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Optoma HD7100 Projector Review

by June 12, 2006
Contributors: Clint DeBoer
Optoma HD7100 projector

Optoma HD7100 projector

  • Product Name: HD7100 Projector
  • Manufacturer: Optoma
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarhalf-star
  • Review Date: June 12, 2006 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 3299
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Display Technology: Single 0.80-inch DarkChip3™ DLP™ technology from Texas Instruments
Resolution: 1280x720
Brightness: 1000 Lumens
Contrast Ratio: 5000: 1
Noise Level: 32dB typical
Lamp Life: 3000 Hours standard
Horizontal Scan Rate: 15-75 kHz
Vertical Scan Rate: 48-85 Hz
Image Size: 30-inches to 300-inches
Throw Ratio: 1.3 to 1.6 (Distance/Width)
Lens Shift: 4-way optical lens shift (vertical & horizontal)
Uniformity: 90% Or Better
Keystone Correction: Horizontal and Vertical

Video Compatibility: NTSC, PAL, SEACAM, EDTV, HDTV
Computer Compatibility: UXGA, SXGA, WXGA, XGA, SVGA, VGA
Input Connectors: HDCP-DVI, Component Video X 2, S-Video, Composite Video, VGA mini D-Sub 15-pin), RS-232
I/R Pickup Receivers: Front and Rear
12-Volt Trigger: None
Dimensions: 13.5” W x 5.6” H x 12.5” D (342 x 144 x 320 mm)
Weight: 14 Pounds (6.2kg)
Power Supply: 100-240 Volts 50-60Hz
Projection Methods: Front, Rear, Ceiling Mount, Table Top
3-Year Limited With Zero Dead Pixel Policy
90-Day Lamp Warranty
Lamp Replacement Cost: $429 (typical)


  • Horizontal & vertical lens shift
  • Excellent black level and color
  • Excellent build quality
  • Terrific calibration menu
  • Modern styling
  • 3-year warranty


  • No HDMI input (DVI only)
  • Remote has sporadic operation
  • No 12 volt trigger
  • Louder fan nose than previous model
  • Trouble syncing with longer DVI and HDMI cables
  • Quirky internal scaler/processor


We were very eager to get our hands on the new Optoma HD7100 home theater projector, considering the very high performance we achieved with the recently reviewed Optoma HD72 . The New HD7100 boasts 5000:1 contrast ratio, incorporates the new 0.80-inch DarkChip3 technology and includes horizontal and vertical lens shift.
About the author:

RLA Home Theater and Hi-Fi began as a hobby and has expanded into a business. Ray took his love of music and movies and turned it into his personal business to bring movie theater sound and quality into the homes of his customers. Ray brought great knowledge and expertise to us from a custom installer/integrator's perspective.

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