When talking about this projector needs to have to do it on our list of the best projectors in 2016, the Optoma HD28DSE is the best case everywhere. With amazing picture clarity, good color reproduction and enough lumens to melt a hole in your screen, it is hard to see any way this projector could slip up.
But these qualities alone are enough to raise the image to true greatness? Read our Optoma HD28DSE review to find out!
Price: $ 749 on Amazon Available: September 1, 2015 Model: HD28DSE
Summary: The Optoma HD28DSE is a surprisingly bright projector that uses Darbee image processing technology to give you one of the best bangs for your buck on the DLP market.
WHY IS A TOP PICK: The HD28SDE offers the best image quality for the price.
What we liked
- Color reproduction is first class
- Image clarity is exceptional, even in fast action scenes
- the game mode is responsive and timely
What we have not
- hot runs on the right side
- onboard speaker almost hurts to listen
Specifications Optoma HD28SDE
|Screen size||50 “- 394”|
|native||1920 x 1080|
|Ratio d’aspect||16: 9|
|Contrast Ratio||30 000: 1|
|Display Technology||DMD DLP|
|Ports HDMI||2 1,4 / MHL|
|Speakers on board||10W|
|Unit dimensions||8.8 x 12.4 x 4.5 inches|
While the technology that drives the spotlight as the Optoma HD28DSE has come a long way in recent years, the design of the units themselves remained fairly stagnant. Modern projectors are the epitome of the “form of the function”, even though many of them take position front and center in our living rooms for all your guests to see.
The Optoma HD28DSE like a dozen other projectors that preceded it, and probably a few that come after, too. In fact, if I did not know better, I’d say the HD28DSE and other Optoma projector mid-range, the HD141X, share exactly the same design, except for a quick reskin from black to white.
The Optoma DLP DMD HD28DSE uses technology to create its images at a maximum display resolution of 1920 x 1080 at a contrast ratio of 30,000: 1, with the ability to display such a large image 394 “in front of corner to corner.
The HD28DSE is equipped with a relatively small number of ports, including two HDMI 1.4 / MHL, an audio output, a 12V, to a USB power-out, a mini-USB, and 3D out synchronization.
user interface and settings
Just like the design, interface and HD28DSE settings are almost indistinguishable from other projectors made by Optoma. You have the brightness, contrast, color temperature, etc., and some soloists such as the ability to lock the keyboard or putting a parental control PIN code in action if you want to keep children home messing with projector while you’re not in the room.
The HD28DSE also one of my favorite features, I found it on a projector yet: around Keystone. This makes the exact size montage image of your screen much easier than configuring two-axis than most other projectors, angle allowing you carefully the image based on where the projector is mounted (if its mounted at all).
Brightness / Image Quality
The Optoma HD28DSE falls into the category of the least expensive, but surprisingly bright projectors that are able to create a lush full image, which is perfectly visible during any time of the day or night. If you need a projector that can still perform well with a lot of ambient light flooding in surrounding windows, 3,000 ANSI lumens on the HD28DSE have what you need.
At a distance of 10 feet in the dark almost, we recorded a rating of 1.823 Lux Lux in the middle of the image, and a variable rate from 1.150 to 1.350 lux around corners. This fluctuation is probably due to the way we picture Keystone, and be more consistent if you do not plan to install the projector in a bizarre or extreme angle.
Learn more: The best 4K projector for 2016
As usual, we put the HD28DSE to the test on YouTube 4K video streaming from Netflix and (although it tops out at 1080p) and various games on PC and Xbox One.
Thank you to its use of DARBEEVision visual presence of technology, the Optoma HD28DSE maintaining the quality of the stellar image in all the tests we ran. Movies and plans film archives had the color-rich air, and blacks are not confused by fast moving action or surrounding images. The clarity of the images was also stellar, without bleeding or faded edges detail when things are a little hectic on the screen.
Optoma has a pedigree to perform in game scenarios better than most other projectors there – there, and what we have achieved on the HD28DSE was no different. With “game mode” turned on, there was almost no visible time lag between the time we entered a command on the controller and when it appears on the screen. And thanks to Darbee brilliant color system mentioned above – all the details of our characters and levels that we crossed on Fallout 4 and Halo 5: Guardians were positively enjoyable to watch.
Using the 3D Blu-ray player on our Xbox One, we ran a few test images of the Guardians of the Galaxy , which, on a pair of glasses RF was beautiful for most viewing angles. Things got a bit wobbly when you move the more reached the room, but other than we found that if we sat near and far (of a death on the corner), the 3D effect was the look as good as the quality 2D image with a few drops in performance.
The noise and heat
HD28DSE continues in the same tradition as other Optoma projectors, providing a bright image, bright without any annoying fan noise that you might find on a smaller projector. With about a 6dB footprint, the only complaint we have in this department is to heat the unit, which was quite unbearable if you were sitting on the same side as the exhaust fan (right), but almost no visible if you were left. If you mount the camera on the ceiling it should not be a problem, but watch put on your coffee table if you do not want half the room sweating up a storm during the summer months.
Even with a nominal edge 10W speaker, the sound that comes from the HD28DSE left us wanting more. There was little or no bass to find, and even though it was loud enough to fill a room, the dependence of the treble and midrange was so discordant it was actually a little painful when the dial was bent as far it could go.
At only $ 749, the Optoma HD28DSE falls just balance of what you should expect to pay for a projector, but still manages to maintain a level of image quality that you will get on a unit twice the cost. With the help of visual presence Darbee system, color, contrast and black levels were all high-end and gaming performance was equally exceptional.
Optoma has time and again proved that he knows exactly what its customers are looking for when they buy a new projector and HD28DSE hit every note with near perfection.