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Am I just unlucky or is there a flaw in this product?
on December 4, 2012
I have had a horrible experience with the HDMI input on this projector.
The first projector I got, my HDMI signal would drop about once every hour, where the screen would go black and it would start searching for signals.
I thought it could be my computer or cable since my cable is 25ft. When I went back to my parent's for thanksgiving, I tried their 6ft HDMI and laptop, but same issue occurred.
I got an exchange for a second projector. I had the same issue with this projector, and also the remote control died the second day. I confirmed that it was not a dead battery for the remote. I then bought the 25ft BlueRigger cable thinking that maybe all of the cables I have used have issues, but nope, same issue even with this new cable.
I got an exchange for a third projector (Because of the dead remote).This time I decided to take my roommate's PS3 and his HDMI cable that he uses for his TV. The SAME issue occurs.
Can you imagine playing a game and all of a sudden your screen turns black for 6 seconds while it tries to find signal?
I called Optoma and they recommended me to send in this projector so they can check it out, but I don't see the point of sending this in when I have had the same issue with 3 projectors. I would just be wasting money on shipping.
Only thing I could find online was get a better cable, but my BlueRigger cable did not help.
I also saw a few suggestions to turn off auto-source and only enable HDMI input, but they did not help.
I only had this issue with HDMI.
Besides the HDMI issue, I did not like the sleep timer on this projector. Once the time is up, it automatically turns off the project, whereas for my old Viewsonic projector, it will give you at least 5 seconds to press any key before it shuts off.
-VGA cable and wireless worked great, so I'm at least giving this a two star.
-For 500 lumens this is plenty bright. It is brighter than the previous Viewsonic Short throw projector (Non-LED) that I owned, because I couldn't even use the Viewsonic during the daytime, but it supposedly had like 4x the lumens of this projector.
Anyways, 5 stars to Amazon for being very helpful with all of these exchanges.
I am returning this projector and I am going to try my luck with another projector.
EDIT:: I have used the Acer K330 projector for two days without HDMI signal dropping, it seems like it was an issue with the Optoma projector. Will give more updates later.
EDIT2:: I can confirm that I have 0 signal drop issues with the K330 after using it for a few weeks.