This is my review for the HD142X Full HD 1080p Projector. Full Lights on Viewing, 3000 ANSI Lumens, 2 x HDMI with MHL Support and Built-In 10 W Speaker. By Optoma. An FBA item @ £472.72 as on 10/03/2018

The item was delivered in a brown cardboard box only slightly larger than itself. Within was the retail packaging, all of which was recyclable.

So, What are we getting?

The Optoma HD142X projector
A Power lead
The CD user manual
A Basic user manual

Specifications.

Display Technology Single 0.65” 1080p DC2 DMD chip DLP® Technology by Texas Instruments
Resolution 1080p 1920 x 1080
Brightness 3000 ANSI Lumens
Contrast Ratio 23,000:1
Lamp Life2 Dynamic/Eco/Bright 8000/6000/5000 (hrs)
Throw Ratio 3 1.48 – 1.62:1
Zoom Type 1.1x Manual
I/O Connectors 2x HDMI (1.4a 3D support) + MHL v2.1, Audio Out 3.5mm, 12V trigger, 3D-Sync, USB-A Power (1A)
Speaker (Watts) 10
Keystone Correction ± 40° Vertical
Weight 5.5 lbs (2.49 kg)
Dimensions (W x D x H) 11.7in x 9in x 3.8in
Aspect Ratio 16:9 Native, 4:3 Compatible
Offset 116%
Projection Screen Size 0.71 – 7.75m (27.88″ – 305.3″) Diagonal 16:9
Projection Distance 3-10ft
Projection Lens F/2.5~2.67; f=21.86~24mm
Uniformity 80%
Maximum Resolution Full HD 1920 x 1080
Computer Compatibility FHD, HD, WXGA, UXGA, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA, Mac
Video Compatibility PAL (B, D, G, H, I, M, N, 576i/p), NTSC (M, 4.43/3.58 MHz, 480i/p), SECAM (B, D, G, K, K1, L) HD (1080i, 720p)
3D Support Full 3D – The 3D features of Optoma projectors can only be used with compatible 3D content. Typical applications include use with 3D educational or 3D design and modeling systems. 3D TV broadcast systems, (SKY in the UK), Blu-ray 3D™ and 3D games from the Sony® PS3 or Microsoft® Xbox 360 are now supported as part of the HDMI v1.4a specification.
3D Compatibility Side-by-Side:1080i50 / 60, 720p50 / 60
Frame-pack: 1080p24, 720p50 / 60
Over-Under: 1080p24, 720p50 / 60
Horizontal Scan Rate 15 – 91kHz
Vertical Scan Rate 25 – 85Hz (120Hz for 3D)
Displayable Colors 1073.4 Million
Noise Level (Eco mode) 24dB
Power Supply 100-240V, 50-60Hz
Power Consumption 230W Bright mode / 192W Eco mode (< 0.5W Standby)
Lamp Type 195W
Operating Conditions 41°F – 104°F, Max. Humidity 85%, Max. Altitude 9842.52 feet
Security Security bar, Kensington lock, password protection
On Screen Display 26 Languages: English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Dutch, Norwegian/Danish, Polish, Russian, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Czech, Arabic, Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Thai, Turkish, Farsi, Vietnamese, Romanian, Indonesian
Standard Accessories AC power cord, remote control, 2x AA batteries, quick start card, CD user manual
Optional Accessories 3D glasses, wireless, ceiling mount
Optional Wireless Yes
Warranty 1 Year
RoHS Compliant
Warranty 1 Year Warranty

So to the product

I was really desperate to have our own home cinema in the lounge. I thought all i had to do was go out and buy myself a projector, fit up a screen and off we go. How wrong was I.

I first bought a good quality screen and we has it fitted up in the lounge. Then i got our first projector, i say first because this is out third.

The first we only spent £79 on and i thought it was great at first to have a large picture projected onto screen. But i soon became disappointed with it. It was advertised as able to show 1080p, but i soon found out it only had a real resolution of 480p.

You need to watch out for that when buying. You’re looking for the Native Resolution, anything else is just Sales patter. Or jargon trying to persuade you that this is the one for you.

After finding this out i was determined to improve on this and thought a 720p LED projector would be a great investment. Well it was an improvement, but after a while i started to notice a blue tinge to the picture and still this looked a bit pixelated. I spent £170.00 on this one.

Finally, i decided that it was worth investing in a decent projector. So just before Christmas i bought this one as a joint present for my wife and i. It cost me around £470.00 from Amazon.co.uk and it’s the best investment i have ever made.

Firstly, The quality of image is outstanding. It’s a true 1080p picture, there’s no pixels at all and it’s beautifully sharp and clear. The colours are fantastic, i haven’t needed to adjust them at all. They say that Optoma Projectors are projectors are capable of reproducing the REC.709 color gamut. All i know is it looks perfect to us.

It was so easy to set up, just plug in the leads set your language and off you go. We watch a lot of 3D movies (using the optional extra ZD302 #D Active Shutter Glasses) and this projector handles them perfectly. From a Blu-Ray player or a NAS, they appear in fantastic realism. I love 3D movies and would watch them all the time if i could. Oh by the way there are no unwanted effects from the 3D in our experience.

This projector doesn’t have any LED’s in it. Instead a proper white lamp. This is what gives the colours such depth and realism, yes it will darken and need replaced over time. But the advantages far outlay the cost in picture quality.

We have given up watching the TV, all our viewing now goes through the projector. Even through the day it’s plenty bright enough to clearly see the images. Personally we would never go back to TV.

In Conclusion

You can pay over £1000 for a quality TV and it won’t give you half the size picture or this. Have a Cinema in your own front room. You won’t regret it and you’ll probably make loads of new friends too, when the neighbours find out about it.