I hooked up the HD27 to my Blu-ray home theater system plus on an Xbox One console. The projector comes with various presets (Cinema, Vivid, Game, Reference, Bright and User) available but I personally calibrate it to my own settings to my convenience.
While most projectors tend to get too noisy during operation, the HD27 was mostly quiet during operation and even if it was noisy the sound was drowned by my surround sound setup.
I’ve tested two Blu-rays: Inside Out and Captain America: Civil War to check the image quality. Colors were vibrant and sharp. Images pop out even when there’s light inside the room, and it also worked well when playing games since there was little to no delay with the games I’ve tested.
Probably the only problem I had with the HD27 is displaying deep blacks. Dark scenes are mostly the victim here if you’re really picky on picture quality but to be honest it’s something I’m not really bothered about.
Another quip is the built-in speakers. If you’re planning to watch a movie using the HD27 then it’s best you hook it up with an external speaker. Sound seems muffled, and most of the time I had a hard time understanding dialogue coming out from it.
For a full HD projector, the Optoma HD27 does the job well – it delivers excellent image quality perfect for watching movies at home and even bright enough to be used in rooms where there is subtle lighting. It may have its flaws, but we’d gladly recommend this home theater projector anytime.
- Excellent image quality
- Still visible even in bright areas
- Deep blacks are mediocre
- Bad audio output
The Optoma HD27 does the job well – it delivers excellent image quality perfect for watching movies at home and even bright enough to be used in rooms where there is subtle lighting.