It delivers 2400 ANSI lumens courtesy of a .47-inch DLP chip that sports 3840×2160 resolution from a quad-shift. The color wheel has six segments in an RGBRGB array for better color brightness and accuracy. It also features HDR10, 3D, and vertical lens shift for easy setup. In a first for the category, you can control it with voice commands through Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant. A built-in media player streams content over Wi-Fi or through a USB port which supports thumb drives or external hard disks. It’s all wrapped in a compact chassis that’s easily installed on a coffee table for an impromptu movie night. And you can hear the movie through a pair of built-in five-watt speakers.
After covering similar projectors from BenQ and ViewSonic, I’m anxious to see how Optoma’s offering stacks up. It’s the only one of the bunch to offer lens shift and its throw ratios are slightly different than the others. It also keeps 3D alive for fans of the genre. DLP projectors are always my favorite way to watch 3D content. Amazon Alexa users can control power, input, and volume by simply adding the projector to their device cloud. And Google fans can integrate the UHD51A into their smart homes as well.
At just $1699, the UHD51A is in a price sweet spot where one could spend about the same or a little more money on a flat panel TV. Two-piece projection has a few environmental considerations but once you have it up and running, it’s hard deny the appeal of that jumbo screen experience. Ultra HD displays with HDR just make it even more special. I’m looking forward to testing and watching the Optoma UHD51A. Look here for my full review in a few weeks.