Optoma HD66 review - 3D Vision compatible Projector

Optoma HD66 review

The Optoma HD66 projector
The Optoma HD66 projector

Optoma Technology created and launched one of the first 3D compatible projectors, the HD66. It is a HD Ready projector in the 16:9 format, that supports a resolution of 720p (1280x720), and that is based on Texas Instrument's DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology.

The HD66 has an HDMI connector to enjoy your digital content in high definition. With a brightness of 2500 ANSI Lumens and a convincing contrast ratio of 4000:1, images displayed by this Optoma projector are particularly clear and crisp.

The optoma HD66 is compatible with NVIDIA's 3D Vision technology, which involves using a computer with a video card of this technology (one of the relatively latest but yet common NVIDIA GeForce cards). With images refreshing at a rate of 120 Hz, the H66 makes it possible, using NVIDIA's 3D vision polarised eyeglasses synchronised with the projector, to display alternating stereoscopic images to the left and right eyes at a 60Hz rate each, which enables smooth looking transitions.

 The images comes directly from the computer's GPU, using the information used for the basic "flat" 3D rendering, which means that it works for games that were not necessarily intended to be played in stereoscopic 3D. Thus, it is possible to enjoy hundreds of video games in 3D. But note that at the time of this writing, the lack of adapted solutions makes it not possible to watch movies in 3D. For more information on NVIDIA 3D vision and on other 3D compatible projectors, read :

Color performance is enhanced using Texas Instrument's BilliantColor technology, which improves color reproduction, sharpness and depth of shade by 6-color spectral processing.

The projector can be used for either front or rear projection, and it can be ceiling or tabletop mounted. There is a built-in two-watt speaker, but you’d probably prefer to use something with better sound quality and more power when playing games or watching movies.

The optoma HD66 comes with a remote control.


Technical Specifications

Rear view of the HD66
Rear view of the HD66

Display Resolution

  • Native : 3D HD Ready WXGA (1280 x 800)
  • Maximum : 2D 1080 p (1920 x 1080)


Projection Distance : from 4 to 40 feet

Projected Image Size : From 24 to 245 inches wide


I/O Connectors:

  • VGA-in / SCART / YPbPr
  • VGA-out (Monitor Loop-trough Output)
  • HDMI
  • S-Video input
  • Composite Video input
  • RS-232 (3-pin)
  • Audio Input / Output (3.5mm Mini Jack)


Optoma HD66 test in 2d mode





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