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Optoma S303 Projector

15000:1 SVGA (800x600) 26dB Mar 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date
- Bright projection 3000 ANSI Lumens - SVGA resolution, 15,000:1 contrast ratio, HDMI input - Low ownership costs - up to 10,000 hours lamp life - Lightweight and portable, carry bag included... More
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15 Reasons For

Optoma Has Good Multimedia Projector Reviews

Optoma has good average reviews for its 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors as well as across its entire projector range compared to other manufacturers.

Robust

Several Optoma S303 reviewers who reviewed this projector reckoned that it was well made.

Reasonably Priced

A few customers who bought it considered that it was cheap. Four years ago Pcmag.com said on expert website PC Mag “The Optoma S303%displayPrice% at %seller% provides solid performance as a budget projector for business”. Itreviews.com wrote on IT Reviews.com “The Optoma S303 provides solid performance as a budget projector for business” in their review of the Optoma S303.

Acceptable Noise Level

One person who reviewed it wrote that it was noisy. Four years ago It Reviews.com wrote in their review of the Optoma S303 “Reasonably loud audio”.

Good Sound Quality

One customer said in their reviews that it had good sound quality.

Good Picture Quality

One person who bought it concluded that it had good picture quality.

Good Product Quality

One Optoma S303 reviewer who reviewed it considered that it was good quality. Pcmag.com said four years ago “The Optoma S303 provides solid data image quality, portability” .

Good 3D Picture Quality

One Optoma S303 owner wrote that this projector had a good 3D picture quality. Pcmag.com wrote on PC Mag “Is 3D compatible” in their review of the Optoma S303.

Supports 3D

Like most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for more than two years, the Optoma S303 supports 3D.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors which support 3D and we think the Viewsonic PJD5234, the Optoma X300, and the Epson Pro Z11005NL which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma S303 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other multimedia projectors of this type and age also have a built-in speaker(s).

There are a number of other data projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available which you might want to consider including because of it's better review score, the Viewsonic PJD5234, the Optoma X303, or the Epson EB-Z9875U.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

This multimedia 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 the most commonly supported supported graphics resolutions on similar spec multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

The Optoma S303 is a three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity data projector. Most of the other multimedia projectors that have been available for more than two years only have between one and two VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

With a service life of lamp of 10,000 hours, the Optoma S303 has a fairly long service life of lamp compared to most of the other multimedia projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the S303. 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as the S303 have service life of lamps of between 2,000h and 30,000h, and the average service life of lamp is 4,800h.

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Fairly Long Service Life of Lamp (economic Mode)

The shortest service life of lamp (economic mode) of data projectors that have been around for a similar time to the S303 is 3,000h, the longest is 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 S303 has one of the longer service life of lamp (economic mode)s amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors of this age.

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Quite Quiet Noise Level

15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that are a similar age to the S303 have noise levels of between 26dB and 40dB. The noise level of the Optoma S303 of only 26 decibels is one of the quietest amongst 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that were released around the same time as the S303.

It may also be worth also looking at one of the other 26dB noise level multimedia projectors currently available including because of it's better review score, the X302, or the X303 both from Optoma.

If you would consider a projector with a louder noise level then you might want to look at the Optoma W303 (26dB).

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7 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

This 15000:1 contrast ratio projector has an average expert rating of 65 out of 100 based on two expert reviews from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com.

Does Not Support Full HD

Most comparable spec projectors that have been available for around the same time as the S303 do not support full HD. The Optoma S303 is no exception to this as it too does not support full HD.

Other projectors which also support full HD that you might want to consider include the PJD7820HD, the PRO8600, or the PJD8633 all from Viewsonic which also has a higher rating.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Like most of the other projectors of this spec and age, the Optoma S303 does not support wi-Fi.

It is worth also looking at other projectors which also support wi-Fi including the EB-Z11000 (£10,189.20), or the EB-Z11005 (£10,189.20) both from Epson or the Optoma EX400 (£533.26).

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Only SVGA (800x600) Projector Native Resolution

The highest resolution of the Optoma S303 is SVGA (800x600). That's 39% less resolution than the most frequently found projector native resolution of XGA (1024x768).

A SVGA (800x600) projector native resolution is in fact the worst resolution amongst all similar spec multimedia projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

The best resolution amongst similar types of projector is WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Very Small Bulb Power

Across all the similar spec multimedia projectors that are a comparable age to the S303 the bulb powers range from 190W to 2,400W, and the average bulb power is 290W. At only 190 Watts, the Optoma S303 has a fairly small bulb power compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio projectors that have been around for a comparable time to the S303.

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Very Low RMS Rated Power

Across all the data projectors that have been available for a comparable time to the S303 the RMS rated powers range from 2W to 30W, and the average RMS rated power is 6.7W. At only 2 Watts, the Optoma S303 has a quite low RMS rated power compared to most of the other similar spec data projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Only One USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

The Optoma S303 is a one USB 2.0 ports quantity projector.

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2 Other reasons to consider the Optoma S303

Released Over Three Years Ago

Optoma released the S303 over three years ago.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,000 ANSI lumens, the Optoma S303 has a fairly typical projector brightness compared to most of the other projectors that were released around the same time as the S303.

It may also be worth considering one of the alternative 3,000 ANSI lumens brightness data projectors currently available including the X302, or the X303 both from Optoma or the Viewsonic PJD6543W which has better reviews.

If this multimedia projector projector brightness is too dim for you then you might also want to consider the IN2124A (£372.00) (3,500 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the IN2126A (£474.00) (3,500 ANSI lumens and higher rated) both from Infocus or the Optoma W316 (£421.28) (3,400 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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Specification

Projector
Contrast Ratio (typical)
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Maximum Analog Resolution
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Zoom Ratio
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
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
HDMI Version
Composite Video in
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
Preset Modes
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Design
Colour of Product
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
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

Expert Reviews

(2)
11 August 2013

The Optoma S303 provides solid data image quality, portability, and a good set of connection ports for a budget data projector...

Inexpensive
3D compatible
Portable
Reasonably loud audio
Good port selection
Sub-par video
Rainbow effect
9 August 2013

The Optoma S303 provides solid data image quality, portability, and a good set of connection ports for a budget data projector...

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma s303
Barcodes 00041114493517, 00070090122555, 00095872299690, 00106497379190, 00132017894195, 00132018539798, 00163121483630, 00172304291122, 00617407478594, 00657409448461, 00682017416267, 00718612564895, 00718659152857, 00755918572230, 00796435418151, 05060059047291, 07964354181514

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