Laser projectors continue to rewrite the rulebook for big-screen home entertainment with their combination of high brightness, rich colors, and long lifespan. And they’re starting to become more affordable, too, as Optoma’s new UHZ66 home entertainment and gaming projector proves.
The UHZ66 ticks all the boxes of a laser projector. Boasting a huge peak brightness of 4,000 lumens, he claims a useful lifespan of over 30,000 hours (enough for about 15,000 movies) without the need for pesky lamp changes, and the ability to display over 1 billion colors. But for $2,999 in the US and a very eye-catching £1,799 in the UK, these classic lasers are bringing the benefits of these classic lasers to living rooms and media rooms around the world, something that only a year or two ago was thought of. We offer it at a price you could never have paid for.
The laser-based benefits discussed above are just the beginning of the UHZ66’s appeal. First of all, it claims true 4K resolution due to its DLP-based optical system. Because the UHZ66 does not actually deploy a separate 3840×2160 digital mirror, but rather the 4K resolution relies on DLP to “reflash” the digital mirror multiple times per frame to create his 4K effect. , some dispute this claim. But this DLP approach to 4K is considered a true 4K deal by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a powerful US foundation.
Home cinema fans will also be pleased to know that the UHZ66 claims a high contrast ratio of 500,000:1 along with 4,000 lumens of peak brightness. After all, high brightness is a very useful feature for a living room projector (especially a living room projector that supports high dynamic range images like UHZ66), but even at the expense of adequate contrast. You can probably do more than that. It ends up doing more harm than good when it comes to providing a balanced and immersive movie experience.
The UHZ66 features two HDMI 2.0 inputs (inputs with eARC support for passing audio to a connected soundbar or AVR) and, to back up its claimed strong gaming credentials, Images can be rendered with surprisingly low latency (only 4.4). ms for 1080p/240Hz feed, 17ms for 4K/60Hz feed.
A 1.4:1 throw ratio allows the UHZ66 to produce large images (up to 300 inches) without requiring a large room to work with. Finally, this is the first time we’ve seen what Optoma has announced about its latest projector. Projector brands tout their models as being environmentally friendly.
So you can see that 50% of the UHZ66’s chassis is made from post-consumer recycled (PCR) material. 97% of projector packaging is made from recyclable materials. The projector’s compact body (34% smaller than its predecessor) allows you to fit twice as many units into a single shipping container. The UHZ66 chassis is completely mercury-free. And this projector is said to use 45% less power than regular lamp-based models.
The UHZ66 should be available now from multiple electronics retailers in both the US and UK.
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