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Warranties just got interesting!

When buying a projector, people rightly focus on the spec of the projector and choose a model that is suitable for how and where it will be used, the brightness of the room etc.  If you haven’t bought your projector yet and would like a few tips, take a look at our earlier blog: Choosing the right projector

But did you check the details of the warranty? Yawn. Boring? Not at all!  There are some brilliant benefits that come with the standard warranty from Optoma.  


All Optoma projectors are designed for continuous 24/7 operation. We are one of the only brands in the industry to offer this across our entire range.

5-year colour guarantee
We are so confident that your image colour quality will remain as good as on the day you bought it that we guarantee it for five years.  FIVE YEARS!

Oops - cut the power – no worries
Most Optoma projectors have ‘Direct Power Off’. Cutting power to these projectors suddenly will not damage or shorten the lamp/laser or projector lifetime and will not affect the warranty. Phew.  

Lamp warranty
Our standard warranty for ProScene models includes a 12 month lamp guarantee. This is included free of charge with no additional cost.

Non-standard installation
Projectors are usually installed horizontal to the floor - either ceiling mounted or placed on the desktop. But some installations need the projector to be turned on its side to create a portrait image or point straight down to the floor/up to the ceiling. Many of our professional projectors support these orientations, known as 360 degree and portrait mode. These projectors can be used in non-standard orientations without invalidating the warranty.

Bespoke warranties for professional installations
We can tailor warranties on our ProScene models to meet specific needs including support, preventative maintenance, extended warranties, swap units, de-install/re-install warranties.

And you thought warranties were dull!  

You can read full details of our standard and extended warranties on our website.

While students skip off for summer holidays, schools and universities start their busy maintenance period


With the sun shining and summer around the corner, Property and Facility Managers at universities and schools are gearing up for their busy annual maintenance period.  Part of this involves installing new classroom equipment.  

Increasing pressure on budgets makes it more important than ever to take all factors into consideration when replacing existing projectors or installing new projectors.  

Our blog looks at the key things to consider when choosing a new projector for schools:

Cost: Schools and other education venues are often under pressure to choose the cheapest equipment but this is not necessarily the best deal.  Property Managers need to look at the overall cost of ownership which includes the projector, ongoing maintenance, energy saving features and lamp life. It is a false economy to choose a cheap projector that needs regular costly lamps and maintenance.

Maintenance:  What maintenance will be needed?  Does the projector have filters that need regular cleaning? DLP® (Digital Light Processing) based projectors have a dust-sealed, filter-free design that prevents dust and dirt from affecting the system.  This means the projectors need no maintenance as there are no filters to remove and clean.

Replacing projectors: If you need to use existing fittings, check the new projector’s throw ratio.  A projector's throw ratio is defined as the distance that a projector is placed from the screen divided by the width of the image it will project. For existing fittings, you just need to check the throw ratio of the new projector enables you to install this at the right distance and screen size.  A zoom increases the flexibility in installation.  Optoma offers a wide choice of projectors that will fit into your existing fittings.

The room: When choosing a new projector you’ll need to consider the room size and ambient light levels.  Optoma has a handy guide on its website to help schools identify the brightness they would need for a small or large classroom, lecture theatre or auditorium.

Warranty and support: What is the warranty on the projector and lamp? If the projector goes wrong – what support will the supplier give to schools?  Check if the warranty is ‘return to base’ or ‘DE-RE’.  Optoma offers a DE-RE warranty on many of its education projectors. The DE-RE warranty means the projector will be replaced and re-installed in the unlikely event it is found to be faulty, giving real peace of mind to schools that they will not be without their vital equipment.  In addition, Optoma’s dedicated UK-based helpline will provide customer support to answer questions and queries on projectors.

Performance: Will the image quality be consistent?  DLP® technology uses millions of mirrors which produce higher quality images and does not suffer colour degradation over time, as sometimes experienced in other projector technologies. Optoma is so confident that the image colour quality of its projectors will remain as good as the day you bought it, that it offers a five year guarantee.

Other features: Check which additional features you need.  Many projectors can be managed and monitored remotely through network control. This will alert you when lamps need to be changed and automatically powers down projectors at the end of each day to save energy and lamp life.

Do you need interactive capabilities in your projector which enable students to participate and learn together by making any projection surface an interactive one.  Consider whether you would like built-in speakers, 3D or wireless capabilities, which allow teachers to present wirelessly from a PC or mobile device.

Security: What anti-theft features does the projector have? Optoma projectors have a Kensington Lock Port that enables schools to attach a lock for added security.  Some projectors can also be password protected for added security.

Optoma manufactures projectors with a wide range of resolutions, brightness and throw ratio including standard throw, short throw and ultra short throw and some with a interactivity features. Short throw and ultra short throw projectors can project a 100” image from as little as 0.4 metres from the screen.  This is ideal for small rooms where there are space constraints or classrooms /training venues where the presenter is at the front and wants to avoid creating shadows.

It offers a complete solution to its projectors with wall mounts and a full range of accessories. Its Visualisers enable teaching staff and students to share work with the whole class.  The microscope adaptors allow tiny objects to be seen by the whole audience.  It is also possible to capture and save images from what the Visualiser captures either as photographs or as a video.  

Find out more on Optoma’s full education range.