Optoma UHD60 review: 4K excellent picture

The Good The Optoma UHD60 is inexpensive for a 4K projector and can deliver an image that's slightly sharper than non-4K projectors. It has great contrast and a brighter image than many competitors.
The Bad The sharpness benefits of 4K are tough to see, even on a huge screen. Poor HDR image quality.
The Bottom Line The Optoma UHD60 is an affordable 4K projector that delivers superb image quality overall.

  • DESIGN 6
  • VALUE 7

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    Basic specs
    e resolution: 4K​
    • Discrete pixels on chip: 2,716x1,528​
    • HDR-compatible: Yes​
    • Lumens spec: 3,000​
    • Zoom: Manual (1.6x)​
    • Lens shift: Vertical​
    • 3D-compatible: No​
    • Lamp life (Bright mode): 4,000 hours​
  • For the UHD60, Optoma uses the larger of Texas Instruments' two new 4K DLP chips, the 0.66-inch version with 2,716x1,528 mirrors. TI says the chip can achieve full 4K resolution, with over 8.3 million pixels on screen, by moving those mirrors really fast. Here's a bit more on how it works.
    The UHD60 is brighter than the Epson and BenQ I compared it to in this review, with a 3,000-lumens spec. That allows it to better fill larger screens and compete against ambient light. Optoma also sells the less-expensive 4K resolution UHD50, which uses the smaller 0.47-inch chip and has 2,400 lumens.
    The UHD60 sits between the Epson and BenQ in terms of lens options and installation flexibility. It bests the BenQ by offering lens shift and a longer zoom, but can't match the Epson's power zoom and focus and dual lens shift. The Optoma also lacks 3D capability.
    Lamp life is decent, and as usual you can adjust the settings to dim the image and extend the number of hours (up to 15,000 according to Optoma) before you have to replace it.​

Connectivity and convenience

  • HDMI inputs: 2​
  • PC input: Analog RGB​
  • USB ports: 2​
  • Audio input and output: Minijack​
  • Digital audio output: Yes​
  • LAN port: Yes​
  • 12v trigger: Yes​
  • RS-232 remote port: Yes​
  • MHL: Yes​
  • Remote: Backlit
  • Of the two HDMI jacks only one, HDMI 2, is fully 4K/60Hz compatible, with both HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2 support. HDMI 1 supports version 1.4 of both specs. The MHL support and a few other extras, like optical digital out, give it a leg up on the BenQ and Epson.
    The remote is the worst of the three, however, and my least-favorite thing about it is the brightness of the backlighting; it's truly blinding, especially in a dark room. Its ergonimics and design are also a step down from Epson and BenQ.

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