To hide away or put on a pedestal? It might depend on the looks…
The Optoma UHD65 is a dour Dark Knight intended for blackened cinema rooms
Acer’s V7850 is lounge-friendly. The gloss white cabinet is made even more stylish by a coppercoloured lens assembly, and build quality is high. Measuring 40cm wide, it’s an easy fit for the average living room.
The stylish backlit IR remote is supported by a menu-based navigation on the chassis, useful if you’re opting for a down-to-earth installation rather than bolting it to the ceiling.
There are two HDMI inputs, but only one is v2.0 HDCP 2.2 compliant. There’s also a VGA input, and an audio minijack. The projector is 3D capable, but no glasses are supplied.
With an industrial design that owes much to Thunderbird 2, Epson’s EH-LS10500 is much more of a heavyweight. At 18kg, it’s not something you’ll keep in your sock draw. Finished in stealthy matt black, the lens is protected by an automatically sliding cover.
Connections are to the rear, hidden behind a cosmetic grille. This unscrews to reveal two HDMIs (again, only one accepts a 4K 2160p input), component and composite video ports, and PC VGA. There’s no obvious on-body control cluster – instead a pop-out panel offers joystick menu navigation, source selection and lens adjustment.
It comes with a large, backlit remote zapper. Not subtle, but you won’t lose it. Included are two pairs of Active 3D glasses.
The Optoma UHD65 is a dour Dark Knight in comparison. The cabinet is black with a metallic accent. Intended for darker cinema rooms, where it blends in rather than distracts, the look is seriously cinematic.
While hot air vents are to the front, inputs are recessed to the rear. Connections include two HDMIs (yes, only one is 4K HDCP 2.2 capable), plus VGA and audio outputs.
The Optoma remote is a dumpy affair, but offers quick access to all inputs, plus basic picture parameters. The projector is also 3D-capable, but comes sans glasses.