Optoma 4k Review 2019 – Read this BEFORE You Buy

Steve Scott

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PROS

  • Inexpensive 4K projector
  • Sharp image
  • Better contrast brightness than it is competitors

CONS

  • Poor HDR image quality
  • 4K quality difficult to perceive on a large screen

The Optoma UHD60 4K is an exciting projector that is great for individuals who are wanting to experience 4K but are not ready to shell out thousands of dollars.

optoma uhd60 4k projector

Technical Specifications

  • Dimensions: 6.0H x 19.6W x 13.0D 
  • Weight: 16.0 

DLP Chip

The UHD60 uses one of the newer 4K DLP chips produced by Texas Instruments. It is the 0.66 inch version that has 2716 x 1528 mirrors. According to Texas Instruments, this chip has the ability to produce full 4K resolution, allowing for more than 8.3 in pixels to be on the screen.

  • Native resolution: 4K 
  • Discrete pixels on chip: 2,716x1,528 
  • HDR-compatible: Yes 

Lumens and Lamp Life UHD60

The Optoma UHD60 4K is brighter than a number of the other projectors we have reviewed. According to its specs, it offers 3000 lm. As a result, it can fill a larger screen a lot better and is able to hold its own when it is used in a room that has ambient light.

  • Lumens spec: 3,000 
  • Lamp life (Bright mode): 4,000 full power hours 
  • Lens shift: Vertical
optoma uhd60 4k projector lens

The Optoma UHD60 4K has a decent lamp life. Depending on the level of brightness you select, this projector has a lamp that can last up to 15,000 hours before it needs to be replaced.

Lens and Zoom

The UHD60 has a lens flexibility that puts it in the middle of the pack. It offers a lens shift and has a larger zoom. However, it is not able to compete with the power zoom, the focus, or the lens shift of more expensive models. Additionally, the UHD60 does have 3D capability.

  • Zoom: Manual (1.6x) 
  • 3D-compatible: NO 

Connectivity

The UHD60 offers a wide range of connectivity options. It has two HDMI jacks with one of them being fully 4K/60 Hz compatible. HDMI ports support HDMI 2.0 as well as HDC P2 .2. There is MHL support and an optical digital out. These features give the UHD60 a leg up over its competition.

optoma uhd60 4k projector backview
  • HDMI inputs: 2 
  • PC input: Analog RGB 
  • USB ports: 2 
  • Audio input and output: Minijack 
  • Digital audio output: Yes 
  • LAN port: Yes 
optoma uhd60 4k projector back

Remote Control

The UHD60 has a simple to use remote control that improves the functionality of the projector. One of the nice things about the remote control is that it is backlit. So you do not have to fumble around in the dark and try to figure out where certain controls are located. While this is one of the projector’s pros, it’s also one of its cons because the backlighting is so powerful that it’s painful to look at if you are in a completely dark room.

  • Remote: Backlit 

Image Quality

  • Native Aspect Ratio 16:9 (4K HD) 
  • Video Compatibility N/A 
  • HDTV 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50, 2160p/24, 2160p/60, 576i, 576p, 480p, 480i 

We were surprised to see how well the image of the UHD60 projects, especially when we compared it to more expensive 4K projectors.

optoma uhd60 4k projector actual view

HDR Quality

As with most 4K projectors, the UHD60 did not fare well when we tested for HDR quality. That’s understandable because HDR is still a relatively new technology, and so projectors are still being refined to make the best use of it.

optoma uhd60 4k projector actual view hdr

Performance in Ambient Light

An area where we felt this projector did especially well was in the way it performed in ambient light. Unquestionably, the image was clear in a completely dark room, but thanks to its 3000 lm, we were able to enjoy the images we saw in a room that had some ambient light. If you are looking for the full-fledged 4K experience in a room that has ambient light, it may be better for you to look at a 4K flat screen.

The image was crisp and clean. We felt that the projector was able to handle action scenes without losing fidelity.

Gaming Performance

If you are a hard-core gamer looking for a projector that has low lag time, this is not the right option for you. The UHD60 has a maximum refresh rate of 60 Hz. The input lag is going to be frustrating, especially if you are trying to play games competitively. One thing we will say is that with games, the HDR effect is actually quite good. Being able to play your favorite game at over 100 inches in 4K is pretty nice.

See related - Top Projectors for Gaming.

optoma uhd60 4k projector movie viewing

3D Performance

3D performance is not available on the UHD60. This is a little bit disappointing. Although we understand that projectors do not currently offer 3D in 4K, they could still offer 3D capability at 1080P.

Skin Tone Handling

optoma uhd60 4k projector sports viewing

The UHD60 does a decent job when it comes to handling skin tones. It has a lower color saturation and bright areas when compared to more expensive projectors. You are going to see some unwanted brightness in certain areas, but overall it produces a good image, even when it is not calibrated.

Special Features

There aren’t many special features offered with this projector. It does have speakers in 4.0 W stereo. But that’s about it. Not a lot to write home about in this area.

Conclusion

The UHD60 is a nice entertainment projector that will be able to handle just about all of the 4K content you throw at it. It will also do a stellar job with 1080P content. The overall color is great regardless of the mode that you are in. You might see a little bit of color issues if you are using the brightest mode, but this is what you would expect from most projectors.

For the best results, you need to match your screen to your projector and make sure that your room has the proper viewing conditions for the type of feel that you want to accomplish. The Optoma UHD60 4K is going to do a better job with content at night or in a dark room. That being said, we feel that it does a stellar job at providing 4K content, especially for a projector that is under $2,000.

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