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Optoma HD33 is a New Very Affordable Full HD 3D DLP Projector

August 21st, 2011 · 14 Comments · General 3D News

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.

The Optoma HD33 1080p 3D-capable DLP projector is now available at Amazon…

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14 responses so far ↓

  • 1 steve // Aug 21, 2011 at 15:27

    The specs say it does NOT support 1080p 3d in any format. It does 3d only at 720p. Its a 1080p projector in 2d, but only 720p in 3d. Not totally sure about the specs though.

  • 2 Bloody // Aug 21, 2011 at 16:14

    Where have you read something to suggest that?

    “The Optoma HD33 is a 1080p 3D-ready projector designed to work with 1080p 3D output sources”

    “Resolution – Native 1080p (1920×1080) 2D/3D”

    “As a full 1080p, it supports all 1080 p formats natively without needing an Optoma 3D-XL box converter box.”

    Here are all the 3D modes supported over the VGA and HDMI interface: http://oi51.tinypic.com/eq5gdy.jpg

  • 3 thomasjn // Aug 21, 2011 at 19:02

    looks exciting.

    im wondering what is sacrificed to cut the price so much down tho.

    i hope picture quality will atleast be as good, if not better than the current 2D projectors.

  • 4 Max // Aug 22, 2011 at 09:10

    Even if it only accepts 720p at 120Hz, it will be better than native 720p models, because of pixel fill factor.
    Can’t wait a review.

  • 5 aCRTfan // Aug 22, 2011 at 11:32

    “Even if it only accepts 720p at 120Hz, it will be better than native 720p models, because of pixel fill factor.”

    or not

  • 6 Max // Aug 22, 2011 at 12:55

    Why not?

  • 7 aCRTfan // Aug 22, 2011 at 14:12

    Their 1080p chip has worse fillfactor than the 720p chip :P

  • 8 Max // Aug 22, 2011 at 14:45

    we will see

  • 9 Jacob Pederson // Aug 22, 2011 at 16:12

    Just Wow . . . the lack of Dual-DVI or Display Port on this is a stunning oversight. The MBA’s will probly be scratching their heads wondering why this thing wont sell :D

  • 10 aCRTfan // Aug 22, 2011 at 17:05

    naive thinking

  • 11 steve // Aug 23, 2011 at 02:10

    The Optoma website in the usa originally listed 3d compatability only for 720p. That site already is totally different. I never get why they arent crystal clear on their own websites. Its the last place you can get good specs.

  • 12 vesper8 // Aug 23, 2011 at 18:41

    what a tease… useless product

    so is there any affordable 1080p projector on the horizon that supports 3D vision ???

  • 13 Bloody // Aug 23, 2011 at 19:18

    No, not yet and we may not get a 3D Vision-ready 1080p 3D projector as now everyone seems to be putting HDMI 1.4 ports and not thinking at all about DVI. Maybe if we get a Full HD 3D DLP projector with DisplayPort we can hope to get compatibility with 3D Vision.

    Since HDMI 1.4 is an industry wide standard with stereo 3D support it is easier to just go for it, ensuring wide compatibility with all kinds of devices, not just for PC. And 3D Vision is still a niche and more specialized PC solution for stereo 3D support with some specific requirements and limitations…

  • 14 sp // Sep 23, 2012 at 13:36

    instead of dual-link DVI, can’t a PC send 1080p60 per eye game info via the dual hdmi’s? maybe use a dvi to hdmi adapter from the video card?

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