Optoma HD200X Full HD Home Cinema and Gaming Projector £548 @ Tesco Direct
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Optoma HD200X Full HD Home Cinema and Gaming Projector £548 @ Tesco Direct

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You should probably mention that this is a projector. Very good price, I got one 3 months ago and the best price I could find was about £700 new at the time, there were a few refurbs kicking around on eBay at this price, a few of which were being sold by Tesco IIRC.

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I'm quite interested in this - but theres a couple of issues I'm not sure about:
- I've been told that projector bulbs only last around 3 years with normal use and then cost nearly as much as the projector itself?
- Can you put it on a shelf on one side of the room, then adjust the screen size to fit the available space on the wall?

Also, I'd need to see it in action (in a relatively normal room in daylight conditions) so I can tell how usable it actually is... Does anyone know any shops that would let me try this out?

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Had one for over a year, excellent piece of kit, especially if your not bothered about 3D. Cant go wrong at that price.

sdutton007

I'm quite interested in this - but theres a couple of issues I'm not sure … I'm quite interested in this - but theres a couple of issues I'm not sure about:- I've been told that projector bulbs only last around 3 years with normal use and then cost nearly as much as the projector itself?- Can you put it on a shelf on one side of the room, then adjust the screen size to fit the available space on the wall?Also, I'd need to see it in action (in a relatively normal room in daylight conditions) so I can tell how usable it actually is... Does anyone know any shops that would let me try this out?HOT!



The replacement lamps for the model sell for less than £100 ATM.

It is possible to put this on a shelf & adjust the screen size but the lens isn't endless. You'd also be better off mounting it from the ceiling& using a dedicated screen. Here is a site that will allow you to see the kind of size picture you could get from your room.

Stop looking now if you wish to use ANY projector in a normal day lit room. Its not going to happen. You need to be in as dark a room as possible to get the best out of a projector.

I have the Optoma HD67n which is the 720p version of this one. I have it strapped to the roof for the last year projecting onto a normal cream wall with a 130 inch screen and it looks amazing quality. I can only imagine this machine would be even better.
I think the 3d-xl adapter is an optional extra for the hd200x . I also have that added to mine and again 3d is amazing for these machines. 3d works so much better the larger the picture you can get.

Would certainly suggest you get this if you are considering a projector.

Nuwidol

The replacement lamps for the model sell for less than £100 ATM.It is … The replacement lamps for the model sell for less than £100 ATM.It is possible to put this on a shelf & adjust the screen size but the lens isn't endless. You'd also be better off mounting it from the ceiling& using a dedicated screen. Here is a site that will allow you to see the kind of size picture you could get from your room.Stop looking now if you wish to use ANY projector in a normal day lit room. Its not going to happen. You need to be in as dark a room as possible to get the best out of a projector.



Cheers for the reply. I'd use it mostly at night but I still want to be able to see the image in normal conditions - I don't mean full daylight, but I'd want it to be usable in daytime without having to blackout the entire room...

i got an epson tw3200 for around £620. it was between the optoma and the epson. epson had advantage of lens shift while optoma was compact and epson is a huge LCD. in the end went for the epson due to good flexibility in placement with horizontal and vertical placement - you could put it anywhere in a room.

At this price the optoma seem very good. i did use it for about a month but lack of horizontal lens shift spoilt it for me as i needed to put it on a shelf in the corner of the room.

sdutton007

I'm quite interested in this - but theres a couple of issues I'm not sure … I'm quite interested in this - but theres a couple of issues I'm not sure about:- I've been told that projector bulbs only last around 3 years with normal use and then cost nearly as much as the projector itself?- Can you put it on a shelf on one side of the room, then adjust the screen size to fit the available space on the wall?Also, I'd need to see it in action (in a relatively normal room in daylight conditions) so I can tell how usable it actually is... Does anyone know any shops that would let me try this out?




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best place for demo is usually high street stores like richer sounds and to a lesser extent panasonic stores. good idea just to yell.com projector or hifi sound vision and give them a ring to see if they can demo a particular projector.

to be honest a demo will almost always look good in a dedicated shop as they almost always have the right setup and conditions. until you get your projector home in your own particular setup you wont be able to recreate the exact same lighting or ambience of your own room.

bright projectors are best for use in lighter rooms or so i have been told on avforums - which is recommended too for reading up on various projectors and users setup if you are seriously considering buying one.

i just project onto a white wall in a white room - which is probably the worse type of setup for a home cinema system, but even then i get a great picture in hd. i do have to wait till the sun goes down to get a good picture though, mostly gaming (360 and wii) at night though and the odd footie game, really impressive. with my setup though its never going to replace the TV in terms of general usage. its like a special treat.

other thing to consider is your sound system. in my setup i am fortunate to be able to use a hdmi matrix between my tv and the projector which allows any of 4 inputs to be shown on either tv/projector at any time and it has the audio out for the hdmi to be sent to the speakers which are in the room with the projector.

Heads up for anyone near Currys in Llandudno or Preston. They each have one of these projectors in on clearance for £299.91. I bought one in Rochdale last night. They are Pristine stock not ex-demo or returns. Huge thanks to the OP, I only popped into Currys to see if I could demo the HD230X, before buying from Tesco and spotted this! Obviously very happy with my purchase. Phone ahead before making a special trip, they also had one in the nearby Ashton store showing on the system, but when they called they couldn't find it.

The product code is 0000219589.
Edited by: "PTM101" 11th Jul 2012

I know this will sound like a silly question to any projector experts, but does the room have to be pretty dark to see a clear image? I wouldnt want to buy one and keep my curtains constantly shut. Other than that i'd love one of these! Can anyone help?

sdutton007

Cheers for the reply. I'd use it mostly at night but I still want to be … Cheers for the reply. I'd use it mostly at night but I still want to be able to see the image in normal conditions - I don't mean full daylight, but I'd want it to be usable in daytime without having to blackout the entire room...




We've got an Epson which runs at 2200 lumens (this Optoma is 1500). Its perfectly visible in a day-lit room - and that's projecting straight on a wall, not a screen.

I bought this last year and absolutely love it, but Amazon are selling the new version the HD230X (which has a significant increase in contrast ratio and brightness) for £575 so for the sake of £27 I'd go for the new one!
amazon.co.uk/Opt…8-3

Hmmm obsolete model though by all accounts

Aar0nMurphy

I know this will sound like a silly question to any projector experts, … I know this will sound like a silly question to any projector experts, but does the room have to be pretty dark to see a clear image? I wouldnt want to buy one and keep my curtains constantly shut. Other than that i'd love one of these! Can anyone help?


Depends on the brightness. This is 1500 lumens so I would say not.

My brother has this projector though and it's awesome. But you wouldn't use it for day to day TV. More for when you just wanna watch a film or play a game. When it should be dark anyway!

At 2000 lumens a projector isn't too bad in daylight. I have a Casio LED one which is passable at 2300 lumens but the darker the room the better.

HD230X on Amazon for £575.40. Which one is better 200X or 230X?

amazon.co.uk/Opt…8-2

Do these not go higher resolution? 1080p seems a bit crap for a massive screen.

4k projectors will set you back about £10k.

icehawk

Do these not go higher resolution? 1080p seems a bit crap for a massive … Do these not go higher resolution? 1080p seems a bit crap for a massive screen.



Not much media past 1080p at the moment.

i did post last week that currys had refurbs. i picked one up (brand new just without a box) for £270

hotukdeals.com/dea…194


but ohhhhhh nooo no one listens to me.

What has to be remembered is projectors cant project black, so any projector will be better in the dark. However, when a very bright image is projected the brain is tricked into thinking that something is darker than it actually is

eg Squares A and B are exactly the same colour !

http://www.123opticalillusions.com/pages/opticalillusions40.jpg

Its the same optical trick with a projector. Therefore the brighter your projector (lumens), the greater the contrast, the more your brain is tricked into thinking a white wall is dark. There are a few other little tricks, but thats essentially it.

I have 2500 lumens and it works very well in the day light (I have the european model of this, shown working in a light room)
youtube.com/wat…nnA

Which I got mine on ebay for 200 pounds near new. Honestly say projector is best purchase I have made, and I would not go back to a normal TV. Advantage of Epson (LCD) was also it did not have the "rainbow affect". Optima works on a colour wheel, so you should check that your not prone to seeing it.

Cant say how well this Optima would work in a bright room, better checking in AV forums. I do know though it is very highly rated generally and a good price.


Edited by: "abfmdf" 27th Jul 2012

I have this, its awesome.

I've got this too, very good projector. Seems to be holding it's value well too since I paid £683.69 over 18 months ago.

Had to go around the houses to get a RMA with optoma for a projector... no end of trouble and now the projector sits on a shelf in the office with no ETA on a repair.. as the RMA was asking for paper work we dont have as we had it installed by a third party company..

Epson on the other hand.. just supply a serial number and the new projector turns up next day.. same with NEC... also something to note is the Epson usually comes with a 3 year warrenty that covers lamp aswell as the projector

just fyi

i have one of these . . . fantastic piece of kit. Only downside is (very minor) is lumens - so you need a reasonable set of curtains for daytime viewing . . . . that said, I have blackout blinds in dedicated room. I hate 3D too, so this more than meets my needs hooked up to a 5.1 AV amp via 10m HDMI (no repeater need either) - OK price. Mine was a little cheaper on an Amazon deal.

I must say, I say mine is amazing, but I do use it in my cellar, so no idea what its like in a normal room.

We've had an old Optoma for around 4 years. A couple of years ago it started warning that the bulb would go soon, but there's a menu option to turn off the warning and it's still going strong. The colour wheel now occasionally goes a bit funny and I bought an Optoma 300x from Amazon yesterday. We project onto a normal painted chimney breast and it's a great large image. It's fine even in daylight if you draw one curtain

[quote=sdutton007]I'm quite interested in this - but theres a couple of issues I'm not sure about:
- I've been told that projector bulbs only last around 3 years with normal use and then cost nearly as much as the projector itself?
- Can you put it on a shelf on one side of the room, then adjust the screen size to fit the available space on the wall?

Also, I'd need to see it in action (in a relatively normal room in daylight conditions) so I can tell how usable it actually is... Does anyone know any shops that would let me try this out?

I bought one last year from Tesco Direct at £580 with triple points, lenses cleaner.
I use it all the time a new bulb costs about £120, it has an ave life of 4,000 hrs. I watch DVDs, TV via my computer, football is amazing ...buy it now StinkyPete!

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abfmdf

What has to be remembered is projectors cant project black, so any … What has to be remembered is projectors cant project black, so any projector will be better in the dark. However, when a very bright image is projected the brain is tricked into thinking that something is darker than it actually iseg Squares A and B are exactly the same colour !Its the same optical trick with a projector. Therefore the brighter your projector (lumens), the greater the contrast, the more your brain is tricked into thinking a white wall is dark. There are a few other little tricks, but thats essentially it. I have 2500 lumens and it works very well in the day light (I have the european model of this, shown working in a light room)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VfTsLrqPnnAWhich I got mine on ebay for 200 pounds near new. Honestly say projector is best purchase I have made, and I would not go back to a normal TV. Advantage of Epson (LCD) was also it did not have the "rainbow affect". Optima works on a colour wheel, so you should check that your not prone to seeing it.Cant say how well this Optima would work in a bright room, better checking in AV forums. I do know though it is very highly rated generally and a good price.



A & B are not the same colour!

jonbinns

A & B are not the same colour!



Use an RGB dropper in any available photo editing software, you'll find they are
Edited by: "dreamager" 27th Jul 2012

I have to say, nothing quite like seeing a pair of 100" bossoms in the basement...

put your finger across the middle:

http://images.nationalgeographic.com/wpf/media-live/photos/000/388/cache/brain-games-optical-illusion_38884_600x450.jpg
Edited by: "philbot" 27th Jul 2012

The 230x is the better deal because if the 5 year colour guarrantee. Colour wheel failure is a big issue with hd20/hd200.

We have a hd20 - very similar, better brightness/contrast. 200x was marketed as a gaming projector.

We loved ours and used it as a normal tv, 120 inch, not too hard to see in the light as long as the suns not flooding in, but you need blackout to see it at its best. But the colour wheel went twice, second time just out if warranty, so not good value overall. Needs to be centrally positioned, probably ceiling mounted as there is little control over the throw angle.

not voted. i think that OPTOMA HD230x in pcworld for 579.99 is much better deal- better blacks, contrast, 5 year colour guarrantee.
Edited by: "luzax" 27th Jul 2012

Nuwidol

The replacement lamps for the model sell for less than £100 ATM.It is … The replacement lamps for the model sell for less than £100 ATM.It is possible to put this on a shelf & adjust the screen size but the lens isn't endless. You'd also be better off mounting it from the ceiling& using a dedicated screen. Here is a site that will allow you to see the kind of size picture you could get from your room.Stop looking now if you wish to use ANY projector in a normal day lit room. Its not going to happen. You need to be in as dark a room as possible to get the best out of a projector.



Genuine question - where can you get bulbs for this for <£100 - as stated I do have this, am probably only half way into the bulb life but as it's no longer a current model I'm tempted to buy a new bulb to keep on hand in case they get discontinued. This is my first projector, I haven't a clue how long 'obsolete' models are catered for.

abfmdf



A and B are definitely not the same colour.

In the 2nd image, posted in a later post, the 2 colours are the same, but in the image I have quoted, the box colours in A and B (not the actual colour used for the text) are definitely different colours.

Edited by: "sunama" 27th Jul 2012

sunama

A and B are definitely not the same colour.In the 2nd image, posted in a … A and B are definitely not the same colour.In the 2nd image, posted in a later post, the 2 colours are the same, but in the image I have quoted, the box colours in A and B (not the actual colour used for the text) are definitely different colours.



They are the same, both have an RGB of 107

Vinny

They are the same, both have an RGB of 107



You can use the finger trick on this as well, just put your finger horizontally on the screen, between the letters A and B and you will find that they are the same colour.

sunama

A and B are definitely not the same colour.In the 2nd image, posted in a … A and B are definitely not the same colour.In the 2nd image, posted in a later post, the 2 colours are the same, but in the image I have quoted, the box colours in A and B (not the actual colour used for the text) are definitely different colours.



They ARE the same colour...check out en.wikipedia.org/wik…ion and look at the same illusion on the top right of that page (including a deconstruction of the image)
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