Optoma has introduced the CinemaX P2, the successor to last year's CinemaX P1 4K ultra short throw living room laser projector.
Available at authorized retailers for $3,299 as of September 1, the CinemaX P2 currently costs $500 less out of the gate than its award-winning predecessor and improves on it in a number of ways, most notably with enhancements to image quality that will be visible and appreciated by movie lovers.in our review, where we honored the P1 with our rare Editor's Choice Award.
An Enhanced Gaming Mode has also been added to reduce input lag for gamers. And like the P1, the P2 has the ability to play Full HD 3D in all the mandatory formats.
Optoma, working off customer feedback on the P1, has improved the cosmetics in this new model, keeping the P1's modern form factor but opting this time for a white finish with gray speaker grille as an antidote to the P1's space-age, jet-black look. Behind the grille is the same 40-watt NuForce-designed soundbar system found in the earlier projector, which essentially turns the CinemaX P2 into an all-in-one entertainment system.
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The CinemaX P2 maintains the P1's list of smart features including app-driven SmartFIT geometry correction using your smartphone camera; on-board streaming apps from the Optoma Marketplace driven by the Android-based Aptoid platform; compatibility with Alexa, Google Assistant, and IFTTT automation; and Optoma's InfoWall app for customizing your own home screen. A TapCast mirroring app for Android and iOS mobile devices is available for assisting with at-home schooling or work-at-home activities.
New to the P2 is integration of the FRAMED digital art platform, which turns the projector into an art exhibit featuring a dozen unique works of animated digital art by emerging artists.
ProjectorCentral's review of the Optoma CinemaX P2 will appear later this month.
For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Optoma CinemaX P2 projector page.
I have had good results with Elite's Aeon CLR, which we reviewed. It is among the most affordable dedicated UST screens. It's a gray lenticular screen with ridges that direct light from the projector directly back to the viewer, and its only downside is that in return for deeper blacks and very good ambient light rejection from overhead lights you sacrifice noticeable brightness compared with a matte white screen (it's a 0.6 gain screen, so you get 60% of the lumens you'd have with a 1.0 gain screen. This 3,000 lumen projector, however, should look great on it. Unfortunately, most of the lenticular screens directly designed for UST projection, which provide the best overhead light rejection, are 0.6 gain. You could conceivably use a more general ALR screen intended for long-throw projection, some of which have gain higher than 1.0, but I honestly couldn't tell you what you'd sacrifice in the direct comparison.
First of all, want to thank you for fielding all these great questions and providing such helpful responses.
For folks who do not have a deep media console, are you familiar with any slider/mechanism which the UST projector can rest on and then slide out when using projector? I would like to project to the P2's max of 120" screen size but my newly built media console is only 25" deep...
Appreciate the help...
Also, is the Pro still performes the best ?
May I kindly ask when are you expecting to post the P2 in depths review?
Also, from your experience so far, is the P2 really superior to the P1 in overall quality?
Thank you kindly!
Is it possible to mount it in the ceiling with a non UST screen? Will this set up work?
The LG UST uses the 0.66 inch chip, and I'd be surprised if Samsung's new top model set for release soon won't also be specified with the same chip. Both are in the $5500 to $6,500 range.
But I'd also caution against thinking that any UST projector is going to perform quite like a state of the art dark room home theater projector. The USTs are designed to provide good to excellent performance in a lit environment. It's a lifestyle choice.