When the Optoma UHD60 projector was launched a number of brief years in the past, we discovered it just about immediately turned the projector market on its head. It was one of many first 4K projectors that used DLP know-how and nonetheless stands the check of time regardless of fierce competitors from its rivals.
The UHD60 is a beautiful machine contemplating it’s delivering a grade of DLP efficiency that was thought-about new on the time of launching for a startlingly aggressive worth.
It’s clad in an interesting gloss white end and sports activities simply sufficient mild curves and angles to hold off its unusually vast (490mm) bodywork. Crafty use of horizontal ribbing to both aspect of the centrally mounted lens even makes a design advantage out of the projector’s inevitable cooling vents.
The entire entrance half of the highest panel flips as much as reveal a lamp entry hatch, the zoom management lever across the lens, and a easy vertical picture shifting wheel. This wheel doesn’t allow you to transfer the picture fairly so far as we’d have appreciated, however it ought to be sufficient to allow most individuals to get their picture in the fitting place with out having to resort to keystone correction to maintain the picture’s edges perpendicular.
Optoma UHD60 Specs
Dimensions: 498(w) x 141(h) x 331(d)mm
Connections: Two HDMIs (one 4K/60Hz/HDR prepared), one optical audio enter, 3.5mm audio port, Ethernet port, RS-232, 12V set off jack, VGA port
Sound: 2x4W built-in audio system
Different options: Optical picture shift wheel beneath raisable prime panel; handbook zoom ring supporting 1.6x optical zoom
The one design problem is that the lift-up prime panel feels a bit flimsy, and leaves the highest edge wanting barely uneven even when it’s shut.
The UHD60’s connections embrace highlights of two HDMIs (one in every of which, HDMI2, can deal with 4K, HDR and MHL 2.1), a VGA PC port, a powered USB port to assist HDMI dongles such because the Google Chromecast, a 12V set off out, plus RS-232 and RJ45 ports to assist combine it into a house management system.
The presence of some audio jacks, in the meantime, alerts you to the truth that in contrast to most ‘serious’ AV projectors, the UHD60 sports activities a inbuilt sound system.
Design TL;DR: Regardless of a flimsy prime panel and unusually vast stance, the UHD60’s shiny white end and rounded corners make it fairly straightforward on the attention.
It backs its HDR claims up with some strikingly excessive specification numbers, too – particularly a claimed dynamic distinction ratio of 1,000,000:1 and a excessive most brightness of 3000 ANSI Lumens.
Clearly these figures have to be taken with a wholesome pinch of salt on condition that they’re measured in circumstances you’d by no means discover when watching actual world content material. However they nonetheless suggest that Optoma is taking the UHD60’s HDR duties unexpectedly critically for $2,000.
The HDR assist is restricted to the business HDR10 commonplace. Whereas it may need been good to additionally discover assist for the HLG broadcast HDR format, HDR10 is all I’d actually anticipated to seek out. In reality, any HDR assist in any respect at this worth is a welcome bonus.
The UHD60’s native 4K assist on a single-chip DLP projector feels virtually like arcane wizardry. It is primarily delivered via a mix of the quick switching velocity of DLP’s digital mirror machine (it switches so quick that every mirror can apparently create a number of pixels for every 4K picture body) and superior processing.
Nevertheless, in contrast to ‘pseudo’ 4K options from rivals equivalent to JVC and Epson, the UHD60’s 4K answer has been given the ‘real 4K’ seal of approval by the unbiased Client Know-how Affiliation. Extra importantly, on condition that seeing is at all times believing with this form of stuff, the decision actually does appear to be proper up there on the display screen with the UHD60, as we’ll uncover later.
In what we predict is a primary for a projector, the UHD60’s image choices embrace an SDR to HDR conversion system. Plus it carries all the color, gamma and white stability adjustment instruments required for an expert calibration by an Imaging Science Basis engineer.
The projector supplies a prolonged and largely well-conceived set of image presets for individuals who desire a faster picture arrange answer, with the three spotlight choices being the Cinema one which works finest for normal dynamic vary movies; the HDR one which works finest for – you guessed it – HDR, and a Sport preset that locations an emphasis on minimising enter lag (the time the projector takes to provide its photos) and boosting distinction and element.
Options TL;DR: The UHD60 is nicely featured and specified for such an reasonably priced projector.