Optoma HZ39HDR Review

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Updated November 30, 2022
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Few Monitors can claim to do as much as the Optoma HZ39HDR. Featuring a throw distance of ten feet, virtually no input lag, and a laser light source, the HZ39HDR can handle whatever media you throw at it. Even with a 1080p resolution, this laser projector has a trick up its sleeve: with the ability to upscale up to 4K, any and all media will look its absolute best. Scalable media makes the Optoma HZ39HDR a solid contender in our list of the best laser projectors.

Why We Like It – Optoma HZ39HDR

The light source behind the Optoma HZ39HDR is one of the more powerful and easy to set up on the market. Offering a full HD picture, this home theater projector will offer a lifelike quality to all your movies.

  • Keystone correction makes for easy adjustment
  • 300000:1 aspect ratio
  • 30000-hour bulb lamp life
  • HDMI only for connections
  • Edges can be a bit blurry sometimes

Performance/Resolution Etc.

In terms of raw performance, the Optoma HZ39HDR is at the top of its class, rivaled only by the Vava 4K Projector. Most projectors, even those ranging in the more expensive 4K range, are projected with the standard bulb. However, the Optoma HZ39HDR is powered by lasers, offering a more clear and more precise picture than any bulb could provide. With that in mind, it’s already superior to the Optoma HD143X and the Optoma ML750.


When it comes to brightness regarding lumens, another benefit appears when it comes to laser versus stranded bulb projectors. The Optoma HZ39HDR comes with a life of 30,000 hours, far and away beating most other bulb lifetimes. This means that no matter where you use this projector, even if it’s in a well-lit room, you’ll be guaranteed to not only see vivid colors, but also fantastic contrast.

Adjustability/Viewing Angle

With Keystone adjustability, customers can truly dial in their preferred preferences to get the most out of the Optoma HZ39HDR. Being able to be adjusted by up to 30 degrees, is something that only the Optoma 4K Projector can come close to. No matter where you are, finding the perfect angle to watch your media is only a few simple steps away.


Fashioned out of premium materials, like the Optoma UHD50, the Optoma HZ39HDR should feel solid, yet even with mounting capabilities, the LG HU85LA feels like a more secure fit. This is not a ding against the integrity of the HZ39HDR, just that mounting is critical to ensure that your device is at its most safe, especially due to its somewhat high price.


With all the features the Optoma HZ39HDR has, one would expect this kind of performance with a $2000 price tag. Amazingly this is not the case. Marked at only $1163, this is a price that some projectors charge double, not even able to scale to 4K. It seems that by doing this Optoma could make a projector that had a 4K resolution, yet charge the price of a standard HD one instead. If you want a projector below $300, try the ViewSonic M1+.

Optoma HZ39HDR Wrap Up

With virtually nothing to complain about, the Optoma HZ39HDR delivers on all aspects of a true home theatre experience. With the laser light source clocking in at around 30,000 hours, a high contrast ratio, and Keystone adjustability, there’s little that the HZ39HDR can’t do. If you don’t mind a rather barebones port selection, the Optoma HZ39HDR can optimize anything given to it, upscaling it to a crisp 4K resolution. All for a price that’s considerably cheaper than most high-end projectors, there’s little reason why you shouldn’t add this to your cart should you be on the lookout for a new monitor.

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