Optoma’s UHD60 projector delivers great, affordable 4K performance



If you’re among those who use a projector for your home
theater, you haven’t really had a great option for jumping on
the 4K bandwagon, and you might be feeling left out now that
the high-resolution tech is more common among TV manufacturers.
But now there’s a great, relatively affordable way to get
onboard 4K with a projection-based setup, thanks to Optoma’s
new
UHD60
.

The UHD60 is the lower priced of two new 4K projectors Optoma
first revealed at CES, and recently put on sale. Priced at
$1,999, the UHD60 offers 4K thanks to a new Texas Instruments
DLP chip. And while it’s true that this chip actually uses some
software processing to double the resolution of its actual
2,716 x 1,528 output signal, thus achieving UHD, you’ll never
know you’re not looking at a true 4K image – even if you’re
already used to a 4K LCD or OLED TV.

I’ve been testing the Optoma UHD60 for a couple of weeks now,
and it has really blown me away in terms of how much of a
difference it makes vs. even very good full HD resolution
projector hardware. The difference is immediately apparent,
offering a sharpness that to my eyes was similar to the
difference between Retina resolution and what came before on
Apple computers and smartphones. Included below are some
images, and while it’s hard to convey the effect of actually
seeing it in person, keep in mind that this is being displayed
at about 140-inches on a standard, white-painted wall – during
the day with some light leak from outside.

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Getting that image quality wasn’t hard, either: Optoma’s
focusing controls (on the lens itself) and zoom and height
adjustment features were all easy to find and use, and I had
the picture geometry and orientation tuned to my liking within
about five minutes of unboxing the unit.

Another highlight here is brightness. The UHD60 boasts 3,000
lumens, which makes for a very bright picture that’s visible
even during the daytime with some ambient light filtering in.
It also delivers very clear blacks, both on a portable Epson
screen made for projector use, and on a blank white wall. Wall
color tonal presets are also built-in, so you can configure it
for a range of projection surfaces.

Combined with sources like the Nvidia Shield TV, which outputs
4K HDR content from Netflix, Amazon Video and Google Play
Movies, this is the best projector I’ve ever used, and a way to
finally upgrade to 4K for projector-based home theaters. It
also worked great with content from the PlayStation 4 Pro, as
well as my Bell Fibe TV 4K box, and from a high-end Falcon Tiki
gaming PC powered by an Nvidia GTX 1080 GPU.

Here’s the bottom line: If you’ve been waiting for 4K in a
projector, this is the one to get. It’s about double the size
of your average home theater projector, so be cognizant of the
physical footprint, but it supports a wide range of mounting
options and projection angles, so you should be able to get it
working for your existing setup with relative ease. The Optoma
UHD60 delivers unrivaled image quality at this price (and beats
a lot of higher priced options), while also offering HDR
support and decent onboard speakers.


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