Ultra short throw projectors are experiencing a period of exponential expansion. The trend was particularly evident at IFA 2020, where these devices were among the most featured product categories. News is also coming from overseas: Optoma has announced CinemaX P2, the direct successor of the P1 launched in 2019.
The new model comes in a white livery that closely resembles the design of the BenQ V6000. The dimensions are 576 x 383 x 130mm. Under the body we always find DLP technology. Even if the specifications do not mention it, we believe (also based on the list price) that the chip used is the Texas Instruments DLP470TE, equipped with a single 0.47 "DMD. This solution, widely used on projectors of this type, It is equipped with 1920 x 1080 micro-mirrors and uses XPR (eXpanded Pixel Resolution) technology to bring the resolution to Ultra HD, displaying four pixels for each micro-mirror.
The new Optoma also uses a laser light source with phosphors and a six-segment color wheel (RGBRGB). CinemaX P2 is equipped with a flow of 3,000 ANSI lumens with an estimated duration of approximately 20,000 hours. The lens has a shooting ratio of 0.25: 1 and allows you to fill screens from 85 "(from a distance of 47 cm) to 120" (from 66 cm). The noise level is between 26 and 28 dB depending on the operating mode.
There is no lack of compatibility with HDR in the HDR10 format (to verify the ability to manage HLG too) and there are also both the motion processing (makes the images more fluid) through the PureMotion technology and the management of the films in full compliance with the format 24p native (without affecting the fluidity).
The equipment includes a "smart" platform based on a customized version of Android. There is no direct access to the Play Store but you can download some applications – such as YouTube and Spotify – through the portal created by Optoma. The integrated media player allows you to read various types of files loaded on USB memories.
There are two other functions that expand the capabilities of CinemaX P2 in contexts different from traditional projection. InfoWall relies on the Optoma connect application to program the display of various information, from weather forecasts to notifications or videos on social networks. Users can set a preset time for power on. Thanks to the collaboration with FRAMED it is possible to project 12 digital works of art available until March 1st 2021.
To complete the equipment is the soundbar hidden under the front grille. The system consists of a Dolby Digital 2.0 system capable of delivering a total of 40 W. CinemaX supports Alexa, Google Assistant (by pairing with external speakers), IFTTT and 3D video (with optional glasses). Optoma claims an input lag of 70 ms. Available connections include three HDMI 2.0 inputs, a USB-A port (1.5A), an Ethernet port, Wi-Fi, an optical digital output and an analog audio output on a 3.5mm jack.
CinemaX P2 is priced at $ 3,299. We do not know the release date and price for the Old Continent but the model is already present on the European site.