Optoma UHD60 Review

Things to Love:

For being a 4K projector, the Optoma UHD60 is affordable. Comparing its picture quality to the picture quality of non-4K projectors at a similar price point reveals that there are improvements in sharpness and clarity. Its images tend to be brighter than those of the competition, and the level of contrast is great.

Things That Could Be a Concern:

For being a 4K projector, the Optoma UHD60 is affordable. Comparing its picture quality to the picture quality of non-4K projectors at a similar price point reveals that there are improvements in sharpness and clarity. Its images tend to be brighter than those of the competition, and the level of contrast is great.

The Upshot

If you're committed to making the switch to 4K technology, then this is a reliable and affordable way to do it. The overall superb image quality makes it a sound choice.

optoma uhd60 projector product

This Optoma model is certainly an attractive one. It features a white case with silver trim, and it's sleek and modern-looking so that it will look good in any home theater. The remote is a decent size that feels good in the hand so it's convenient to use. Nonetheless, it does have a downside. It is backlit, which is helpful for use in dark rooms, but the backlighting is incredibly bright. Using it after sitting in a dark room for a couple of hours is almost blinding.

optoma uhd60 with remote

4K technology has been around for a while now, but there doesn't seem to be any burning desire among a majority of consumers to embrace the new technology. Testing of this projector may reveal part of the reason why.

There is no doubt that 4K offers some greater clarity and sharpness where images are concerned. However, there doesn't seem to be greater enough degrees of clarity and sharpness to wow the average consumer.

Having reviewed many non-4K projectors and some that are 4K compatible, this reviewer can attest that there really is not an overwhelmingly obvious difference between the two in terms of picture quality.

Nonetheless, consumers who are really finicky about having the latest technology may insist on upgrading to a 4K model such as the Optoma UHD60. The good news is that overall, they should be pleased that they did so. This is a great little projector, and it truly is affordable when compared with other 4K models.

In fact, this Optoma is a great choice for people who need to fill large screens or are projecting in rooms with extra ambient light. Nonetheless, it performs well in dark rooms, providing plenty of contrast and vibrant colors.

Best Use of the Optoma UHD60

This projector is almost totally aimed at movie watching. With over-the-top contrasts and some excellent blacks, the Optoma UHD60 is ideally suited to delivering accurate and lifelike colors.

Of course, it follows then that the Optoma UHD60 also performs quite well with television and sports viewing. You will be able to see all of the action with incredible clarity and crispness that won't let you down even on the challenging scenes.

Gamers also will be satisfied with the UHD60. Saturated colors, great contrast and short lag times make this projector a great choice for even the most fast-moving games.

Specs for the Optoma UHD60

  • Resolution: 4K 
  • Number of Pixels on Chip: 2716 X 1528 
  • Type of Display: DLP 
  • Lumens: 3,000 
  • Compatible with HDR: Yes 
  • Manual 1.6X Zoom 
  • Vertical Lens Shift 
  • Not Compatible with 3D 
  • Lamp Life in Bright Mode: 4,000 hours 
  • Two HDMI Inputs 
  • Two USB Ports 
  • Minijack for audio input and output 
  • Digital audio output 
  • LAN Port 
  • MHL-compatible 
  • 12-Volt Trigger 
  • RS-232 Remote Port 
  • Dimensions: 19.6" X 13" X 6" 
  • Weight: 16 pounds 

The UHD60 relies on a large 4K DLP chip that is manufactured by Texas Instruments. Measuring about 0.66 inches, the chip features 2716 X 1528 mirrors. The chip moves the mirrors with incredible speed to achieve more than 8.3 million colorful pixels on the screen.

This particular model provides brighter images than other competitors in its class thanks to its 3000 lumens. Because of this specification, the Optoma UHD60 is able to fill larger screens, and it is more successful at combating the effects of ambient light.

The lamp life offered by this model is competitive for this class. Of course, if you do not use the projector at full brightness, then you can get many more hours out of the lamp. The manufacturer says that you may get as many as 15,000 hours out of a single lamp simply by darkening the images.

The various connectors are found on the back of the unit. It features a clean and sensible layout that is easy to use.

optoma uhd60 projector backview

Picture Quality

The Optoma UHD60 delivers superior image quality. This is not necessarily a result of the machine's 4K capabilities. Rather, the excellence of the picture quality is more closely related to the outstanding contrast. The blacks are blacker and the whites are whiter when using this projector and comparing against other competitors in this class. That is always going to equal better overall picture quality.

If you choose to use "Bright" mode, then you likely will not be happy with picture quality. This setting definitely has a tendency toward overwhelming greens. Fortunately, this model comes with numerous preset modes that are far less bright and far more accurate in terms of rendering color. Using these dimmer settings will also help you to maximize your lamp life.

The Optoma UHD60 comes out of the box set to "Cinema" mode. This setting is appropriate for many applications. However, you may need to make adjustments according to screen type and the amount of ambient light to get the optimum picture quality for your purposes.

Cinema mode features excellent color balance, and the black levels are certainly adequate for ordinary use. Most people will want to play with the "Brilliant Color" setting to determine which is ideal for them. This may change depending upon what you are watching, so don't be wary of making alterations in line with the day's viewing.

The middle two-thirds of the image rendered by the UHD60 are strikingly sharp and clear. This sharpness begins to soften somewhat in the remaining third of the image, but most people rarely notice this as they tend to focus on the center of the screen. Frequently, people are only troubled by this softness when they are viewing still images or things like graphs and spreadsheets, the viewing of which is not the main purpose of this projector.

This shows the Optoma's ability with rendering black and white images:

optoma uhd60 in black and white images

Here's a scene of outer space from Passengers:

optoma uhd60 movie shot

Another view of what the Optoma UHD60 can do:

optoma uhd60 movie viewing

The Optoma UHD60 also features HDR capabilities. Unfortunately, they do not live up to expectations. Testing revealed images that appeared washed out and less color saturated than before. The greens were nearly overwhelming, and the highlights had all-but disappeared.

Overall, the Optoma is able to deliver a great level of detail and nuance that other competitors in the field cannot match. It's a great entry-level 4K projector in terms of picture quality.

Additional Features to Consider

This is a DLP projector, which means that you may occasionally be plagued by rainbow artifacts. Usually, this is not a major problem, but if you are incredibly sensitive to this effect, then you may want to get away from all DLP projectors, including this one.

The size and weight of this projector are other things to consider before you buy. There certainly are smaller units out there, and, weighing in at 16 pounds, this projector is no lightweight. If you plan to move the projector often or need it to fit into a smaller space, this may not be the right machine for you.

None of that means that the Optoma UHD60 doesn't have a lot going for it. The two feet in the front are adjustable, so you can always customize the level to suit the screen elevation. The slightly recessed lens can be manually focused by turning the lens along its outer edge.

optoma uhd60 adjustable knob

The majority of the top of the projector is actually a lid, beneath which are concealed additional controls. This is where you'll find the manual zoom function and a round dial that controls the vertical lens shift.

Optoma has worked hard to make the control panel on the side of this projector as invisible as possible. That's totally acceptable because most people are going to use the remote for most functions anyway. Accordingly, the on-unit control panel is kept really basic. You may never even use it.

optoma uhd60 buttons

Another reason why consumers may be drawn to the UHD60 model is its quiet fan. To some people, this isn't important, but to others, it makes all the difference. This projector has an audible noise rating of just 28 db. Other 4K projectors at this price point just don't compete.

My name is Steve Scott. Father of 2 and owner of Outdoor Movie HQ. I’ve been involved in the A/V industry for most of my life and built this blog to help people better understand projector technology. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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