Optoma in­tro­duces its first 4K UHD pro­jec­tor with a laser light source for big­ger and bolder colours

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You might never go to the cin­ema again with Optoma’s epic, af­ford­able 4K HDR laser pro­jec­tor

Hot on the heels of the first 4K UHD DLP home cin­ema pro­jec­tors comes Optoma’s de­but Laser phos­phor model. Re­plac­ing the tra­di­tional pro­jec­tor lamp with a laser in­tro­duces a string of ben­e­fits in­clud­ing near-in­stant on, 20,000hour longevity and wide colour sup­port.

Set-up is as­ton­ish­ingly sim­ple. Man­ual zoom and lens shift con­trols are hid­den un­der a hinged lid. While we rec­om­mend a ded­i­cated (ide­ally light re­flect­ing) screen, like a Draper Re­Act, you can get away with a white wall. It’s pos­si­ble to cast a 120-inch im­age from just 3.7m.

Pic­ture clar­ity is out­stand­ing. The pro­jec­tor em­ploys an XPR (eX­panded Pixel Res­o­lu­tion) 0.67-inch DMD de­vice, which uses hy­per-fast switch­ing to cre­ate a 4K (8 mil­lion pixel) im­age from 4.15 mil­lion mir­rors. It’s not ex­actly na­tive 4K, but it’s as near as dammit. We cer­tainly haven’t seen our Ul­tra HD Blu-rays look any more no­tice­ably sharper.

There are mi­nor nig­gles here. Op­er­at­ing noise is a con­stant 29dB, so the UHZ65 is best lo­cated away from your couch and masked with the in­clu­sion of a kick-ass sound sys­tem. We also noted DLP’s trade­mark rain­bow fring­ing on scenes with high con­trast - but for most view­ing this wasn’t a prob­lem.

How­ever a shift to laser light brings im­proved con­trast (2,000,000:1), and the colour range is spec­tac­u­lar. HDR-com­pat­i­ble, the pro­jec­tor is also re­fresh­ingly bright at 3,000 lu­mens.

Sharper, brighter bet­ter - the UHZ65 is the most ex­cit­ing home theatre pro­jec­tor we’ve seen all year. For the money, it’s also the best value 4K laser pro­jec­tor there is right now. You may never go to the cin­ema again.

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