Optoma Unveils Two 4K Projectors (One for Less Than $3,000) and a New Pico Projector Too

optoma-4k-0117Optoma is launching a few products this week — one is a native 4K projector. Dubbed the Optoma 4K UST (Ultra Short Throw), it’s a native 3,840×2,160 laser projector with HDR10 wide color gamut, an ultra short throw of just 0.18 for up to a 140-inch image size from just inches away and it’s priced at $19,999. But, this projector won’t be available until Q3 2017.

The Optoma ZH55, also a laser projector, is spec’d at 3,000 lumens of brightness and a 20,000:1 contrast ratio with Rec. 709 color and dual HDMI ports with MHL. The installation-aimed ZH55 has a throw ratio of 1.06 along with a zoom of 1.36x. No pricing or availability though. Expect late 2017.

Optoma UHD60 is the surprise, though. Optoma claims it’s a native 4K UHD (3,840×2,160) resolution home cinema projector with vertical lens shift at only $2,799. That would be an amazing price-point. And, it will ship in Q2 2017.

Also, Optoma just launched the IntelliGo pico projector using Android 4.4 OS with a customizable home screen and the AptoideTV app store with access to Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, Spotify, Pandora and more. In addition, it is WiFi and Bluetooth compatible, has USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 ports, and offers 2D to 3D content conversion. It will be available in late Q1 2017 for just $599. But, it’s only 60 lumens.

The successor to one of Optoma’s most popular home cinema projectors, the Optoma HD28DSE, will be the Optoma HD29Darbee. It’s spec’d to be 3,000 lumens with a 30,000:1 contrast ratio (and a DARBEE Visual Presence image enhancement technology) with Rec.709 and sRGB color modes. It will be available Q1 for $699.

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Gary Kayye, founder of rAVe Publications, is one of the most prominent personalities in the audiovisual industry. He has been a contributor to WIRED magazine and a technical advisor and columnist for Sound & Communications magazine as well as an opinionated columnist for rAVe [Publications] since 2003. In addition to his writing and market analysis, Gary has been a product, marketing and business operations consultant to dozens of AV companies in the U.S. and overseas. Clients have included companies such as Sony, Sharp, Epson, Lutron, InFocus, Sanyo, Mitsubishi, NEC and Philips.   Gary, who has been involved with the audiovisual market for over 20 years, was the recipient of the InfoComm 2003 Educator of the Year Award and the 2007 NSCA Instructor of the Year Award. Over the years, he has donated much of his time as an active volunteer in the AV industry’s trade association and served as chairman of InfoComm’s Professional Education & Training Committee (PETC), chairman of the ICIA Design School Committee and chairman of InfoComm’s Installation School Committee. In addition, he has served on the InfoComm board of governors. He also helped grow the InfoComm Projection Shoot-Out as the premiere AV industry trade show special event serving on the committee from 1991 through 1997, and was instrumental in launching the Shoot-Out in the European market at the Photokina Expo in 1994 and 1996 as well as the Asian market at the 1995 and 1997 INFOCOMM Asia shows.   Prior to founding his own company, Gary was vice president of sales and marketing for AMX Corporation (www.amx.com), a manufacturer specializing in professional AV and residential AV control systems. Prior to AMX, Gary spent nine years at Extron Electronics (www.extron.com), rising to the position of vice president of sales and marketing. Gary earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism in 1987 from the University of North Carolina and is currently Adjunct Faculty at UNC in the School of Journalism teaching a class on how future technologies will affect the future of advertising, PR and marketing.   He is also the founder of Swim for Smiles, a non-profit that raises money for the N.C. Children’s Hospital through swimming and other fitness-related events for kids. You can contact him at gary@ravepubs.com..