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Optoma W303ST Projector

£643.28
15000:1 WXGA (1280x800) 26dB Mar 2013
Contrast Ratio (typical) Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Release Date £76.12 Electricity cost over 5 years
Low running costs
Expert reviews are average
Does not have a good remote control
3 Reviews
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Reviews

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.

Optoma Has Good Projector Reviews

Based on 1,873 owner and expert reviews (including 23 verified purchases), Optoma has good ratings for its projectors. Optoma also has good ratings specifically within its 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors range compared to other manufacturers. 90% of those that bought a Optoma data projector would recommend the product that they bought to other buyers.


Energy

Low Running Costs

The average running cost of the W303 is only £77 over 1 year based on average energy prices, which makes it one of the more economic to run multimedia projectors of this age and type.


Does Not Have a Good Remote Control

Three owners who reviewed it reckoned that it did not have a good remote control. Three years ago website Newegg.com said “The remote works fine” in their review of this projector however despite that they still scored it 4 stars out of 5.

Good 3D Picture Quality

Two customers who bought the product agreed that it had a good 3D picture quality. Website Newegg.com said “Probably about a 20 to 25 loss in brightness when in 3D mode”. They also mentioned “Awesome bright in 2d mode and bright even in 3D mode” in their review.


Smart TV

Good Connectivity

Three people agreed that this projector was good in terms of connectivity. Pcmag.com wrote on expert website PC Mag “A good set of connectivity choices, portability”. They also mentioned “A nice range of connectivity choices, portabilit” in their review.


Design

Not Easy to Use

Two customers thought this projector was not easy to use. Website Newegg.com wrote “It's just that fact that you have to have the remote perfectly lined up at the projector to use it” however they gave it a rating of 4 stars out of 5. They also said “PAIN IN THE REAR to use the stupid remote” in their review.

Good Text Quality

Four owners concluded that it was good quality. Website It Reviews.com wrote in their review of this projector four years ago “Good text quality” .

Ceiling Mountable

The Optoma W303 is ceiling mountable. Most of the other projectors of a comparable age and type to this projector also are ceiling mountable.

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Other

Released Over Four Years Ago

This Optoma multimedia projector was released in March 2013.


Multimedia

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

The Optoma W303 has a built-in speaker(s). Most of the other data projectors of a comparable age and type to this multimedia projector also have a built-in speaker(s).

There are a number of alternative multimedia projectors with a built-in speaker(s) currently available that you might want to look at including the X306ST, or the X302 both from Optoma or the Viewsonic PJD5234 which all of have better reviews.

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Video

Does Not Support Full HD

The Optoma W303 does not support full HD. Most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that are a similar age to this projector also do not support full HD.

We compared all the other projectors which also support full HD to this data projector and we think the Epson EB-Z10005U, the Infocus IN118HD, or the Viewsonic PRO8600 are also worth considering.

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3D-Ready

The Optoma W303 is 3D-ready, as are most of the other projectors of a similar type and age to this projector.

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Projector

Average Projector Brightness

The Optoma W303 has a fairly typical projector brightness (3,200 ANSI lumens) compared to most of the other projectors of this type and age.

If you would prefer a brighter projector brightness then you might want to consider the Vivitek DX881ST (£530) (3,300 ANSI lumens and higher rated), the Optoma X307 (£491.70) (3,300 ANSI lumens and higher rated), or the Epson EB-536Wi (£806.57) (3,400 ANSI lumens and higher rated).

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WXGA (1280x800) Resolution

The Optoma W303 has a maximum resolution of WXGA (1280x800). That's 30% more resolution than a XGA (1024x768) data projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. The resolution of all 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been available for around the same time as this multimedia projector ranges from SVGA (800x600) to WUXGA (1920x1200).

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Certificates

RoHS Compliance

RoHS compliance

The Optoma W303 is RoHS compliance, as are most of the other multimedia projectors that were released more than two years ago.

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Packaging Content

Has a Carrying Case

The Optoma W303 has a carrying case, as do most of the other data projectors of a comparable age and spec to this data projector.

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Has a Handheld Remote Control

The Optoma W303 has a handheld remote control, as do most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that were launched more than two years ago.

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Ports & Interfaces

Does Not Have a DVI Port

The Optoma W303 does not have a DVI port. Most of the other projectors of a similar age and type to this multimedia projector also do not have a DVI port.

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Lamps

Very Small Bulb Power

The average bulb power of projectors of a comparable spec and age to this multimedia projector is 280W, and the bulb powers range from 190W to 2,400W. The Optoma W303 has a fairly small bulb power (only 190 Watts) compared to most of the other 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been on the market for around the same time as this data projector.

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Quite Long Service Life of Lamp

With a service life of lamp of 6,500 hours, the Optoma W303 has one of the longer service life of lamps amongst data projectors of this age. The service life of lamps of projectors of this age and spec range from 2,000h to 30,000h.

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Performance

Has an On Screen Display (OSD)

The Optoma W303 has an On Screen Display (OSD). Most of the other projectors that have been around for more than two years also have an On Screen Display (OSD).

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Very Quiet Noise Level

The Optoma W303 has a quite quiet noise level (only 26 decibels) compared to most of the other data projectors of a similar spec and age to this projector. The quietest noise level of 15000:1 contrast ratio data projectors that have been around for around the same time as this data projector is 24dB and the loudest is 40dB.

We compared all the other 26dB noise level multimedia projectors to this projector and we think because of its better review score, the Optoma X303 is also worth considering.

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Product Identifiers

Manufacturer Part Numbers optoma 958tn01gc2e, optoma w303st
Barcodes 00326771308528, 00611101364849, 00796435418175, 03609740046681, 05055387629653, 05060059047321, 07964354181750

Optoma W303 Review Sources

To prepare this Optoma W303 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 328,120 product attributes, 14,264 projector reviews and 2,801,300 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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