Posted on February 26, 2019 By Nikki Zelinger
Optoma EH330UST Projector Review – Special Features: Ultra Short Throw, Wireless Capabilities, Networking, PC-Free Document and Image Viewer
Ultra short throw projectors allow the unit to be placed on a table, or to use either a wall mount or a ceiling mount (wall mount is most common) close to the screen surface, and project a large image. In the case of the EH330UST, you can expect to have a beautifully large 100” image from just inches away! This is particularly useful in a classroom setting, such as in a K-12 classroom, where the teacher uses the projector to explain course material, or when students are sharing presentations. This Optoma has some other great features in addition to being UST, which make presenting all the more easy.
The Optoma EH330UST features support for HDCast Pro, a wireless module that is not included with the projector. It can be found for about $80 online from various retailers. HDCast Pro allows for screen mirroring of Android, Windows, and Mac computers, and supports both Android and iOS mobile devices. Students today often will write projects and create presentations using their smart phones or tablets, so compatibility with mobile devices is a definite plus. That it supports both Android and iOS devices is even better, as there is an often even-split between Apple users and those who do not.
In addition to the usual wired RJ-45 LAN input, this Optoma has support for Crestron RoomView and PJLink. Both of these programs allow for the command and control of multiple projectors at a time, which is particularly useful for schools and offices that have many projectors in their fleet. You can monitor things like power, lamp life, temperature, and receive push notifications when things need attention. PJLink is more primitive than Crestron RoomView, so if you’re setting up your command and control for the first time, you’ll want to do a bit of research so that you can choose the one that best suits your needs.
This is, without a doubt, the most important feature on the Optoma EH330UST. Using a USB drive (flash drive or external hard drive), you can project jpeg images and other documents. The projector is compatible with Microsoft Office, so you can easily project Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations without the need for a computer.
This saves time when switching from presenter to presenter. In board meetings, office meetings and trainings, or for classroom presentations, being able to simply plug-and-play allows for a near-seamless flow from one presentation to the next. It not only saves time, but the hassle of connecting various computers, and makes the whole experience a more enjoyable one for all involved.
Next up is our discussion of the projector’s hardware, followed by a close look into picture quality for video, text and presentations, and audio quality. After that, we’ll get into how well this projector performs in terms of brightness, contrast, and audible noise. Following the Performance Page, I’ll sum it all up for you, discuss some of the competition, and provide you with pros and cons of the Optoma EH330UST projector.
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