Optoma CinemaX P2 projects beautifully engaging images


Out of the box, this is a projector that beats most brands with its color accuracy and sound

Mathure Paul


Posted on 09.21.21, 04:53 AM

There are projectors and then there are high end options, like Optoma CinemaX P2, which is a fine example of the domestication of the professional unit for home use. And this one isn’t a long throw projector that’s always a placement challenge.

Out of the box, this is a projector that beats most brands with its color accuracy and sound. In fact, you need to make very few adjustments to set up this ultra short throw projector. Okay, so most of the home projectors we saw until a few years ago were long throw options, many of which had to be ceiling mounted, which is a headache. Ultra-short throw projectors have taken over theaters and had #win written on them during the pandemic. You don’t need a lot of space to install it. The P2’s ultra-short throw feature delivers a 120-inch screen just inches from the wall.

Personally, I don’t have a projection screen but what I have is a huge broken white wall in the room where I had this installed for a few weeks. To accommodate, I simply replaced the television with the projector on the table.

Let’s eliminate one problem – the price of Rs 5 lakh, which gets you a 4K HDR laser projector for home use. It’s like that. But the results are astounding, with the exception of one or two quibbles, which we will come back to later.

Keep the projector a few inches from the wall to enjoy a screen size of 120 inches or more

The review unit we received was the white version with a nice fabric cover on the front to accommodate the speakers. Although the color may not look ideal for Indian weather conditions, but over the two weeks we had no dust related issues as long as the mini vacuum did its job. Suffice it to say that in terms of connectivity you’re sorted with three HDMI ports, two USB ports, Ethernet, and a digital audio output, which I used to take the sound to a different level.

Easy installation

Setup is as easy as brewing a cup of coffee with instant coffee. There really is nothing more than the light weight. A little twist here and one turn of the height adjustment knobs should take no more than 10-15 minutes. To make your life easier, install the SmartFIT app and adjust the ALR screen, then take a photo. Regarding the weight, it is of course not light but the projector can be easily moved from room to room.

The projector runs a streamlined version of Android, using the native Aptoide operating system. One complaint has to do with the operating system, which is slower and the applications are quite basic. That said, if you have, you will be better served using one of the HDMI slots for a streaming media device, be it a FireTV stick or an Apple TV 4K. Use either and the whole experience changes. The remote control is robust and has basic functionality, so as not to confuse users.

Colors true to life

What matters is the visual department. Optoma projectors have gained a reputation for being the closest competitor to the absolute high end machines available, i.e. something like Rs 8-9 lakh. The science of colors is amazing.

DLP projectors tend to favor red tones, but Optoma engineers mark a multitude of limits to make skin tones appear precise to the point that Wes Anderson wouldn’t have too much to complain about this machine. And this was achieved without sacrificing overall picture quality.

The P2 displays 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness and offers 2,000,000 est at high contrast. The overall color balance is as good as on my regular QLED TV, thanks to the RGBRGB color wheel. Cinema mode is the best and it doesn’t kill too much brightness to achieve color accuracy. The contrast is noticeable and the black levels are significantly better compared to most brands. When it comes to HDR content, it’s fantastic on the P2. It’s always a challenge for a projector to produce great HDR images, so all of them have a different way of mapping tones, but that said, I like the look of HDR here. The colors are well saturated and it maintains great brightness. Watching a movie like Gravity, I enjoyed everything because the P2 projects dark scenes very well… better than what is offered in the home theater space. A quick word on scaling: Whether it’s 720p sports content or 1080p Blu-ray content, no issues were noticed.

There is a Game mode that reduces latency, improving the gaming experience, but I won’t be able to tell you about its performance with something like PlayStation 5 because my review unit returned while my personal unit will not be delivered. before a few. weeks.

Although I have connected to a sound source for a while, but for most rooms, the P2’s built-in speakers deliver cinema-quality sound. Equally important are the fans cooling the machine; even in a quiet room, I didn’t hear the fans flare up.

Should we buy it?

There are a few models from LG, Samsung, and BenQ that rival Optoma. Most would be happy to drive a BMW X1 instead of a BMW X7. Ditto for this machine. P2 includes all the basics, especially color science. The laser technology here offers up to 30,000 hours of life of the light source, which means that it will operate for a very long time. Optoma CinemaX P2 projects gloriously captivating images, accompanied by booming sound.

In one look

Device: Optoma CinemaX P2

Price: Rs 499,999

High marks

• Superior color reproduction

• Suitable for all room sizes

• Excellent HDR performance

• Immersive sound

Muffled Notes

• Aptoide OS is limited

• The cost can be a deterrent

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