Optoma recently announced two of the least expensive 4k projectors currently available in the market. The Optoma UHD60 will retail at $1,999, and Optoma UHD65 will carry a price tag of $2,499. Considering that 4k projectors typically retail close to $10,000, these releases are surprisingly affordable.
The low price tag is due to a neat trick used by Texas Instruments. The Optoma projector uses a shiny new UHD DLP chip from the famous calculator maker, which can display 8-million-pixel 4k video using only 4 million mirrors. Each of these mirrors can create two unique pixels at once, thus eliminating the need for more and cutting costs.
Unlike most budget 4k projectors, Optoma can generate “genuine” 4k graphics. Budget 4k projectors use a tech called 3LCD to generate 1080p images that look like 4k, but is actually not. The not-so-great visuals show this vividly. Optoma’s new tech, on the other hand, creates 4k imagery that is practically indistinguishable from the real thing. According to tests, human eyes cannot tell the difference between typical 4k video and Optoma video.
Other specs of these highly anticipated projectors include 3,000 lumens and a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 for the UHD60, and 2,200 lumens and a contrast ratio of 1,200,000:1 for the UHD65. The UHD65 also has an enhanced RGBRGB color wheel. The projectors will be available for consumers through retailers like Amazon and Best Buy.
- True 4K UHD 3840x2160 2160p resolution, bright 3000 lumens, and cinematic color with Rec.709
- HDR-Compatible - HDR10 produces the brightest whites, deepest blacks, and life-like color due to the REC.2020 wide color gamut and DCI-P3 color gamut compatibility
- Dynamic Black delivers 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio for exceptional black levels
- HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 deliver a full 18Gbps for the best 4K UHD video bandwidth, image quality and device compatibility
- Vertical Lens Shift and 1.6x zoom provide an intuitive and flexible installation