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.
CES 2010Optoma has launched its new range of pico projectors at CES 2010, using the forum to highlight the evolution of the emerging format.
ExclusiveOptoma gave TechRadar a demo of one of its pre-production 3D projectors at CEDIA today, and told us that we should see 3D-Ready projectors in the marketplace this year.
The Optoma EP728 stands out from the competition because of its small size and weight. When packed in its carry case it is half the size of most rival projectors, which will be welcome news to anyone who has to take a projector on the road. Despite the small size, this is a regular DLP projector with an XGA resolution that can be resized to a widescreen image of 1400 x 1050 pixels.
The appeal of this projector is simple: it gives you full HD resolution from DLP technology at a remarkably low price. Indeed, its £2,000 tag equates it with full HD LCD-based projectors - a competitive market that DLP has traditionally struggled to reach.
Video projectors have been evolving faster than the X-Men in recent years, with each generation boasting a whole new level of resolution. For a decade 576 horizontal lines was plenty, but then along came hi-def with 720 progressive lines.