Optoma 4K UHD Projector Review
Finally, we can afford a 4K projector for our home theatres. For years, projection technology has been hurting our pocket seriously. While some brands have been able to touch the $2700 mark, it has been really difficult to find a good 4K projector under $7000. But the good news is that Optoma has been able to break through the $2000 barrier with its unique and highly affordable UHD60 and UHD65 models. Although it isn’t a “true HD” technology that you get, but yeah, it can accept and process 4K videos really well, proving an exquisite experience to the viewers. It the 4k UHD DLP chip, employing only 4 million mirrors which is not as much as a projector requires for true 4k. Yet, this unique technology displays 8 million pixels with its pixel shifting wizardly, meeting the 4K resolution requirement pretty well. Here is a complete review of the UHD60.
Optoma UHD60 vs UHD65
Both of these models, the Optoma UHD60 and the UHD65 use similar technology and offer somewhat similar experience. However, they are targeted for different markets. You can get a UHD for your home from regular retailers like Amazon while the UHD65 will be sold only through dedicated home theatre dealers and professional installation companies. You get 3000 ANSI lumens with the first one while the UHD65 features a 2200 ANSI lumens measurement. Both models feature an amazing contrast ratio of 1000000:1 and 1200000:1 respectively. The more professional version, the UHD65 offers frame interpolation feature, which was missing in the UHD60. The UHD65, sporting a whine cabinet is available at 1999$ while the other one comes in black and can be purchased for $2499. The upper model of the two has a dynamic RGBRGB wheel inside for enhanced viewer experience while the UHD60 features a RGBCY color wheel.
Complete review for Optoma UHD60
The body and makeup
The attractive Optoma UHD60 comes in a glossy white cabinet. There are just enough smooth curves and angles to carry its 490mm wide bodywork, giving it a rounded-off kind of appearance. The projector’s is an all digital system; there aren’t any controls on its body. All the ports are located in a compact cut tucked in the backside of the UHD60. The arrangement makes it a lot simpler to manage cables, you don’t have to deal with a mess even if as many as 5-7 cables are coming out from its back. That’s because locating all the slots in a recessed bezel helps to keep all the cables neat and manageable.
Color and Brightness
The UHD60 sports a 3000 ANSI lumens display, the picture quality is bright enough to give clear visuals even in the daytime, when outside light is filtering into your living room. You can feel the difference for real! Also, you don’t have to mess with getting this machine up and running. It features a 1.6x digital zoom giving you the freedom to choose the display size and placement of the device. Its variable throw range of 1.39 to 2.2 makes sure that the display will fit well within the margins. So, you can place it practically anywhere in the room- fix it on the ceiling or take it to the back, you will always get the desired display. The projector is above average in every respect when it comes to optics.
Pros and Cons
While the UHD60 is a pretty good deal for $1999, we have got to have a look at its features and drawbacks.
So, what to you get in a $1999 4K projector? Here’s what we loved about the UHD60
- Complies with both REC 2020 and REC 709. So the view gets a very sharp visual of HDR images, the colors are accurate and you get to see what exactly the producer intended to show. At the same time, non-HDR images do not lose their originality and you get an accurate representation of the actual video.
- 3000 lumens ANSI display brings superb on screen brightness even in daylight.
- The 1.6x optical zoom helps you adjust the display with your screen size.
- It supports 4K- that’s its USP, of course! Experts have also gone so far to express that it performs at par with sony projectors worth $9999!
Not to forget that you only get what you pay for. Have a look at the following limitations we noticed.
- It isn’t a true 4K projector. It uses a bit of trickery to project 4K images and videos.
- 3D is missing. 3D and 4K seem to be the perfect compliments. But 4K projection industry is still in the development stage, we need to wait for some time before we can get to see them together at an affordable price.
- Does not have Optoma’s PureMotion processing, also known as frame interpolation. We get to see this outstanding feature in the UHD65 though.
- Sub-par performance while projecting outdoors.
The bottom line is- this the best deal you can get for $1999 in 4K projectors. And not that the product compromises on quality to bring to you a good-for-nothing dummy, no! Its performance has been outstanding and you are getting it from a reputed brand. To some, it might feel a little heavy on the pocket, but it’s a pretty good deal if you know about 4K projectors. It’s been reviewed 4 stars and 5 stars by almost every buyer, people are loving it!
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