cstumph wrote:I would not recommend buying this projector. I picked up a similar model, the GT360, less than 8 months ago and it's already having problems.
Here's what you need to know:
-This only has a 90-day warranty as opposed to the 1-year warranty on new models.
-Your warranty period starts on the date encoded in your serial number, not on the date of purchase. You may have no warranty at all when it arrives.
-Optoma DLP projectors have issues with faulty DMD chips and will end up having white "stuck" pixels all over your image eventually, most likely before the bulb needs replaced.
-Replacing the DMD chip will run at least $350 for parts, $100 for labor, and $25 for shipping.
I'd recommend staying far away from the Optoma brand, especially refurbished ones.
First, the GT-360 is NOT a similar projector. It is in a totally different class actually. The GT360 is a lower end portable gaming projector, the HD20 is a higher class Home Theater Projector.
Secondly, if you have your receipt of purchase from an Authorized re-seller, like woot, the warranty WILL NOT start on the serial number. They will honor it from the date of sale.
Third, I highly recommend a secondary Squaretrade extended warranty with these. Additionally, your credit card company may already cover your purchase with an extended warranty (many people do not know this, be sure to check).
All that being said, Optoma has personally covered a projector for me, a low end gaming/kids one (PT-100) that had stuck mirrors when it was slightly outside of the 90 day warranty free of charge. I found them very easy to work with and they gave me a one time exception on the repair when I explained the situation to them. Otherwise, I have owned four Otpoma Home Theater Projectors in the past 13 years, currently own an HD33 and previously owned and HD20 and loved it. Never had a problem with their Home Theater projectors.