This is an entry level 1080p projector from Optoma, but this thing was amazingly great for gaming. Virtually no lag, at least in comparison to the Epson 3020 I reviewed last. Keep in mind that during offline game play you will probably not notice the lag, unless you are playing a game like Guitar Hero. If you like to do a lot of online gaming then you will be at a disadvantage if your projector lags. I really loved the Epson for movies, but the Optoma does a great job with movies, and games. The color on the HD23 seemed to pop a bit more than the Epson 3020 with Street Fighter IV. I don't know if it will translate into the pictures, but there was a noticeable difference. My nice Canon DSLR was on loan, so I only was able to get some shots of Street Fighter IV with it. I tried taking some shots with my Samsung S3, but no matter what phone you have, it's not the same as using a DSLR...so I skipped on those pictures.
If you are a moderate to extreme online gamer, then definitely save some cash and go with the Optoma HD23. The Epson 3020 has 3D, but I see that as a bonus feature, not a necessity. It is a fun gimmick that people may use a couple to few times a year. From my experience, wearing 3D glasses is a bit of a turnoff to a lot of people. That may be the reason 3D was almost non-existent at CES this year, based on all the reports I heard from CES. I think it is a neat little feature, but I lump it in with CFI. It's something that I can do without a majority of the time.
I only watched about 30 minutes of the following Blu-ray movies on this projector, just to get a feel of how it would perform for movie viewing:
The games I played were as follows (all PS3 games):
Street Fighter IV
Red Dead Redemption
Black Ops 2
If you are looking for amazing color, a nice sharp picture, and good shadow detail then this is the projector for you. As Art stated in his review found here
, the black levels are only decent, and the front grill of the projector leaks some light. There's no lens shift, but it's a rarity on projectors priced under $1,000. This one fits a gamer's budget and looks great at the same time. It's also a lot smaller than the Epson 3020, which makes it a lot more portable to take to a friend's house for some XXL gaming, or LAN party.
Below are the pics I promised:
Now to the meat of things:
Less than $1,000
Black level is only decent, not great
The remote's backlight is a bit on the bright side, some may see this as a plus
Light leakage through front grill
For the money you can't go wrong, if your primary goal is gaming. This thing looked great with movies too, but I actually preferred the image of the Epson 3020 for movies. The Epson 3020 is priced at about $400 more than the Optoma, so it's not really a fair comparison in that regard.Hopefully I get another good gamer next time around. Until we meet again!