Posted on May 22, 2008 By Art Feierman
Optoma’s on a roll, this is the second new Optoma 720p DLP projector I’ve reviewed in the last month. The last Optoma review, their extremely bright (for a home theater projector) HD71, picked up our Hot Product Award, and I’m pleased to announce that the HD65 also receives the award.
The HD65 is a Darkchip 2 DLP projector with a 4x color wheel, claiming 1600 lumens. The projector’s AI (artificial intelligence) takes claimed contrast from 3000:1, to 4000:1, when engaged.
The Optoma HD65 has a lot of things going for it, but, the things that impressed me the most, and that led to the award, are its especially good out of the box color accuracy, combined with a very rich and well saturated image. In addition, it just happens to be pretty bright. Not as bright as the HD71, but it still has more lumens than most.
The HD65 may not be for everyone, as it is especially small, and has some limitations as well. Notably its fan is on the noisy side, plus it does leak some light. and, no surprise, like most DLP projectors, it is rather limited in terms of placement flexibility. Still, most impressive for an under $1000 home theater projector!
And, it sure is fun to watch. A few hours ago, my wife commandeered the theater for tonight’s final sing off on American Idol in Hi-Def. At this point, the HD65 has been calibrated in its Cinema mode, and also in Bright. I set it up for her in Bright mode, and grabbed my laptop to get some work done while watching.
I have to tell you, the HD65 really looked great, and we even had some low lighting on, and the projector was filling about 120″ of my 128″ screen. I even switched back to the Cinema mode, and it looked even better, though a little dimmer.
Being sufficiently impressed with both Optomas I have decided to do a comparison piece between the two. Look for that within a week of this review’s publish date.
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