Optoma HD28DSE Video Projector Review - Part 2 - Photos

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Optoma HD28DSE DLP Projector With DarbeeVision - Product Photos

Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector Package
Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector Package. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

As a companion piece to my review of the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector, I present up-close photo look at the physical features, onscreen menu, and more that is not included in the main review.

To start off, the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector features 1080p resolution (in both 2D and 3D), as well as Darbee Visual Presence video processing.

In the first photo, shown above, is a look at what comes in the projector package.

Starting on the top left, moving right, is a CD-ROM (provides full user guide), detachable power cord, Quick Start Guide, and Warranty Information/

In the center is a partial look at the projector, as seen from the front, with the lens cap on.

Moving to the bottom left is provided wireless remote control, which we will see in a more close-up view later in this photo report.

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Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector - Front View

Front View of the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector.
Front View of the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a close-up photo of the front view of the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector.

On the left side is the vent (expels hot air from the projector), behind which is the fan and lamp assembly. On the bottom center is the tilt adjuster button and foot that raises and lowers the front of the projector for different screen height setups. There are two more height adjustment feet located on the bottom rear of the projector (not shown).

Next is the lens, which is shown uncovered. For details on lens specifications and performance, refer to my Optoma HD28DSE Review.

Also, above and behind the lens, are the Focus/Zoom controls located in a recessed compartment. There are also onboard function buttons on the rear top of the projector (out of focus in this photo). These will be shown in more detail later in this photo profile.

Finally, moving the right of the lens is a remote control sensor (small dark circle).

Finally, on the right, hidden behind the "grill" is where the onboard speaker is located.

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03
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Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector - Focus and Zoom Controls

The Focus and Zoom Controls Control on the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector.
The Focus and Zoom Controls Control on the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page is closer look Focus and Zoom control of the Optoma HD28DSE, which is positioned as part of the lens assembly.

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Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector - Onboard Controls

The onboard controls provided on the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector
The onboard controls provided on the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Pictured on this page are the on-board controls for the Optoma HD28DSE. These controls are also duplicated on the wireless remote control, which is shown later in this gallery.

Starting on the left side of the "ring" is the Menu access button. This enables you to access all the projectors setting options.

Moving to the bottom of the "ring' is the Power/Standby On/Off button, and just below that are 3 LED indicator lights: Lamp, On/Standby, Temperature. These indicators display the operating status of the projector.

When the projector is turned on, the Power indicator will flash green and then will remain solid green during operation. When this indicator displays amber continuously, the projector is stand-by mode, but if it is flashing green, the projector is in cool down mode.

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

Likewise, the Lamp indicator should also be off during normal operation, if there is a problem with the Lamp, this indicator will flash amber or red.

Next, moving back to the "ring", on the right side is the Help button (?). This takes you to a troubleshooting menu if needed.

Moving into the inside of the "ring", on the left is Source Selection button, on the top and bottom is the Keystone Correction button, on the right is Re-Sync button (Automatically synchronizes the projector to the input source).

Also, it is important to note the buttons labeled Source, Re-Sync, and the Keystone Correction buttons also do double duty as Menu navigation buttons (when the Menu button is pushed).

It is also important to point out that all of the buttons available on the projector are also accessible via the provided remote control. However, having controls available on the projector is an added convenience - that is, unless the projector has been ceiling mounted.

For a look at the connections provided on the Optoma HD28DSE, which are located on the right side of the projector (when looking from the front), proceed to the next photo.

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Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector - Side View with Connections

Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector - Side View with Connections
Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector - Side View with Connections. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the side connection panel of the Optoma HD28DSE, which shows the connections provided.

Starting on the bottom left is the Security Bar is inserted.

In the center of the panel are the main connection.

Starting on the top is the 3D Sync input. This is where you plug in the optional 3D emitter that sends signals to compatible Active Shutter 3D Glasses

Just below the 3D Synch/Emitter connection is a 12-volt trigger output. That can be used for turning other compatible devices on and off, such an electrically controlling raising or lowering a screen.

Continuing to move down is the USB power port. As its label implies, this port is provided for charging portable USB devices and is not for access audio or video content from Flash Drives or other media-connectable USB devices.

Moving to the very bottom of this first vertical row is an analog audio output connection (3.5mm) that allows incoming audio from the HDMI inputs to be routed back out to an external audio system.

Moving to the second vertical row are two HDMI inputs. These allow the connection of HDMI or DVI source components(such as an HD-Cable or HD-Satellite Box, DVD, Blu-ray, or HD-DVD Player). Sources with DVI outputs can be connected to an HDMI input of the Optoma HD28DSE Home HD28DSE via a DVI-HDMI adapter cable.

Also, it is important to not that the HDMI 1 connection is also MHL-enabled. This allows direct connection to compatible smartphones and tablets for accessing compatible media content.

between the two HDMI connections is a mini-USB connection. This is provided only for installing firmware updates - it is not used for content access from USB plug-in devices.

Finally, on the far right is the AC receptacle, where you plug in the provided detachable AC power cord.

NOTE: It important to point out that the Optoma HD28DSE does not provide Component (Red, Green, and Blue) Video, S-Video, Composite, VGA input connections. In other words, only HDMI source devices can be connected to the HD28DSE.

For a look at the remote control provided with the Optoma HD28DSE, proceed to the next photo...

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Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector - Remote Control

A photo of the remote control provided for the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector.
A photo of the remote control provided for the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is a look at the remote control for the Optoma HD28DSE.

This remote is of average size and fits comfortable in an average-sized hand. Also, the remote has a backlight function, which allows easy use in a darkened room.

On the very top left is the Power On button, while on the top right is the Power Off button.

Moving to the next row are buttons labeled User 1, User 2, and User 3. These buttons are provided so that you can make your own custom picture setting presets. For example, you may prefer different settings when watching a Blu-ray Disc, then when playing a video game.

Next, there is a series of nine buttons: Brightness, Contrast, Display Mode (Preset Brightness, Contrast, and Color settings), Keystone Correction, Aspect Ratio (16:9, 4:3, etc...), 3D (on/off), Mute, Dynamic Black, Sleep Timer.

Moving down to the center of the remote are the Volume, Source, and Re-Sync button that also double as Menu navigation buttons when the Menu button is pushed.

Finally, on the bottom of the remote are the direct access source input buttons: available input sources are: HDMI 1, HDMI 2, YPbPr, VGA2, and Video.

NOTE: The YPbPr, VGA2, and Video buttons are not applicable to the HD28DSE as these inputs are not provided - this remote is used for several Optoma video projector models.

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Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector - Image Settings Menu

A photo of the Image Settings Menu on the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector.
A photo of the Image Settings Menu on the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown in this photo is the Image Settings Menu.

1. Display Mode: Provides several preset color, contrast, and brightness settings: Cinema (best for viewing movies in a darkened room), Reference (approximates as close as possible the settings that original filmmakers intended, but on what is directly fed from the content source), Game (optimized for video game graphics), Vivid (provides extra brightness and contrast), Bright (Maximum brightness optimized for PC input sources), 3D (optimized brightness and contrast to compensate for brightness when viewing 3D), User (presets saved from using the settings below).

2. Brightness: Makes the image brighter or darker.

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

4. Color Saturation: Adjusts the degree 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 used sparingly as it can accentuate edge artifacts. NOTE: This setting does not change the display resolution.

7. Advanced: Provides access to an additional sub-menu that provides settings for Gamma, Brilliant Color, Dynamic Black (optimizes brightness to bring out more detail in dark images), Color Temperature - Adjusts the Warmness (more red - outdoor look) or Blueness (more blue - indoor look) of the image, and Color Matching - provides details setting options for each primary and secondary color (should be done by an installer).

8. On the bottom of the photo is a look the Darbee Visual Presence settings menu.

Darbee Visual Presence processing adds an additional layer of video processing that can be optionally implemented independently ​of the projector's other video processing capabilities

What it does is add depth information to the image via the use of real-time contrast, brightness, and sharpness manipulation (referred to as luminous modulation) - However, it is not the same as a traditional Sharpness control.

The process restores missing "3D" information that the brain is trying to see within the 2D image. The result is that the image "pops" with improved texture, depth, and contrast range, which gives it a more 3D-like experience (although not the same as true 3D - it can be used in conjunction with both 2D and 3D viewing).

The DarbeeVision Menu operates as follows:

Mode - Allows users to select the mode that best fits your viewed content. The choices are: Hi-Def - This is the least aggressive approach, which aids in enhancing detail in movies, TV, and streaming content. Gaming is a little more aggressive, which is more appropriate for Gaming. Full Pop provides the most intense application of Darbee processing, which may be appropriate for lower resolution content.

For movies and TV shows, I found that the HD mode is the most appropriate. The Full Pop mode, although fun to check out - when viewing over time, it can look too exaggerated and coarse.

Level - This setting allows you to adjust the degree of the Darbee effect within each mode.

Demo Mode (allow users to display ether a Split Screen or Swipe Screen to see the before and after effect of Darbee Visual Presence processing. You can make adjustments while viewing either the split screen or swipe screen.

NOTE: Examples of Darbee processing are shown in the next two photos of this report.

There is also Reset setting (not shown in this photo) that returns all picture settings back to factory defaults. Useful if you think you messed anything up when making changes.

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Optoma HD28DSE Video Projector - Darbee Visual Presence - Example 1

Optoma HD28DSE - Darbee Visual Presence - Example 1 - Beach
Optoma HD28DSE - Darbee Visual Presence - Example 1 - Beach. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Here is the first of two of Darbee Visual Presence video processing examples, shown in split-screen view, as implemented by the Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector

The left side shows the image with Darbee Visual Presence disabled and the right side of the image shows how the image looks with Darbee Visual Presence enabled.

The setting used was HiDef Mode set at 100% (the 100% percent setting was used to better illustrate the effect in this photo presentation).

In the photo, note the increased detail, depth, and wider dynamic contrast range on the rocky beach wave ripple than on the non-processed image on the right.

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Optoma HD28DSE DLP Video Projector - Darbee Example 2 - Final Take

Optoma HD28DSE - Darbee Visual Presence - Example 2 - Trees
Optoma HD28DSE - Darbee Visual Presence - Example 2 - Trees. Photo © Robert Silva - Licensed to About.com

Shown above is a good example of how the Darbee Visual Presence can increase detail and depth. Notice especially that the leaves on the foreground trees to on the right side of the screen have a much more detailed and a 3D-like effect, that the leaves on the tree shown on the left side of the screen.

Then look further around the image and notice the difference in the detail of the trees on the hill, as well as the line where the tree tops meet the sky.

Finally, though a little harder to see, notice the detail of the grass at the bottom of the screen just to the left of the split vertical split line, versus the grass on the bottom of the screen just to the right of the split line.

Final Take

The Optoma HD28DSE is a video projector that features a practical design and easy-to-use operation. Also, with its strong light output, and the added Darbee Visual Presence processing feature, provides an interesting twist on video projector performance.

For additional perspective on the features and performance of the Optoma HD28DSE, also check out my Review and Video Performance Tests.

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NOTE: For complete details on the Optoma HD28DSE's onscreen menu system and additional display and setup options, refer to the complete User Manual  which can be downloaded free from the Optoma Website.