Optoma UHZ50 4K laser projector compensates for a painted wall

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For the absolute best picture, you should always pair a home theater projector with a reflective white screen, but how many actually do? For those of us who are too lazy to go the extra mile, Optomas’ new UHZ50 4K laser projector contains presets that automatically compensate for the color of a painted wall.

Projectors have long been the only real solution brings the big screen experience home from a movie theater unless you are willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars on a wallTV in size. Projectors have become cheaper but still costs one a few thousand dollars for a decent 4K resolution. IN the last few years, we have seen companies create projectors that are all-in-one solutions that pack proper speakers and run operating systems like Google TV that provide access to all the popular streaming services right from the checkout. Epson even includes a screen with its short-throw away projectors to ensure the optimal viewing experience — bHow many consumers are willing to make the extra hassle of installing one on a wall?

Simply pointing a projector at an empty wall is the easiest way to set it up, but if it is painted to match the decor of the room, the color of the wall may slightly tone the image from the projector as it bounces back to your eyes. Most users will not notice the subtle color change or even worry about it happening, but for users who do not care (but not enough to hang a proper screen), Optomas UHZ50 can help.

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Along with a price tag of $ 2,799 (which makes it more than $ 1,000 more expensive than other 4K projectors such as XGIMI Horizon Pro), The Optoma UHZ50 boasts resolutions of up to 3840 x 2160 pixels with 3,000 lumens brightness, enabling projected images over 300 inches in size – even if you need a large room that is completely dark for that to happen. More realistically, you should be able to project a decent 10-foot image even in brighter daylight conditions.

For gamers, the Optoma UHZ50 offers 16.7 ms response times at 4K resolutions that update at 60Hz but drop to 1080p sees the refresh rate increase to 240Hz while the response time drops to only 4ms. A pair of 10-watt speakers should provide enough sound to fill a small space, but depending on where the projector is mounted or located, an external set of speakers may be a better option so that those closest to the speaker are not blown with sound. And while the UHZ50 runs on a customized version of Android, Google Play is not supported, so you may not have built-in access to every single streaming service. With three HDMI ports, however, you can sacrifice one to a streaming dongle like Chromecast to give you access to all the apps you need.

The best features of the projector are for those who go without a screen. To begin with, there is a wall color setting that ensures that the projector uses the most accurate color scale by allowing users to specify one of six different options that best match the colored surface they are projecting on: whiteboard, light yellow, light green, light blue, pink and gray. (What, no tan or beige option?) To compensate for the subtle imperfections of drywall (a dedicated screen is usually stretched tight so it is perfectly smooth), the UHZ50 also offers an advanced geometric correction tool with a dense grid of dots that can be individually adjusted to create a perfect rectangular image.


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