Optoma's Cheap 1080p HD803 Projector and its 720p Friends, the HD65 and HD71

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Optoma's got a new 1080p projector coming out in December, dubbed the HD803. It's new but it sits right below Optoma's HD80, one of the first to break the $3000/1080p barrier, in price and performance. The crib sheet on the HD803 reads as follows: 8000:1 contrast ratio, 1200 lumens of output, and a DLP DMD chipset from TI. The projector's also armed with dual HDMI inputs, on top of the usual suspects. The price? $2599, which isn't bad for a 1080p DLP projector, even if we've seen brighter ones. Optoma also unveiled two 720p projectors.

Optima's HD65 delivers native 720p resolution, 1600 lumens with a 4000:1 contrast ratio, HDMI 1.3, component, VGA, composite, s-video, +12v trigger and USB. Not bad —and neither is the $999 price tag.

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•Optima's HD71 also delivers native 720p, but kicks it up with 2400 lumens of brightness with a 4000:1 contrast ratio, HDMI 1.3, DVI, component, composite, s-video and VGA, as well as a 2 watt speaker. Comes in at a respectable $1299.

For the full press releases, hit the following links. [HD65 / HD71 and HD803]

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Also much less wiring hassle. Just plug in an HDMI cable to this and plug in the power and you're ready to go. Though 2 watts seems a bit small. I'm assuming its used for Powerpoint presentations so you can hear the sounds for animations but they're not obnoxiously loud.