Optoma introduced Monday its value-priced UHZ50 4K DLP laser home theater projector optimized for 4K resolution and competitive big-screen gaming.

The projector offers 4K UHD resolution via Texas Instruments’ DLP pixel-shifting technique to display full 3840 x 2160 pixels on the screen visible to the eye at one time. It has 3,000 lumens of peak luminance, and HDR10 high dynamic range (HDR) support. The contrast ratio is listed at 2,500,000:1, and features a 1.3x zoom and four-corner keystone correction.

The Optoma UHZ50 also includes an Enhanced Gaming mode that reduces lag time to 16.7ms in 4K/60p and 4ms with 1080p gaming content, the company said. The projector’s motion smoothing technology supports up to 1080p at 240Hz, but not natively through HDMI.

The projector lists support for three HDMI 2.0 ports with HDCP 2.2, including one support ARC/eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel). The ports will not support Ultra High Speed 4K/120Hz content.

Optoma UHZ50 is available for purchase now at a $2,799 suggested retail price.

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The projector uses Texas Instruments’ single-chip DLP micromirror chip technology and Optoma’s DuraCore laser light technology rated at 30,000-hours of life expectency without the need to change bulbs.

The Optoma UHZ50 laser projector also features support for HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range (HDR) with brightness adjustments and 100% coverage of Rec. 709 SDR color and DCI-P3 HDR Wide Color Gamut coverage, the company said.

Optoma assures the UHZ50 has been designed for flexible and easy installation. In addition to the three HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2 ports, the projector includes three USB ports for use with media streaming sticks and dongles.

Audio output is supported with 1 3.5mm jack and one digital S/PDIF port. Control is supported via an RS232 connection, an RJ45 port, a 12V trigger and 3D sync.

The projector will accesss compatible streaming apps including YouTube and Spotify running a customized streaming platform based on Anroid. Apps are available through an included App store.

An Optoma Creative Cast app, enables wirelessly sharing videos and images from a mobile device on the big screen, with support for 5G WiFi connectivity.

On-board sound is handled with 2 10-watt speakers and projector noise is rated at 26dB.

“With the introduction of the Optoma UHZ50, we are bringing true 4K laser technology home to even more consumers by reducing overall costs without compromising the quality of their personal home entertainment experiences,” stated, Billy Harrison, Product Manager at Optoma. “As consumers are seeking more home entertainment and content options that fit their unique needs whether they’re gamers, streaming movies or viewing personal photos, we remain focused on delivering versatile and innovative solutions that take the home theater experience to new levels.”

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By Greg Tarr

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