The Good Inexpensive for a 720p-resolution DLP projector; accurate color decoding; clean video processing with 2:3 pull-down; compact design.
The Bad Somewhat inaccurate primary colors; poor gamma introduces some discoloration and hampers shadow detail.
The Bottom Line The best value in front projection in its class, the Optoma HD72 is a surprisingly good performer at a ridiculously low price.
How inexpensive can quality front projection get? We thought we had an idea until the Optoma HD72 ($2,000) DLP projector came in for review. It costs less than just about any HD-resolution DLP unit on the market, yet produced a picture that constantly surprised us with its accuracy and quality. We could go on, but suffice it to say that any quibbles we have with its performance are easily overshadowed by its rock-bottom price. The little Optoma HD72 rewrites the value quotient in the budget projector category.
As you might expect from a budget-priced DLP projector, the Optoma HD72's design is fairly basic. The outside sports a glossy white finish, a color many people would probably choose if they were putting it in a living room and wanted it to blend in with the decor, especially the ceiling. Silver accents lend the projector a touch of class.
The Optoma HD72 has a small rectangular chassis (13.6 by 3.7 by 9.7 inches) that weighs next to nothing (7 pounds). The lens assembly sits all the way on the right side of the chassis when floor-mounted or all the way to the left if flipped upside down for mounting on the ceiling.
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