For months the InFocus X3 (reviewed here) has been the only realistic choice for projector purchasers looking for a model that supports a native resolution of 1,024x768. However, Optoma's EP719R matches the X3's achievement, adds a dash of improved specifications, and retails for just £19 more.
XGA support makes this an excellent model for businesses. Even in an HDTV (high-definition television) age, it's far from a given that a projector will come with anything more than basic SVGA (800x600).
The EP719R improves on the InFocus X3 in several areas. The brightness rating of 2,200 Ansi lumens is a decent improvement over the X3's 1,700 ansi lumens. This is good for those who need to take the projector on the road, since they won't always be able to control the levels of light in the room where they'll be presenting. A higher brightness rating will give you that tiny bit of extra versatility, too.
Throw in the fairly modest weight and you have a projector that's surprisingly good for mobile executives. And while home-cinema enthusiasts will probably look for a more specialist model, the EP719R performs well here, too. Its noise rating is particularly commendable.
However, it's the DLP (Digital Light Processing) technology that really catches the eye, and the contrast ratio of 2,500:1 is excellent. This would suggest the Optoma has strong colour depth – and it generates a very vivid image that's packed with fizzing colour. It's rock solid and offers a cleaner overall picture than on the InFocus, too.