Optoma Shocks the Market with Two New Ultra-Affordable 4K DLP Projectors
(June 12, 2017) Optoma has dropped a bomb that will certainly cause ripple effects across the 4K projector landscape. Recently, the company announced two new 4K UHD projectors priced to disrupt the market. The UHD60 and UHD65 are consumer grade models designed to deliver true 4K images with High Dynamic Range (HDR) and wide color gamut performance.
Offering four times the pixels of a standard 1080p model, Optoma’s new projectors carry 3840 x 2160 resolution composed of 8.3-million pixels. The addition of HDR10 compatibility with coverage of the wider – more vibrant – REC. 2020 color space, are two enticing image enhancement features. Optoma says both models also feature vertical lens shift and 1.6X zoom for images as large as 140-inches. The projectors also house stereo speakers for instant portable audio when a larger system isn’t available.
Here’s the kicker: price.
The UHD60 is hitting the market with an MSRP of $1,999. That cash buys you 3,000 lumens of brightness, dual HDMI ports (one with HDCP 2.2 compatibility), and a factory reported contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1. The UHD65 is $500 more ($2,499 MSRP) and adds PureMotion video processing for control of motion blur. Overall brightness output is slightly reduced on this model (2,200 lumens), but it offers better overall contrast (1,200,000:1).
“With the UHD60 and UHD65, Optoma is putting the industry’s most innovative and cutting-edge 4K technologies into the hands of consumers in a way that’s never been done before,” said Brian Soto, head of product management at Optoma Technology. “As leaders in the 1080p resolution home projector market, the introduction of our 4K resolution projectors is the next big step in providing high end viewing experiences at extremely accessible pricing. We are making 4K home theater projection a mainstream technology for the first time, allowing consumers to enjoy an experience that will rival or surpass any TV or even cinema experience today.”
(Optoma) The new UHD65.
Optoma has certainly delivered a shocking category busting price point; true 4K performance for $2,000? Unheard of! It’s difficult to analyze the true nature of the projectors' native chipsets, but both are capable of meeting the Consumer Technology Association’s 4K UHD 2160p specification. That being said, take the manufacturer claimed contrast ratios with a grain of salt (more than likely they do not represent real world performance).
The UHD60 is available for purchase through Amazon, Best Buy, and Beach Camera, while the UHD65 can be found at Full Compass, ProjectorPeople, and Visual Apex.
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