The ace up this machine’s sleeve is its Darbee image processing. Nothing to do with horse racing or contests between teams that happen to be cartographically close, this is instead a clever piece of imaging wizardry that amplifies textures and details to an inconceivable extent. Projected images take on near physical presence, skin pores are displayed with medical detail and hair looks so palpable one feels almost able to pluck it. It’s the next best thing to going to the cinema itself, and its long lamp life of up to 8,000 hours means you won’t have to pay the ticket price for a replacement for years.

Verdict: A box-office smash.


“The Optoma HD28DSE is capable of producing what many might consider to be the best 2D picture in this group of five models”

“We see marginally deeper black levels, better shadow detail separation, higher overall contrast, and more image three-dimensionality on the HD28 than on any of the competing models.”

“At $799, you get a projector that is capable of delivering a beautiful, relatively bright high contrast 2D image that is highly competitive with the BenQ models”


“After spending countless hours playing games on the HD28SDE, I would say this may be one of the best projectors to pair with a gaming console that is on the market. Between the modest cost, portability, full functions and 1080p performance, there may not be better option under $1,200 on the market today that performs the way this Optoma does with games.”

“It has everything that any gamer or person that simply wants to watch movies and TV shows could ever want in a projector. For the everyday consumer, there may not be a better choice on the market today if you are looking to introduce a home theater projector into your entertainment system.”