Optoma HD26 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector Review

Optoma HD26 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector
Optoma HD26 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector

The Optoma HD26 1080p Home Theater Projector is a highly affordable DLP projector with a single chip that has been specifically designed for “super-sized high quality home entertainment”.

It has a very high 3200 lumens light output and also has MHL playback support though one of its HDMIs.

Optoma HD26 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector Review


• Brightness-3200 ANSI Lumens
• Screen Size Range-107 inches from 12 feet; 71 inches from 8 feet
• Keystone correction-yes
• Contrast ratio-25,000:1
• Inputs-Audio Out 3.5 mm, 2xHDMI, 3D-Sync, 12V trigger, USB device


The Optoma HD26 connection options are fine for money, with a USB port, two HDMIs, a port for attaching a 3D sync transmitter, a 3.5mm audio output and 12V trigger output to fire up an electronic screen.

One of its HDMIs is compatible with MHL mobile phone protocol.

There are no D-Sub PC or video ports, but surely most people have now moved beyond these antique analogue connetions.

The single chip projection system of Optoma HD26 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector comes with a color wheel, and also sports a full HD DLP chipset.

The claimed contrast ratio of the projector is measured via its dynamic black feature that continuously adjusts the output of projector bulb in response the image content requirements.

As with many “casual” living room projectors on the market these days, the Optima HD26 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector comes with its own built-in audio system. It has used special circuit to make these audio mechanisms tolerable to listen to, courtesy its generous 10W power.

Other highlights of Optima HD26 spec sheet are:

Complete 3D playback-although there are neither 3D glasses nor 3D transmitter for free.

You get a backlit remote control and a unusually long lamp life (5000 hours) when you use bright lamp settings.

It rises to 6500 hours when you use the dynamic lamp option.

Optoma HD26 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector– Setup

There are lot of picture-calibration tools available to you to ensure efficient setup:

Among its useful tricks are gain, hue and saturation adjustments for three secondary and three primary colors, as well as white. It also boasts of gamma adjustments and four color temperature presets.

You can easily toggle the dynamic black feature of the projector on and off, and choose from a well-calibrated selection of themed picture presets-including Cinema, Game, and Reference options, and can also choose from range of settings for its DLP technology.

The Optima HD26 has basic mechanical setup features.

It offers minimal amount of optical zoom via wheels on its lens barrel.

Its unique focus wheel surely is more useful and is rather “baggy” in responsiveness.

There is no optical image shift option and you will have to adjust the screw-down legs on its underside to get good results.

Picture Quality

The Optoma HD26 1080p 3D DLP picture quality is pleasant. You will be amazed by its black-level response and you won’t have to squint through any of the grey mist over the dark scenes, which is common characteristic of numerous budget home projectors. You may see impressive amount of shadow details on dark areas of picture, helping dark scenes look consistent in depth.

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There is a free 60 day technical support via phone. You can also reach the company via its website.


The Optoma HD26 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector is surely a no-frills projector for first time buyers.

Though it lacks extensive placement flexibility, it includes large number of high-end features, such as anamorphic lens compatibility, VESA 3D sync port, super long lamp life and low input lag.

Combined with highly satisfying image, all these interesting features make Optoma HD26 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector a strong contender for you’re your home theater dollar.