Optoma HD131Xe, HD (1080p), 2500 ANSI Lumens, 3D-Home Theater Projector, Black Reviewed by Adamsy on Sep 12 . Rating: 4.5 Optoma HD131Xe, HD (1080p), 2500 ANSI Lumens, 3D-Home Theater Projector, Black: Electronics

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The Optoma HD131Xe is a remarkably powerful high resolution 1080p projector designed to deliver magnificent quality video with superb color accuracy and amazingly sharp detail. With its 2500 lumens bright image and impressive 18000:1 contrast ratio, the Optoma HD131Xe will help you create the most fantastic, most enjoyable home theater experience. Offers full 3D compatibility for seamless integration with your favorite Blu-ray 3D player, also compatible with Apple TV, gaming consoles and set-top-boxes. The Optoma HD131Xe combines industry-leading energy saving features, whisper quiet operation and Optoma's legendary performance and quality to satisfy the needs of even the most demanding home theater enthusiast.

Technical Details

  • Maximum Resolution: WUXGA (1920 x 1200)
  • Single 0.65" DC3 DMD DLP® Technology by Texas Instruments

Customer Reviews

Maxed out Performance Value, Still Needs Some Polish.

 August 23, 2013
By P. Vo
Purchased this at $769. For the price I paid and the performance of this projector, I am getting more than the requisite 80% performance while having paid less than the 20% fare. But this projector is not without its faults. Thankfully, aside from a loss of brightness in 3D, a problem inherent in all of today’s 3D display devices, none of these faults are related to image quality. So here they are first, the Cons……….

Cons:
1. Aside from a zoom lens, no placement flexibility. Additionally, vertical offset adds a dimension of difficulty with setup.
2. No 12 volt trigger.
3. Hourglass meter shown when streams are being switched during blu ray playback. Input identification also is shown.
4. Remote presses are unresponsive and/or IR receiver has a very narrow reception angle requiring user to be precise when using remote.
5. Light spillage from front grill. Thankfully, this does not manifest on the screen.
6. Menu screens not completely elegant in navigation setup. Some selections exist on a second page when they could have been included on a single page. This makes going back to change a setting like retreading back through a maze.
7. Only one user setting. Although, it does appear that 2D and 3D settings are stored separately.
8. Contrast boosted during 3D playback causing washed out image.
9. Lens cap not included.

Pros:
1. Awesome image processing post calibration.
A. Silky smooth. No image tearing during camera pans.
B. Very good blacks.
C. Very good shadow detail.
D. Very good colors.
E. Reduced mosquito noise effect for a DLP.
2. Should street for less than $800 soon.
3. Less than $200 bulb replacement.
4. Very organic 3D performance. No artificial pop-out book effect. Even with films transformed into 3D like Beauty and the Beast.
5. No cross-talk in 3D.
5. DLP Link and RF glasses sync at 144hz.
6. About as loud as a long exhale of breath.
7. Onboard audio is better than most LED TV’s (not that any projector user will ever use this long term).
8. Comes in black!
9. Every inch of performance, operation costs, enjoyment are absolutely maxed out at this price (under $800).

There may be some projectors that are going to be a hair less in price than the HD131Xe, but other drawbacks with those projectors will put them below the HD131Xe in value. When splitting hairs with cost, a bulb replacement of under $200 should not be discounted when price is a consideration. The cost of bulb replacement of other projectors is going to run $350-$500. Some projectors may be brighter, but at the cost of being louder. And there is no projector at under $800 that can match its black level performance. The only way to gain on the performance of this projector is to pay more. And the only reason I am hesitant to give it a perfect 5-star rating has more to do with Optoma’s laziness than the limitations of the actual projector. Optoma has its roots in the business class projector arena. That these business class vestiges are still around really is why this projector isn’t perfect in its class. Take for instance offset. With 4 people huddled around a projector with an image being projected high up on a wall, offset proves valuable in say circa 2004. But in today’s world where virtual meeting software allows everyone to view the presentation on their own private laptop screen or without even being in the same room, offset is not needed. The idea that a projector serves the dual purpose of being a business projector that can be used for entertainment doesn’t exist anymore. Projectors are either Home Theater projectors or large venue projectors for business use. Optoma needs to get rid of this silly offset. They are really shutting out the basement theater room and low ceiling folks from buying their products. Give some lens offset to widen the potential market and flexibility for users. Most viewing devices today get thrown all sort of media at them: video games, blu rays, TV, sports, internet rips, etc. None of these media sources are equal. So it really is cripling to users for Optoma to have only included one single user setting. And that this is the case is an indictment towards Optoma’s laziness. Optoma, realize that the landscape for business projectors has long since eroded. Projectors are no longer going to be fed just Microsoft Windows from a laptop. Using the same resources already at Optoma, programmers could very easily give users at least just one more user setting for different media types we are throwing at it. Prolonged refusal to do this is just plain laziness. In a home theater environment, where the user is attempting to duplicate the moving going experience at home, we don’t need to be reminded that our efforts are artificial by having a ticking hourglass displayed with streams are being swtiched during blu ray playback. Improve those HDMI handshakes and get rid of these nag screens. These things that I mention as cons are really the polish that is needed to lift Optoma projectors from the respected and reputable, and into the reverent elite and beloved.

Excellent Budget 1080p Projector with 144Hz DLPLink or RF3D Support

 August 17, 2013
By Miwo
Extremely happy with my purchase. I highly recommend buying this projector if Bang/Buck, Quietness, and 1080p/3D are your most important factors in selecting a projector. Completely blows away by 720P LED 500 Lumen Projector I was using previously. I’m not qualified to do professional Lumen measurements, or direct comparisons between similarly priced 1080p projectors, but take a look at some of the points I’ve highlighted. If you have anything you want to ask me or have me check that doesnt require professional equipment, leave me a comment. Thanks for reading!

Pros:
+ Noise: Nearly Silent in ECO Mode. My seating position is directly under the projector and I do not hear it over my HTPC/PS3 located in the corner of the same room. Bright Mode is slightly audible, but does not emit a high pitched fan noise. I cannot stress this point enough. My central air is much louder than this…If the projector wasn’t throwing a giant image on my screen, I wouldn’t know that its on. Its that quiet to me!
+ Price : I got this on Preorder for $ 7 6 9 . It seems to be in price flux with supply/demand. If you see this for above $9, just buy the HD25e (similar specs, brighter, more contrast, white color). Excellent value and Bang/Buck. It will be great if the price settles down to under $800 again.
+ Black Levels and Colors were very good right outside of the Box. Several Color Presets available as well as Fine Tuning of Color Temperature (Warm/Cool), Color Space (RGB Full 0-255 or RGB Limited 16-235 or YUV), and Hue/Saturation/Gain Levels for Red/Green/Cyan/Magenta/Blue/Yellow. RGB Adjustment on White. If you want to fine tune and professionally calibrate, you should be able to. This is a budget projector, but Shadow Details were pretty good. On projectors with horrible black levels, even the empty black side borders (like a 2.35:1 aspect ratio movie on a 16:9 screen) will be a washed out black or light grey.
+ Input Lag : This projector is very responsive. I play 3D Fighting Games which require 1-Frame Links (Button Presses with 1/60th of a second timing) to execute combos. I did not have any problems playing demanding video games on this projector. It should not hinder your gameplay. I have most post processing features turned off (BrilliantColor, Dymaic Black, Noise Reduction, Edge Masking, Zoom).
+ RF 3D: I paired this up with the Optoma RF 3D Glasses and 3D Emitter. Watched Avengers in 3D without any problems. Very impressive, did not notice any dropouts or abnormalities even when viewing from the opposite side of the room.
+ Lamp Replacement is affordable: A quick google of the 190W BL-FU190E shows $179 replacement cost. The Lamp is rated at 6000 Hours in Eco Mode, or 3500 in Bright Mode. 6000 Hours is about 4 years using the projector for 4 hours a day

Cons:
- Remote Control Backlighting: Extremely bright blue blacklighting. Borderline offensive
- Flimsy Plastic Zoom and Focus: Does not feel sturdy at all. Very loose. I havn’t noticed focus or zoom drifting though
- Did not come with Lens Dust Cap (although manual refers to it)
- Placement requires more pre-planning due to no Horizontal/Vertical Lens Shift

Other Comments (neither pro or con)
1. 2D/3D Color Settings are maintained separately. Meaning you have to be in a 3D Mode (SBS, T&B, Seq) to alter your 3D color settings. It definitely saves different settings in 2D/3D modes

2. If 3D is a top priority, you may still want to get a brighter projector like the HD25e or HD25-LV. Brightness takes a big hit when you put on 3D Glasses (I used Optoma RF ones). I’d recommend putting the projector in Bright Mode or having a very well light controlled room for Eco Mode 3D.

3. Power Consumption Read from a Kill-a-Watt Meter:
STANDBY: 0W
ECO-Mode: 200W
BRIGHT-Mode: 234W

4. Did not and will not test the speaker. I think its a useless feature for a home theater projector

Best Bang for your Buck

 September 16, 2013
By Ryan S. Waters "ryan"
First off, I’ll say that this is about the 4th review I’ve ever written, but I felt as if I NEEDED to write one as a thank you to optoma for the deal that this thing is. I have been looking to buy a new projector for over a year. I have had 4 projectors over the course of the last 10 years, so I’m not an expert, but I have a few projectors to compare to. My old projector was great, but I had a buyer lined up for it, and I just needed to find the right projector to replace it.

I debated on the HD33 when it came out, on the benq 1070 and then the optoma hd25 and 25lv. As you can see from the projectors I have been looking at, they all have about 3 things in common. They all have 3d, they all have around 2000 lumens, and they are all under 1500.00. When I saw the optoma hd131xe come out at under 800.00 that met all my criteria, I waited to see a few reviews before I pulled the trigger. I almost waited for CNET because I love and respect their reviews, but my anticipation got the better of me. Boy am I glad it did!!!!! For the money, you WILL NOT find a better projector. Right out of the box this thing looks amazing. It’s more than bright enough on eco mode (6000 hour rated), that I don’t even see myself using bright unless it’s in 3d. The blacks are good, NOT OUTSTANDING, but for the price really unbelievable. The picture is greeeeaaaat, even my wife complimented on it, and she could care less about my man cave.

Will this projector contend with higher end projectors ???? probably not. It doesn’t have a lot of bells and whistles and it doesn’t seem like their is a lot of adjustment options (I’ve only played with it for about a week and haven’t felt like I needed to adjust it much). Make sure you do a little research on that, if that’s important for you! Lens shift would have been nice, and limits where you can mount it. That is my only REAL complaint, but again you aren’t touching that feature at this price, so I live with a little bit of an offset throw. One of the reviewers was right about the mount holes being small and awkward. The universal mount that I also bought here on amazon didn’t fit it, and I really had to make shift a solution. The holes are really close together and I was only able to get 2 legs to mount. “The bottom line” is that the minor bads on this projector aren’t BAD. Price taken into consideration this projector is A NO BRAINER! I don’t foresee anyone being able to beat this feature set, for this kind of price for awhile. 3D, Native 1080p, 2500 lumens, AND 18000:1 contrast. Do yourself a favor and if you reading this review and debating BUY IT as it is the BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!

Don’t just Watch it…Experience It!

 November 21, 2013
By Davin P.
I was looking for a budget Blu-ray capable projector upgrade from my old Optoma MovieTime DV-10. By luck, I read a mention of this model. I almost went with Mitsubishi’s HC4000, which has won awards, or BenQ’s W1070 model, because of its specs, but I’m so glad I didn’t! Mitsubishi won’t back up their product warranty with certain dealers, and doesn’t have 3D. Then there’s the W1070′s fan which is loud, from reviews. I took a chance on a newcomer with the HD131Xe, and I’m extremely happy with my choice! I’m using a manual pull-down screen, Optoma’s 92″ Panoview Gray Wolf II, with a silver backing. The picture is mind-blowing! I was surprised with the quality of the blacks…the colors, detail and sharpness sold me! I have not had any rainbow effect issues yet, which I did with my older DV-10. Digital noise though, is noticeable in some scenes. This can be smoothed out by suggested settings from reviewers here. Then, there’s the 3D…I was floored! My first 3D movie was “World War Z,” and overall the 3D quality felt like the theater…I was impressed with the bird’s eye view of zombies ripping through the city, and the rainstorm pounding down on me! I bought EStar America’s RF starter kit, and chose Sony’s BDP S5100 as my Blu-ray player. I haven’t tried gaming yet on this, but I can’t wait! A nice touch by Optoma would have been including a lens cap…maybe soon with next shipments??? Besides that, this IS the best performance home projector at this price point, as of this review date. My only other wish is that I had a bigger wall!

As for gaming,

 July 27, 2014
By A. Torres "Samuel T"
Bought this to use with my ps3. I realized the ps3 resolution increasingly approaches crap as the image is blown up larger. The projector seemed fine, though. So I shelled up some more money for a PS4. The playstation 4 has great resolution for starters and the projector does great justice by it.

I’m pretty serious about my images and I had no image issues, really. The color balance was perfect out of the box, though a little on the duller
side. For movies, the colors look identical to what you get at the Cinema, which, though it’s not insanely saturated, does feel nice and blananced all the time. If you disagreed, though, color calibration is backed up well enough with this projector; the menu provides about 7 individual color adjustment slider bars.
Since PS4 video games are over saturated and well calibrated to be so, they perform perfectly with the native color balance of this projector. Play it in a dark room, of course, and you won’t regret it. The 3.5 mm built in audio output is perfect for most gaming / movie set ups, allowing you to switch between a couple of devices without replugging cables. On that note, there is a function for auto switching between in-use cable slots (like most smart tv’s and monitors) that comes turned off out of the box- I recommend turning that on.

OTHER NOTES:
-I tried playing around with all the options of the 3D with non compatible glasses and the output seemed like garbage. I’d hesitate to try the standard 3d glasses.
-I did try it with a Wii U and it looked fine. It seems the colors, though, aren’t made for all that cartooning. Maybe I needed a darker room and a less textured screen (definitely need a good one) but I didn’t think much of the experience. The Wii u resolution is pretty choppy and what they call Jaggies were pretty bad on my setup, in my case.
-From what I gather, the image displayed is uniformly in focus, despite what some people say.

ON RAINBOW EFFECTS:
I had no idea what this was up until the 2nd week with this product. I tried looking it up and didn’t find much. As it turns out, this effect is basically a divergence of light from the original displayed image. Since the color White in screens are composed of Red, Green and Blue pixels, those are the primary colors of the production of white. In this and other DLP projectors, you could get, depending on your body and attention to detail, an effect where areas of pure white can be seen to turn into red, green and blue refractions instead. This basically only happens when you either shake your head or move your vision violently from side to side. I play plenty of first person shooters (which are normally associated with all those rapid eye movements) and even then it wasn’t an issue for me. Every once in a while it can be noticed, but it never broke me out the the experience.

Fantastic for the price

 October 2, 2013
By C. Hollman
Without considering the price I would have given this projector 4-stars because the contrast ratio could be better (the dynamic nature of the contrast is apparent, in generally bright scenes blacks are dark gray rather than black, in generally dark scenes blacks are much closer to true black) and for some reason at a throw of 16 feet with an image width of 9 feet I cannot get opposite corners in focus at the same time, either the upper left or the lower right is in perfect focus, can’t get both. This only affects using the projector as a computer monitor as the out of focus effect is only enough to notice with small fonts, doesn’t bother me when watching video at all. However, considering projectors that have the contrast ratio I am looking for run $3000 and higher I cannot fault this $800 unit for that.

Pros:
- Price/Performance ratio (Can’t beat it!)
- Very bright, easily usable as a computer monitor with standard room lighting
- Good quality speakers, will hold you over while you get your surround system set up, or if you’re on the road.
- Fast turn on and shut down (~5 seconds)
- Very quite, at ceiling level you won’t even hear it
- Zoom helps fit the image size to your screen without having the throw distance (thus your mounting location) perfect.

Cons:
- No lens shift, I have it sitting upside down on a shelf at ceiling level with a towel under it so it doesn’t get scratched up and I had to bunch the towel under the back of it to get it tilted just right (without using yucky keystone correction). Haven’t used ceiling mounts before so maybe it’s not such an issue with those if they let you tilt it forward/backward easily enough.
- Remote control is BRIGHT. This is a minor picky point but I think it’s way too bright and can ruin the mood.
- Changing the volume brings up a large white image which can shift your contrast and ruin your black levels while it’s displayed. Not a problem unless you use the speakers, which most people won’t.
- Mine came with keystone correction set to maximum, which made trying to find the right mount location an impossible challenge until I realize what was wrong.
- Short power cable. Most people will ceiling mount this, I hope you have an outlet on your ceiling or a long extension cord. Even at the wall (without having to cross the ceiling at all) this cable won’t reach a standard outlet.

Not really a con, but I wish it had feet on the top for people like me who are setting it on a shelf at ceiling level. Accidentally turned it off several times while trying to position and align it just right due to the power button on the top. No projectors have this, and most people don’t mount it this way, but it would be nice.

Haven’t tried the 3D features yet, so no comment on that.

Overall, if you aren’t used to multiple-thousand dollar projectors that can display perfect black and bright white at the same time (and once you get it mounted properly) you will be extremely happy with this. At 16′ this gives me a 9×5 foot (125" diagonal) image that is bright enough to use as a computer display with the lights on!

You’d have to pay double to get a better projector

 November 29, 2013
By J. Van Wagenen
The title of my review pretty much sums it up. If you compare projectors while ignoring price, obviously you can find many better ones. So while this one is not the best one on amazon, it is *really* good. Then you add the prices to comparison, and this one becomes a serious no-brainer.

I use it mostly for watching Blu-rays, and gaming (Xbox One, 360, Wii U, PS3). So far it works great in every application I throw at it.

Most projectors matching the specs of this one are a few hundreds dollars more. You can maybe find some with a higher lumen output, but that alone is definitely not worth paying several hundred more than this one. The value this one has for its price is unheard of. Full 1080p HD, 3D support, high lumen output, more video inputs/ports than I will ever need, HDMI 1.4a spec, low bulb replacement cost, black finish (most are white). These were all good selling points I was looking for, and coupled with the great price, pushed me to purchase this model.

The quality of the video output is great. It can be substantially improved from its default settings by using an AV optimization DVD or something along those lines though. I can use the projector with the lights on too if necessary, but it obviously looks much worse than it does when the lights are off and windows completely covered.

I like having a good choice of inputs in case I need to connect it to an older laptop or game console, or basically anything without HDMI. But as I have a pretty good AV receiver, I use that to manage all my various connections, so I only use the HDMI 1 input. But since it’s the HDMI 1.4a spec, it can handle 3D and any gaming situation I give it. It should be at least moderately future-proof.

One other little bonus gem (feature I didn’t know existed until after I set it up) is that you can remove the Optoma logo on start-up and replace it with your own. Totally unnecessary for most people, but I thought that was awesome, so I sketched out a sweet home theater logo with our family name and custom graphics, just to (attempt) to impress visitors that use it. I’m probably the only one who will really think that’s cool, but whatever.

There aren’t a lot of things I don’t like about this projector, but since it’s not perfect I will explain. The remote feels like very low-quality cheap made-in-China garbage. It works, so I can’t complain too much, but it’s one of the worst-looking and feeling remotes I’ve ever used. Fortunately, all I really need to for was initial setup options, and to turn it on and off. I will probably also program my AV receiver remote to work with the projector also, so I won’t need to use the Optoma one at all.

It’s tricky getting all four corners perfectly in focus. When I get the top perfectly in focus, the bottom gets slightly blurry, and vice-versa.

I also would have really liked an ethernet port or some kind of network connectivity like my TVs all have. But I can’t deduct a star for lacking that feature, since for the price range I’m already getting far more than any other projectors have. I didn’t want to pay double the price for slightly higher lumens and an ethernet port that certain other models offered.

The projector isn’t totally silent, but it is definitely an acceptable level of noise. You can hear the fan if you are trying to listen for it, but it’s not distracting or annoying like how deafeningly loud my original Xbox 360 and PS3 were.

The last thing I’m not thrilled about is how expensive the 3D glasses are. I have six pairs of active 3D glasses for my Samsung smart TV, so me and any family/friends/visitors can all watch in 3D at the same time. The TV included four and extra pairs are not unreasonably priced. At a hundred bucks MSRP, or even, amazon’s 25% lower price, for EACH one, I definitely cannot describe them as affordable. I’d like to eventually get four, but I just don’t know if I’ll ever be able to justify the price since it’s mostly just me and my wife watching stuff on it. I rarely go 3rd-party on electronics, but I may look into getting some cheaper glasses that don’t have the Optoma name, if I can get them for half the price of Optoma’s.

Overall though, very happy with this purchase. The only thing left to see is how well the lamp holds up. I’m hoping I won’t have to replace it for a long time, but fortunately, the bulb replacement cost on this one is lower than most, which is another great reason to consider this projector.

Excellent price and value – Buy IT!

 March 28, 2014
By Brandon J. Howe
It’s working well! Great picture and color for the home movie enthusiast. You don’t need to waste your money on those high dollar projectors – this one does just fine, even during the day in a well or light in a well lighted room. HD sporting events, Movies, Shows are just awesome on 100 inch screen! And the price is just too great to pass up.

I had to replace my old Optoma – the arcing ballast went out… but it was 6 years old… never replaced a bulb. I did have some concerns on buying another Optoma, but the reviews and price were just too good to pass up. I had to give it a try and I’m glad I did – it’s mounted and

I would highly recommend that you setup the color, contrast, etc using the Disney HD Calibration Blu-ray, it’s call WOW.

PLUS it’s 3D ready… the wife isn’t real sold on wearing glasses to watch movies, and really neither am I. But it would be cool to have 3D in my living room!!! Might consider it down the road!

What customers say about Optoma HD131Xe, HD (1080p), 2500 ANSI Lumens, 3D-Home Theater Projector, Black?

  • Maxed out Performance Value, Still Needs Some Polish.

    By P. Vo August 23, 2013
    Purchased this at $769. For the price I paid and the performance of this projector, I am getting more than the requisite 80% performance while having paid less than the 20% fare. But this projector is not without its faults. Thankfully, aside from a loss of brightness in 3D, a problem inherent in all of today's 3D display devices, none of these faults are related to image quality. So here they are first, the Cons..........

    Cons:
    1. Aside from a zoom lens, no placement flexibility. Additionally, vertical offset adds a dimension of difficulty with setup.
    2. No 12 volt trigger.
    3. Hourglass meter shown when streams are being switched during blu ray playback. Input identification also is shown.
    4. Remote presses are unresponsive and/or IR receiver has a very narrow reception angle requiring user to be precise when using remote.
    5. Light spillage from front grill. Thankfully, this does not manifest on the screen.
    6. Menu screens not completely elegant in navigation setup. Some selections exist on a second page when they could have been included on a single page. This makes going back to change a setting like retreading back through a maze.
    7. Only one user setting. Although, it does appear that 2D and 3D settings are stored separately.
    8. Contrast boosted during 3D playback causing washed out image.
    9. Lens cap not included.

    Pros:
    1. Awesome image processing post calibration.
    A. Silky smooth. No image tearing during camera pans.
    B. Very good blacks.
    C. Very good shadow detail.
    D. Very good colors.
    E. Reduced mosquito noise effect for a DLP.
    2. Should street for less than $800 soon.
    3. Less than $200 bulb replacement.
    4. Very organic 3D performance. No artificial pop-out book effect. Even with films transformed into 3D like Beauty and the Beast.
    5. No cross-talk in 3D.
    5. DLP Link and RF glasses sync at 144hz.
    6. About as loud as a long exhale of breath.
    7. Onboard audio is better than most LED TV's (not that any projector user will ever use this long term).
    8. Comes in black!
    9. Every inch of performance, operation costs, enjoyment are absolutely maxed out at this price (under $800).

    There may be some projectors that are going to be a hair less in price than the HD131Xe, but other drawbacks with those projectors will put them below the HD131Xe in value. When splitting hairs with cost, a bulb replacement of under $200 should not be discounted when price is a consideration. The cost of bulb replacement of other projectors is going to run $350-$500. Some projectors may be brighter, but at the cost of being louder. And there is no projector at under $800 that can match its black level performance. The only way to gain on the performance of this projector is to pay more. And the only reason I am hesitant to give it a perfect 5-star rating has more to do with Optoma's laziness than the limitations of the actual projector. Optoma has its roots in the business class projector arena. That these business class vestiges are still around really is why this projector isn't perfect in its class. Take for instance offset. With 4 people huddled around a projector with an image being projected high up on a wall, offset proves valuable in say circa 2004. But in today's world where virtual meeting software allows everyone to view the presentation on their own private laptop screen or without even being in the same room, offset is not needed. The idea that a projector serves the dual purpose of being a business projector that can be used for entertainment doesn't exist anymore. Projectors are either Home Theater projectors or large venue projectors for business use. Optoma needs to get rid of this silly offset. They are really shutting out the basement theater room and low ceiling folks from buying their products. Give some lens offset to widen the potential market and flexibility for users. Most viewing devices today get thrown all sort of media at them: video games, blu rays, TV, sports, internet rips, etc. None of these media sources are equal. So it really is cripling to users for Optoma to have only included one single user setting. And that this is the case is an indictment towards Optoma's laziness. Optoma, realize that the landscape for business projectors has long since eroded. Projectors are no longer going to be fed just Microsoft Windows from a laptop. Using the same resources already at Optoma, programmers could very easily give users at least just one more user setting for different media types we are throwing at it. Prolonged refusal to do this is just plain laziness. In a home theater environment, where the user is attempting to duplicate the moving going experience at home, we don't need to be reminded that our efforts are artificial by having a ticking hourglass displayed with streams are being swtiched during blu ray playback. Improve those HDMI handshakes and get rid of these nag screens. These things that I mention as cons are really the polish that is needed to lift Optoma projectors from the respected and reputable, and into the reverent elite and beloved.
  • Excellent Budget 1080p Projector with 144Hz DLPLink or RF3D Support

    By Miwo August 17, 2013
    Extremely happy with my purchase. I highly recommend buying this projector if Bang/Buck, Quietness, and 1080p/3D are your most important factors in selecting a projector. Completely blows away by 720P LED 500 Lumen Projector I was using previously. I'm not qualified to do professional Lumen measurements, or direct comparisons between similarly priced 1080p projectors, but take a look at some of the points I've highlighted. If you have anything you want to ask me or have me check that doesnt require professional equipment, leave me a comment. Thanks for reading!

    Pros:
    + Noise: Nearly Silent in ECO Mode. My seating position is directly under the projector and I do not hear it over my HTPC/PS3 located in the corner of the same room. Bright Mode is slightly audible, but does not emit a high pitched fan noise. I cannot stress this point enough. My central air is much louder than this...If the projector wasn't throwing a giant image on my screen, I wouldn't know that its on. Its that quiet to me!
    + Price : I got this on Preorder for $ 7 6 9 . It seems to be in price flux with supply/demand. If you see this for above $9, just buy the HD25e (similar specs, brighter, more contrast, white color). Excellent value and Bang/Buck. It will be great if the price settles down to under $800 again.
    + Black Levels and Colors were very good right outside of the Box. Several Color Presets available as well as Fine Tuning of Color Temperature (Warm/Cool), Color Space (RGB Full 0-255 or RGB Limited 16-235 or YUV), and Hue/Saturation/Gain Levels for Red/Green/Cyan/Magenta/Blue/Yellow. RGB Adjustment on White. If you want to fine tune and professionally calibrate, you should be able to. This is a budget projector, but Shadow Details were pretty good. On projectors with horrible black levels, even the empty black side borders (like a 2.35:1 aspect ratio movie on a 16:9 screen) will be a washed out black or light grey.
    + Input Lag : This projector is very responsive. I play 3D Fighting Games which require 1-Frame Links (Button Presses with 1/60th of a second timing) to execute combos. I did not have any problems playing demanding video games on this projector. It should not hinder your gameplay. I have most post processing features turned off (BrilliantColor, Dymaic Black, Noise Reduction, Edge Masking, Zoom).
    + RF 3D: I paired this up with the Optoma RF 3D Glasses and 3D Emitter. Watched Avengers in 3D without any problems. Very impressive, did not notice any dropouts or abnormalities even when viewing from the opposite side of the room.
    + Lamp Replacement is affordable: A quick google of the 190W BL-FU190E shows $179 replacement cost. The Lamp is rated at 6000 Hours in Eco Mode, or 3500 in Bright Mode. 6000 Hours is about 4 years using the projector for 4 hours a day

    Cons:
    - Remote Control Backlighting: Extremely bright blue blacklighting. Borderline offensive
    - Flimsy Plastic Zoom and Focus: Does not feel sturdy at all. Very loose. I havn't noticed focus or zoom drifting though
    - Did not come with Lens Dust Cap (although manual refers to it)
    - Placement requires more pre-planning due to no Horizontal/Vertical Lens Shift

    Other Comments (neither pro or con)
    1. 2D/3D Color Settings are maintained separately. Meaning you have to be in a 3D Mode (SBS, T&B, Seq) to alter your 3D color settings. It definitely saves different settings in 2D/3D modes

    2. If 3D is a top priority, you may still want to get a brighter projector like the HD25e or HD25-LV. Brightness takes a big hit when you put on 3D Glasses (I used Optoma RF ones). I'd recommend putting the projector in Bright Mode or having a very well light controlled room for Eco Mode 3D.

    3. Power Consumption Read from a Kill-a-Watt Meter:
    STANDBY: 0W
    ECO-Mode: 200W
    BRIGHT-Mode: 234W

    4. Did not and will not test the speaker. I think its a useless feature for a home theater projector
  • Best Bang for your Buck

    By Ryan S. Waters "ryan" September 16, 2013
    First off, I'll say that this is about the 4th review I've ever written, but I felt as if I NEEDED to write one as a thank you to optoma for the deal that this thing is. I have been looking to buy a new projector for over a year. I have had 4 projectors over the course of the last 10 years, so I'm not an expert, but I have a few projectors to compare to. My old projector was great, but I had a buyer lined up for it, and I just needed to find the right projector to replace it.

    I debated on the HD33 when it came out, on the benq 1070 and then the optoma hd25 and 25lv. As you can see from the projectors I have been looking at, they all have about 3 things in common. They all have 3d, they all have around 2000 lumens, and they are all under 1500.00. When I saw the optoma hd131xe come out at under 800.00 that met all my criteria, I waited to see a few reviews before I pulled the trigger. I almost waited for CNET because I love and respect their reviews, but my anticipation got the better of me. Boy am I glad it did!!!!! For the money, you WILL NOT find a better projector. Right out of the box this thing looks amazing. It's more than bright enough on eco mode (6000 hour rated), that I don't even see myself using bright unless it's in 3d. The blacks are good, NOT OUTSTANDING, but for the price really unbelievable. The picture is greeeeaaaat, even my wife complimented on it, and she could care less about my man cave.

    Will this projector contend with higher end projectors ???? probably not. It doesn't have a lot of bells and whistles and it doesn't seem like their is a lot of adjustment options (I've only played with it for about a week and haven't felt like I needed to adjust it much). Make sure you do a little research on that, if that's important for you! Lens shift would have been nice, and limits where you can mount it. That is my only REAL complaint, but again you aren't touching that feature at this price, so I live with a little bit of an offset throw. One of the reviewers was right about the mount holes being small and awkward. The universal mount that I also bought here on amazon didn't fit it, and I really had to make shift a solution. The holes are really close together and I was only able to get 2 legs to mount. "The bottom line" is that the minor bads on this projector aren't BAD. Price taken into consideration this projector is A NO BRAINER! I don't foresee anyone being able to beat this feature set, for this kind of price for awhile. 3D, Native 1080p, 2500 lumens, AND 18000:1 contrast. Do yourself a favor and if you reading this review and debating BUY IT as it is the BEST BANG FOR YOUR BUCK!
  • Average projector with poor optics

    By Nsg September 28, 2013
    I started with Optoma as my first projector 10 years back. Since then I've had 3 upgrades to catch up on the technology. This 1080p Optoma HD131Xe projector was intended to replace a 720p Epson from 4 years back. First of all, let me say that I like the projector in regards to its colors and brightness (I've completely light controlled environment). However, the biggest problem that I have with this projector is that text on the top and the bottom of the screen cannot be focused simultaneously. If I focus the top, the bottom gets messed up, and if I do the bottom, the top is de-focused. I've tried for several hours to adjust the keystone (manually via mount - not digital keystone; moving the screen and tilting it to try various angles etc.) but to no avail.

    I know there are several reasons contributing to the issue - hopefully these will help some readers:

    1. Usage of maximum zoom: I was being really greedy to get maximum brightness from the projector and hence initially mounted it at the closest possible distance to the screen... using obviously the zoom at maxed-out position. I later learnt that it's best to avoid any projector arrangement that utilizes zoom lens at either extreme of its range. I moved the projector a bit back, and the focus uniformity improved a bit. Here's a quote from an expert reviewer that summarizes it well: "Avoid any projector arrangement that forces you to set the zoom lens within roughly 10% of either extreme of the zoom lens range. For example, pushing a lens to the shorter- or wider-angle-end of its throw range generally increases the potential for "vignetting," which is a term commonly used to indicate a noticeable non-uniformity of illumination that is concentric in nature."

    2. Poor Optics: This is really the problem with this projector. Several users on both US and UK av forums have confirmed it along with professional reviewers of some other similar Optoma models e.g. HD23. Here's a quote from one of such reviews: "The HD23 is still pretty entry level in 2D, and in design. A 1.2:1 zoom lens is typical of low cost DLP projectors. The lens is manual focus and zoom. Let's just say the HD23 produces a rather sharp image for a low cost projector. If you focus it at the dead center, though, it will be a little soft in the corners. Ideally, try to get the best focus about 1/3 of the way from the center to the left or right edges"

    3. Mounting height adjustment: This one is rather basic..... but can get tricky if you are suspicious whether your ceiling is straight (parallel to the ground) or is sloping down or up as it heads towards the projection wall. I spent a lot of time adjusting keystone by tilting the mount etc. However the pre-requisite for this of course is that the projector is mounted at the correct offset as per the manual. I reproduced the suggested 9.3 inch vertical offset (for my 120 inch screen) between the projector lens mid-point and the top of my screen using a low profile mount and remounting the screen. Then I tilted the projector to get a perfect rectangle without having to use any digital keystone. This helped a bit. (Previously I was obtaining a rectangle with my old mount that was not low profile and had an incorrect offset. It was hard to judge by just looking at the rectangle that it was not perfect)

    4. Home construction imperfections: Turns out that many projection walls are not entirely perpendicular to the ceiling. So I had to tilt the screen a bit to compensate for that. This helped somewhat as well

    So while # 1, 3 and 4 helped improve the uniformity of focus in the top versus the bottom screen .. I still didn't have everything on the screen 100% sharply focused at the same time. At best, the top 2/3rd of the screen looked acceptably sharp, but the bottom section was fuzzy/soft. (These things would usually go undetected if you are watching video only. However, since I'm using an HTPC, I can test these out by looking at lots of small text distributed all over the screen e.g. file names in windows explorer). Given that my projector was still under the 30 day return period, I decided to RMA it and try another one to see if the replacement had slightly better optics.

    So I received my replacement and to my dismay, it is identical! The center is sharp while the sides (especially at the corners) are blurry again after all keystone etc. adjustments. I'm now pretty convinced that the lens quality on this projector is very poor. No wonder some reviewers claim that Optoma's picture has a pop to it .... the image of course pops out when the center is sharp against a softer background!

    Now that I think about it, it probably may be a bit harsh on my part to judge a $800 projector like this. Just the lens of my canon dslr itself costs between $1000 and $1200 ... , and this projector in total is less than that. However, the reason I upgraded from a 720p projector to a 1080p projector was to have better resolution and sharper picture .... This has been a disappointment in that regard. The question now is whether to keep it or not. The video is good and many who are not very anal or don't use it with pc may not find it that bad. But I guess I'm starting to look at other models now and wouldn't mind paying a bit more. I really appreciate Amazon's customer policy and hate to take advantage of it for the second time ... but sticking to this projector may just be too annoying when it comes to years of enjoyment expected from things like these.
  • Don't just Watch it...Experience It!

    By Davin P. November 21, 2013
    I was looking for a budget Blu-ray capable projector upgrade from my old Optoma MovieTime DV-10. By luck, I read a mention of this model. I almost went with Mitsubishi's HC4000, which has won awards, or BenQ's W1070 model, because of its specs, but I'm so glad I didn't! Mitsubishi won't back up their product warranty with certain dealers, and doesn't have 3D. Then there's the W1070's fan which is loud, from reviews. I took a chance on a newcomer with the HD131Xe, and I'm extremely happy with my choice! I'm using a manual pull-down screen, Optoma's 92" Panoview Gray Wolf II, with a silver backing. The picture is mind-blowing! I was surprised with the quality of the blacks...the colors, detail and sharpness sold me! I have not had any rainbow effect issues yet, which I did with my older DV-10. Digital noise though, is noticeable in some scenes. This can be smoothed out by suggested settings from reviewers here. Then, there's the 3D...I was floored! My first 3D movie was "World War Z," and overall the 3D quality felt like the theater...I was impressed with the bird's eye view of zombies ripping through the city, and the rainstorm pounding down on me! I bought EStar America's RF starter kit, and chose Sony's BDP S5100 as my Blu-ray player. I haven't tried gaming yet on this, but I can't wait! A nice touch by Optoma would have been including a lens cap...maybe soon with next shipments??? Besides that, this IS the best performance home projector at this price point, as of this review date. My only other wish is that I had a bigger wall!
  • As for gaming,

    By A. Torres "Samuel T" July 27, 2014
    Bought this to use with my ps3. I realized the ps3 resolution increasingly approaches crap as the image is blown up larger. The projector seemed fine, though. So I shelled up some more money for a PS4. The playstation 4 has great resolution for starters and the projector does great justice by it.

    I'm pretty serious about my images and I had no image issues, really. The color balance was perfect out of the box, though a little on the duller
    side. For movies, the colors look identical to what you get at the Cinema, which, though it's not insanely saturated, does feel nice and blananced all the time. If you disagreed, though, color calibration is backed up well enough with this projector; the menu provides about 7 individual color adjustment slider bars.
    Since PS4 video games are over saturated and well calibrated to be so, they perform perfectly with the native color balance of this projector. Play it in a dark room, of course, and you won't regret it. The 3.5 mm built in audio output is perfect for most gaming / movie set ups, allowing you to switch between a couple of devices without replugging cables. On that note, there is a function for auto switching between in-use cable slots (like most smart tv's and monitors) that comes turned off out of the box- I recommend turning that on.

    OTHER NOTES:
    -I tried playing around with all the options of the 3D with non compatible glasses and the output seemed like garbage. I'd hesitate to try the standard 3d glasses.
    -I did try it with a Wii U and it looked fine. It seems the colors, though, aren't made for all that cartooning. Maybe I needed a darker room and a less textured screen (definitely need a good one) but I didn't think much of the experience. The Wii u resolution is pretty choppy and what they call Jaggies were pretty bad on my setup, in my case.
    -From what I gather, the image displayed is uniformly in focus, despite what some people say.

    ON RAINBOW EFFECTS:
    I had no idea what this was up until the 2nd week with this product. I tried looking it up and didn't find much. As it turns out, this effect is basically a divergence of light from the original displayed image. Since the color White in screens are composed of Red, Green and Blue pixels, those are the primary colors of the production of white. In this and other DLP projectors, you could get, depending on your body and attention to detail, an effect where areas of pure white can be seen to turn into red, green and blue refractions instead. This basically only happens when you either shake your head or move your vision violently from side to side. I play plenty of first person shooters (which are normally associated with all those rapid eye movements) and even then it wasn't an issue for me. Every once in a while it can be noticed, but it never broke me out the the experience.
  • Fantastic for the price

    By C. Hollman October 2, 2013
    Without considering the price I would have given this projector 4-stars because the contrast ratio could be better (the dynamic nature of the contrast is apparent, in generally bright scenes blacks are dark gray rather than black, in generally dark scenes blacks are much closer to true black) and for some reason at a throw of 16 feet with an image width of 9 feet I cannot get opposite corners in focus at the same time, either the upper left or the lower right is in perfect focus, can't get both. This only affects using the projector as a computer monitor as the out of focus effect is only enough to notice with small fonts, doesn't bother me when watching video at all. However, considering projectors that have the contrast ratio I am looking for run $3000 and higher I cannot fault this $800 unit for that.

    Pros:
    - Price/Performance ratio (Can't beat it!)
    - Very bright, easily usable as a computer monitor with standard room lighting
    - Good quality speakers, will hold you over while you get your surround system set up, or if you're on the road.
    - Fast turn on and shut down (~5 seconds)
    - Very quite, at ceiling level you won't even hear it
    - Zoom helps fit the image size to your screen without having the throw distance (thus your mounting location) perfect.

    Cons:
    - No lens shift, I have it sitting upside down on a shelf at ceiling level with a towel under it so it doesn't get scratched up and I had to bunch the towel under the back of it to get it tilted just right (without using yucky keystone correction). Haven't used ceiling mounts before so maybe it's not such an issue with those if they let you tilt it forward/backward easily enough.
    - Remote control is BRIGHT. This is a minor picky point but I think it's way too bright and can ruin the mood.
    - Changing the volume brings up a large white image which can shift your contrast and ruin your black levels while it's displayed. Not a problem unless you use the speakers, which most people won't.
    - Mine came with keystone correction set to maximum, which made trying to find the right mount location an impossible challenge until I realize what was wrong.
    - Short power cable. Most people will ceiling mount this, I hope you have an outlet on your ceiling or a long extension cord. Even at the wall (without having to cross the ceiling at all) this cable won't reach a standard outlet.

    Not really a con, but I wish it had feet on the top for people like me who are setting it on a shelf at ceiling level. Accidentally turned it off several times while trying to position and align it just right due to the power button on the top. No projectors have this, and most people don't mount it this way, but it would be nice.

    Haven't tried the 3D features yet, so no comment on that.

    Overall, if you aren't used to multiple-thousand dollar projectors that can display perfect black and bright white at the same time (and once you get it mounted properly) you will be extremely happy with this. At 16' this gives me a 9x5 foot (125" diagonal) image that is bright enough to use as a computer display with the lights on!
  • You'd have to pay double to get a better projector

    By J. Van Wagenen November 29, 2013
    The title of my review pretty much sums it up. If you compare projectors while ignoring price, obviously you can find many better ones. So while this one is not the best one on amazon, it is *really* good. Then you add the prices to comparison, and this one becomes a serious no-brainer.

    I use it mostly for watching Blu-rays, and gaming (Xbox One, 360, Wii U, PS3). So far it works great in every application I throw at it.

    Most projectors matching the specs of this one are a few hundreds dollars more. You can maybe find some with a higher lumen output, but that alone is definitely not worth paying several hundred more than this one. The value this one has for its price is unheard of. Full 1080p HD, 3D support, high lumen output, more video inputs/ports than I will ever need, HDMI 1.4a spec, low bulb replacement cost, black finish (most are white). These were all good selling points I was looking for, and coupled with the great price, pushed me to purchase this model.

    The quality of the video output is great. It can be substantially improved from its default settings by using an AV optimization DVD or something along those lines though. I can use the projector with the lights on too if necessary, but it obviously looks much worse than it does when the lights are off and windows completely covered.

    I like having a good choice of inputs in case I need to connect it to an older laptop or game console, or basically anything without HDMI. But as I have a pretty good AV receiver, I use that to manage all my various connections, so I only use the HDMI 1 input. But since it's the HDMI 1.4a spec, it can handle 3D and any gaming situation I give it. It should be at least moderately future-proof.

    One other little bonus gem (feature I didn't know existed until after I set it up) is that you can remove the Optoma logo on start-up and replace it with your own. Totally unnecessary for most people, but I thought that was awesome, so I sketched out a sweet home theater logo with our family name and custom graphics, just to (attempt) to impress visitors that use it. I'm probably the only one who will really think that's cool, but whatever.

    There aren't a lot of things I don't like about this projector, but since it's not perfect I will explain. The remote feels like very low-quality cheap made-in-China garbage. It works, so I can't complain too much, but it's one of the worst-looking and feeling remotes I've ever used. Fortunately, all I really need to for was initial setup options, and to turn it on and off. I will probably also program my AV receiver remote to work with the projector also, so I won't need to use the Optoma one at all.

    It's tricky getting all four corners perfectly in focus. When I get the top perfectly in focus, the bottom gets slightly blurry, and vice-versa.

    I also would have really liked an ethernet port or some kind of network connectivity like my TVs all have. But I can't deduct a star for lacking that feature, since for the price range I'm already getting far more than any other projectors have. I didn't want to pay double the price for slightly higher lumens and an ethernet port that certain other models offered.

    The projector isn't totally silent, but it is definitely an acceptable level of noise. You can hear the fan if you are trying to listen for it, but it's not distracting or annoying like how deafeningly loud my original Xbox 360 and PS3 were.

    The last thing I'm not thrilled about is how expensive the 3D glasses are. I have six pairs of active 3D glasses for my Samsung smart TV, so me and any family/friends/visitors can all watch in 3D at the same time. The TV included four and extra pairs are not unreasonably priced. At a hundred bucks MSRP, or even, amazon's 25% lower price, for EACH one, I definitely cannot describe them as affordable. I'd like to eventually get four, but I just don't know if I'll ever be able to justify the price since it's mostly just me and my wife watching stuff on it. I rarely go 3rd-party on electronics, but I may look into getting some cheaper glasses that don't have the Optoma name, if I can get them for half the price of Optoma's.

    Overall though, very happy with this purchase. The only thing left to see is how well the lamp holds up. I'm hoping I won't have to replace it for a long time, but fortunately, the bulb replacement cost on this one is lower than most, which is another great reason to consider this projector.
  • Do not Buy this projector!!!! Terrible production value and horrible customer service.

    By rick September 27, 2013
    I really wanted to love this projector. I really, really wanted to love this projector. I bought it for the living room of my family's new house. This was the big thing for me. I wanted a family room for the whole family to watch T.V. together. I am sitting in front of my second of these pieces of junk. I got my first one two days ago. I was psyched. I opened it and plugged it in. I bought a mount. I bought two hdmi chords. I bought a four year square trade warranty. When I turned on the projector it had huge horizontal bars of random color and thin dark vertical bars. I called Optoma heart broken. I hoped it was a setting or a user issue. He told me it was "oxidation" and a hardware issue. I asked what Optoma could do and he said "nothing." He said to return it to Amazon because it would take too long to return it through its maker, Optoma. I did as I was told and returned it to Amazon. The new one arrived today. I was nervous but excited. Plugged it in and once again eighty percent of the screen is covered in contrasting vertical strips. If the image is meant to be light, they are dark. If the image is dark, they are light. I called Optoma back again. I told "Johnathan" that I had just returned one of the HD131XE's two days ago because of "oxidation" and hardware issues. He told me to squeeze the unit slightly to see if the lines went away. They didn't. He said it probably wasn't oxidation this time, only a hardware issue. Again. I asked him what Optoma could do and again he said "nothing." They literally would do nothing after two defective units in two days. They didn't even try to expedite a return or try to do anything to try to make things right. I am stuck paying to return, if they are accepted, for the accessories since they aren't broken. I told them how frustrated I was and he then told me that I was just "extremely unlucky" and that I should return it again to Amazon. I looked through the other of the eleven reviews on Amazon and one of them had the same "oxidation" diagnoses, it seems, on the first HD131XE projector the person got. That's an awful lot of bad luck in a very small sample space. Do yourself a favor and avoid this. It's such a bummer and it's an American Company too, I think. Very poor engineering, cut rate components and no professionalism, it seems. Really disappointed in these guys.
  • Excellent price and value - Buy IT!

    By Brandon J. Howe March 28, 2014
    It's working well! Great picture and color for the home movie enthusiast. You don't need to waste your money on those high dollar projectors - this one does just fine, even during the day in a well or light in a well lighted room. HD sporting events, Movies, Shows are just awesome on 100 inch screen! And the price is just too great to pass up.

    I had to replace my old Optoma - the arcing ballast went out... but it was 6 years old... never replaced a bulb. I did have some concerns on buying another Optoma, but the reviews and price were just too good to pass up. I had to give it a try and I'm glad I did - it's mounted and

    I would highly recommend that you setup the color, contrast, etc using the Disney HD Calibration Blu-ray, it's call WOW.

    PLUS it's 3D ready... the wife isn't real sold on wearing glasses to watch movies, and really neither am I. But it would be cool to have 3D in my living room!!! Might consider it down the road!
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