Optoma GT1080HDR Gaming Projector
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In today’s review we will take a look at the Optoma GT1080HDR. But here comes the question: what makes a laser projector a good projector?. The good laser projectors depend mainly on two things: the first is the refresh rate and the second is the response time.

Meanwhile the Optoma GT1080HDR offers around 8.4ms response time and 120HZ response time. To be honest it’s quite impressive. Couple of weeks ago we checked other laser projectors such as BenQ V7050i review Check it out.

And as usual lets begin with the specs.

Optoma GT1080HDR Specs

Resolution1080p
Brightness3,800
Contrast Ratio50,000:1
Throw Ratio5:1
Screen size37”-312”
Input lag8.4ms

Optoma GT1080HDR Design

The Optoma GT1080HDR comes in a rectangular shape and off-white color to be honest the design overall is lovely.

1- The top 

Optoma GT1080HDR top design
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Looking to the top of the device you will find the control panel and the lens adjustment ring. The control panel has three small LEDs. First for power, the second for lamp warning and the third is for temperature warning. Also in the control panel you will find eight bottoms in three rows and most importantly the IR receiver.

2- The front

Looking at the front side of the Optoma GT1080HDR. The first thing that you will notice is the two ventilation grills on each side of the projector. Which is very useful for cooling the device. The front side of the case also has the lens. If you pay attention to the lens you will find it quite round. That’s because it’s a short throw projector.

3- The back

Optoma GT1080HDR back design
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While on the back of the projector you will find two ports. One for the HDMI and the other is for HDCP. You will also find Sound in and out jacks of 3.5mm, USB Type a, VGAin and ou

4- The Lower

The lower part of the projector has the feet of the projector, three to be specific. Two of them are movable while the third is non movable. There is also three screw mounting if you want to fix it on your ceiling

Also you can read: Optoma Cinemax P2 4K projector Review

Optoma GT1080HDR Remote controller

Optoma GT1080HDR Remote control
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To get full control over the Optoma GT1080HDR. There is a remote controller that comes with it. That includes 27 bottoms. As any remote you will see the power buttons are on the top. The buttons are classified in 4 lines, each line has three buttons. Looking beneath the center of the remote you will find a circle button with enter written on it. While around the enter button you will find 4 arrows. Two of them for increasing and decreasing the volume. While the other two, one for sync and the other for source.

On the bottom of the remote controller you will find six buttons. The upper two for switching between HDMI1 and HDMI2 in case you are connecting your projector to two devices. The other four. Two of them which are located on the left side are for switching between VGA1 and VGA2. The other two are for Video and YPbPr. 

Performance

For gamers they will love this projector. Do you know why?. As this projector proves you with smoother and more enjoyable performance than a regular monitor. As it comes with 120Hz refresh rate and 8.4 response time. (be aware that the response time of a gaming monitor is about 1ms) . the projector also has two inputs one with 1080p and the other is 4k.( kindly note that the performance of these resolutions depends on the device connected to them)

Sound quality

The Optoma GT1080HDR comes with 10W speakers. Which is from my own point of view very low volume for even small rooms. The voice is thin, flat and with no base. And this is the case with anyprojecter. It’s highly recommended for a good, enjoyable experience to get an external speaker. You can check a lot of good speakers’ reviews on clicon.

Optoma GT1080HDR Display

Optoma GT1080HDR display
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Being a short-toss projector, I just needed to set it around 46-inches back from my screen for a 106-inch inclining picture. Standard distance toss projectors expect 8 to 12 feet for a similar picture size. 

Short Throw projection pillar point isn’t as old as Standard Throw shaft point so you might need to analyze a piece to get a fair picture across the whole screen. Sadly, at this distance for my testing arrangement, the picture would in general be somewhat bent. Therefore, at whatever point there was text on the screen. It was as yet meaningful as it may be, as can be found in the picture beneath, it is very hazy very close. When there is no text in the corner, it is less perceptible, particularly while gaming or watching motion pictures as your eyes don’t will more often than not meander to the external corners that frequently. 

This is possible because of the way that for testing I had the projector on a table just beneath the lower part of the projection screen. At the point when held more level with the screen, the arch and edge obscure were less articulated. I likewise held the projector up to recreate roof mounting and found that I’d need to expand my mount about a foot down from the roof for the best picture result.

Verdict

It was a very enjoyable experience with the Optoma GT1080HDR. This projector solves two main problems that most gamers face with gaming projector. The first is the refresh rate while the other is the throw distance. And on the other side achieves great performance when it comes to the 4k and 1080p resolution

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