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[Hardware Review] GT1080 Darbee by Optoma

Technical Specifications

Display technology – DLP
Resolution – 1080p Full HD (1920×1080)
Brightness – 3,000 lumens
Contrast ratio – 28,000:1
Native aspect ratio – 16:9
Keystone correction -vertical +/-40°
Horizontal scan rate – 15.375 ~ 91.146Khz
Vertical scan rate – 24 ~ 85(120 for 3D)Hz
Uniformity – 80%
Screen size – 1.15m – 7.62m (45.3in – 300in)(Diagonal)
Light source – Lamp
Lamp watts – 195
Lamp life (hours) – 5000 (Bright), 8000 (Dynamic), 6000 (Eco)
Throw ratio – 0.49:1
Projection distance (m) – 
0.5m – 3.35m
Zoom type – 
Fixed
Focal length (mm) – 
7.42
Native offset – 
116%
Power supply – 100 ~ 240V, 50 ~ 60Hz
Power consumption (standby) – 0.5W
Power consumption (min) – 187W
Power consumption (max) – 225W#

Weight and dimensions

Net weight – 2.66kg
Dimensions (W x D x H) (mm) – 315 x 224 x 114

Connections

Inputs – 1 x HDMI 1.4a 3D support + MHL, 1 x HDMI 1.4a
3D support
Outputs – 1 x Audio 3.5mm, 1 x USB-A power 1A
Control 1 x 3D sync, 1 x 12V trigger, 1 x mini USB service

Optoma-tunity of a lifetime

Since the day I got my Nintendo Wii, over 10 years ago, and subsequently went around a friends and played Twilight Princess on his projector, I’ve always wanted one for myself but such toys are the playthings of footballers and upper east siders, people with far more disposable income than this humble scribe.

Thanks to the gracious people at Optoma UK, I spent the holiday period getting to know the GT1080 Darbee, an incredible little device that outputs in delightful HD technicolour.

A Picture paints a thousand words

The first thing that I was advised to do was plug my laptop in, load up a picture, and then turn the Darbee sample on to really see the difference.

So that’s exactly what I did.

And wow, just wow.

The definition in a still image being displayed on a screen measuring 112 inches was staggering, utterly mind blowing.

I played a lot of games over the festive period. From, arthouse entries such as GRIS to Sci Fi rhythm games like Aaero, as well as some heavy hitters, with Zelda, Mario and Mario Kart all making appearances. I even, against my better judgement dipped in for a spot of Red Dead Redemption 2.

Everything I played looked just as good on an 100+ inch screen as it does in both handheld and on an HD TV, testament to the quality of image provided by the GT1080 Darbee – providing of course you have a big enough free wall.

Despite being a gaming projector I also used the opportunity provided to me to turn my lounge into a cinema for a fortnight and indulged in ticking some movies off of my backlog. Much like with the games, they all looked absolutely gorgeous and just as good (if not better due to the sheer scale) as they do on a good quality TV.

My projections are, for the most part, positive

The projector offers on board sound but I personally found the levels too high and the resulting amplitude to be too loud. Therefore I spent my time with it either connecting to my BESport 3 Wireless headphones or my home stereo, always via the Bluetooth capabilities of the connected device.

I found the device, unsurprising considering the task it is performing, got very hot, and the fans did an excellent job in venting the hot air. What it did mean was that my lounge would get incredibly warm, to the point I was opening the conservatory doors in the middle of winter whilst using it.

The menu is, for this day and age a little bit cumbersome and took away from, if only ever so slightly, the overall feeling of this being a premium product. I found it a little difficult to navigate, but in all honesty once it was set up for initial use and I tuned everything to my requirements, I really didn’t have to worry about that side of proceedings too much after. Which is just as well because the most negative thing I can say about the GT1080 Darbee is that the remote control feels like one of those heinous multi utility remotes that you pick up in Poundland or similar stores.

Conclusion

The GT1080 Darbee is an absolutely  astounding projector that offers incredible performance in a somewhat surprisingly small package. For the quality of projection provided the heat output is to be expected, just make sure you use it in a well aired area or things might just get a little toasty.

The on board sound is perfectly acceptable, if anything a little too loud, but that’s neither here nor there. 

As is to be expected from Optoma, the build quality of this product is apparent immediately and paired with the performance offered – 100 inches of HD goodness really is a sight to behold, the GT1080 Darbee makes gaming and watching movies a joy, elevating the home cinema experience to whole new levels.

Verdict
The hardware is on another level, delivering crystal clear images on even the the brightest of days.
The software and accessories leave a little to be desired but not enough to be detrimental to the overall quality of this excellent product.
4/5
Fifield

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