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Optoma EW330 review

Can a projector designed for life on the road still offer good image quality?

Our Verdict

A superb projector for life on the road, offering excellent image quality

For

  • Portable
  • Crisp image

Against

  • Not for use in larger rooms
  • Gets loud

The Optoma EW330 is the most expensive data projector in this group test, but it's also the smallest and lightest. With an overall weight of just 1.2kg, it is perfectly designed for life on the move. The compact chassis feels solid and is more than tough enough to be carried in a bag alongside your laptop.

The zoom ring is hidden away inside the main body of the projector, while the focus ring sits on the outside. Through the use of a clever design it works exceedingly well without protruding too much. The menu buttons are a little small and fiddly to use at first, but the menu software is easy to get to grips with.

With a brightness of 2200 ANSI lumens and a standard 2000:1 contrast ratio, you can use this projector in most lighting conditions. We found image size to be acceptable for smaller meeting rooms, but not nearly big enough for larger spaces.

Connectivity is kept to a minimum, with a single D-sub port and s-video connection. However, there is also an HDMI port in place, so you can connect to a high-definition (HD) digital source with ease.

What we like best about the EW330 is the image quality it delivers. During our presentation tests we found it offered a very sharp contrast between black and whites, with documents looking crisp. With its 16:10 aspect ratio, it's designed for use with older laptop screens, so you'll find the native resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels leaves a slight letterbox effect in place when running widescreen movies.

In many respects, the only real flaw with the EW330 is how hot it gets. We also found it quite loud, as the fan needs to work hard to keep the heat under control. If you're using it for presentations on the road, you'll need to wait for it to cool down properly before packing it away.

Overall, the EW330 is a great projector. We like the compact size and connectivity is decent, but most of all the image quality on offer is simply outstanding.

Tech Specs

Product TypeDLP Projector
Native Resolution1280 x 800
Maximum Lens ApertureF/2.5
Standard Mode Brightness2200 lm
Graphic ModeWXGA
Native Aspect Ratio16:10
USBYes
HDMIYes
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Composite VideoYes
Video Signal FormatNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Input Scan Format1080i
Output Scan Format720p
VGA InYes
Maximum Diagonal Image Size9.13 m
Maximum Resolution1440 x 900
Brand NameOptoma
Contrast Ratio2,000:1
Projection MethodFront
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS, WEEE
Normal Mode Lamp Life3000 Hour
Economy Mode Lamp Life5000 Hour
Height64 mm
Width206 mm
Depth156 mm
Optical Zoom1.1x
Lamp Power165 W
ManufacturerOptoma Technology
Product ModelEW330
Product NameEW330 DLP Projector
Manufacturer Part Number95.8GV01GC0E
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.optoma.co.uk
Marketing Information

The stylish EW330 projector, ultra portable WXGA projector Widescreen and HD Ready, the travel-friendly EW330 is the tiny show-stopper that punches well above its class. It boasts a brilliant 2200 Lumens for awesome wide-format images. From carry-case to office it goes the distance, unleashing quality presentations, video, DVD and stills from a widescreen notebook. Fully loaded with features and an incredible 5000 hours lamp life the EW330 shows great things come from small packages.

Package Contents
  • EW330 DLP Projector
  • Lens Cover
  • AC Power Cord
  • VGA Cable
  • USB Cable
  • Carry Bag
  • Full Function Remote Control
  • 2 x Batteries for Remote Control
  • Quick Start Guide
  • CD User Manual
  • Warranty Card
  • WEEE Card
Weight (Approximate)1.20 kg