Optoma HD26 Projector – Review of Limitations

by Jane on December 1, 2014

The Optoma HD26 is an inexpensive home entertainment projector which hit the market in August of 2014. This model provides true high definition in 1080p resolution for under $700. We have reviewed the main features of this model and believe it provides superb value for the asking price.

After hitting the market in the late summer 2014 the HD26 projector became the new standard by which all home entertainment models under $1000 are measured by.

While we and many customers rate this model very high, by no means are we saying this is the perfect product. It does have certain limitations. We would like to point these limitations out to you before you decide to make a purchase decision.

Four Limitations

Adjusting color controls – While the great majority of projectors in this price range have factory settings for image properties locked-in the HD26’s setting are unlocked. This is good! This means you’re able to adjust the image properties to best fit the environment of the room you are viewing in.

However, at the same time some of the color controls are a bit rudimentary. Controls for red, blue and green are simple sliders which do not provide much control at the lower and upper ends of the color spectrum.

Is the Optoma HD26 a good projector

1080p Home Entertainment Projector for under $700

Bright vs Cinema modes – A slight issue with brightness and color. In the bright mode the HD26 is very bright but the colors are a bit underwhelming when compared to the colors displayed when the cinema mode is used. However, the cinema mode cuts down on the lumen and isn’t as bright as the “bright mode”.

When using this model as a home theater projector to view movies you will want to use the “cinema mode” because it displays awesome life-like colors but it could be a little brighter.

Zoom Range – At 1.1:1 the zoom ratio is weak on this model. The zoom range of a projector’s lens allows the user to increase and decrease the size of the image to fit the screen without moving the projector. The small 1.1:1 range of the HD26 means the image placement on the screen will not be as flexible compared to a projector with a larger zoom range. Setting up the projector will be a bit more tedious. However, once set-up so the image fits the screen as long as the screen size stays the same this no longer an issue.

But for whatever reason, if the screen size is constantly being changed then more than likely you will need to physically move the HD26 to fit the images on the new screen size. This can be a hassle but it’s doable.

Remote controls – This might be a little picky but had to mention this. When bringing up the menu with the remote control the menu is extremely bright blue. So bright it’s irritating.

Overall Rating and Conclusion

Yes, this page does list a few of the limitations of the Optoma HD26 projector but overall when the price is factored into the equation this model still provides enormous value.

If all you got in your pocket to spend is $700 then this is probably the best choice in 2014-2015. If you got a little more to spend, we listed these limitations so you can make the best buying decision possible.

If you are interested in reading what we have to say good about this model visit the main review here.

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ranie September 22, 2016 at 4:10 am

I would just like to say that although it is a very enjoyable projector to watch with, there are times when the whites are too bright, glaring white, like in a beach scene. in the movie ” The Shallows” the water foams are too bright. Same as in the James Bond movie “Spectre” the snow is glaring. It almost looks like a mistake in picture projection. In others times this problem doesn’t occur. In any case, if you would have the time, could you e-mail me how to remedy this aspect. I’ve had the projector for a full year and this is the only complain I have about it. Aside from this, it is a very good projector, and I highly recommend it to others.


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