Optoma, the value-positioned home theater projector manufacturer, introduced a trio of high-brightness Full HD 1080p DLP projectors suitable for competitive video gaming and home theater movie viewing, alike, with suggested retail prices starting at $649.

Each of the new Full HD Optoma models are said to accept 4K HDR input including high dynamic range (HDR) — specifically the HDR10 and Hybrid-Log Gamma (HLG) profiles –, support the full BT-709 color gamut and feature up to 120Hz refresh rates for competive game play.

The new models include the GT1090HDR ($1,399 estimated street price), HZ39HDR ($1,199) and HD28HDR ($649), all of which are available now at authorized retailers. Each model is positioned to offer value for home theater enthusiasts and competitive video gamers looking for a very bigscreen experience.

Optoma cited Pacific Media Associates market research showing it was ranked the top-selling projector brand at retail as of December 2019.

“Optoma’s market leadership in the consumer home theater sector is largely due to its ability to design projectors that leverage the latest innovations and technologies to deliver the high quality entertainment experiences consumers are seeking,” said Maria Repole, head of marketing, Optoma Technology, Inc. “As our first laser gaming projectors, the Optoma GT1090HDR and Optoma HZ39HDR raise the bar on projection and gaming performance, providing users with best in class picture quality and gaming action.”

Models GT1090HDR and HZ39HDR are billed as Optoma’s first laser-based gaming and entertainment projectors. Both units include an Enhanced Gaming Mode that will produce a 16ms response time at 1080p 60Hz and 8ms at 1080p 120Hz through a firmware update scheduled for the early second quarter.

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The GT1090HDR outputs up to 4,200 lumnes of peak brightness and includes a DuraCore laser light source with up to 30,000 hours of estimated life running in Eco mode, and built-in auto keystone and four corner correction for easy installation and set-up. The model offers a variety of connectivity options including HDMI 2.0 and VGA ports, includes two built-in 10-watt speakers and connects easily with most gaming consoles, media players and other devices. It is listed with 300,000:1 contrast and 0.50:1 short throw ratios and supports 3D Blu-ray input.

The Optoma HZ39HDR

The Optoma HZ39HDR is another Full HD 1080p model that also features a DuraCore laser light source. Peak brightness steps down to 4,000 lumens. The laser engine is listed with a 30,000-hour estimated life expectancy running in Eco Mode. It also has two built-in 10W speakers, support 3D Blu-ray content.

The Optoma HD28HDR

The Optoma HD28HDR is a 240 Watt lamp-based (10,000 hour life expectancy in Eco Mode) unit with an Enhanced Gaming Mode capable of supporting up to a 120 Hz refresh rate and an ultra-fast 8.4 ms response time for competitive game play. Brightness output is listed at up to 3,600 lumens. It also produces Full HD 1080p images, and has an integrated Game Display Mode that boosts shadows and dark scenes for greater visibility of impending obstacles. The Optoma HD28HDR also offers an HDMI 2.0 input with HDCP 2.2 connectivity for compatibility with 4K UHD and HDR video sources, and HDMI-link support to control the projector and connected devices with a single remote.

By Greg Tarr

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