Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Photo Gallery

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Front View With Accessories

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Front View With Accessories
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Front View With Accessories. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

At a price of $999, the Optoma HD20 DLP Projector is a great value. With its native 1920x1080 (1080p) native pixel resolution and its 1,700 lumen output capability, the video quality is very good. Flesh tones and color saturation produce a natural looking image. Another bonus is that the HD20 has 2 HDMI inputs.

I found the Optoma HD20 to be a good performing and easy-to-use video projector for the price, making it perfect for entry-level users, or as a second room, classroom, meeting, and even an outdoor projector for those warm Summer nights. Take a look at what the HD20 has to offer in terms of features and connections.

For additional perspective on the Optoma HD20, also check out my Review and a sampling of Video Performance Tests.

Here is a photo of the Optoma HD20 1080p DLP Video Projector, and its included accessories. From Left to Right in back row, are the Quick Start Guide and User Manual. Also shown, registration documentation, composite video cable (yellow), remote control with batteries, software disc containing electronic versions of the user guide and user manual that you can save to your PC or print out, and detachable AC power cord.

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Front View

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Front View
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Front View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up photo of the front view of the Optoma HD20 1080p DLP Video Projector.

As you can see, the front of the projector is fairly plain. The lens is located on the left front side of the projector.

In the bottom center of the front has an adjustable foots which raise and lowers the front of the projector to accommodate different screen height setups. There are also two additional screw-type adjuster feet located on the bottom of each corner of the rear of the projector that allow you to raise or lower the rear of the projector.

The small dark rectangle near the lens is the Infrared sensor for the wireless remote control. There is another of these sensor on the rear panel as well.

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Lens Close-up

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Lens Close-up
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Lens Close-up. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown here is a close-up view of the lens.

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Top View

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Top View
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Top View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is a top view of the Optoma HD20.

For an up close look and detailed explanation of the features and functions that are accessible from the top of the Optoma HD20, proceed to the next photo in this gallery.

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Zoom and Focus Controls

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Zoom and Focus Controls
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Zoom and Focus Controls. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up view of the Lens on the Optoma HD20 as seen from above. You will notice the Focus and Zoom ring levers on the lens assembly.

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onboard Controls

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onboard Controls
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onboard Controls. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Starting on the left side of this photo is the power on/off button.

The over temp indicator should not be lit when the projector is in operation. If it does light up then the projector is too hot and should be turned off.

Moving just to the right of the Power button is the Source Search button.

To the right of the Source Search button are the Menu Access and Menu Navigation buttons. These buttons enable the user to access basic setup functions, picture adjustment functions, and status functions.

To the right of the Menu Navigation buttons is the Power Button.

Finally, just below the power button are the LED status indicator lights.

For a look at the connection options available on the Optoma HD20, proceed to the next photo.

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Rear View

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Rear View
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Rear View. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is a wide shot of the entire rear panel of the Optoma HD20, which shows the connections provided with the HD20.

Starting on the left is a Service Port.

Moving right, first is the is the VGA (PC Monitor input), then the Component (Red, Green, and Blue) Video, and Composite video (yellow) inputs.

Continuing to the right are two HDMI inputs.

Any standard video or high definition source (up to 1080p), except RF sources, can be connected to this projector.

On the far right is a 12-Volt trigger. This connection allows wired connection to a central control system that turns all components on or off.

Finally, moving down to the bottom left is the AC receptable provided for the detachable AC power cord.

For a look at the remote control provided with the Optoma Optoma HD20, proceed to the next photo.

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Remote Control

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Remote Control
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Remote Control. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

The Remote Control for the Optoma HD20 allows control of all the major functions of the projector via a combination of direct access buttons and onscreen menus.

This remote is easily fits comfortable in any hand and features self-explanatory buttons. It is important to note that when any button is pressed, the remote control's backlight function is activated. This makes it much easier to use in a dark room.

On the very top are the Power Buttons. On the left side is the Power On button and on right side is the Power Off button.

Below the power buttons are a cluster of buttons for selecting Aspect Ratios and Lamp Mode.

Moving down, are more function buttons for Brightness, Picture Mode, Contrast, Source Lock, and Overscan.

Just below the physical center of the remote are the menu access and navigation buttons.

At the bottom of the remote are input source selection buttons.

For a look at some of the onscreen menus of the Optoma HD20, proceed to the next series of photos in this gallery.

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - Setup Menu

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - Setup Menu
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - Setup Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the initial Setup Menu for the HD20.

1. Language: This allows you to choose what language you want displayed for your menu navigation.

2. Input Source: This allows you to choose which input source you want access to for display. This function also duplicated on the exterior controls and directly via the remote control, without having to go this menu.

3. Source Lock: When activated, this function tells the projector to look for a specific source input, rather than searching, every time the projector is turned on.

4. High Altitude: When this function is activated the projector's fans operate continuously. Check with your dealer on whether this function needs to be activated in your area.

5. Auto Power Off: This function allows the projector to turn off itself after a certain time period if it does not detect an active image signal coming from the source it is switched to.

6. Signal: This function sends the user to another submenu that offers a variety of settings to optimize the quality of the incoming image signal. These options include: Phase, Tracking, Horizontal and Vertical position, White Level, Black Level, Saturation, Hue, and IRE setting.

7. Reset: There are two options - Current Reset or Reset All. Current Reset returns off the settings of the current menu being displayed to its original factory defaults, while the Reset All function returns all of the settings made on the projector back to the original factory defaults.

For a look at the HD20's System Menu, proceed to the next photo...

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - System Menu

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - System Menu
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - System Menu. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the System Menu of the Optoma HD20.

1. Menu Location: This function allows you to position the menu on the screen where you like it. In other words, if you want the menu displayed in one of corners, rather than in the middle of screen, as shown here, you can simply use the Menu Location function to change it.

2. Lamp Setting: This takes you to a submenu that shows you how many lamp hours you have used, a lamp reminder to allows you to display a warning when the lamp needs replacment, a Brite Mode, which allows you to increase or descrease the light output of the lamp, and a Lamp Reset that turns the Lamp Hour clock back to zero after you have installed a new lamp.

3. Projection: This function enables you to change how the image is displayed, depending on how you have installed the HD20. The choices are: Front-Desktop, Rear Desktop, Front-Ceiling, and Rear Ceiling. These settings make sure that the image is always displayed upright and has the correct left to right orientation in relation to the screen.

4. Image AI: This is a function that Optoma provides that optimizes lamp brightness based on the content of the image. This helps to maintain the best contrast level possible.

5. Test Pattern: There two test patterns generated by the projector that can help with setup; Grid and White.

6. Background: This setting allows you to choose your own preferred background color when no menu or image is being displayed. Your choices are: Dark Blue, Black, Gray, or Start Logo.

7. 12V Trigger: Turns the 12V trigger function on or off.

For a look at the Display Menu, proceed to the next photo in this gallery...

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - Display Settings

Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - Display Settings
Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - Display Settings. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is the Display Menu for Optoma HD20.

Format: This adjusts the aspect ratio to be used. The options are: 4x3 (for use when using a 4x3 aspect ratio screen), 16x9 (for use when using a 16x9 aspect ration screen), Native (displays incoming signals at their native aspect ratio and size), and Letterbox (best for use with external anamorphic lenses to obtain a true 2.35 aspect ratio).

Overscan: Hides any video encoding noise along the edges of the screen.

Edge Mask: Reduce or magnify the image on the screen. This function is different that the Overscan function.

V Image Shit: Shifts the projected image vertically for better projector/screen positioning.'

V Keystone: Adjust the geometry of the projected image so that the image is rectangular and not trapezoidal.

SuperWide: Sets the projector to a 2.0:1 Aspect Ratio so that 4x3 and 16x9 images do not exhibit black bars on the top and bottom of the screen when using a 2.0A1 aspect ration screen. This function works in conjunction with the aspect ratio settings.

For a look a the Image Settings menu, proceed to the next, and last, photo in this gallery.

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - Image Settings/Adv Image Setti

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Optoma HD20 DLP Video Projector - Onscreen Menu - Image Settings/Adv Image Settings. Photo (c) Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is the Image Settings (left) and Advanced Image Settings (right) Menus.

1. Color Mode: Provides several preset color, contrast, and brightness settings: Cinema, Bright, Photo, Reference, and User.

2. Contrast: Changes the level of dark to light.

3. Brightness: Make the image brighter or darker.

4. Color: Adjusts the degree of saturation of all colors together in the image.

5. Tint: Adjust the amount of green and magenta.

6. Sharpness: Adjusts the degree of edge enhancement in the image. This setting should be use sparingly as it can accentuate edge artifacts.

7. Advanced: Takes user to an additional submenu (shown on the right) that includes less used settings, such as:

Noise Reduction reduces the amount of background video noise in an image.

Gamma provides optimum image characteristics different types of sources: Film, Video, Graphics, Standard.

B/W Extension offers two preset modes that widen the contrast ratio of incoming signals.

Color Temperature adjusts the warmth (amount of redness) or coolness (amount of blueness) in the image. Film is normally warm, while video is normally cool.

RGB Gain/Bias allows adjustment of the brightness (gain) and contrast (bias) level of each primary color (red, green, blue).

Final Take

Although the HD20 is not in the same performance class as high end video projectors, it none-the-less provides a good viewing experience for the price. I found the color consistency to be very good. However, the black level and contrast range although acceptable, may not satisfy experienced users. In addition, the built-in 1080p scaling of the HD20 did a good job of upscaling lower resolution 480i DVD material, as well as passing direct 1080p Blu-ray and HD-DVD resolutions, including 1080p/24 signals.

The HD20 is definitely a great entry-level video projector and is illustrative of the trend towards making a more viable option for the mainstream consumer. If you are looking for your first video projector, or a second projector for portable use, the HD20 is a great option.

For additional perspective on the features and performance of HD20, check out my Review and Video Performance Tests.

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