The Optoma HD142X projector is an upper mid-range offering from Optoma aimed at a specific audience--seeking a decent option that has full support for 3D blu-rays that doesn\u2019t entirely break the bank, without skimping too much on image quality. It\u2019s a bog-standard 1080p projector that stands out for its 3D support, though it\u2019s in a very competitive price bracket; it\u2019s one of the best 3D projectors for the price it goes for.\r\n\r\nWhy We Like It - Optoma HD142X\r\nThe Optoma HD142X is a great home theater projector boasting a full HD resolution, support for 3D blu-ray players, and solid image quality at a decent price. It\u2019s difficult to go wrong with it for the price it goes for, even if it\u2019s missing a few nice features such as HDR.\r\n\r\nPerformance\/Resolution Etc.\r\nComing in at 1080p, the Optoma HD142X is pretty standard for the price; 4K is uncommon below higher price points occupied by projectors such as the BenQ TK800 4K, while anything sub-1080p at around $500--let alone $1000--is solidly not meant for media consumption. Overall image quality is fine; input lag isn\u2019t too high, brightness is good enough for most rooms, and color quality is decent. It does suffer from the rainbow effect, but this will only affect a very small percentage of users, as most aren\u2019t sensitive to it. If you\u2019re sensitive to the rainbow effect, the Epson Home Cinema 2040 3D 1080p 3LCD Projector employs 3LCD technology, which mitigates the rainbow effect.\r\nBrightness\/Lumens\r\nAt 3,000 lumens, brightness is good for dark and dim rooms. As with all projectors, the image will appear washed out and dim in rooms with bright ambient lighting, but it won\u2019t be an issue in most use cases.\r\nAdjustability\/Viewing Angle\r\nAdjustability is overall decent on the Optoma HD124X, but it could be better for the price; it lacks lens shift which is unfortunate, but it at least features keystone correction. Port selection is very solid--2 HDMI ports are present, alongside a mobile-specific MHL v1.2 port and audio jacks. DisplayPort would have been nice to see at this price point for use with PCs, but it lacks features that would make use of a DisplayPort cable anyways\r\nDurability\r\nFor its price point, durability is alright on the Optoma HD124X. It\u2019s a DLP projector so lamp life is on the shorter side, but laser technology is very uncommon until you hit much higher price points. It admittedly sits in a bit of an awkward boat where it\u2019s not too far off from a laser projector in terms of price, but you\u2019re still looking at a good $200-300 price increase if you want something good, which isn\u2019t insignificant. Either way, for realistic use longevity won\u2019t be an issue; it should last several years of use, and it has no major build quality or longevity issues.\r\nValue\r\nValue isn\u2019t especially a strong point of the Optoma HD124X. The Epson Home Cinema 3700 Full HD 1080p 3LCD Projector is about $200 cheaper while offering better contrast and better inputs (2x HDMI, composite, and for some reason, VGA), though it doesn\u2019t get as bright--it comes in at only 2200 lumens unlike the Goodee Projector at 4000 lumens. It\u2019s not a terrible value proposition--its brightness makes it an appealing pick regardless--but value-minded buyers have better options.\r\nOptoma HD142X Wrap-up\r\nThe Optoma HD124X is a bit of an awkward product. It sits in a weird spot in which similar options exist below its price point, while much better options boasting features such as higher resolutions or HDR exist at a price point not much higher than this goes for. Its price point is sandwiched awkwardly between the value sector and the high-end sector, but it manages to hold its own remarkably well nevertheless.