Optoma UHD60: Excellent 4K on the cheap

February 11, 2018

4K projectors are on the rise – and here’s one of our favorites.

Optoma’s always been our favorite for home cinema projectors and the UHD60 is no exception. This new projector supports native 4K HDR content and is based on DLP technology that’s being used in nearly all cinemas. This easily makes it a top choice for people looking to upgrade their home theaters to 4K.

Design-wise, the UHD60 is larger than the BenQ W1700, the last 4K project we’ve tested. It comes with a white glossy finish similar to other projectors. There are cooling vents scattered all throughout the sides, which makes it run quietly even when running for long hours.

The top part of the UHD60 opens up to reveal the zoom control dial along with the vertical image shifting wheel. The cover is pretty flimsy, and we would have expected something sturdier though it isn’t a deal breaker.

On the back of the UHD60, you’d find two HDMI ports (though only one can support 4K HDR), VGA and a USB port that can power devices like the Google Chromecast Ultra. There’s also Ethernet along with RS-232 and a couple of audio ports.

But as we said the UHD60’s highlight is its support for native 4K HDR content. HDR is limited to the HDR10 standard so Dolby Vision enthusiasts should skip this one. It also supports SDR to HDR conversion, though the results aren’t always optimal.

Once you fire up the UHD60 you can browse for presets and other configurations to fit your needs. The only thing that’s missing is the lack of keystone adjustment. The BenQ W1700 offered an auto keystone correction on its 4K projector so we didn’t have trouble fixing it to get the right angle. That’s not the case with the UHD60, I had to place in a position that would show the image properly. It’s a minor inconvenience, so I’m not sure why that option was eliminated.

For testing, I hooked up the UHD60 to an Xbox One X where I played a couple of 4K Blu-rays from my personal collection. In Dunkirk, you’d immediately see the detail and sharpness of the image that I didn’t even notice with my 4K TV. The film’s grain was shown in detail, which is how director Christopher Nolan intended it to be.

Scene from Dunkirk

Moving on the Mad Max: Fury Road, I was amazed by how HDR effectively offered a deeper color gamut on the scenes, especially since a majority of the movie takes place in the desert. Even if there’s an orange tint for a majority of the scene due to the sand, the faces and vehicles aren’t overwhelmed with color. Skin tones are perfect, and I must say I enjoyed every movie I’ve watched on the UHD60 (which is a lot).

I also tried using the UHD60 as a screen for playing games and while the quality is as great as the 4K content we watched, input lag is unfortunately high. Then again, this projector was made for movies so again, it isn’t a deal breaker.

Overall the Optoma UHD60 delivered what it was meant to do: a great 4K HDR experience you’d normally find on high-end 4K TVs.

We Love:

+ Excellent picture quality

+ Quiet and barely makes any noise

We Hate:

– No keystone correction

– High input lag

Final Rating: 4/5

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.