3D Gaming Projector

GT1080

  • Full HD 1080p and short throw lens – 100″ image from just over a metre away
  • Bright vivid colors – 2800 ANSI lumens
  • Dynamic black technology – 25,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Easy connectivity – 2x HDMI and MHL support with built-in 10W speaker
4.93 out of 5 based on 14 customer ratings
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Play bigger, harder, faster

Experience games and movies the way you have never seen before on an Optoma GT1080 High Definition gaming projector. Designed for serious gamers like you, the Optoma GT1080 delivers super-fast bright 2800-lumen HD games to the screen with stunning color accuracy and a 25,000:1 contrast ratio for maximum image detail and improved visibility. Allowing you to acquire and assess information easily and to formulate a faster, more accurate response to defeat your opponents.

Equipped with the level of all digital connectivity you need for today’s gaming gear, the Optoma GT1080 will keep you on top with two HDMI ports, MHL connectivity, VESA 3D sync port, razor-sharp 0.5:1 short throw lens to deliver larger-than-life images even in space-constrained environments, powerful 10-Watt audio, 12V output, whisper-quiet operation and up to 6500-hour long lamp life for worry-free gaming.

Amazing Color

Our projectors are capable of reproducing the Rec.709 color gamut, the international HDTV standard to guarantee accurate reproduction of cinematic color exactly as the director intended. Our projectors can also create saturated colors, great for gaming and animated movies.

Full 3D

Display true 3D content from almost any 3D source, including 3D Blu-ray Disc™ players, 3D broadcasting, and the latest-generation game consoles. Support for 144Hz rapid-refresh rate provides ultra-smooth flicker-free images. Optoma 3D glasses required.

Full HD 1080p

1080p (1920×1080) resolution renders sharp and detailed images from HD content without downscaling or compression, which is perfect for movies, TV shows and gaming.

Dynamic Black Technology

This feature gives more depth to your image by smoothly adjusting the lamp output to create a stunning high contrast ratio. Bright scenes appear crisp and clear, while dark scenes remain detailed with deep blacks and exceptional light and shade detail.

Enhanced Gaming Mode

Gaming Mode optimizes the projector for lightning fast response times of 16ms.

HDMI Link

HDMI Link lets you to turn on and off two or more HDMI-CEC capable devices using a single remote control.

Short Throw Projection

Project images in limited space environments with short-throw projection. The short-throw lens requires short distances to project large images.

MHL Connectivity

Turn your projector into a smart display by connecting your smartphone or tablet with a single cable using MHL; now you can view presentations and documents, stream videos and share photos on the big screen.

Additional information

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Aspect Ratio16:9
Audio10W speaker
Brightness2,800 lumens
Compatible Aspect Ratio16:9 Native, 4:3 Compatible
ConnectionsTwo HDMI v1.4a, 3D VESA, audio-out, USB mini-B, 12V trigger
Contrast Ratio25,000:1
Control UnitUSB Service
Display TechnologySingle 0.65″ DC3 DMD chip DLP™ Technology by Texas Instruments
Displayable Colors1.07 billion
Inputs2 x HDMI (1.4a 3D support) MHL
Keystone Correction± 40° Vertical
Light Source Type190W
Light Source Life6500/6000/5000 (Bright/Eco/DB)
Maximum ResolutionWUXGA (1920 x 1200)
Native ResolutionFull HD 1080p (1920 x 1080)
Noise Level26dB (Eco)
Offset116% (+/- 5% variance)
On-Screen DisplayComplete on-screen menu, adjustments in 27 languages
Operating TemperatureSea Level to 10,000 feet (@73°F); must be manual
OutputsAudio out (3.5mm), 3D sync, 12V trigger
Power Consumption233W Bright mode / 193W Eco mode
Power SupplyAC input 100-240V, 50-60Hz, auto-switching
Projection Distance1.64′ – 11′
Projection LensF/2.8; f=7.42mm, Fixed Zoom
Projection MethodFront, rear, ceiling count, tabletop
Projection Screen Size45.3″ – 303.2″
Remote ControlBacklit IR remote control
Throw Ratio0.5 (distance/width), ±5% Variance
Uniformity80%
Zoom TypeFixed
COMPATIBILITY SPECIFICATIONS
3D CompatibilitySide-by-Side: 1080i50 / 60, 720p50 / 60, Frame-pack: 1080p24, 720p50 / 60, Over-Under: 1080p24, 720p50 / 60
Computer CompatibilityWUXGA, UXGA, SXGA, WXGA, HD, XGA, SVGA,VGA, SVGA, VGA, Mac
Horizontal Scan Rate15.3 – 91.1kHz
Optional WirelessYes
RoHSCompliant
Vertical Scan Rate24 – 85Hz (120Hz for 3D)
Video CompatiblityNTSC, PAL, SECAM, SDTV (480i), EDTV (480p), HDTV (720p, 1080i/p)
PHYSICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Dimensions (W x H x D)12.4" x 8.8" x 4.0"
SecuritySecurity bar, Kensington lock, password protection, keypad lock
Weight6.1 lbs
Other
Optional AccessoriesDLP Link™ 3D glasses, HDCast Pro, ceiling and wall mount
Standard AccessoriesCarrying case, lens cap, HDMI cable, AC power cord, remote control, batteries for remote, multilingual CD-ROM, user’s manual, quick start card, and warranty card.
Warranty Info1-Year Limited Parts and Labor, 90-Days on Lamp
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190W Osram lamp for select Optoma projectors.

Soft case for select Optoma projectors.

Short throw wall mount designed for Optoma short throw projectors. Adjustments:...

   

RF 3D Emitter (compatible with ZF2300GLASSES only).

RF 3D Glasses (compatible with BC300 emitter only).

Wireless HDMI transmitter/receiver kit. Dimensions: 7.2" x 3.8" x 1.2"...

Optoma projector remote control (backlit)

GT1080

Live for Films,
February 18, 2015

“Out of the box, like Optoma’s other projectors, it is a lovely looking piece of kit. All white, with a monster lens dominating the front, the projector is easy to set up. “

“The colours were sharp (2,800 ANSI lumens) and it has a contrast ratio of 25000:1 making the blacks nice and deep. It has a fast response time of 15ms meaning video games play extremely well on the projector.”

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January 20, 2015 - Optoma GT1080 Review (PC Magazine),
February 10, 2015

BY M. DAVID STONE
If you want to play games at an image size that permits a truly immersive experience, which you can get only from a projector, the Optoma GT1080 ($749) is a prime candidate. As with earlier GT models, Optoma designed the projector with games in mind, focusing on features like a short lag time, so you can have a fast response in games that depend on reaction time. The GT1080$739.00 at Buydig.com is the first GT model with 1080p native resolution, so it can take full advantage of the newest crop of game consoles. All this makes it our Editors’ Choice gaming projector.

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Mobile & Gadget,
March 9, 2015

As projectors go, it is relatively small and elegant. It’s made from white plastic, is well designed and doesn’t look out of place in a home.

Once set up, I found the images to be sharp, with good detail, and there were few signs of other issues such as motion blur and judder which often affects affordable projectors.

As this is a short throw projector, this came into its own set up with the Xbox Kinect. The problem with most conventional projectors is that you’re jumping around in front of the image, and creating shadows. With this, it’s not a problem at all. So it becomes an instant hit with any people who like to jump around in front of their console. For more sedate people sitting on their sofa and shooting baddies or racing around etc, this still provides a large and involving picture which adds an extra dimension to your enjoyment.

I must admit that I’ve really enjoyed using the Optoma GT1080. It opened up a new world of gaming for me. Whether it was playing football, shooting baddies or jumping around and making myself look a fool in front of the console (and my friends), the big screen action created by the short throw projector made for a compelling experience.

Would I buy one myself? Available around £590, in terms of picture quality, it’s not going to replace a conventional TV at that price, but it does make an excellent second room option if you’re lucky enough to have a games room. It also makes an excellent option for doubling up to show the big game with a few friends. You can watch football matches and other sporting events and make it more of a social event with this short throw projector.

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Projektor.hu,
March 23, 2015

Optoma’s GT1080 projector offers a large size screen gamer experience for fans obsessed with playing games. This offers an incomparable greater experience than from a 40-50 “inch TV and input lag is significantly lower than on a flat-panel TV. GT1080 has a very attractive price. Its high brightness is suitable for projecting images up to 2.5 metres wide. The increasing number of games in native 1080p game deserve high resolution on the big screen.  GT1080 is compatible with all of the latest game consoles.

What we liked:

  • Small projection distance from the screen and a high-quality wide-angle lens
  • Full HD 1080p large size gaming, high brightness
  • Low input lag
  • Bright 3D Projection (DLP Link glasses or RF)
  • Portability, lightweight
  • The built-in 10-watt speaker is surprisingly good quality
  • Long lamp life

 

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TechView,
April 24, 2015

“Optoma GT1080 is the first short throw gaming projector we tested, capable or projecting from almost 1 metre, which makes this projector suitable for any room”

“The settings are done almost instantly first time using the projector. The remote control is capable or memorizing 3 different user profiles, thus you won’t have any issues with the other members of your family or friends ”

“Optoma has a great feature: a special gaming mode which improves the response time ”

“The image is sharp enough having well balanced vivid colours, with the Optoma GT1080 reproducing more colours than a standard monitor. Brightness is good which makes this projector suitable for ‘not so dark’ rooms also. Even so, I highly recommend using it in a totally dark room for maximum gaming experience”

“I have to admit that it was a real pleasure using the GT1080, Optoma being one of the manufacturers focusing on gaming experiences at larger diagonals than we were used to before, especially from a short distance. Add to this a console or powerful PC and a great sound to fill the entire room and I’m sure you won’t leave your chair for many hours either because you are playing or watching a movie ”

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HEIMKINO,
April 7, 2016

“If someone gets up between the projector and the screen in the very important moment by watching a football game with friends and relatives. He will notice the displeasure of the others. There is a solution with a short throw projector like the Optoma GT1080.”

 “Also Gamers will love the Optoma with its short throw lens, as you can move freely in the room, without disturbing the flow of the game with your own shadow on the screen.”

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HiFi Vision,
July 8, 2016

“If someone gets between the projector and screen at a very important moment whilst watching a football game with friends or relatives – they will notice the displeasure of the others. The solution is a short throw projector like the Optoma GT1080.”

“Also, gamers will love the Optoma with its short throw lens, as you can move freely in the room without disturbing the flow of the game with your own shadow on the screen.”

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hngn.com,
November 2, 2016

Top 5 Best Home Theatre Projectors in 2016

“This projector is widely used by the gamers, to get an immersive experience while playing. Optoma contains a native resolution of 1080p. It brings out the newest crop with 3D HDMI.”

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Computer Shopper,
September 26, 2014

“Image quality is excellent for the price.”

“Optoma’s GT1080 is a brilliant projector that’s perfect for gamers who want a bigger screen but don’t have the money for a large TV.  Its short throw capabilities mean it should fit into any room and its adjustable feet, keystone and colour settings mean it’s versatile and easy to set up”

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avforums,
November 24, 2014

The GT1080 achieved 7/10.

“Big screen, small space, no problem”

“The GT1080 is small and light, making it quick and easy to setup, whilst the short throw lens means it can produce a big image even in a tight space. This makes it ideal for anyone who wants to watch TV and movies or play games on the big screen but doesn’t have much room.”

“The projector is also bright, which means it is good for environments with a lot of ambient light, such as the average living room. The motion handling is excellent, as we would expect from a DLP projector, making the GT1080 ideal for watching sport or gaming. The input lag and response times are also good, making the GT1080 a great choice for gamers. The Optoma handled 24p content without issue and this, combined with the detailed images, makes the projector very capable with movies as well.”

“The video processing was also highly effective, passing all our tests, and the GT1080 had no problems with both standard and high definition content. So when watching DVDs and standard definition TV broadcasts the Optoma handled the content well and really got a chance to shine with high definition broadcasts. Once we moved onto Blu-rays the results were even better with Edge of Tomorrow and X-Men: Days of Future Past looking great on the big screen.”

“Since there is also support for 3D we connected an Optoma RF emitter to the GT1080 and tried it out with a pair of their active shutter 3D glasses. If there’s one area where DLP has an advantage it’s 3D, where the fast response times eliminate the problems of crosstalk. The glasses themselves are a little dark but the projector’s brightness helps to compensate for this and the resulting 3D was impressive, with X-Men: Days of Future Past looking especially good.”

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KultureGeek.fr,
October 17, 2014

The French blog site KultureGeek.fr is a leading source of information on current French tech news.

KultureGeek.fr awarded the Optoma GT1080 8 out of 10.

“Another good thing: the projector is bright, very bright. The 2800 Lumens announced by the brand are not exaggerated and the ambient light in the room doesn’t spoil the show.”

“Some options are available to change the image settings, notably a gaming mode with saturated colors and accentuated contrasts. Playing Uncharted 3, the effect is breathtaking.”

“About the settings: there are many options to change the colours for example, but the default modes are so well thought out that  most users probably won’t bother changing anything.”

“And the 3D? Impressive. Not a single crosstalk effect and amazing depth.”

“Another thing worth mentioning, the built-in 10W speaker offers a surprisingly good sound.”

“In conclusion, the GT1080 perfectly plays its role of a plug-and-play projector. Easy to use, bright, good image quality, nice built-in speaker and geat 3D rendering.”

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ProjectorCentral.com,

“Key features include a short throw lens, which lets you get a big image even in a tight space, and a short lag time–an obvious advantage in any game where reaction time matters.”

“…it delivers a constellation of features–including the short throw, capable audio system, and short lag time–that make it an attractive choice for its intended use.”

“If you want a solid, portable projector for gaming with a robust on-board sound system, the Optoma GT1080 is an excellent value for only $749.”

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Trusted Reviews,
February 4, 2015

The GT1080 is a highly affordable single-chip DLP projector designed primarily for gaming. Its high claimed brightness and built-in audio system make it easy to set up and use – you don’t need a dedicated home cinema ‘cave’ – and its living-room friendliness is underlined by the fact that it’s got an exceptionally short-throw lens. That means it can deliver, for instance, a 100-inch image when it’s positioned just one metre from your screen or wall.

There are a couple of pleasant surprises, though: first, there’s a 12V trigger port you could use to fire up a motorised screen. Second, there’s a port for adding a 3D transmitter, since despite its affordability the GT1080 can handle 3D

As usual with Optoma projectors, the GT1080 is much better equipped with picture-calibration features than you might expect for the price.

The sense of crispness holds up quite well when there’s motion in the frame, too, thanks to minimal interference from motion blur or judder.

The GT1080 is a solid effort that can be considered decent value – especially if you’re after a short-throw, fast-response projector for gaming.

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Expert Reviews,
August 15, 2014

The Optoma GT1080 achieved 5 stars overall and an Expert Reviews Recommended badge.

“The Optoma GT1080 is a brilliant projector that’s perfect for gamers who want a bigger screen but don’t have the money for a large TV. Its short-throw capabilities mean it should fit into any room, and its adjustable feet, keystone settings and colour settings means it’s very versatile and easy to set up.”

“The Optoma GT1080 does exactly this and is able to create a 100-inch display from just a metre away, meaning that even the smallest gaming den should have room for it.”

“Image quality is excellent for the price.”

“The DLP chip, which projects through a high-speed colour wheel, creates crisp and colourful images”

“the Gaming preset unsurprisingly works very well for games, making hard-to-spot objects in darkened areas easier to see.”

“We were impressed with the 10W speakers built into the GT1080, unlike many projectors where the speakers feel like they’ve been added as an after-thought, those of the GT1080 are loud and very clear.”

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Eurogamer.net,
September 22, 2014

“It’s fair to say that gaming on a 100-inch screen is incredible! And even at 84 inches, it provides considerably more impact than sitting closer to a large HDTV – it’s simply more epic and immersive.”

“Images on the GT1080 appear smoother than those produced by similarly sized LCD or plasma displays, and without a hint of screen-door effect from our seating distance of 3m (around three image heights).”

“With an image measuring 84 inches diagonal (limited by the supplied screen) the GT1080 manages to provide large, cinematic images that not only comfortably fill your field of view, but also deliver a sense of scale to objects on screen that regular HDTVs cannot recreate – and this only gets better with larger screen sizes. Firing up the PS4 on a projector for the first time, the impact when gaming is impressive: playing the likes of Metal Gear Solid 5: Ground Zeroes and The Last of Us on the big screen immediately delivers a distinctly epic feel that helps to draw us in more closely to the action. The added sense of scale brings extra weight to images due to their sheer size, and this helps to make key moments much more impactful – more cinematic, if you will.”

“The increased sense of spectacle provided by projected images is all for nothing if we have to deal with heavy controls and delayed inputs due to input lag, but thankfully this isn’t an issue on the GT1080, where button presses and turns of the analogue stick feel fast and responsive, and this makes the projector suitable for those who play twitch-based shooters and fighting games online. We measured 34ms of latency in 1080p using our Leo Bodner LagTest (16ms measured via the CRT camera method). That’s a lower level of input lag than is present on many of the latest HDTVs – and we didn’t notice any obvious reductions in controller response when playing native 720p games upscaled by the projector.”

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,
February 18, 2015

“Out of the box, like Optoma’s other projectors, it is a lovely looking piece of kit. All white, with a monster lens dominating the front, the projector is easy to set up. “

“The colours were sharp (2,800 ANSI lumens) and it has a contrast ratio of 25000:1 making the blacks nice and deep. It has a fast response time of 15ms meaning video games play extremely well on the projector.”

GT1080

Computer magazine,
December 3, 2014

“The projector handles very well with any signal source without delays. Input lag is minimum and imperceptible to the eye which is important especially when playing action games.”

“There was a good colour match (especially in Cinema Mode) and colours are saturated enough.  The contrast could be better but, despite this, it still performed well, even in dark scenes.”

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Telegraph Best,
February 4, 2015

The GT1080 was awarded the highest rating of all projectors reviewed – 9.5/10 and a gold award.

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,
February 10, 2015

Ever since my first experience using them, I always find myself asking why people don’t look more closely at entertainment projectors as a proper replacement to flatscreens. True, they’ve long been considered the go-to choice for expensive home theater builds, but advances in performance and cheaper bulbs have helped modern projectors become viable display alternatives.

Optoma’s GT1080 Gaming DLP Projector challenges the status quo by competing directly with those expensive panels where it counts – money and performance. This is ready for next-generation consoles like the Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (current-gen if we’re being honest) and works well enough for images and the occasional 3D Blu-ray, despite not learning a whole lot of new tricks.

GT1080

Optoma GT1080 Gaming DLP Projector Audio/Video Review (PopZara),

Ever since my first experience using them, I always find myself asking why people don’t look more closely at entertainment projectors as a proper replacement to flatscreens. True, they’ve long been considered the go-to choice for expensive home theater builds, but advances in performance and cheaper bulbs have helped modern projectors become viable display alternatives.

Optoma’s GT1080 Gaming DLP Projector challenges the status quo by competing directly with those expensive panels where it counts – money and performance. This is ready for next-generation consoles like the Wii U, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One (current-gen if we’re being honest) and works well enough for images and the occasional 3D Blu-ray, despite not learning a whole lot of new tricks.

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About Technology,

The Optoma GT1080 is a moderately-priced DLP Video Projector that can serve as a gaming projector, as part of a modest home theater setup, or in a business/classroom setting. The two main features of this projector is its included Short Throw lens, which can produce a very large image in a small space and its 3D compatibility.

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Commercial Integrator,

10 of the Most Eye-Popping Booths at InfoComm 2014
Baanto, Crestron, Digiled, FSR and NEC are just some of the companies whose booths wowed the InfoComm crowd.

 

June 19, 2014 | by CI Staff
InfoComm 2014 is ablaze with the latest products. But with competitors keeping pace with these trends, how does your favorite company grasp your attention?

For those who have wandered the Las Vegas Convention Center, you know the answer is big, bold, beautiful booths.

Check out the slideshow to see which vendors have the most eye-catching displays, including: AboutShow, AOTO, Baanto, Crestron, Digiled, FSR, NEC, Optoma, Propresenter, Renewed Vision, and Vaddio.

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Setting Up a Simple Home Cinema (Wall Street Journal),

Setting Up a Simple Home Cinema
A guide to creating a satisfying, low-fuss screen-plus-sound system. Bonus: the pros and cons of video streaming devices Roku, Apple TV and Google Chromecast

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  1. Erin M

    5 out of 5

    I have been wanting a projector for a long time and after agonizing for about 2 months about spending the money and reading review after review. The more I learned about projectors, lumens, screen gains, contrast, Msec (super important to gamers), color wheels, key stoning, bulb life and short throw types, the more harder the decision became until seeing a video of another amazon customer’s review and video. That and the price dropped 50 bucks while it was in my cart. This was the only true gaming choice for under $1400.
    With my focus on gaming use and occasional movie I was looking economical choice This one fit every thing I needed into one unit and at a price I could feel good about.
    I love it. In the process of converting a bedroom into a media room with the second Optima 1080 is going to be on a 120″ screen. Yes I bought a second one and am converting a room for it… When I said beyond impressed I mean it I am picky when it comes to some things and seeing Suicide Squad, not my favorite movie but it was during the opening credits I decided we needed another one. It felt like a laser show with the vibrant colors- I stopped the movie and checked the setting to see if it was cranked up at the factory 🙂 nope, just incase it wasn’t vibrant or bright enough I could still up it some. WOW. It was the pink and green colors that I was blown away by all were impressive. I was projecting an 84″ screen on a piece of $18 white plastic sheet (not screen) from Lowes. I used the plastic sheet to get screen size ideas before buying a fixed size screen. There is so much power in this unit I am going to go way over the size I originally expected to project.
    We have been watching our movie collection over and seeing so much detail that we missed on a Toshiba 55″ 1080p cinema series. I was expecting a bit of a novelty experience from screen size not expecting to see a screen that resolution, color, and brightness makes the 3K I put out for a Toshi feel like a waste.
    I am using my first one in a light controlled room, I work grave and am use to killing off light and sound around the house. I use 1/2 foam insulation board that has one reflective side, about $9 a 4×8 sheet at lowes. I cut panels to fit in-between blinds and curtains -no aluminum foil windows no plastic seen on inside. Light does get in intentionally. The lights can be on in the room and projector is fine. Purpose built room is light at zero. Its painted Ravens Wing (flat black), window is zero light past and a heavy black curtain is handling the doorway. Its awesome should never have waited.

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  2. Daniel Kane

    5 out of 5

    I must admit that I’ve really enjoyed using the Optoma GT1080. It opened up a new world of gaming for me. Whether it was playing football, shooting baddies or jumping around and making myself look a fool in front of the console (and my friends), the big screen action created by the short throw projector made for a compelling experience. Would I buy one myself? Available around £590, in terms of picture quality, it’s not going to replace a conventional TV at that price, but it does make an excellent second room option if you’re lucky enough to have a games room. It also makes an excellent option for doubling up to show the big game with a few friends. You can watch football matches and other sporting events and make it more of a social event with this short throw projector.

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  3. Justin

    5 out of 5

    Awesome, what more can I say! This is the first projector I have owned and so glad I went for this one. I did some research on different brands and models, it was pretty clear that this GT1080 was the right one for me. Straight out of the box it was ready to go, nice easy set up. I set it up on the front room coffee table and had a clear and bright, very crisp image at around 100″ diagonal from about a metre away, exactly what the description said! Very impressed with this purchase, all I need now is a couple of pairs of 3D glasses to enhance the experience that little bit more!

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  4. William Lund

    5 out of 5

    I really didn’t know what to expect when I purchased this projector. My previous projector cost twice as much as was very dim. The GT1080 is bright, lightweight, and is perfect for movies and gaming. We used in the living room for sporting events and having people over who like to see movies on the “big screen.” Very happy with our purchase.

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  5. Scott Stevens

    5 out of 5

    I had my first Optoma projector in 2012 but had to sell because of certain circumstances, I now have just bought my second Optoma GT1080 which is 3D, and can’t wait to get the 3D glasses kit. Love it to the max

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  6. Justin Watson

    5 out of 5

    I have utilized this device for several art installation video projections and experimental animations that require the output of highly saturated colors. This projector has more than met my expectations. The colors remain bright in semi-lit rooms, runs fine 8 hrs per day, 5 days per week for exhibitions and the short throw capabilities really allow for more creative applications than standard projectors offer. I actually plan on buying a couple more when funding permits. Highly recommended.

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  7. Adam Ryder

    5 out of 5

    This projector has exceeded my expectations, it delivers a bright and colourful picture at an immense size for such a short distance.Its very sharp when focussed correctly, and is not too noisy.

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  8. Jake Barstow

    5 out of 5

    The GT1080 is lightweight and compact yet delivers a powerful punch. The included high-quality HDMI cable is a welcome addition. The backlit remote is really useful when using the projector in a dark room. The menus provide ample adjustments to tailor the image to your requirements. The exhaust fan is really quiet, even on the high brightness setting. Image quality is fantastic and the contrast is brilliant, especially when using the dynamic setting. A good all-rounder and excellent value for money.

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  9. Penny Whitfield

    5 out of 5

    We love our Optoma projector, it looks so neat.
    It is fixed to the ceiling so is out of the way and when not in use everything just hides away.
    There is no need for a big black box being the focal point of the room anymore therefore we have so much more room for seating. At first we thought we would keep the TV and only watch films and sport on the projector but once it was set up the TV became redundant and was put away.
    You don’t need a huge room to have this projector as it can be set up only a few feet away from the screen but you do need to be able to sit far enough away from the screen to be comfortable and see the whole picture. Although you could use this projector in a small room and get a brilliant picture you wouldn’t be able to sit and watch comfortably.
    The sound is better than I expected although we have purchased a sound bar which makes it amazing.
    All in all I can highly recommend this projector, we are now the envy of the neighbourhood!

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  10. Dan

    4 out of 5

    Not all of us have the luxury of a spare room that we can dedicate to the honourable pursuit of home cinema. Most of us live in houses that are jam-packed with our ‘so necessary’ possessions, without which life would just not be worth living. Not only that, but some of us live in older houses where there is not a decent straight length of wall to be found unless the fireplace is knocked out, or a pillar or a beam, and we tend to sit, squat, lean, lie or dangle around each other and various ‘features’ of the house in order to get a decent view, while all the time trying to keep within striking distance of the all-important bowl of Pringles and dips. The short throw GT1080 gives all important elbow room. I have owned the GT1080 for about 6 months now, having previously owned the wonderful Optoma DVD100. Image quality when viewing demo standard Blu-rays such as ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’, ‘Game of Thrones’ or ‘The Desolation of Smaug’ is superb, with bright colours, deep blacks and no motion blurring in fast action scenes. The DVD100 had a noticeable rainbow effect at times but I have scarcely noticed this problem at all with the GT1080. DLP technology has made a leap forward in the past couple of years. The images from a DVD or from a standard definition TV signal can look rather poor and grainy, no doubt the flaws in standard definition media are made to look worse by the HD processing. In fact, the standard definition DVD100 wins out here, and produces a more pleasing image. The DVD100 also wins out on the acoustical front, its on-board 10W stereo speakers producing a far richer sound than that of the GT1080’s single speaker. However, most will use their own sound system and so Optoma’s rather stingy offering of a single speaker is more of a pity than an issue. When it comes to Blu-ray 3D movies though, we move into quite another world from that of the DVD100. Watching a film like Guardians of the Galaxy in 3D is less of a film viewing than an experience. It is astonishing, and I have yet to watch a 3D movie with this projector without a smile on my face like that of a little boy lost in wonder – even at very sad bits, somewhat unnervingly to the rest of my family. I have not seen better 3D even in a cinema. The RF glasses suggested by Optoma are rather expensive in my view so whether the RF system is better than the DLP-link I couldn’t say. I use Sainsonic 904’s which cost about £65 for a pack of 4, and are rechargeable. They work fine, and are nice and sturdy. I bought a pair of cheap DLP glasses from China at about £6 a pair and they work fine, too, except they are rather delicate. The stems have to be taken apart when storing the glasses and, very soon, they weaken and snap. I suggest you leave them attached. There are 2 HDMI inputs into the GT1080, one of them doubling as an MHL link. There is also a standard 3.5 audio out jack, and a connection for the RF link. Switching between sources can take some time for the processor to work out but, on the positive side, there is a very comprehensive system menu which gives access to lots of advanced manual settings. The contrast ratio is about 25 000 to 1 and viewing is just about acceptable in a room that is not completely dark, but near darkness is recommended to achieve full immersion in the 3D environment. The fan whirs up and down a little depending on the scenes being shown but is not particularly noticeable, and there is a little heat thrown out by the side vents so make sure you provide plenty of ventilation space. The winning feature for me is the short throw. The GT1080 can produce an 84 inch diagonal image when only a metre from the screen. Gone are the days, in my little house, of suffering elbowed ribs and poked eyes, stamped on toes and burst ear drums from neighing uncles, or having to work out a complex route to get from the couch to the loo past all the animate and inanimate objects, or suffering the horror of being snookered behind a large person when trying to reach the bowl of Pringles and dips. Bring on ‘The Battle of the Five Armies 3D’ – and the Sour Cream Pringles!

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  11. Nigel Perkins

    5 out of 5

    I have been using an old multimedia projector for some time for watching movies but was always frustrated by the picture with ambient light in the room. In addition the projector needed to be positioned far back in the room to project the desired 150″ screen which interfered with seating and meant the noise from the fan could be heard during movie quiet scenes.

    It was therefore time for an upgrade for these reasons plus the fact that the resolution was only 800 x 600, the contrast 500:1 and there was no HDMI connectivity.

    Ceiling mounting was not an option so I looked at the possibility of using a ‘short throw projector’ to keep the kit away from the seating area plus reducing the length of cables across the living room floor.

    After searching and reading lots of reviews I decided to go for the Optoma GT1080 which cost me £589.99.

    I managed to position the projector directly on the floor at around 1.8 metres away from the wall. This filled the whole wall giving me a huge image of well over 150”. In this scenario the projector is now over 3 metres away from the sofa so does not get in the way of seating and the fan is hardly heard at all. In addition all that I have going across the floor is a 2 metre power supply lead and a 2 metre HDMI cable to my Sony Blu-ray player.

    I put on my latest Blu-ray of ‘Dracula Untold’ and I was really impressed. The picture is much sharper than my old projector as you would expect being Full HD 1080p with a contrast of 2500:1. I tried listening through the projector speakers and it sounded surprisingly okay but I would always divert the audio through my AV amp for movie watching. I am sure for gaming or regular tv listening the internal speakers would do a good job.

    Despite there being no manual vertical shift the image can be moved around in all directions very easily using ‘Image Shift’ function via the remote control. This remote is really great as it has a bright blue back light for dark room use.

    The following morning I tested the same film with ambient light in the room and I was pleasantly surprised. Once the projector had been on a few minutes the picture was very clear so from now on day-time movies are definitely an option.

    I have not tested the 3D option yet but it is not really a priority for me or my family.

    I would say if you are on a budget and looking for a first projector for watching movies and gaming this would be a great choice and good value for money. The short throw works well for me in my situation in a large room where ceiling mounting is not an option. I can also see massive benefits for those wanting a huge image in a small space. I do not own a TV, why would I? I now have a Full HD 150 inch screen image day or night and all for under £600!

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  12. Dan hamley

    5 out of 5

    Bought this project because it short throw distance due to the limited space available in my front room It comfortably projects hundred inch image from my coffee table Massively impressed with 3-D much better than Lg TV is passive system even impressed a girlfriend which believe me is hard to do for its price I don’t think you can buy a better projectori itTook a bit of time to get the image set up correctly but this is more down to me than the projector

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  13. Phil

    5 out of 5

    Picture and sound from the projector is fantastic!. I have this on a 120in screen, it is just amazing and it is Full HD. Colours and blacks are great and can be adjusted easily depending on preference etc.. The projector is also quiet and as it is short throw it is close to the screen.. Brilliant!. Which also means i can easily pick it up and move it to another room!
    Im so glad i went for the Optoma GT1080 DLP. My big worry was rainbow effect, Yes i have seen it once or twice but it really is nothing to be concerned about to me. The Picture is so good…i only wish i could have watched Interstellar on this instead of my local cinema as it is better! For a Negative I wish it had come with at least a pair of 3D glasses. Can’t wait to try that out 🙂 Excellent Job Optoma…No doubt i will be in the market for a 4K one in a few years!! 🙂

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  14. Lynsey Henderson

    5 out of 5

    Bought for work projects, to enlarge my artwork onto walls but turns out a day after owning it I will also be using it to play movies and TV shows, so happy with my purchase and I highly recommend.

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