Optoma makes 4K HDR projection a two-metre reality

The biggest TVs may not be big enough for all folks. Fortunately, projectors can offer the big picture. Literally.

We’ve been doing our part to review a bunch of TVs lately, and they’ve generally been big. From the 65 inch Sony UHD OLED to the Hisense 75 inch UHD LED-backlit, it’s pretty clear the focus right now is on big 4K tellies, but what happens when 65 and 75 inches are too small for folks?

While there are bigger TVs coming out, they may not represent value for some folks, and that’s where projectors can nail the formula.

This week, Optoma has announced a projector is on its way to the Australian market, arriving in the confusingly named UHD65. Despite that name, it is not a 65 inch projector, though we can see why one might think that’s the case.

Rather, it’s a projector capable of pushing out a 100-inch 4K Ultra HD image at a distance of a little over three metres. That is to say, the Optoma UHD65 is projecting a 2.5 metre image, compared to the maximum of two metres (and not quite, even!) possible from some of the biggest TVs on the market.

Optoma may not be a brand you’ve heard from, but it’s aiming to remain competitive, bringing contrast and colour control, not to mention one of those motion systems we always switch off that only work for sports, and it will also handle high dynamic range video via HDR10, making it compatible with 4K Blu-rays and Netflix.

Pricing on this one chimes in at a little over $5K, hitting a recommended retail price of $5299, meaning it’s about as expensive as some of the more impressive 55 and 65 inch TV, even if it can hit a bigger size.

Just make sure your room is set up and wide enough, because even though you only need a few metres to project that massive image, you don’t want to be craning your neck to set it all.

  1. TrollCatcher says

    Was this written by a child? Firstly, Optoma is one of the world’s best known projector brands. Secondly, this projector is capable of projecting over 4 meters wide – where are you getting 2.5m from?

    1. Leigh :) Stark says

      We’re all children in a manner of speaking, but let’s just address a few things here:

      1. When we say “Optoma may not be a brand you’ve heard from”, we’re not saying everyone may not have heard of the name, but rather many have not. And many have not. It may well be known, but I’m fairly sure if you asked the vast majority of folks out there contemplating whether or not a big LED-backlit TV or a projector is what they want, they’d have heard of Sony, of LG, of Epson, but maybe not of Optoma or Barco.

      2. The projector is capable of doing that, but we’re being told of 100 inches, which translates to 2.5 metres. So I think we’re safe in calling it a 2.5 metre projector that can project at around three metres. And sure, if you push it back, you’ll get a bigger picture, you just need to push it back in space. That’s context for you.

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