OPTOMA HD143X Projector Review
The Optoma HD143X is a DLP projector that offers 1080P resolution. At first glance, this projector appears to be designed primarily for business/education. However, when you dig into it, you realize that this is an inexpensive projector that is a surprisingly great choice for gaming as well as home entertainment. Let’s take a look at some of the features that make this projector a good option for individuals who are looking to enjoy HD movie content and video games.
- Projector Model: HD143X
- Technology: DLP (1)
- Native Resolution: 1920x1080
- Max Resolution: 1920x1200
Quick Takeway - The Optoma 143X is a serious contender for the best gaming projector but it also doubles up as an affordable choice for home theaters. While it doesn't come equipped for 4k it does provide some great visuals.
Low Input Lag
This projector has a low input lag at approximately 16 ms. This makes the projector fast enough for those who are serious about gaming. To put this in perspective, a projector with a 50 ms lag time is considered to be an okay option for casual gamers. Between 33 ms and 40 ms is pretty good for people who are not competing and want to have a good time when playing games online. Between 16 and 30 ms is considered to be the best you can expect from a projector. This puts this guy up there with some of the best gaming projectors.
This is a great feature for a projector that will be used for home entertainment. Dynamic Black is a process that makes the blacks darker while preserving the subtle gradient needed for realistic shadows. This feature leads to a higher contrast image.
The Optoma HD143X has a lamp life of 15,000 hours when the projector is used in the Dynamic power mode. When the projector is used in Eco-mode, the lamp life drops down to 10,000 hours. With full power in the Bright mode, lamp life is 3,500 hours.
When you shop around, you will see that 3,500 hour lamp life is typical for a projector in this price range. The great news is that since the projector is so bright, 3000 lm, most people will not need to run the projector at full brightness or full power unless the projector is constantly being used during the day. The eco-mode or the Dynamic mode will be more than sufficient for viewing content at night. You may want to use the projector at full brightness when using the 3D mode since 3D projection reduces the lumen count by one third. More about this in our guide to lamp life.
We know that 3D technology in projectors is not as popular as it was a few years ago. However, most projector fans still require that their projectors are 3D capable. You will need to use shutter DLP link glasses to enjoy 3D content. What’s great is that because of the popularity of 3D projectors, you’re able to purchase these lenses at an affordable price.
This is a compact projector. Its dimensions are 12.5 x 9.75 x 4.25”. It weighs 6.75 pounds. This means that the projector is light enough that you can throw it into your backpack or easily move it from one room to another. See related - best portable projectors.
- Dimensions: 4.3 H x 12.4 W x 9.2 D
- Weight: 6.8 lbs
Focus and Adjustments
A nice feature of the HD143X is its vertical keystone correction of +40. This gives you little flexibility when it comes to installation and setup. It’s not a feature that you want to overuse because it does run the risk of degrading the quality of the image. You want the image to be as close to rectangle as possible during the initial setup and then make slight corrections with the keystone.
This projector does not have motorized zoom. However, the manual zoom feature located at the top of the projector allows you to make minor adjustments to the size and location of the image.
The HD1403X comes equipped with a 1.1:1 zoom ratio. It doesn’t allow for a lot of flexibility in positioning, but it is a little better than having a projector with a fixed lens, something that is commonly seen in a projector of this size.
- Zoom Lens Ratio: 1.10:1
- Ultra Short Throw: No
- Power Zoom/Focus: No
The Optoma HD143X has a remote control that is easy to use. It is light, and it fits comfortably in your hand as you hold it. It provides you with one touch access to color modes as well as one touch access to various input sources.
The Optoma HD143X as stellar image quality straight out of the box. It is surprising to see image quality this high on a projector that is so inexpensive. When you view movies in cinema mode, you see that everything looks true to color. We feel that the color handling is on par with what you would get with a 4K UHD DLP projector. Of course, with the 4K projector, the image resolution is going to be a lot sharper. But if you’re not ready to spend the extra thousand dollars or more needed in order to get a 4K projector, this is a 1080P projector that produces a sharp real to life image.
- Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Video Compatibility: 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p, 480p, 480i
- Blu Ray 3D: Yes
- HDTV: Yes
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The color is pretty great regardless of the color mode you are in. As with most DLP projectors, Cinema and Reference mode are going to provide you with the best color. The Bright mode is great if you are in a room that has a lot of ambient light. The lumens are going to cut through the light without washing out the colors. You’re going to notice that the coloration does lean toward greens and yellows when you’re using the Bright mode.
The beautiful colors of the HD143 make it also top choice for your home theater.
Again, we were surprised at how well this projector did when it came to skin tones. With Cinema mode and Reference mode, skin tones look natural. When you look at low-cost entertainment projectors, they usually do a terrible job on the color of skin, especially lip skin tones. With the HD143X, you are going to enjoy watching movies, playing video games, and watching sporting events with true to life colors.
Gaming - Two Input lag Standards
The HD143X has two different standards for input lag. With the Enhanced Gaming feature off, the input lag is 33.1 ms. This is good enough for anyone who is a casual gamer. When you turn the Enhanced Gaming feature on, the lag is reduced to a mind-boggling 16.4 ms. To achieve this reduced lag, you will need to turn the Dynamic Black feature off. If you keep it on, you’ll have around 17.4 ms lag. This projector is perfect for the casual gamer and the hard-core competitive online gamer.
- Wireless Networking: No
- Audio: 10.0 W Mono
If you’re playing a game that has slow panning shots, you might see some slight judder. It’s definitely not as bad as it could be, but it is noticeable. We would classify it as typical for a projector in this price range. However, you do not come across those types of shots a lot in games, so this should not be a problem.
For the price point, any other cheap projectors won't give you anywhere near this level of gaming graphic quality.
To summarize this projector’s image quality, we would say that it is a lot better than some of the more expensive projectors we have reviewed. It’s going to offer a crisp 1080P resolution, whether you’re playing video games or looking at high definition sports or HD content. Darker shows may require you to use the brighter modes, especially if you’re watching the show in ambient light. That being said, the project will do well in a fully darkened room.