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Optoma EP1690

Optoma EP1690
alaScore 79

9 reviews

Jul, 2018

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 reviews of Optoma EP1690. The average rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the reliability and image quality. The noise and size are also appreciated, but there are some mixed comments about the usability.

price, size, noise, image quality, reliability

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Optoma EP1690 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Expert review by : staff (

Optoma EP1690 review


The first business projector to support 16:9

Good image quality

Portability not excellent

Breaks new ground for business projectors, and at a decent price

Jul, 2006

Expert review by : Clint DeBoer (

Optoma EP1690 DLP Projector Review


Up until now I have found that most “dual use” projectors are more designed for the office or school and not so much for the home theater. In the case of the Optoma EP1690, we may have found the

Lots of features ; Great black levels ; Eye-popping color saturation ; Versatile inputs (including DVI-HDCP) ; 1080p compatible ; Laser pointer remote with mouse controls ; Built-in speaker for multimedia use

No direct component video inputs ; May be awkward to use as a tabletop unit due to rather high projection angle ; Requires slightly longer throw distances ; Intrusive fan noise ; No vertical lens shift

Sep, 2006

Expert review by : 411Team Specialist (

Optoma EP1690 Projector Review


A High Definition resolution DLP projector with an affordable price of $1,399.00 with the strength of both Business use and Home Theater applications! The OPTOMA EP1690, a DLP projector can satisfy two different groups. Home theater enthusiasts and...

If your screen size is small and you will be watching more regular TV then there is no problem but if you are a movie aficionado like me who enjoy HD DVD movies in Cinemascope format on a big screen then look for OPTOMA HD72. This projector has High...

Sep, 2006

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Expert review by : Anthony Arrigo (

Optoma EP1690


So, what is the EP1690? it's first and foremost a very bright, medium sized portable, widescreen projector. It's light enough and small enough to carry around frequently. Many may prefer something smaller and under 6 pounds, but, so far, there are no...

Very bright widescreen projector for the money (price/performance) ; Good color balance out of the box ; Very respectable contrast, shadow detail and black levels for a business DLP projector ; Excellent manual ; Very well laid out, and functional...

As a business projector, higher cost per lumen than non-widescreen models ; Zoom lens has only a 1.2:1 zoom ratio - translates to minimal placement flexibility ; No variable lens shift (typical for DLP projectors in this price range, but most home...

Thanks to the EP1690, the large numbers of people buying business projectors for the home, no longer have to sacrifice resolution to get sufficient lumens, and the cost difference is not so great, that many who, in the past would have bought a 4:3...

Sep, 2006

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Sep, 2006

Expert review by : Bill Livolsi (

Review: Optoma EP1690 Widescreen Multimedia Projector

Aug, 2006

Expert review by : Art Feierman (

Optoma EP1690 Projector Review - Overview


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Mar, 2006

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Optoma EP1690


When you buy a DLP projector, you definitely want reliability. Reasonable price has to match up with good performance and reliable service. The Optoma EP1690 manages to provide all of that, packed into a medium sized projector. The Optoma EP1690 comes...

When you buy a DLP projector, you definitely want reliability. Reasonable price has to match up with good performance and reliable service. The Optoma EP1690 manages to provide all of that, packed into a medium sized projector. The Optoma EP1690 comes...

Product Specifications

The Optoma EP1690 is a native 16: 9 digital projector that delivers performance for today's widescreen laptops, the latest DVDs and high-definition content. Featuring a native resolution of 1280 x 768, the EP1690 offers amazingly bright picture quality with 2500 lumens and a 2500: 1 contrast ratio. Stylish, lightweight and amazingly versatile, the EP1690 goes from laptop to big screen home entertainment easily.

Audio Output



Cable lock slot:Kensington

Dimensions & Weight



Display number of colours:1.073 billion colours

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Colour Support:24-bit (16.7 million colours)
Display Resolution Abbreviation:WXGA
HD Image Format:720p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:2500ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:2500:1
Max Image Size:7.62m / 762cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 768
Max Screen Distance:12m
Min Image Size:0.71m / 71cm
Min Screen Distance:1.5m
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:DLP Projector


Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Optoma Technology
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Optoma


Bulb power:220
Lamp Type:UHP
Service life of lamp:2000
Service life of lamp (economic mode):3000

Lens System



Built-in speaker(s): Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1
RMS rated power:3


Ethernet LAN: No
Wi-Fi: No

Other features

Aspect Ratio:4:3, 16:9, 16:10
Dimensions (WxDxH):344 x 246 x 94
Power requirements:AC 100-240V, 50/60Hz

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes


Horizontal scan range:15 - 100
Noise Level:30
Vertical scan range:56 - 85

Ports & interfaces

Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:2
Composite Video In:1
DVI port: Yes
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:2


Power Consumption (Standby):13
Power consumption (typical):295


Contrast ratio (typical):2500:1
Projection distance:1.5 - 11
Projection Technology:DLP
Projector brightness:2500
Projector native resolution:WXGA (1280x768)
Screen size compatibility:914.4 - 8204.2

Projector Lamp

Bulb type:UHP

Service & Support

Type:3 years warranty


Analog signal format system:PAL, SECAM

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC / NTSC 4.43 / PAL / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM
Analogue video Signal:Composite video / RGB / S-Video
Digital Video Standard:Digital Visual Interface (DVI)

Weight & Dimensions