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Optoma ThemeScene HD72

alaTest has collected and analyzed 37 reviews of Optoma ThemeScene HD72. The average rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors for all reviews. Reviewers are impressed by the design and size. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Projectors the Optoma ThemeScene HD72 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 83/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Optoma ThemeScene HD72

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 9 user reviews of Optoma ThemeScene HD72 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 4.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.2/5 for other Projectors on Amazon.com. People really like the size and design. The usability and image quality are also mentioned favorably. Many are negative about the reliability.

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reliability

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

This summary is based on the products: Optoma BL-FU220A Replacement Lamp for HD72 & HD73 Home Theater Projector (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Optoma BL-FU220A Replacement Lamp for HD72 & HD73 Home Theater Projector (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

Dec, 2017

Expert review by: ray — March 08, 2006 (audioholics.com)

Optoma HD72 DLP Projector Review

 

We were first introduced to the new Optoma HD72 in January at the 2006 Consumer Electronic Show. We were very interested in conducting a review of this projector based on what we viewed at the Optoma

Price ; Excellent detail, black level and color ; Very good internal video processor ; Every input you would need ; Quiet ; Modern styling ; Excellent warranty including a no dead pixel policy

Remote has sporadic operation ; Standby light blinks on/off until hard shut down ; Excessive offset may not be suitable for some installations ; Small amount of light leakage from side of projector

Mar, 2006

Expert review by: Kevin Miller (cnet.com.au)

Optoma HD72

 

Among the best value in front projection in its class, the Optoma HD72 is a surprisingly good performer at a price that represents reasonable value.

Inexpensive for a 720p-resolution DLP projector ; Accurate colour decoding ; Clean video processing with 2:3 pull-down ; Compact design

Somewhat inaccurate primary colours ; Poor gamma introduces some discolouration and hampers shadow detail

Both the HDMI and component-video inputs delivered full 1,280x720 resolution from our Sencore VP403 HD signal generator. HD material from our Time Warner cable system was crisp, sharp and full of rich colours. Shadow detail in dark concert footage from...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Thomas J. Norton (hometheater.com)

Optoma HD72 DLP Projector: Short Take

 

There's no pretense here of state-of-the-art 720p DLP performance on-the-cheap, but the images I saw from my review sample of the budget priced Optoma HD72 were surprisingly impressive. While it's bright enough for use with a little ambient lighting,...

May, 2006

Expert review by: Kevin Miller (zdnet.com.au)

Optoma HD72

 

Among the best value in front projection in its class, the Optoma HD72 is a surprisingly good performer at a price that represents reasonable value.

May, 2006

Expert review by: Thomas J. Norton (ultimateavmag.com)

Optoma HD72 DLP Projector: Short Take

 

There's no pretense here of state-of-the-art 720p DLP performance on-the-cheap, but the images I saw from my review sample of the budget priced Optoma HD72 were surprisingly impressive. While it's bright enough for use with a little ambient lighting,...

May, 2006

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Expert review by: Anthony Arrigo (projectorreviews.com)

Optoma HD72

 

Of particular note there is also a large standard thread recepticle for a tripod. This allows some interesting options. If you need to shel mount up high (which means the projector is inverted, this could allow an extremely small, and neat alternative...

Limited range on zoom lens (typical for DLP projectors in this class/price range) ; No lens shift (also typical for DLP projectors in this class/price range) ; Remote control is weak, in terms of range ; Using zoom control knocks projector out of...

Image quality is excellent, black levels are very good, and the color dynamics (thanks to TI's "BrilliantColor" I assume?) are particularly impressive

Feb, 2006

Expert review by: Evan Powell (projectorcentral.com)

Optoma HD72

 

When the new crop of high contrast LCD 720p projectors appeared last fall we knew it would not take long for makers of DLP products to show an aggressive response. Out on the leading edge of this movement is the Optoma HD72, a newly released 1280x768...

Feb, 2006

Expert review by: -Grant Clauser (e-gear.com)

Optoma HD72

 

One of the biggest barriers to the wider use of front projectors for personal home theaters, the astronomical price of the projector itself, is steadily being eroded away. As the technology evolves, the entry-level price of many high definition...

The picture is striking for such an affordable projector. The colors were rich and well saturated. Setting TI's Brilliant Color in the middle produced the most pleasing results. Another control in the advanced menu, TrueVivid added some intensity to...

Apr, 2004

Consumer review by: MrKlaw (newegg.com)

Great projector

 

The life of the lamp is not the fault of the projector. Lamp life can vary greatly from lamp to lamp. I've had my HD72 for over two years and have well over 3000 hours on it and still haven't had to replace it (although it is a bit dimmer now than when...

Amazing picture for the price

No lens shift

Aug, 2008

Consumer review by: InuYasha (newegg.com)

Budget for an extra lamp

 

Good image quality and resolution

Can't detect DVI (from computer) input unless I reboot the computer. Essentially, anytime I turn off the projector, or the computer goes to sleep, I need to reboot the computer ; I also cannot get it to use the computer's native resolution, it either...

Dec, 2007

Product Specifications

The HD72 home theater projector by Optoma Technology is the company's newest high performance, cost-friendly digital projector for home theater enthusiasts. Featuring Texas Instruments' technology the HD72 provides stunningly high brightness and deeper black levels. The HD72 is super bright with 1000 lumens and offers an exceptionally high contrast ratio of 4000:1 for a greater range of color, light intensity and to deliver subtle color details. The Optoma HD72 home theater projector is also one of the most feature-rich projectors available in its class. The HD72 home theater projector uses BrilliantColor technology for increased brightness in mid-tone images, common in-video and natural scenes. This creates truer, more vibrant colors and deeper levels of black. Offering remarkable display capabilities the HD72 is a 16:9 enhanced HDTV projector that features HDMI input and Faroudja de-interlacer, DCDi chipset for extraordinary leading-edge performance. Optoma projectors have O2Air technology, which has been shown to reduce pollutants in the air (e.g., cigarette smoke) by up to 90%. The unique Shield Design of the projector casing prevents unwanted light emission. Through strategic use of baffles within the cooling tunnel, air speeds are reduced resulting in quiet operation. Offering the best in home theater entertainment the HD72 home theater projector provides vivid, crisp digital images that won't fade or degrade over time and provides HDTV native picture quality.

Audio Output

Type: None

Design

Colour of product:White
Form factor:Portable
LED indicators: Yes
Product Type:Portable projector

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:24.6cm
Height:9.4cm
Weight:3.2kg
Width:34.4cm

Display (Projector)

Class:Digital projector
Display Resolution Abbreviation:WXGA
HD Image Format:720p
High Definition:High Definition
Image Brightness:1300ANSI lumens
Image Contrast Ratio:5000:1
Max Image Size:7.7m / 770cm
Max Resolution:1280 x 768
Max Screen Distance:11.9m
Min Image Size:0.7m / 70cm
Min Screen Distance:1.2m
Native Aspect Ratio:Widescreen
Portability:Non-portable
Recommended Use of Projector:Cinema
Type:DLP Projector

Header

Compatibility:Mac / PC
Manufacturer:Optoma Technology
Model:HD72
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Optoma ThemeScene

Lamps

Lamps quantity:1
Service life of lamp:3000

Lens System

Aperture range (F-F):2.5 - 2.8
Focal length range (f-f):22.2 - 26.7
Throw ratio:1.58 - 1.6:1

Networking

Ethernet LAN: No

Operational conditions

Operating relative humidity (H-H):0 - 80
Operating temperature (T-T):5 - 35
Storage temperature (T-T):-20 - 60

Packaging Content

Batteries included: Yes
Cables included:Composite, S-Video
Handheld remote control: Yes
Manual: Yes
Quick start guide: Yes
Remote control type:iR
Warranty card: Yes

Performance

HDCP: Yes
Noise Level:27
On Screen Display (OSD): Yes

Ports & interfaces

CardBus PCMCIA slot type: No
Component video (YPbPr/YCbCr) in:1
Composite Video In:1
DVI port: Yes
HDMI ports quantity:1
RS-232 ports:1
S-Video inputs quantity:1
Serial interface type:RS-232

Power

AC adapter frequency:50/60
AC adapter input voltage:100 - 240
AC input frequency:50 - 60
AC input voltage:100 - 240
Power Consumption (Standby):13
Power consumption (typical):285
Power Source:AC

Projector

Contrast ratio (typical):5000:1
Matrix size:1.65
Projection distance:1.2 - 12
Projection Technology:DLP
Projector brightness:1300
Projector native resolution:WXGA (1280x768)
Screen size compatibility:711.2 - 7721.6
Zoom capability:Manual
Zoom ratio:1.2:1

Projector Lamp

Bulb life cycle:3000hour(s)
Bulb type:UHP

Service & Support

Type:2 years warranty

Storage

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

Video

Analog signal format system:cULus, FCC, TUV/S, CE, ISO, MPRII
Full HD: No
Supported graphics resolutions:1024 x 768 (XGA), 1280 x 768 (WXGA), 1400 x 1050 (SXGA+), 1600 x 1200 (UXGA), 640 x 480 (VGA), 800 x 600 (SVGA)
Supported video modes:1080i, 1080p, 720p

Video Input

Analogue Video Format:M-NTSC / NTSC 3.58 / NTSC 4.43 / PAL-B/G / PAL-D / PAL-H / PAL-I / PAL-M / PAL-N / SECAM B/G / SECAM D/K / SECAM K1 / SECAM L
Analogue video Signal:Component video / Composite video / S-Video

Weight & Dimensions

Depth:24.6
Height :9.4
Weight:3.2
Width:34.4