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Optoma TechnologyHD33 DLP Projector
 
4.7

(based on 18 reviews)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (14)
  • Good remote (9)
  • Energy efficient (4)
  • Interfaces well with TV (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Movies (16)
    • Large rooms (9)
    • Living room (9)
    • Television shows (5)
    • Smaller rooms / apartments (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Movie enthusiast (13), Tech savvy (10), Audiophile (8), Practical (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    my new HD33

    I use my HD33 mainly for movies. So far I am pleased with the picture quality. Still in aww that a 140" screen could look that good especially with 1080 content....720...Read complete review

    I use my HD33 mainly for movies. So far I am pleased with the picture quality. Still in aww that a 140" screen could look that good especially with 1080 content....720 content of course is not as appealing to the eye but a good picture for that size screen. I must say nine foot ceilings are great to prevent hearing and running noise..the HD33 is pretty quiet on its own but the extra foot of clearance helps too. I read the distance chart and was able to place the projector dead center of the suggested range...setup was a breeze. The only downside I have is the refresh rate...but at this price its forgivable. I haven't had an opportunity to use the 3D feature yet. Still have to purchase the glasses. I wish optoma would consider donating a couple pair to the 33's buyers...but I'm sure that's the reason the price is so low. I only noticed the rainbow effect on lion king. Probably because its all drawn art rather than c.g. needles to say...overall I'm pretty pleased with it!!

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good quality but very limited usability

    First the 3D quality and 1080P quality is great. 1080i TV and any SD look poor. This is a real slave to content. Out of the box settings are plain stupid. This must...Read complete review

    First the 3D quality and 1080P quality is great. 1080i TV and any SD look poor. This is a real slave to content. Out of the box settings are plain stupid. This must be tweaked to get a good result. The throw distance range is terribly small. Don't try to ceiling mount this either, there isnt a lense shift feature. So, from the ceiling on a 100" screen, you will lose 6 inches vertically. I spoke to Optoma about this and they said lense shift isnt a feature at this price point. False, just not in Optoma. The bottom line is if you will watch alot of 3D this will do the trick. Stay away if you won't use the 3D.

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    4.0

    Good product, was almost what I wanted

    By Javier Melo

    from Cali, Colombia

    About Me Movie Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Movies

      Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

      Expected to give a broader picture. Even I tasted the 3D

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      5.0

      Better than expected

      By Greg

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Audiophile, Practical, Tech Savvy

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Good Remote

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Larger Rooms
        • Living Room
        • Movies
        • Smaller Rooms
        • Television Shows

        Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

        Set up as a 90" diagonal in basement home theater. I had high hopes going into my purchase based on all reviews. It has not disappointed. Have not checked out the 3D capabilities yet. On screen set up easy. HD & Blu ray content looks amazing.

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        5.0

        Amazing Experience

        By jgcgtravel

        from Texas

        About Me ~~"~one Upper~~"~, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Colors
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Picture quality
        • Quiet

        Cons

        • No User Manual

        Best Uses

        • Larger Rooms
        • Living Room
        • Movies
        • Television Shows

        Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

        This projector has performed beyond my expectations with the crisp image quality, amazing lighting in multiple circumstances, and the lack of noise. I knew my 115" screen would look good but I never expected it to look this good!

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        5.0

        my new HD33

        By nuttboxxx

        from columbia SC

        About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Pro Audio / DJ, Tech Savvy

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Energy Efficient
        • Good Remote

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Dedicated Home Theater
          • Larger Rooms
          • Movies

          Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

          I use my HD33 mainly for movies. So far I am pleased with the picture quality. Still in aww that a 140" screen could look that good especially with 1080 content....720 content of course is not as appealing to the eye but a good picture for that size screen. I must say nine foot ceilings are great to prevent hearing and running noise..the HD33 is pretty quiet on its own but the extra foot of clearance helps too. I read the distance chart and was able to place the projector dead center of the suggested range...setup was a breeze. The only downside I have is the refresh rate...but at this price its forgivable. I haven't had an opportunity to use the 3D feature yet. Still have to purchase the glasses. I wish optoma would consider donating a couple pair to the 33's buyers...but I'm sure that's the reason the price is so low. I only noticed the rainbow effect on lion king. Probably because its all drawn art rather than c.g. needles to say...overall I'm pretty pleased with it!!

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          5.0

          INCREDIBLE!!!

          By Stan The Man

          from Elizabethtown, KY

          About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attractive Design
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Energy Efficient
          • Good Remote
          • Interfaces Well With TV
          • Intuitive Controls
          • Versatile

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

              I have my HD33 sitting on my coffee table projecting directly onto a beige wall. There are 4 windows in the room. Talk about a bright projector, I watch movies, TV, and play games in daylight with an incredible picture. From about 12 feet the picture is over 11 feet diagonally. I bought two pair of the new optoma 3d glasses, they are much brighter than any other 3d I have seen. I am so impressed I have no reason ever to burn cash at a theater again. I bought it with a 3 year warranty and still paid less than anywhere else.

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              5.0

              Amazing

              By Projector Man

              from Idaho

              About Me Movie Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • 3D is flawless
              • Amazing color
              • DLP Link glasses work
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Good Remote
              • Optoma RF Glasses work
              • Quiet

              Cons

              • A little expensive

              Best Uses

              • Larger Rooms

              Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

              I purchased this projector, because it was 2nd in a top-ten list provided by a projector review website. The 3D is much better than a theater, it displays rich color, contrast is amazing as well. I now have no need to go to the theater to watch 3D, because it looks better in my basement.

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              4.0

              Optoma HD33

              By Gez

              from Downtown Brisbane

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Movies

                Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                I ordered this projector from Brisbane, Australia the projector arrived within 7 days and was very well packaged. I have had the projector for 2 weeks now and have used it daily. For a entry level projector it provides great depth of colour and detail, it is very quiet and throws a good image at 4.5 M. I can further improve the picture quality with a fixed screen. I am looking forward to trying the 3D capability soon. Overall very happy with the service at BHPphoto and thi Optoma product.

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                5.0

                Best Bang for the Buck Bar None!

                By thehometheaternut

                from Sunny Las Vegas

                About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Good Remote

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Larger Rooms
                  • Living Room
                  • Movies
                  • Smaller Rooms
                  • Television Shows

                  Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                  I really don't think I have enough room to say all the good about this fine Optoma product here. Being an ex-owner of the Optoma HD7100, another fine unit, (I say ex because proceeds from it's sale helped pay for the HD33), I already have come to expect great things from them. Of all the projector companies out there, Optoma has proven itself one of the best for us consumers. They have excellent designs, performance features,and support, and are priced to move quickly into our basement home theater systems! (sorry about those of you without basements) Anyway, the HD33 is ready to go right out of the box and setup is a minimal breeze. Immediately those of you who use a computer in your theater system see a beautiful, bright, clear, and huge desktop! Color is very close to perfect. Of course, like any good projector, after a little tweaking, it becomes the awesome projector, throwing a gorgeous image onto your screen. In my case, an acoustically transparent fixed screen made with the same material SMX uses in their fantastic screens. (I was lucky and got it BEFORE they went galactic!) Any way, at STD lamp mode, the HD33 is PULLENTY BRIGHT for my 161" wide 66" high scope screen. I use a panamorph U350 vertical compression lens in front of the HD33 and when I watch a widescreen movie, once the move starts, I push the third button down from the left top on the remote. The LBX button, and voila! BLACK BARS BE GONE! Full screen, proper geometry and away we go! As you can tell I like my movies the way they used to be in the good ole days. W I D E SCREEN. Watching content from the HDMI out on my Directv HD receiver, the picture was jaw dropping gorgeous! I have to get in touch with the 3D content they offer. I'll bet it's fantastic too!

                  Using a Sony BDP S580 for 2D and 3D movies, all I can say is "That is a Beautiful Picture". Yesterday I picked up the 3D Blu Ray of'Resident Evil Afterlife' to see how 3D performed on the HD33. After a couple menu settings, I got green lights from the RF emitter that plugs into the back and pushed the power button on the Optoma 3Drf glasses. It definitely looked 3D! The picture quality was excellent too. A little bit of brightness was lost to the glasses, but thats how it is anywhere and everywhere you watch 3D. If you want to see gorgeous, bright, crisp, sharp and otherwise grand images come to life on your screen, the HD33 will fill the bill at very minimal cost. I tried to save a few bucks and bought a refurbished HD33. It developed a bit of a brighmess problem so I sent it back and at the same time, decided to up the ante and go for a new one. The good people at B&H upped the shipping speed a notch and I was in projector heaven in no time at all! If I had to recommend a projector to my best friend, it'd be the HD33! Go for it! It will be one of the best investments you'll make in your home theater!

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                  5.0

                  This magic box has the goods!

                  By Ino

                  from Jackson, NJ

                  About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Bright colors both 2D -3D
                  • Pure Motion is a bonus

                  Cons

                  • Confusing Remote
                  • Placement

                  Best Uses

                  • Movies
                  • Surround Sound Solution

                  Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                  I have man cave that has ambient light control, I sit about 15 feet from a 120 inch screen with +1 gain and this PJ gives you nice crisp and rich colors with deep blacks!! It is hooked up to an Onkyo 709 THX that has among other audio presets, height and wide Dolby PLIIz channeling for audio and it perfectly rounds out the sweet spot for a truly amazing 3 dimensional experience in both audio and video! On the downside, I noticed the DLP rainbow effect while watching the movie 300 in Bluray but then disappeared when I watched Avatar 3D in Bluray. Not sure if I got rid of it from all the tweaking or my eyes just adjusted to it as it is no longer evident. Weird, but I'll take it, now I'm in 3D heaven! I hope the fun lasts a long time....

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                  5.0

                  Loving the 3D HD expierence!

                  By HD in KC

                  from Kansas City, MO

                  About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Good Remote
                  • Intuitive Controls

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Larger Rooms
                    • Living Room
                    • Movies

                    Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                    I wish it came in black but other than that has been great. Have it hooked into my Onkyo receiver and watching netflix, hulu, [@], dvd's, Blu-Ray's and when my glasses come in tomorrow 3D Blu Ray. Throws out a bright picture that even my poorly light controlled room shows well. (I wouldn't have any light directly thrown on the viewing serface however. MY only gripe is I wish the remote had a laser pointer built in, but then again this isn't a business projector...

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                    4.0

                    Great way to go 3D cheap

                    By oldsv6

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Audiophile, Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up

                    Cons

                    • NONE

                    Best Uses

                    • Living Room
                    • Movies

                    Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                    Refurb price Plus add three year warrenty cheaper than new with only 2 year warrenty. Great picture and featues!

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                    5.0

                    Excellent Projector

                    By James

                    from Canberra, Australia

                    About Me Gamer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Set Up
                    • Good Remote
                    • Interfaces Well With TV

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Larger Rooms
                      • Living Room
                      • Movies
                      • Smaller Rooms

                      Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                      This must be the best 1080p 3D projector available for the price. Amazing quality graphics for games and 3D cinema.

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                      5.0

                      Optoma HD33 DLP 3D projector

                      By Ho the tea lover

                      from HK

                      About Me Audiophile

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Non-bulky

                      Cons

                      • No paper manual

                      Best Uses

                      • Movies

                      Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                      I gave up my home theatre system for almost 10 years until recently I saw a demo of the 3D projection at an agent. The heat started up again when I searched on the web and was attracted by this Optoma HD33. The price is really un-beatble and so I ordered one. Delivery was quick and within 1 week I received the full package. Setup was easy and in an hour time I could sit down to watch my first movie. The performance is great with solid and natural color, contrast and brightness fine tuning is easy for both 2D and 3D projection. This is really a great product valued for money.

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                      2.0

                      Good quality but very limited usability

                      By Koolance

                      from PA

                      About Me Movie Enthusiast, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Interfaces Well With TV

                      Cons

                      • Difficult To Set Up
                      • Poor Interface

                      Best Uses

                      • Movies

                      Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                      First the 3D quality and 1080P quality is great. 1080i TV and any SD look poor. This is a real slave to content. Out of the box settings are plain stupid. This must be tweaked to get a good result. The throw distance range is terribly small. Don't try to ceiling mount this either, there isnt a lense shift feature. So, from the ceiling on a 100" screen, you will lose 6 inches vertically. I spoke to Optoma about this and they said lense shift isnt a feature at this price point. False, just not in Optoma. The bottom line is if you will watch alot of 3D this will do the trick. Stay away if you won't use the 3D.

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                      5.0

                      Optoma HD-33

                      By Galsky

                      from Israel

                      About Me Movie Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Great value for money

                      Cons

                      • Contrast can get better

                      Best Uses

                      • Movies

                      Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                      As a owner of the HD-20 i didnt expext a big diffrence
                      Between the two models exept the 3D function.
                      But i must tell you one thing about the picture sharpness and dept (especialy
                      in full light scenes) waoooooooo!!!!!!!!
                      Its a totaly new product that delivers an amazing quality for its price!

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                      5.0

                      optoma set the bar

                      By Steve

                      from Australia

                      About Me Movie Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Set Up
                      • Energy Efficient
                      • Good Remote

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Larger Rooms
                        • Living Room
                        • Movies
                        • Television Shows

                        Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                        Optoma produce excellent projectors. This model, the HD33,which includes 3D feature is amazing for the price. Do not hesitate.Blurays look great. If you have a projector already, upgrade to 3D and if you are new to Home theater projectors start with this one. Obtain DLP link glasses which are now reasonably priced and project onto a screen or a wall and be impressed.

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                        5.0

                        Highly Recommended!

                        By Mjmcubfn

                        from Redondo Beach, CA

                        About Me Movie Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Great Picture

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Set Up

                        Best Uses

                        • Living Room
                        • Movies

                        Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                        The 3D is amazing. Better than the theaters.

                        The lack of lens shift makes the install kind of a pain, but once you find that sweet spot, all is right with the world.

                        A bargain at twice the price.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent performance, minimun cost

                        By vangelis

                        from Agrinio, Greece

                        About Me Movie Enthusiast, Practical, Technically Challenged, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Energy Efficient
                        • Good Remote

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Larger Rooms
                          • Living Room
                          • Movies
                          • Television Shows

                          Comments about Optoma Technology HD33 DLP Projector:

                          This is an excellent 3D projector.
                          There is absolutely, no cross-talk and no flicker at all, even with material that is not very well known for its 3D quality, such as "Tangled", or "Despicable me" and " Monsters vs Alliens" blu ray 3D!
                          It delivers very bright and perfect colour saturation even in daylight conditions in the projection room with very low noise!
                          I saw no judder at all, even in very fast action scenes!
                          The only problem is with its set-up, since there is luck of vertical, or horizontal lense shift!
                          However, with a little effort, this is a disadvantage which can be overcome!
                          DLP technology from Texas Instruments, and 3D-RF, or DLP-Link technology developed by Optoma, really deliver the great performance results, Optoma claims for these technologies to perform in its official site! ...And all this at a fraction of the cost other 3D projectors have!
                          I'm off to getting the upcoming Optoma HD83 model for sure, especially if it sells at such low a price as the HD33 model!

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