Optoma is here in Las Vegas at the 2019 CES with a new ultra short throw projector intended to challenge conventional flatpanel TVs for a place in your living room.
The new model P1, demonstrated in an early prototype and expected to be released by summer, is a 4K DLP-driven UST with a 0.25 lens that can throw up to a 120-inch image from just a few inches from the screen. It offers a laser light engine with a rated 3,000 ANSI lumens of brightness, and integrates a high quality soundbar audio system.
In keeping with the living room theme, the projector also includes integrated WiFi and an Android-based smart TV platform that supports popular streaming apps for content. Once attached to the network, the projector will also respond to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant voice commands for basic functions, and it's compatible with IFTTT automation. The sample shown at CES, for example, was able to mute its soundbar when it sensed a doorbell ringing.
The blue-laser light engine is rated for 20,000 hours of life, and the projector is said to deliver 2,000,000:1 dynamic contrast. It is compatible with both HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range (HDR) 4K content.
The soundbar, meanwhile, designed by Optoma's sister company NuForce, features a 2-way stereo configuration with each channel offering a full range aluminum driver and a dedicated woofer. The drivers face toward the viewing space and are in isolated enclosures designed to allow high volume while absorbing any detrimental vibrations that could affect the image.
The P1 should be available by summer, with street pricing was expected to be around $2,999.
Also being featured at CES was Optoma's UHL55, a compact, 4K lifestyle projector intended for simple set-up and offering a long life (30,000 hours) LED light source. Rated at 1,500 ANSI lumens with 250,000:1 contrast, it is also compatible with HDR10 content. It further offers a similar Android-based smart TV platform for streaming content, and includes Bluetooth to allow the onboard stereo sound system to play back music from any Bluetooth compliant source. Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT compatibility are features as well.
Convenient setup features include auto focus and auto keystone, and an automatic lens cover protects the optics when the projector is turned off. The UHL55 includes a convenient carry handle for transport when needed.
Available now, the UHL55 carries a street price of $1,599.