If you were waiting for a more affordable 3D-capable DLP projector that can provide you with native 1080p resolution, than Optoma might have just the right thing for you, their new Full HD 3D projector with model number HD33. Most certainly Optoma HD33 is not the first Full HD 3D projector out there, however it is the most affordable one that combines the high resolution with 3D support and that is actually the most interesting thing. The end user price of the Optoma HD33 should be about $1,499 USD, and that is something very attractive indeed considering that most other more-affordable alternatives with similar features are at least twice or even three times more expensive.
Now, before getting too excited about being able to play games in Full HD resolution in stereo 3D mode on your PC, I should make it clear that this projector (like most other such) relies on HDMI 1.4a interface, something that is both good new for some users and not so good for others. Since the Optoma HD33 projector does not feature a Dual-Link DVI interface you can forget about being able to use it with 3D Vision for gaming in stereo 3D mode at 1080p resolution. The projector might however get added as a supported product in the 3DTV Play software, however it will not be compatible with the 3D Vision active shutter glasses. You’ll need to use a pair of DLP Link active shutter glasses or Optoma’s new BG-3DRFGLASSES 3D-RF glasses (actually looking exactly like Monster Vision Max 3D made by BitCauldron). Apparently the projector has been developed for entertainment purposes, Blu-ray 3D movie watching or for console gamers willing to play in stereo 3D mode for example and not with PC gamers in mind.
The HD33 should support all the HDMI 1.4a mandatory 3D formats, including of course the most commonly used Side-by-Side and Top & Bottom formats, and to further enhance 3D compatibility, Side-by-Side and Top & Bottom formats can be manually enabled to allow other non-HDMI 1.4a compatible devices, such as older set top boxes, Xbox 360, or PCs to display 3D via the VGA or HDMI ports. The HD33 projector offers two HDMI 1.4a ports, one VGA port, as well as connections for component video, composite video, RS-232, a +12V trigger, and a VESA 3D Port. The maximum brightness offered by Optoma HD33 is 1800 ANSI lumens and the contrast ratio is 4000:1, the projection lamp is rated to last up to 4000 hours in standard mode or 3000 hours in bright mode.