Optoma HD142X vs Optoma HD29Darbee review

Test mid-price segment projectors — Optoma HD142X vs Optoma HD29Darbee?

Optoma HD142X vs Optoma HD29Darbee

Optoma HD142X - an affordable home projector

Optoma HD142XBy testing testing Optoma HD142X vs Optoma HD29Darbee, I want to make the comparison of two projectors of a mid-price segment.

I would like to start with Optoma HD142X. It is the cool projector for gaming and watching movies. I had the opportunity to test it at home and at the my work during the Optoma HD142X vs HD29Darbee review. At home, I used this projector for a gaming. I was impressed by the image of Optoma HD142X. Brightness is enough for comfort watching or playing video games in a well-lit room. The sound from the built-in speaker is good and clear. Optoma HD142X can display true 3D and in a combination with an audio system, it seemed to me that I am in a real cinema. In the office, during the presentation of the my project, an image stays sharp and bright even on the 100" screen the smallest text is displayed clearly.

Optoma HD142X PROS:
  • Full HD resolution and high brightness in 3000 lumens. Movies have high resolution (up to 4K) and I want to watch them without downscaling or compression.
  • 2 HDMI inputs allows me to connect two supported devices at the same time. In addition, one of inputs supports technology MHL.
Optoma HD142X CONS:
  • The projector overheats. After 3-4 hours of operation, the cooling system starts making noises. It seems to me that it does not cope with the load.
  • After closing the lens cap, the focus is lost. When I close the lens cap, it touches the focus adjuster and then I need to adjust the image again.

Optoma HD29Darbee — cheap projector with advanced technology

Optoma hd29darbeeI was wondered testing Optoma HD29Darbee during the Optoma HD29Darbee vs HD142X review. It has the compact housing with great design. This projector will not catch your eye in the room or in office. Also, I tested it with games and movies. The image is very crisp and sharp with brilliant contrast. A Full HD resolution and a high brightness allow getting a good picture in any conditions even in well-lit, white conference hall.

Optoma HD29Darbee PROS:
  • Darbee Vision Technology. I like this feature because with aid of the technology Darbee display turns out maximally detailed supplying at the same time excellent color depth.
  • The HD29Darbee’s 12-Volt trigger is compatible with power screens. As for me this function of turning on the screen with the projector was useful.
Optoma HD29Darbee CONS:
  • Built-in Gaming mode. This mode does not work with custom settings for the screen. I set up the projector for my screen, but in gaming mode, all settings were lost.
  • A motion blur. I do not like this feature in scenes with action. The image becomes blurry.

So what projector is best - Optoma HD142X or Optoma HD29Darbee?

When you buying a projector, you should pay attention to the resolution of the image, the brightness of the projector, the contrast and the lamp time. These characteristics affect the image quality in different conditions.

It should be noted that Optoma HD29Darbee has a greater brightness if compared to Optoma HD142X and this allows you to comfortably watch movies even outdoor.

Another factor is the design. Both projectors has compact housing, but Optoma HD142X is available in black only versus Optoma HD29Darbee which is available in white only.

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Comparison chart

Optoma HD142X
Optoma HD29Darbee

Common

Model

HD142X
HD29Darbee

Brand

Optoma
Optoma

Rating on Amazon

4.3
4.5

Reviews on Amazon

767
130

Translation properties

Projection system

DLP
DLP

Native resolution

1920 x 1080
1920 x 1080

Aspect ratio

16:9
16:9

Pixel number

1024000
1024000

Brightness

3000 lumens
3200 lumens

Color reproduction

1073.4 million
1.07 billion

Contrast ratio

23000:1
30000:1

Throw ratio range

1.48 - 1.6
1.48 - 1.62

Lamp

Lamp type

195 W

Lamp life

Normal mode

5000
5000

Eco mode

6000
8000

Lens

F-number

2.5 - 2.67
2.5 - 2.67

Focal length

21.86 - 24 mm
21.9 - 24 mm

Lens shift

Zoom ratio

1.0 - 1.1
1.0 - 1.1

Interface

HDMI

2
2

D-sub 15pin

1
1

Composite video (RCA)

1
1

Audio L/R (RCA)

1
1

Audio out (Mini Jack)

1
1

USB (Type A)

1
1

USB (Type mini-B)

has not
has not

RS232 (DB-9pin)

has not
has not

Sound

Integrated speaker

Speaker power

10 W
10 W

Sound type

mono
stereo

Resolution support

640 x 480

1024 x 768

1280 x 800

1400 x 1050

1920 x 1080

Video compatibility

NTSC

PAL

SECAM

3D

Settings

Keystone correction manual

Vertical +- 40 degrees
Vertical +- 40 degrees

Keystone correction auto

Operating distance

19 ft
19 ft

Security functions

Audible noise

Normal mode

28 dBA

Eco mode

29 dBA

Operating temperature

Min

5 C
5 C

Max

40 C
40 C

Features

Color

black
white

Wireless

Remote control

Mouse functions

Warranty

1 Year
1 Year

Dimensions

Product size

9 x 11.7 x 3.7 inches
9.1 x 11.7 x 3.8 inches

Product weight

5.5 pounds
5.5 pounds