Optoma HD23 review

Small, yet perfectly formed - and capable of some pretty amazing visuals

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  • Great picture quality
  • Easy to set-up
  • Small footprint


  • A bit noisy

Polar opposites is a running theme for this projector pow-wow. First, there's the DLP versus LCD conundrum. Have the two dominant projector techs converged enough to make old distinctions irrelevant?

And what about the permanent or portable problem? How much image quality do you give up in return for a more flexible and portable projector?

While we're at it let's make it a three-way theme by chucking the Optoma HD23 into the contest. The question here is whether a specialist projector outfit like Optoma has the edge or whether the clout of bigger, more generalist brands makes for a better beamer.

The HD23 is one of Optoma's cheaper Full HD 1080p models, though it's worth noting the HD230X is even more affordable.

Optoma is a home cinema specialist, so it's no surprise to find DLP kit underpinning the visuals. What you don't get at this price point is a truly high-end feature set.

For starters, the optics are pretty basic and lack lens shift support. That's not exactly a shock on a £750 projector but it does underline that there's only so much you can expect for your money. The HD23 also has a pretty modest throw ratio, so it's probably not suitable for really small rooms.

The image quality doesn't look that spectacular at default settings, either. But from here on, the Optoma's class begins to shine through. It's the only projector here that works best using a cinema or movie oriented preset mode and it makes the HD23 very easy to set up. Just stick it in cinema mode and let it rip.

Duly configured, it fires out unquestionably the best visuals of our eight-way projector pack. It's hugely vibrant and dynamic and, well, just plain exciting.

Not only does the HD23 deliver the best blacks, it serves up the brightest, cleanest whites, too. That it pulls that off courtesy of a compact and anonymous looking chassis is impressive.

The only slight downside is that the smaller casing makes for a marginally whinier cooling solution. It's hardly intrusive, but the larger models in our grouping do tend to be quieter. It also doesn't come with a carry case.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDLP Projector
Native Resolution1920 x 1080
Number of Lamps1
Maximum Lens ApertureF/2.87
Standard Mode Brightness2500 lm
Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Operating Power Consumption220 W
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Video Signal FormatSECAM, NTSC, PAL
Input Scan Format1080p
Output Scan Format1080p
Maximum Diagonal Image Size7.62 m
Brand NameOptoma
Contrast Ratio5,000:1
Projection MethodFront, Ceiling
Normal Mode Lamp Life2500 Hour
Economy Mode Lamp Life4000 Hour
Height97 mm
Width324 mm
Depth234 mm
Optical Zoom1.2x
Lamp Power230 W
ManufacturerOptoma Technology
Product ModelHD23
Product NameHD23 DLP Projector
Manufacturer Part NumberHD23
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.optoma.co.uk
Marketing Information

The HD23 will project you straight into the front row; Life-size movie, sports and gaming characters engulf your senses and immerse you in the action.

Utilising the latest DLP technology, the Optoma HD23 delivers exceptional quality Full HD viewing without dimming the lights.

With 2500 ANSI Lumens you can invite all your friends round any time of day to watch the big match; enjoy your favourite movies or action-packed games, for the ultimate home entertainment experience. Alternatively, use the extra brightness for an extra-large screen for the true cinema experience, right in your own home.

Package Contents
  • HD23 DLP Projector
  • Lens Cover
  • AC Power Cord
  • Back-lit IR Remote Control
  • Batteries
  • +12V Plug
  • M3 Screws
  • Quick Start Card
  • CD User Manual
  • Warranty Card
Weight (Approximate)2.90 kg