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Optoma HD26

alaTest has collected and analyzed 882 reviews of Optoma HD26. The average rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers really like the design and price. The noise and usability also get good reviews.

image quality, usability, noise, price, design

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Optoma HD26 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 93/100 = Excellent quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Optoma HD26


alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Optoma HD26 from The average user rating for this product is 4.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.3/5 for other Projectors on People really like the usability. The price also gets good comments. Some have doubts about the noise. Views are divided on the image quality.

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

This summary is based on the products: Optoma HD26 DLP projector - 3D(HD26)Optoma HD26 DLP projector - 3D(HD26)

Jul, 2018

Consumer review ( review summary for Optoma HD26


alaTest has collected and analyzed 627 user reviews of Optoma HD26 from The average user rating for this product is 4.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Reviews about the design and price are generally positive. The usability and noise are also appreciated. Reviews are divided on the reliability, and many are negative about the black level.

image quality, noise, usability, price, design

black level

92% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Optoma HD26 Full 3D 1080p 3200 Lumen DLP Home Theater Projector with MHL Enabled HDMI PortOptoma HD26 Full 3D 1080p 3200 Lumen DLP Home Theater Projector with MHL Enabled HDMI Port

Jul, 2018

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Expert review by : John Archer (

Optoma HD26


A great budget projector for gamers and movie fans alike

Superb value ; Good picture quality for the money ; Decent picture-calibration options

Very limited optical zoom ; Colours need handling with care ; Minor rainbow effect

However, the keystone approach leads to digital distortion of the image, while the digital image shift only moves the image up and down within the confines of the 1920 x 1080 chipset. In other words, you'll lose the edges of the picture, meaning this...

Nov, 2014

Expert review by : What Hi-Fi? (

Optoma HD26 review


It has its moments, but the Optoma isn't strong enough to match its best price rivals

Clear picture Rich colours Deep blacks Compact and light design Backlit remote

Rivals offer more detail and nuance Slight motion issues Picture could be brighter

If the HD26 was notably cheaper than its rivals we would forgive its shortcomings. But there are price rivals out there, and many offer superior performance. We know you’ll find a better entry-level alternative elsewhere.

Jan, 2015

Expert review by : Jamie Carter (

Optoma HD26 review


Great colour and contrast, but this Full HD projector is a flawed genius

Great value ; Colours and black levels ; Backlit remote control ; Full HD detail ; Two HDMI

Slightly soft images ; Some motion blur ; Trace of rainbow effect ; Tricky set-up

This entry-level, Full HD beamer is a surprisingly capable home cinema performer. Give it some low ambient light levels and its colour and black level performance impress. It's not perfect though; ultimately lacking overall detail in the final reckoning.

Sep, 2015

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Optoma HD26 Projector Review


Optoma's latest single-chip DLP projector promises Full HD and 3D for a very attractive price.

Bright image ; Easy to setup ; Reasonable greyscale ; Good motion handling ; Competitive price

Mediocre blacks ; Undersaturated colours ; Possible rainbow artefacts

The HD26 is aimed at a specific part of the market and in that sense it succeeds in its purpose. The projector is small, light and easy to set up, whilst its brightness makes it ideal for rooms with light coloured walls or ambient light. The overall...

Expert review by : M. David Stone (

Optoma HD26


The Optoma HD26 home-theater projector suffers from some image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode, but delivers excellent quality with other modes.

Full 1080p resolution in 2D and 3D. Two HDMI connectors, one with Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL).

Shows rainbow artifacts, particularly in black-and-white film clips. Has additional image-quality issues in its brightest predefined mode.

If you want a projector that's guaranteed to be rainbow-free, you'll need an LCD model like our Editors' Choice Epson PowerLite Home Cinema 2030. If rainbow artifacts aren't a concern, you can save a little money by getting the Optoma HD141X and have...

Nov, 2014

Consumer review (

DLP 1080 projector


Open box bargain. Easy to setup. Good image quality even during daylight. Staff very helpful and knowledgeable.

Feb, 2017

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Excellent image quality and ease to use on big scren

Dec, 2016

Consumer review (

Great projector, great service from Richer Sounds as always


Our HD-25e gave up the ghost, we took it to be repaired under warranty but instead Richer Sounds just gave us a new projecter - this HD26 - and a fresh 6 year warranty for £40! The projector looks great in lots of different room light levels and it has...

Dec, 2016

Consumer review (

Stunning Performance For Price


I did intend to purchase a light bulb for my near 10 year old 720p Panasonic LCD, but decided to see how technology had moved on with DLP projectors. I had a quick demo in the store, took the plunge and went for the HD26. I wasn't disappointed once it...

picture quality

none at this price

Nov, 2016

Consumer review (

Great Projector!


Reading Branch were brilliant - set up a couple of projectors in their demo room and Joe was happy to switch between the two projectors as we could not make our mind up! No pressure - just good old fashioned customer service with excellent knowledge of...

excellent image , quiet fan , white colour

Nov, 2016

Product Specifications


RoHS compliance:Y / Yes


Cable lock slot:Y / Yes
Cable lock slot type:Kensington
Ceiling mountable:Y / Yes
Ceiling mounting supported:Y
Colour of product:White
Form factor:Desktop / Portable
LED indicators: Yes
Product Type:Desktop projector / Portable projector


Built-in Display:N / No


Bulb power:190 / 210
Lamps quantity:1
Service life of lamp:5000 / 7000
Service life of lamp (economic mode):6000 / 6500

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):2.5 - 2.67
Digital Zoom:1.1 / 2
Focal length range (f-f):21.9 - 24
Throw ratio:1.48 - 1.62:1


Built-in speaker(s):Y / Yes
Number of built-in speakers:1 / 2
RMS rated power:10


Ethernet LAN:N / No

Operational conditions

Operating altitude:0 - 3000
Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 85
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 40 / 5 - 45

Packaging Content

3D glasses included:Y
Batteries included:Y / Yes
Cables included:AC
Carrying case:Y
Handheld remote control:Y / Yes
Manual:Y / Yes
Mounting brackets included:Y
Quick start guide:Y / Yes
Remote control type:iR
Warranty card: Yes


Horizontal scan range:15.375 - 91.146 / 24 - 120
Noise level (economic mode):26 / 29
On Screen Display (OSD):Y / Yes
On Screen Display (OSD) languages:ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DAN, German, Dutch, English, Spanish, FIN, French, GRE, IND, Italian, JPN, NOR, POL, Portuguese, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, VIE / ARA, CHI (SIMPL), CHI (TR), CZE, DEU, DUT, ENG, ESP, FIN, FRE, GRE, HUN, ITA, JPN, KOR, NOR, POL, POR, RUM, RUS, SWE, THA, TUR, VIE
Password protection:Y / Yes
Vertical scan range:15.375 - 91.146 / 24 - 85

Ports & interfaces

AC (power) in:Y / Yes
AUX In: Yes
CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
DVI port:N / No
HDMI ports quantity:2
HDMI Version:1.4a
Headphone outputs:1
Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL):Y
RS-232 ports:1
USB 2.0 ports quantity:1
USB connector type:Mini-USB B
VGA (D-Sub) ports quantity:1


AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:110 - 220
AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:110 - 220 / 110 - 240
Power consumption (economy mode):193 / 194
Power consumption (max):262
Power Consumption (Standby):0.5
Power consumption (typical):233 / 249
Power Source:AC
USB powered: No


Contrast ratio (typical):25000:1
Keystone correction, horizontal:-40 - 40
Keystone correction, vertical:-30 - 30 / -40 - 40
Matrix size:1.65
Maximum digital resolution:1920 x 1200
Native Aspect Ratio:16:9
Number of Colours:1.073 billion colours
Projection distance:1.5 - 10
Projection Technology:DLP
Projector brightness:3200 / 3500
Projector native resolution:1080p (1920x1080)
Screen size compatibility:1061.7 - 7620 / 1061.7 - 7747
Supported aspect ratios:4:3, 16:9 / 4:3, 16:9, 16:10
Zoom capability:Manual
Zoom ratio:1.1:1


Card reader integrated:N / No
Optical disc player type:Not included

Technical Details

Contrast Ratio:25000:1


3D:Y / Yes
Analog signal format system:NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Full HD:Y / Yes
Supported 3D formats:Frame packing, Side by side, Top and bottom
Supported graphics resolutions:1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 1024 (SXGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA) / 1080 x 110 x 550
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p / 1080i, 1080p, 480i, 480p, 720p / 480i,480p,576i,576p,720p,1080i,1080p

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:22.4 / 224
Height :10.2 / 102 / 11.4
Weight:2.45 / 2.5 / 2.55
Width:31.5 / 315