Posted on July 5, 2011 By Art Feierman
Gamers rejoice, Optoma’s GT720 projector is designed as a 720p HD projector specifically as a Game Projector. True, it can do a lot more, including 720p resolution 3D – games and more.
The Optoma GT720 is the first home projector we’ve reviewed that really wasn’t designed first and foremost, as either a projector for watching TV and movies, or a business projector. Rather, the GT720 has been designed and marketed as a projector optimized for gaming. No, I’m not talking about beating the Vegas odds, though, no doubt there are plenty of gambling sites you can play on while using the GT720. No, the GT720 is about Angry Birds, SIMS, World of Warcraft, Mario, Doom, Wii Sports and more. Optoma considers the GT720 small and light enough to be a “take it with you” projector. It comes out of the box packed in its backpack!
We’re a bit late, I must confess. The GT720 has been around a good year at the time of this writing. The GT720 gaming projector is a $699 projector, very nicely priced for the gaming market it would seem. Shortly, Optoma will release the GT750, and we’re going to review that one quickly as it becomes available.
I can say the most obvious difference between the two is that the GT720’s HDMI port is HDMI 1.3, while the announced GT750 is HDMI 1.4a. That difference means that the GT750 should be fully capable of playing Blu-ray 3D movies (which require 1.4a).
No worries though for GT720 owners and fans. We reviewed the Viewsonic VP3D1 – a processor that has HDMI 1.4 and can convert Blu-ray 3D to run on the GT720. The difference – buying the GT720 and the Viewsonic – or Optoma’s own 3D-XL (similar to the Viewsonic but we haven’t reviewed it yet), are $299 and $399 list, thus, makes the combination more than the newer Optoma projector. Since many gamers could care less about Blu-ray 3D movies, etc., many may find the lower cost of the Optoma GT720 projector to be most desirable.
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