A new 4K (3840x2160) laser projector—the UHZ50—has been released by Optoma. With an estimated street price of $2,799, the UHZ50 is among the least expensive 4K laser home theater projectors available rated for at least 3,000 ANSI lumens. (Only the dual-purpose ViewSonic LS700-4K, a less-advanced projector that we reviewed in 2020, costs less.)
The UHZ50 uses Optoma's DuraCore laser technology, which guarantees no maintenance and a light source life of up to 30,000 hours in Eco mode—not to mention no costly lamp replacements. As mentioned, the projector is rated for 3,000 ANSI lumens and a contrast ratio of 2,500,000:1, presumably with Optoma's Dynamic Black function enabled that adjusts brightness output based upon what's happening in each frame. It has a 1.3x zoom and four-corner keystone correction.
An enhanced gaming mode provides low input lag, one of the most important things in a gaming projector. With a 4K/60Hz signal there's a 16 ms input lag time, and that can get as low as 4 ms with a 1080p/240Hz signal. The projector has two HDMI 2.0 ports (both with HDCP 2.2 support, one with eARC), so 4K/120Hz isn't supported.
Included with the UHZ50 is built-in streaming support. If you already have your own streaming, or have a preferred streaming OS, two USB ports on the back can supply power. Additionally, videos and pictures can be shared wirelessly over 5GHz Wi-Fi via the Optoma Creative Cast app.
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HDR10 and HLG are both supported with 100% coverage of both Rec. 709 and the DCI-P3 wide color gamut. A HDR brightness mode adjustment allows you to fine tune the setting for the source material being watched.
The Optoma UHZ50 is available now for $2,799.
For more detailed specifications and connections, check out our Optoma UHZ50 projector page.