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Beyond impressed should never waited
Erin M, Reno NV. Purchased from Amazon
I have been wanting a projector for a long time and after agonizing for about 2 months about spending the money and reading review after review. The more I learned about projectors, lumens, screen gains, contrast, Msec (super important to gamers), color wheels, key stoning, bulb life and short throw types, the more harder the decision became until seeing a video of another amazon customer's review and video. That and the price dropped 50 bucks while it was in my cart. This was the only true gaming choice for under $1400.
With my focus on gaming use and occasional movie I was looking economical choice This one fit every thing I needed into one unit and at a price I could feel good about.
I love it. In the process of converting a bedroom into a media room with the second Optima 1080 is going to be on a 120" screen. Yes I bought a second one and am converting a room for it... When I said beyond impressed I mean it I am picky when it comes to some things and seeing Suicide Squad, not my favorite movie but it was during the opening credits I decided we needed another one. It felt like a laser show with the vibrant colors- I stopped the movie and checked the setting to see if it was cranked up at the factory :) nope, just incase it wasn't vibrant or bright enough I could still up it some. WOW. It was the pink and green colors that I was blown away by all were impressive. I was projecting an 84" screen on a piece of $18 white plastic sheet (not screen) from Lowes. I used the plastic sheet to get screen size ideas before buying a fixed size screen. There is so much power in this unit I am going to go way over the size I originally expected to project.
We have been watching our movie collection over and seeing so much detail that we missed on a Toshiba 55" 1080p cinema series. I was expecting a bit of a novelty experience from screen size not expecting to see a screen that resolution, color, and brightness makes the 3K I put out for a Toshi feel like a waste.
I am using my first one in a light controlled room, I work grave and am use to killing off light and sound around the house. I use 1/2 foam insulation board that has one reflective side, about $9 a 4x8 sheet at lowes. I cut panels to fit in-between blinds and curtains -no aluminum foil windows no plastic seen on inside. Light does get in intentionally. The lights can be on in the room and projector is fine. Purpose built room is light at zero. Its painted Ravens Wing (flat black), window is zero light past and a heavy black curtain is handling the doorway. Its awesome should never have waited.
Daniel Kane, Glasgow : United Kingdom. Purchased from Www.box.co.uk
I must admit that I've really enjoyed using the Optoma GT1080. It opened up a new world of gaming for me. Whether it was playing football, shooting baddies or jumping around and making myself look a fool in front of the console (and my friends), the big screen action created by the short throw projector made for a compelling experience.
Would I buy one myself? Available around Â£590, in terms of picture quality, it's not going to replace a conventional TV at that price, but it does make an excellent second room option if you're lucky enough to have a games room. It also makes an excellent option for doubling up to show the big game with a few friends. You can watch football matches and other sporting events and make it more of a social event with this short throw projector.
Justin , Leicester : United Kingdom. Purchased from Currys/PC World
Awesome, what more can I say! This is the first projector I have owned and so glad I went for this one. I did some research on different brands and models, it was pretty clear that this GT1080 was the right one for me. Straight out of the box it was ready to go, nice easy set up. I set it up on the front room coffee table and had a clear and bright, very crisp image at around 100" diagonal from about a metre away, exactly what the description said! Very impressed with this purchase, all I need now is a couple of pairs of 3D glasses to enhance the experience that little bit more!
Great for Gaming and Movies
William Lund, Seattle, Washington. Purchased from B and H Photo
I really didn't know what to expect when I purchased this projector. My previous projector cost twice as much as was very dim. The GT1080 is bright, lightweight, and is perfect for movies and gaming. We used in the living room for sporting events and having people over who like to see movies on the "big screen." Very happy with our purchase.
Scott Stevens , London : United Kingdom. Purchased from Very
I had my first Optoma projector in 2012 but had to sell because of certain circumstances, I now have just bought my second Optoma GT1080 which is 3D, and can't wait to get the 3D glasses kit. Love it to the max
A versatile, high quality short throw.
Justin Watson, Salt Lake City, UT. Purchased from Amazon.com
I have utilized this device for several art installation video projections and experimental animations that require the output of highly saturated colors. This projector has more than met my expectations. The colors remain bright in semi-lit rooms, runs fine 8 hrs per day, 5 days per week for exhibitions and the short throw capabilities really allow for more creative applications than standard projectors offer. I actually plan on buying a couple more when funding permits. Highly recommended.
Super short throw, Super bright image
Adam Ryder, England : United Kingdom. Purchased from CURRYS
This projector has exceeded my expectations, it delivers a bright and colourful picture at an immense size for such a short distance.
Its very sharp when focussed correctly, and is not too noisy.
GT1080 - Value AND Performance
Jake Barstow, Sheffield, UK. Purchased from Currys PC World
The GT1080 is lightweight and compact yet delivers a powerful punch. The included high-quality HDMI cable is a welcome addition. The backlit remote is really useful when using the projector in a dark room. The menus provide ample adjustments to tailor the image to your requirements. The exhaust fan is really quiet, even on the high brightness setting. Image quality is fantastic and the contrast is brilliant, especially when using the dynamic setting. A good all-rounder and excellent value for money.
Penny Whitfield, Fareham. Purchased from COSTCO
We love our Optoma projector, it looks so neat.
It is fixed to the ceiling so is out of the way and when not in use everything just hides away.
There is no need for a big black box being the focal point of the room anymore therefore we have so much more room for seating. At first we thought we would keep the TV and only watch films and sport on the projector but once it was set up the TV became redundant and was put away.
You don't need a huge room to have this projector as it can be set up only a few feet away from the screen but you do need to be able to sit far enough away from the screen to be comfortable and see the whole picture. Although you could use this projector in a small room and get a brilliant picture you wouldn't be able to sit and watch comfortably.
The sound is better than I expected although we have purchased a sound bar which makes it amazing.
All in all I can highly recommend this projector, we are now the envy of the neighbourhood!
OPTOMA GT1080 SHORT THROW PROJECTOR
Nigel Perkins, Lincoln. Purchased from PC WORLD
I have been using an old multimedia projector for some time for watching movies but was always frustrated by the picture with ambient light in the room. In addition the projector needed to be positioned far back in the room to project the desired 150" screen which interfered with seating and meant the noise from the fan could be heard during movie quiet scenes.
It was therefore time for an upgrade for these reasons plus the fact that the resolution was only 800 x 600, the contrast 500:1 and there was no HDMI connectivity.
Ceiling mounting was not an option so I looked at the possibility of using a 'short throw projector' to keep the kit away from the seating area plus reducing the length of cables across the living room floor.
After searching and reading lots of reviews I decided to go for the Optoma GT1080 which cost me £589.99.
I managed to position the projector directly on the floor at around 1.8 metres away from the wall. This filled the whole wall giving me a huge image of well over 150''. In this scenario the projector is now over 3 metres away from the sofa so does not get in the way of seating and the fan is hardly heard at all. In addition all that I have going across the floor is a 2 metre power supply lead and a 2 metre HDMI cable to my Sony Blu-ray player.
I put on my latest Blu-ray of 'Dracula Untold' and I was really impressed. The picture is much sharper than my old projector as you would expect being Full HD 1080p with a contrast of 2500:1. I tried listening through the projector speakers and it sounded surprisingly okay but I would always divert the audio through my AV amp for movie watching. I am sure for gaming or regular tv listening the internal speakers would do a good job.
Despite there being no manual vertical shift the image can be moved around in all directions very easily using 'Image Shift' function via the remote control. This remote is really great as it has a bright blue back light for dark room use.
The following morning I tested the same film with ambient light in the room and I was pleasantly surprised. Once the projector had been on a few minutes the picture was very clear so from now on day-time movies are definitely an option.
I have not tested the 3D option yet but it is not really a priority for me or my family.
I would say if you are on a budget and looking for a first projector for watching movies and gaming this would be a great choice and good value for money. The short throw works well for me in my situation in a large room where ceiling mounting is not an option. I can also see massive benefits for those wanting a huge image in a small space. I do not own a TV, why would I? I now have a Full HD 150 inch screen image day or night and all for under £600!
Dan hamley, Kent. Purchased from Richersounds
Bought this project because it short throw distance due to the limited space available in my front room It comfortably projects hundred inch image from my coffee table Massively impressed with 3-D much better than Lg TV is passive system even impressed a girlfriend which believe me is hard to do for its price I don't think you can buy a better projectori itTook a bit of time to get the image set up correctly but this is more down to me than the projector
MY VERY OWN CINEMA! BRILLIANT
Phil, Cambridgeshire. Purchased from CURRYS
Picture and sound from the projector is fantastic!. I have this on a 120in screen, it is just amazing and it is Full HD. Colours and blacks are great and can be adjusted easily depending on preference etc.. The projector is also quiet and as it is short throw it is close to the screen.. Brilliant!. Which also means i can easily pick it up and move it to another room!
Im so glad i went for the Optoma GT1080 DLP. My big worry was rainbow effect, Yes i have seen it once or twice but it really is nothing to be concerned about to me. The Picture is so good...i only wish i could have watched Interstellar on this instead of my local cinema as it is better! For a Negative I wish it had come with at least a pair of 3D glasses. Can't wait to try that out :) Excellent Job Optoma...No doubt i will be in the market for a 4K one in a few years!! :)
Exceeded my expectations!
Lynsey Henderson , Edinburgh . Purchased from Richer Sounds, edinburgh
Bought for work projects, to enlarge my artwork onto walls but turns out a day after owning it I will also be using it to play movies and TV shows, so happy with my purchase and I highly recommend.
Big cinema, small house
Dan, United Kingdom. Purchased from Richer Sounds
Not all of us have the luxury of a spare room that we can dedicate to the honourable pursuit of home cinema. Most of us live in houses that are jam-packed with our ‘so necessary’ possessions, without which life would just not be worth living. Not only that, but some of us live in older houses where there is not a decent straight length of wall to be found unless the fireplace is knocked out, or a pillar or a beam, and we tend to sit, squat, lean, lie or dangle around each other and various ‘features’ of the house in order to get a decent view, while all the time trying to keep within striking distance of the all-important bowl of Pringles and dips. The short throw GT1080 gives all important elbow room. I have owned the GT1080 for about 6 months now, having previously owned the wonderful Optoma DVD100. Image quality when viewing demo standard Blu-rays such as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ is superb, with bright colours, deep blacks and no motion blurring in fast action scenes. The DVD100 had a noticeable rainbow effect at times but I have scarcely noticed this problem at all with the GT1080. DLP technology has made a leap forward in the past couple of years. The images from a DVD or from a standard definition TV signal can look rather poor and grainy, no doubt the flaws in standard definition media are made to look worse by the HD processing. In fact, the standard definition DVD100 wins out here, and produces a more pleasing image. The DVD100 also wins out on the acoustical front, its on-board 10W stereo speakers producing a far richer sound than that of the GT1080’s single speaker. However, most will use their own sound system and so Optoma’s rather stingy offering of a single speaker is more of a pity than an issue. When it comes to Blu-ray 3D movies though, we move into quite another world from that of the DVD100. Watching a film like Guardians of the Galaxy in 3D is less of a film viewing than an experience. It is astonishing, and I have yet to watch a 3D movie with this projector without a smile on my face like that of a little boy lost in wonder – even at very sad bits, somewhat unnervingly to the rest of my family. I have not seen better 3D even in a cinema. The RF glasses suggested by Optoma are rather expensive in my view so whether the RF system is better than the DLP-link I couldn’t say. I use Sainsonic 904’s which cost about £65 for a pack of 4, and are rechargeable. They work fine, and are nice and sturdy. I bought a pair of cheap DLP glasses from China at about £6 a pair and they work fine, too, except they are rather delicate. The stems have to be taken apart when storing the glasses and, very soon, they weaken and snap. I suggest you leave them attached. There are 2 HDMI inputs into the GT1080, one of them doubling as an MHL link. There is also a standard 3.5 audio out jack, and a connection for the RF link. Switching between sources can take some time for the processor to work out but, on the positive side, there is a very comprehensive system menu which gives access to lots of advanced manual settings. The contrast ratio is about 25 000 to 1 and viewing is just about acceptable in a room that is not completely dark, but near darkness is recommended to achieve full immersion in the 3D environment. The fan whirs up and down a little depending on the scenes being shown but is not particularly noticeable, and there is a little heat thrown out by the side vents so make sure you provide plenty of ventilation space. The winning feature for me is the short throw. The GT1080 can produce an 84 inch diagonal image when only a metre from the screen. Gone are the days, in my little house, of suffering elbowed ribs and poked eyes, stamped on toes and burst ear drums from neighing uncles, or having to work out a complex route to get from the couch to the loo past all the animate and inanimate objects, or suffering the horror of being snookered behind a large person when trying to reach the bowl of Pringles and dips. Bring on ‘The Battle of the Five Armies 3D’ – and the Sour Cream Pringles!