What counts as a short throw projector

Optoma GT1080 - short throw projector for gaming & home cinema

Short distance projectors in the home 4 walls are used more and more. Today we would like to introduce you to the Optoma GT1080 in more detail.

Advantages of the short distance optics

Today there is an increasing problem that there is no separate room for your own home cinema and therefore only little space is available. Therefore, a projector should be able to be integrated more and more into the normal living space.

One projector that offers this is the Optoma GT1080. Thanks to its short-distance optics, it is able to achieve an attractive image width even in smaller rooms. For example, you get a picture width of 2 m at a distance of approx. 100 cm - this space can be created even in the smallest living rooms. The optics are therefore a decisive advantage of the GT1080.

Advantages in gaming

Another advantage that the projector offers, in addition to saving space, is its suitability for movement games. You can also play well on a projector with normal optics, but this does not apply to the special type of movement games.

Today all consoles actually offer a platform for movement games. Be it the Playstation Move at Sony, the Xbox Kinect at Microsoft or the Wii U at Nintendo.

And this type of game is not only very popular with children, more and more adults are also using the console for exercise and fitness games.

The short-throw projector is especially necessary for this type of game, if you don't have a very large room available or if you always want to jump through the picture.

The Optoma GT1080 offers the ideal solution here: Thanks to the short-distance optics, you can move very easily behind the projector without disturbing the image. In addition, the GT1080 also offers a gaming mode, which ensures an optimized reaction time for the colors and contrast of the projector, especially when moving quickly. This avoids qualitative cuts in the image.


Mobile gaming

In addition to the usual game consoles, smartphones or tablets are increasingly being used to play smaller games. If you have a mobile device with MHL capability in this context, the MHL-capable HDMI interface of the Optoma GT1080 comes in handy. The corresponding devices can be connected directly to the projector via MHL cables and the content can be played back on the projector. With it you can easily switch from the small mobile device screen to the large projector image.



First and foremost, a surround system is used in the home theater to get a decent sound in addition to the large picture. However, if you do not permanently install the projector or take it with friends to a gaming evening, you are not necessarily dependent on a system thanks to its 10 watt loudspeaker. The 10 watts do not replace a surround system, but offer a practical advantage, especially for mobile gaming.

3D home theater

As already mentioned, the Optoma GT1080 also offers interesting home theater features. This includes, for example, his 3D ability, in which he can have two different types of 3D support. On the one hand, it offers the classic DLP Link 3D, in which the DLP Link shutter glasses are controlled by the white flash of the DLP chip, and on the other hand, it has the option of working with a 3D RF system via Vesa 3D via a 3D sync connection. The 3D signal is transmitted via radio / Bluetooth via a transmitter that is connected to the projector at the 3D sync connection. This type of 3D glasses loading has the advantage that you don't lose the 3D signal if you look away from the screen. The signal transmission is on average even better than with DLP Link technology.

Another advantage in terms of home cinema is the possibility of 24p playback. In this way, the films can be projected in the way that the director captured on the celluloid. Here, of course, your own taste is always decisive for whether you prefer to watch it with the slight 24p jerking or "normal", as you know it from TV programs.

Another plus point in terms of home theater is the ability to calibrate the GT1080. For this it offers the ISF ccc setting option. It allows two separate settings for day and night, i.e. for lighter and for darker rooms. In this way, even better image quality can be achieved.

Another interesting feature for home cinema use is the HDMI link function (HDMI CEC). If you have several HDMI CEC certified devices, they can be switched on and off using this connection chain with just one remote control.


Technical specs

As usual with Optoma, the Optoma GT1080 works with DLP technology. Its full HD resolution works with 1920 x 1080 pixels. In terms of light output, it is at a good level for a short distance projector with 2800 lumens. And its contrast of 25,000: 1 is also impressive. In the Optoma GT1080 test, the projector's dynamic contrast was also positive. In terms of operating noise, it was also able to convince 26 dB in Eco mode.

In terms of interfaces, it offers everything you need in the living room today, two HDMI inputs, one of which is MHL-capable. There is also a 3.5 mm audio output. There is also a mini USB interface for control and a 3D sync interface. Users who want to automate their home theater a bit will be pleased with the 12 V trigger connection on a 3.5 mm jack base. For example, a screen can be controlled by the projector.



As you can see from all the positive properties of the short-throw projector, it can be used for a wide variety of areas, be it gaming or home cinema. Especially in the gaming segment, short-throw projectors are becoming more and more important and this is where the Optoma GT1080 offers good properties. Of course, home cinema fans also get their money's worth with the projector.

It is an excellent entertainment solution when it comes to projections in a small space.

Link to the Optoma GT1080 projector



Update: The Optoma GT1080e is here!

The Optoma GT1080 gets a quasi-successor, the Optoma GT1080e! The GT1080 is still available, but the successor is already in the starting blocks. The 3D Full HD projector for gaming and home cinema has only been slightly improved, namely in the area of ​​the lumens. Where the Optoma GT1080 had 2800 lumens before, theOptoma GT1080e now a light output of 3000 lumens. With this, Optoma has carried out sensible product maintenance and upgraded the popular short-throw projector in terms of its specs.

Nothing has changed in the other features of the GT1080e. It still relies on Full HD resolution and works with short-distance optics. Its connections, including two HDMI inputs (one with MHL), have also remained the same. The Optoma GT1080e offers a successful - albeit small - improvement over the GT1080!

To the Optoma GT1080e

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