Optoma UHZ50 4K laser projector compensates for painted wall
To get the best picture you always have to pair a home theater projector with a reflective white screen, but how many actually do? For those of us too lazy to go the extra mile, Optoma’s new UHZ50 4K laser projector includes presets that automatically compensate for the color of a painted wall.
Projectors have long been the only real solution for bring the big screen experience of a home theater room, unless you’re willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a wall-size TV. The projectors have has become cheaper, but still costs a a few thousand dollars for a decent 4K solution. In these last years, we have seen companies create projectors that are all-in-one solutions, packed with decent speakers and running operating systems like Google TV that give access to all the popular streaming services right out of the box. Epson same includes a screen with its shortthrow spotlight to ensure the best viewing experience — bBut how many consumers are willing to go to the trouble of installing one on a wall?
Just pointing a projector at a blank wall is the easiest way to install it, but, if painted to match the decor of the room, the wall color may slightly tint the projector image when ‘it bounces off your eyes. Most users won’t notice the subtle color change or even care that it happens, but for those users who care (but not enough to snag a proper screen), Optoma’s UHZ50 can help.
With a price tag of $ 2,799 (making it over $ 1,000 more than other 4K projectors like the XGIMI Horizon Pro), the Optoma UHZ50 offers resolutions up to 3840×2160 pixels with 3000 lumens of brightness that allow images to be projected over 300 inches in size, although you’ll need a huge, completely dark room for that to happen. More realistically, you should be able to project a decent 10ft image even in brighter daylight conditions.
For gamers, the Optoma UHZ50 delivers 16.7ms response times at refreshing 4K resolutions at 60Hz, but dropping down to 1080p. sees the refresh rate soar to 240Hz while response times drop to just 4ms. A pair of 10-watt speakers should provide enough sound to fill a small room, but depending on where the projector is mounted or placed, an external set of speakers may be a better option so that those who sit closest to the speaker are not blown away by the sound. And while the UHZ50 runs on a custom version of Android, Google Play isn’t supported, so you might not have native access to all of the latest streaming services. With three HDMI ports, however, you can sacrifice one for a streaming dongle like the Chromecast to give you access to all the apps you need.
The best features of the projector are for those who don’t use a screen. For starters, there is a wall color setting that ensures the projector uses the most accurate color gamut by allowing users to specify one of six different options that best match the colored surface they are projecting onto: blackboard, light yellow, light green, light blue, pink and gray. (What, no beige or beige option?) To compensate for the subtle imperfections of drywall (a dedicated screen is usually stretched out so that it’s perfectly smooth), the UHZ50 also offers an advanced geometric correction tool with a grid. dense dots that can be individually adjusted to create a perfectly rectangular image.