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Optoma X306ST Projector

XGA (1024x768) 30dB 3,200 ANSI Lumens May 2013
Projector Native Resolution 3D Noise Level Projector Brightness Release Date
- Native XGA, 60 image from just 77cm away.- Bright images, vivid colours 3200 ANSI Lumens.- Up to 6000 hours2 lamp life and 70% energy saving.- Crestron RoomView RJ45 control and monitoring. 3D... More
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9 Reasons For

Good Brand

Optoma has good average ratings for its data projectors as well as across its entire projector range compared to other manufacturers.

Good Product Quality

A few Optoma X306ST reviewers reckoned that the Optoma X306ST was good quality. Four years ago expert review site Pcmag.com rated it 70 out of 100 and said “Solid data image quality”. It Reviews.com mentioned on IT Reviews.com “Good text quality” in their Optoma X306ST review yet they gave it a score of 60 out of 100.

Robust

Some Optoma X306ST reviewers thought it was well made.

Good Picture Quality

Some customers reckoned that it had good picture quality.

Has a Built-In Speaker(s)

Like most of the other similar spec data projectors that are a comparable age to the X306ST, the Optoma X306ST has a built-in speaker(s).

We compared all the other projectors with a built-in speaker(s) to this multimedia projector and we think because of it's better review score, the Acer H7531D[plb_1418806_price], the Viewsonic PJD6353s[plb_1429674_price], and the Epson Home Cinema 3020+[plb_1922603_price] is also worth considering.

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Supports 3D

Like most of the other data projectors that have been on the market for more than two years, the Optoma X306ST supports 3D.

We compared all the other data projectors which support 3D to this projector and we think because of it's better review score, the Benq W7000+[plb_1403580_price], the Sony VPL-HW40ES[plb_2298294_price], and the Epson PowerLite Pro G6050W[plb_1919037_price] is also worth considering.

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1600 X 1200 (UXGA) Supported Graphics Resolutions

The highest resolution supported by the Optoma X306ST is 1600 x 1200 (UXGA). That's over six times the resolution of the most common supported graphics resolutions of 640 x 480 (VGA) (which is also supported by this data projector). In addition, this projector support supported graphics resolutionss of 1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 720 (HD 720) and 1360 x 768 (WXGA) and 800 x 600 (SVGA). Projectors that were released more than two years ago supported graphics resolutionss range from 640 x 480 (VGA) (worst) to 1920 x 1200 (WUXGA) (best).

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Three VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantitys

The Optoma X306ST is a three VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity multimedia projector. Most of the other projectors of a similar spec and age to the X306ST have between 1 and 11 VGA (D-Sub) ports quantitys.

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100V AC Input Voltage

This projector has a 100 - 240V AC input voltage, which is the most commonly found AC input voltage on data projectors that are a comparable age to it.

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8 Reasons Against

Expert Reviews Are Average

Two experts from sites including PC Mag and IT Reviews.com have rated this data projector on average 65%.

Does Not Support Full HD

Like most of the other projectors of this age and spec, the Optoma X306ST does not support full HD.

We compared this projector to all the other projectors with a full HD and we think the Benq W7000+[plb_1403580_price], the Epson Home Cinema 3020+[plb_1922603_price], or the Optoma HD131[plb_1878038_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Does Not Support Wi-Fi

Most comparable spec projectors that came out around the same time as the X306ST do not support wi-Fi. The Optoma X306ST is no exception to this as it too does not support wi-Fi.

We compared this projector to all the other data projectors with a wi-Fi and we think the Epson EB-Z9900W[plb_2549632_price], the Elmo BOXi MP-350[plb_2578320_price], or the Benq GP20[plb_2231335_price] which also has a higher rating is also worth considering.

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Only XGA (1024x768) Projector Native Resolution

The Optoma X306ST has a maximum resolution of XGA (1024x768). That's 62% less resolution than a 1080p (1920x1080) projector, which is the most frequently found resolution. The worst resolution of all projectors that have been on the market for more than two years is SVGA (800x600) and the best is 1080p (1920x1080).

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Only Fixed Zoom Ratio

This data projector supports a Fixed zoom ratio, which is the most commonly supported zoom ratio on projectors that came out more than two years ago.

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Only One USB 2.0 Ports Quantity

Most multimedia projectors of this spec and age have between one and three USB 2.0 ports quantitys, including the Optoma X306ST which has one USB 2.0 ports quantity.

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Only One HDMI Ports Quantity

The Optoma X306ST is a one HDMI ports quantity data projector. Most of the other data projectors that were released more than two years ago have between one and three HDMI ports quantitys.

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Quite Small Matrix Size

The average matrix size of projectors of a similar type and age to the X306ST is 0.63". The Optoma X306ST has one of the smaller matrix sizes (only 0.55 inches) amongst similar spec projectors of this age.

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4 Other reasons to consider the Optoma X306ST

OK Running Costs

The X306ST is typical compared to the other 123 projectors of this age and type that we have analysed for running costs. Based on average energy prices, we estimate the X306ST will cost £97 over 1 year to run.

Released Over Three Years Ago

This projector has been on the market for over three years.

Average Projector Brightness

At 3,200 ANSI lumens, the Optoma X306ST has a relatively standard projector brightness compared to most of the other data projectors that have been available for more than two years.

We compared this data projector to all the other 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness projectors and we think because of it's better review score, the Optoma W305ST[plb_1726307_price], and the Acer P1223[plb_1484157_price] is also worth considering.

If this projector projector brightness is not bright enough for you then you might also want to consider the Viewsonic PJD5155L[plb_2894778_price] (3,300 ANSI lumens), the Optoma GT760[plb_1995666_price] (3,400 ANSI lumens), or the Epson EB-536Wi[plb_2697341_price] (3,400 ANSI lumens) which also has a higher rating.

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Average Noise Level

The Optoma X306ST has a pretty typical noise level (30 decibels) compared to most of the other data projectors that have been available for around the same time as the X306ST.

We compared this data projector to all the other 30dB noise level multimedia projectors and we think the K750[pl_1517123_price], and the H7531D[pl_1418806_price] both from Acer which has better reviews is also worth considering.

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Specification

Projector
Projector Native Resolution
Projector Brightness
Keystone Correction, Vertical
Matrix Size
Uniformity
Zoom Ratio
Contrast Ratio (dynamic)
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
Throw Ratio
Offset
Video
3D
Supported Graphics Resolutions
Full HD
Supported Video Modes
Analog Signal Format System
Ports & Interfaces
RS-232 Ports
DVI Port
PC Audio in
HDMI Version
Microphone in
Headphone Outputs
Composite Video in
USB 2.0 Ports Quantity
Ethernet LAN (RJ-45) Ports
HDMI Ports Quantity
VGA (D-Sub) Ports Quantity
AC (power) in
Networking
Wi-Fi
Ethernet LAN
Storage
Card Reader Integrated
Performance
Noise Level
Horizontal Scan Range
Vertical Scan Range
On Screen Display (OSD) Languages
On Screen Display (OSD)
Preset Modes
Multimedia
Built-In Speaker(s)
RMS Rated Power
Number of Built-In Speakers
Design
Colour of Product
Product Type
Display
Built-In Display
Power
Power Source
Power Consumption (standby)
Power Consumption (typical)
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
Manual
User Guide
Handheld Remote Control
Batteries Included
Quick Start Guide
Warranty Card
Cables Included

Expert Reviews

(2)

IT Reviews.com

24 November 2013

The Optoma X306ST is a short-throw XGA projector with solid data image quality and video suitable for short clips...

Good text quality
Bright
3D compatible
Portable
Good port selection
Rainbow effect in video more severe than is usual
No port for USB thumb drive
22 November 2013

The Optoma X306ST is a short-throw XGA projector with solid data image quality and video suitable for short clips...

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Electricity cost when switched on £92.94
Electricity cost when on standby £3.69
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Total running cost over 5 years £96.63
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Running this projector over 5 years will generate 0.48 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).
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To offset that much CO2 you would need to plant 13 tree seedlings and grow them for 10 years.

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Product Identifiers

Barcodes 00686063811540, 00796435418557, 05053959398570, 05060059047888, 07964354185574

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