The Optoma HD142X is the latest in a long line of entertainment devices manufactured by a company that is not here to revolutionize the way we look at the media, but at least wants to make it very accessible to people who can not allow the initial cost than other home theater projectors like it could reuse. But keep its prices at the level of the budget to run the way we hoped it would in our tests and be appointed to our list of best home theater projectors?
Read our Optoma HD142X review to find out!
Price: $ 609.95 at Amazon Available: Now Model: HD142X
Summary: The Optoma HD142X is a worthy successor to the HD line of projectors of the company, even if it does nothing revolutionary, his minor improvements and the lamp life more should be enough to justify its cost in the budget from the entrance.
What we liked
- 8000 hours lamp life
- Very bright ambient light
- Quiet and cool in high performance scenarios
What we have not
- Settings menu does not have much customization
- At speaker edge is completely lacking in the bass
Optoma HD142X Specifications
|Screen size||27.88 “- 305,5”|
|native||1920 x 1080|
|Ratio d’aspect||16: 9|
|Contrast Ratio||23000: 1|
|Refresh Rates||60Hz (144Hz en 3D)|
|Display Technology||DMD DLP|
|Ports HDMI||2 1,4 / MHL|
|Speakers on board||10W|
|Unit dimensions||9 x 11.7 x 3.7 inches|
When we examined the predecessor of Optoma HD142X The HD141X, tells how even through years of innovation and change, the design of projectors remained relatively stagnant. Of course, you may find – be a rounded edge or a cool bulb up here and there, but overall it is rare to find units – Optoma events or otherwise – that deviate far from proven designs of the past.
As much as I would like to say that the HD142X is a projector that breaks the mold, unfortunately, it’s the same story here as it was with all the projectors we’ve reviewed this year. Black color on black, shredded plastic on the front, and a generally square are one of the least sexy projectors I’ve seen, saved by its low to the ground profile that could help it integrate in tight spaces where other large projectors can be difficult to squeeze.
At 5.2lbs the HD142X is heavier than others, but as far heavier projector we tested either. If it came down to what you can mount it on your ceiling or back wall very well, but only 3.7 inches deep and less than a foot across, it would also fit in a table cunningly personalized low fuss.
The HD142X Optoma uses DLP DMD chip technology to create its images at a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 at a contrast ratio of 23000: 1, with the ability to display an image as large as 305.5 “in through a remote corner at 32 feet.
Although the addicted diehard projector may not be satisfied with the decision of Optoma reduce the number of ports available, personally I like what they have simplified things to save on costs. With only two HDMI 1.4 / MHL port, a USB power port, audio output and 3D synchronization slot, the Optoma HD142X takes the title for the most simplified projector we’ve tested to date for this it is sporty rear.
user interface and settings
As is the case with the design of the HD142X, not much has changed from what we found on the HD141X, it is set to replace the Optoma range of home cinema projectors oriented budget.
Brightness, contrast and picture settings are all controlled from a single menu, while the keystone around made a reappearance as the primary method used to adjust the image on the screen. Preset options for film, games, sRGB and reference, each of which has changed options such as color temperature and response time depending on what the particular application that you use or the type of content you plan to watch.
Brightness / Image Quality
If there is one thing Optoma is known for now, this makes the projectors to light serious that will not break your budget in half the time you press the counter checkout. The HD142X is no different, with 3000 ANSI lumens brightness that fill the room with light even during the brightest days.
At a distance of 10 feet in the dark almost, we recorded a score of 1,672 lux in the middle of the image, and a variable rate of 1250-1550 lux around corners. A 7ft this stat risen dramatically, to 2486 lux in the middle of the picture, and 2132 lux at the corner outermost.
In addition to the bright spotlight on the cheap, Optoma is also great to projectors that look just as good as competing models that can run two or three times the same cost. Movies and TV broadcast from various sources, as well as the video source 4K look amazing on the Optoma in tests of ambient light, and the dead of night, with very little or poorly visible images of jumps development.
The HD142X may not be the quickest projector out there with just a refresh rate of 60 Hz and suboptimal response time, but it was still plenty fast, even when booted games that need the board bleeding on raw performance.
Unlike other 3D projectors that are locked in a game of refresh rate, the Optoma HD142X can send up a gear to 120Hz (144Hz announced) in 3D mode to compensate the refresh rate “disease” that some people may feel while wearing 3D glasses for long periods of time.
Adding pays and can watch 3D content much more tolerable for long periods of time. As it goes with most projectors, the viewing angles to maintain the 3D effect was quite limited, although it seems to be more of a problem with the choice to go with DLP than anything else that could Optoma To self-control.
The noise and heat
As for the noise and heat, this is an area where the HD142X excelled the rest of the competition. We barely noticed the sound of murmuring off the fan when it was turned on and the projector made his work harder (3D content at 144Hz), and heat signature was roughly the same. If you want to keep the projector next to your head on a wall bracket, you will not notice it’s there.
With a high 10W – mono speaker, you’d think the Optoma HD142X have enough power to pump a decent sound, but no luck. The speaker at the top, looked pretty terrible in most conditions, including music and movies that were softer on the coffee, but suffered through pilot aboard half – tone of the projector.
As it should be with most projectors, the HD142X is not a ton of great not completely revolutionize the industry with a single product, but rather to make constant improvements, small from all sides instead. It may not be immediately obvious why you buy it on the HD141X, but it is more on the subtle additions such as lamp life 8000 hours and around Keystone that make it just a little better projector around.
If you’re picky about the perfect color representation or screaming gaming performance you’re probably better off going with Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 1440 or BenQ HT4050, respectively, but if you are on a budget and need something that makes work for not much money, the $ 609 Optoma HD142X is a decent choice for your first personal theater installation.