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Optoma HD 20

alaTest has collected and analyzed 653 reviews of Optoma HD 20. The average rating for this product is 4.2/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and noise. The price and usability also get good reviews, but some have doubts about the black level.

image quality, usability, price, noise, design

black level

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Optoma HD 20 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 91/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Optoma HD 20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 5 user reviews of Optoma HD 20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Projectors on People really like the price and design. The usability and image quality also get good reviews.

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100% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.


Jul, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Optoma HD 20


alaTest has collected and analyzed 436 user reviews of Optoma HD 20 from The average user rating for this product is 4.1/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Reviewers really like the design and noise. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, but there are some mixed comments about the reliability.

image quality, usability, price, noise, design

84% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Optoma HD20, HD (1080p), 1700 ANSI Lumens, Home Theater Projector (Old Version)Optoma HD20, HD (1080p), 1700 ANSI Lumens, Home Theater Projector (Old Version)

Jul, 2018


Expert review by : John Archer (

Optoma ThemeScene HD20 DLP Projector


The Optoma HD20 DLP projector opens the big screen home cinema door to a whole new budget market.

If you've read the main review carefully, you'll have noticed that pretty much every time I've praised the HD20, it's been along the lines of it being better than expected for its money, rather than suggesting that it represents the last word in...

Oct, 2009

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Optoma HD20 review


A massive, Full HD picture for £900? You'd be mad not to be tempted by the Optoma HD20 projector

Cheap and compact ; can be positioned close to the screen ; decent detail, bright, bold colours

Not as simple to set up as others ; lacks extra quality

Size doesn't matter: this diminutive Optoma just about keeps in touch with the big boys

Jan, 2010

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Optoma HD20 review


Looking for a good quality, Full HD DLP projector for under a grand? Optoma might just have made your match

It’s ugly and a little flawed, but the HD20 produces by far the best picture we’ve seen at this price point

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : Jim Hill (

Optoma HD20 review


Optoma does Full HD on a budget and largely succeeds

Remarkable value ; Excellent detail resolution ; Reasonable contrast and brightness

Some fan noise ; Evident rainbow effect ; Limited throw distance

A solid projector and amazingly priced but its not one that will wow with colour or features

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : John Archer (

Optoma HD20


The HD20 is certainly not going to win any design prizes. Its glossy white finish offers a glimmer of appeal from a distance, but get up close and the unit's extremely flimsy build quality becomes all too apparent. More light, heat and worst of all...

Subtle and natural colours, great with movies, good HD sharpness, nice black levels

Occasional rainbow effect, images not the brightest in their class, motion judder, runs loudly

Jan, 2010

Expert review by : Paul Monckton (

Optoma HD20 budget full HD projector


Image quality and colour accuracy win through in the absence of gadgetry.

As a budget projector, the HD20 is not without compromises. Setup options are a little limited: There’s no optical lens shift or keystone correction and certainly no motorised zoom or focus. Most of these features can be had on competing projectors –...

Dec, 2009

Expert review by : Chris McGivern (

Review: Optoma HD20 HD Projector


Optoma's HD projector raised some admiring glances on its release earlier this summer, becoming widely thought of as the best projector under £1000. At such a reasonable price with Full HD capabilities, this could be a possible alternative to an HDTV...

I may have a few gripes with the Optoma HD20, but I really don’t intend to put you off what is essentially an outstanding product for its price. If you really want the best, then you will have to reach that much further into your pocket to pull out...

Nov, 2009

Expert review by : M. David Stone (

Optoma HD20


If you've been holding out for an affordable 1080p projector, your wait may be over.

Breakthrough price for a 1080p projector. Reasonably high-quality image for 480p and above.

Falls down a bit on image quality for 480i (standard-definition) television signals.

On the HD HQV Benchmark test, a measure of how well the projector can handle input at 1080i, the HD20 scored 50 out of a possible 100, doing well on the noise reduction, jaggies (Read: edge smoothing), and one of two film resolution loss tests, but...

Aug, 2009

Expert review by : Tom Andry (

Optoma HD20 DLP Projector Review


Optoma has upped the bar with their release of the HD20. This sub $1k projector is 1080p, has more than enough inputs for most applications, and gets you into a front projection system for cheap.

Price ; Great plug and play performance ; Noise reduction

Marginally adjustable ; Poor jaggie reduction ; Auto-source doesn't give enough time for HDCP ; Blinding backlight on remote ; Light leakage from front of unit ; Loud fan

Feb, 2010

Expert review by : Chris Eberle and Ross Jones (

Optoma HD20 Single-chip 1080p DLP Projector


One of the difficulties in writing a series about affordable front projectors is deciding what constitutes "affordable." A few years ago, that would have meant anything under $5,000 for a 1080p projector. But advances in technology, manufacturing...

The Optoma HD20 succeeds in doing something I would have thought impossible: Creating a worthy 1080p front projector for under $1,000. The HD20 suffers from some practical limitations and image quality issues not present in some of its more expensive...

Feb, 2010

Product Specifications

The Optoma HD20 brings a new level of flexibility to your high-definition home theater/multi-media experience. With true 1080p resolution, the HD20 delivers excellent color saturation and subtle details for superior image quality. With its sleek design and weight of 6.4 lbs, the Optoma HD20 is perfect for sharing big-screen movies, sporting events and concerts... or for taking your video gaming to the next level by connecting the HD20 to your favorite game console.


Cable lock slot:Kensington

Dimensions & Weight


Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Colour Support:Up to 1.07 billion colours
HD Image Format:1080p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1700ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:4000:1
Max Image Size:7.64m / 764cm
Max Resolution:1920 x 1080
Max Screen Distance:10m
Min Image Size:0.95m / 95cm
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 Home Theater Series


Bulb power:220
Service life of lamp:3000 / 4000

Lens System

Digital Zoom:1.2 / 1.8
Focal length range (f-f):22.4 - 26.8

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35

Other features

Aspect Ratio:4:3, 16:9
Connectivity Technology:Wired
Dimensions (WxDxH):324 x 234 x 97 / 490 x 372 x 194
Power requirements:100 - 240V

Packaging Content

Handheld remote control: Yes


Horizontal scan range:15 - 91
Noise Level:22
Plug and Play: Yes
Vertical scan range:24 - 85

Ports & interfaces

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


Power consumption (typical):220 / 330


Contrast ratio (typical):500:1
Projection Technology:DLP
Projector brightness:1300 / 1700

Projector Lamp

Bulb life cycle:3000hour(s)
Bulb type:P-VIP

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Full HD: Yes
HD-Ready: Yes

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:NTSC / PAL / SECAM
Analogue video Signal:Component video / Composite video / RGB
Digital Video Standard:High-Definition Multimedia Interface (HDMI)

Weight & Dimensions

Weight:2.9 / 8.5