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Optoma EP7150 DLP Front Projector Review

by January 03, 2007
Optoma EP7150 DLP Projector

Optoma EP7150 DLP Projector

  • Product Name: EP7150 DLP Projector
  • Manufacturer: Optoma
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: January 03, 2007 00:00
  • MSRP: $ 1299
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Display Technology: Single 0.55-inch DDR DMD DLP™ Technology from Texas Instruments

Brightness: 2000 lumens (typical)
Resolution: XGA (1024 x 768) native (4:3) up to UXGA (1600 x 1200) compressed
Contrast Ratio: 2500:1 (full on/off)
I/O connectors: VGA, S-video, Composite video (RCA), USB, Single IR receiver, AC power

Displayable Colors: 16.7 million

Noise Level (typical): 40 dB standard (38dB ECO)
Lamp Type & Life: 200W UHP lamp; 4000 hours (ECO), 3000 hours STD
Image Size: 35 to 250 inch diagonal
Computer Compatibility: UXGA, SXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA, PC & Mac Compatible
Video Compatibility: HDTV (720p, 1080i,1080p) with 480i/576i deinterlacing, NTSC, PAL, SECAM
Warranty: 3 years limited Parts & Labor (90 days on lamp)
Projection Method: Front/rear table-top

Projection Lens: f = 21.83 – 23.81 mm. F/2.35 – 2.47 (1.10x manual zoom and focus)
Keystone Correction: +/- 16 degrees vertical
Throw Ratio: 1.74-2.00:1 (distance/width)
Horizontal Scan Rate: 15-100 kHz
Vertical Refresh rate: 43 to 85 Hz
Power Supply: 100-240 volts, 50-60Hz
Power Consumption: 250 watts (+/- 10% maximum), 10 watts (standby mode)
Operating Temperature: 41 – 95 degrees F (5 – 35 degrees C); 80% humidity
Standard Accessories: Carry case, AC Power Cord, VGA to VGA, composite, Remote Control, Batteries for Remote, Lens Cap, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card and User's Manual (CD)

Optional Accessories: Ceiling mount kit, 15-pin to 3 RCA-Component HDTV Adapter, DVI to DVI Cable, DVI to HDMI Adapter, Gold Service Warranty

Dimensions: 8.5 x 6.65 x 2.44 in (216 x 169 x 62 mm)

Weight: 2.7 lbs (1.2 kg)

Pros

  • Ultra-portable
  • Can be used to signal the space shuttle in orbit (very bright)
  • Laser pointer remote with “mouse” functionality
  • Built-in 1W speaker for multimedia use
  • USB connectivity for limited desktop control via included remote

Cons

  • No direct component video inputs (can use VGA adapter cable, not included)
  • At brightest levels, colors desaturated
  • Intrusive fan noise (Eco mode doesn’t lessen)

Introduction

This is one of our first projector reviews that falls into the “ultra-portable” category. Weighing in at just under 3 pounds and measuring less than 9-inches in width, the EP7150 is in a class all by itself. This is the type of unit you’ll want if you are traveling place to place or want a projector to easily set up and take down in an office or teaching environment. It’s the “Mighty Mouse” of projectors in a sense and the 2000 lumens are “real” – we’ve seen a lot of overstated specs, but this isn’t one of them. Let’s attempt to dress down this superhero and see if he can stand up under the scrutiny.

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Clint DeBoer posts on January 06, 2007 15:13
<A href="http://www.audioholics.com/productreviews/avhardware/optoma-EP-7150p2.php“><IMG style=”WIDTH: 103px; HEIGHT: 100px" alt= hspace=10 src="http://www.audioholics.com/news/thumbs/mightymouse_th.jpg“ align=left border=0></A>This is one of our first projector reviews that falls into the “ultra-portable” category. Weighing in at just under 3 pounds and measuring less than 9-inches in width, the EP7150 is in a class all by itself. This is the type of unit you’ll want if you are traveling place to place or want a projector to easily set up and take down in an office or teaching environment. It's the ”Mighty Mouse“ of projectors in a sense and the 2000 lumens are ”real" – we've seen a lot of overstated specs, but this isn't one of them. Let's attempt to dress down this superhero and see if he can stand up under the scrutiny.

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