The Optoma CinemaX P2, widely available for $3,299 despite a $5,799 list price, is a head-to-head competitor with the $3,499 BenQ V7050i reviewed here earlier this month. Both home projectors are in a higher price and performance bracket than the $2,499 Xgimi Aura, our Editors’ Choice award winner among 4K-resolution ultra short throw (UST) laser projectors for casual viewing, and both deliver a big step up in color accuracy. Unfortunately, both display rainbow artifacts (shiny areas breaking up into flashes of reddish colored, green, and blue) even more regularly than can be normal for laser-based DLP projectors. But for users who no longer discover those artifacts or no longer discover them irritating, both the BenQ and Optoma are great options, and the former offers enough variations that you may find it a much better pick.
Integrated Intelligent Television, But Not Useful Particularly
The P2, which measures 5.1 by 22.1 by 15 ins (HWD) and weighs 24.3 pounds, is obtainable in white or black. Like most of the 4K UST projectors we’ve reviewed, it’s built around a laser-phosphor light source, rated in this case at 30,000 hours in Eco mode or 20,000 hours at full power, with a single 1,920-by-1,080-pixel DLP chip that uses TI’s XPR fast-shift pixel shifting to put 3,840 by 2,160 pixels on screen. The recommended range of image sizes for the lens is 85 to 120 inches diagonally at a range of 8 to 16.5 inches from the screen.
Setup is straightforward: Plug in the power cord, optionally make an HDMI connection to one or more video devices, and connect to a home network via Wi-Fi or Ethernet. Then adjust the position to fill the screen, and use the remote to adjust the powered focus for a razor-sharp picture. The menu gives warp correction, which can help right for distortion if you’re not really utilizing a sufficiently toned display, and an computerized screen-fit feature to modify the picture to match your display size. As often, nevertheless, digital correction of picture size or geometry can be greatest utilized just if you can’t prevent it, since it decreases brightness and can introduce artifacts.
Most smart UST 4K projectors we’ve tested use Android TV for streaming-either fully integrated, as with the Xgimi Aura and the $2,699 Wemax Nova, or supplied on an HDMI dongle, as with the BenQ V7050i. The P2 uses a fully integrated version of Aptoide instead. It has the advantage of not needing setup, except for individual apps, but it offers fewer apps, and many don’t work as smoothly as their Android TV equivalents. The choices for YouTube, for example, consist of both 4K and 1080p variations, but the latter wouldn’t download in my tests.
Optoma says it’s aware of these limitations and is exploring methods to enhance the P2’s streaming in a potential firmware update. Until that occurs, the workaround is certainly to plug in a loading HDMI dongle, but that needs using an HDMI 2.0b port, departing just one particular free of charge, and that solution makes you juggle a second remote control. The P2 also has an HDMI 1.4a port, but it does not support 4K HDR, 4K at 60Hz, or ARC for connecting to an external audio system. On the other hand, the BenQ V7050i offers only two HDMI ports, one meant for its Android TV dongle. The Optoma’s extra HDMI port arguably gives it a slight advantage for connection to video devices even though you add a dongle.
Optoma prices the P2 in 3,000 ANSI lumens, which is more than a sufficient amount of to light up the 120-inches, 16:9 optimum display screen size for which the lens is designed, even in moderate ambient light in a grouped family room utilizing a 1.0 gain display screen.
The stereo sound system is a built-in soundbar facing the viewer basically. Its two 19-watt audio speakers each give one full-range driver and one woofer, and they deliver even more than more than enough quantity to fill up a sizable area at very much higher quality than most projectors or large-screen TVs. Quite simply, the P2 packs one of the best projector audio systems I’ve heard, one capable enough that you might not see a need for anything more. If you do need to use external audio, there’s an S/PDIF audio-out port, and one of the HDMI ports supports ARC.
Impressive Color Accuracy Straight Out of the Box
The P2 menus offer five predefined modes for 1080p SDR material, plus a user mode, with menu settings to let you tweak or perform a full calibration for any of them. The Movie theater was selected by me setting for my looking at lab tests, because it shipped spot-on color with default configurations along with great contrast, the darkest dark level of any of the settings, and great shadow details in a dark area.
Take note that there’s a frame interpolation choice for smoothing movement, which can enhance the look of live or recorded video. However, most people prefer the way filmed material looks with the feature flipped off.
With 1080p SDR material, the P2 delivered good color accuracy, contrast, and sense of three-dimensionality. It lost a little shadow fine detail in dark scenes, but not plenty of to reduce the scenes’ dramatic visible influence. It was also shiny more than enough for also dark scenes to stand up to low amounts of ambient light.
For 4K HDR10 input, there’s one predefined HDR mode and four HDR picture mode configurations, which are the equivalent to what many projectors label as HDR brightness. Your best setting will vary with room brightness or from one HDR disc or source to the next also. In my lab tests evaluating 1080p SDR and 4K HDR variations of the same movies, the P2 actually delivered more shadow fine detail and better overall brightness for most scenes with the SDR variations. But the HDR variations were quite watchable, and showed more fine detail, as you’d expect given the 4K resolution. There’s similar support for HLG HDR.
The P2 also handled Full HD 3D well. In my tests using DLP-Link glasses, I didn’t see any crosstalk, and 3D-related motion artifacts were at the low end of what’s regular for current-generation projectors. The 3D mode was also brighter than typical in assessment to the projector’s 2D modes, producing it practical with the lighting upon quite. For gamers, there’s a Gaming Setting environment (not really to end up being baffled with the Video game picture preset) to shorten lag period. Nevertheless, I sized it at 73mt for 1080p and 65mt for 4K (both at 60Hz), which informal gamers may consider too long a lag even.
As mentioned already, I actually noticed flashes of crimson/green/blue rainbow artifacts even more frequently with the CinemaX P2 than with some other DLP 4K UST laser projectors. This won’t matter if you’re one of the many viewers who no longer discover these artifacts quickly or no longer discover them bothersome. But if you’re irritated by them, it could become a deal-breaker. Our regular tips for DLP projectors applies: If you discover rainbow artifacts irritating, buy from a dealer that accepts earnings without a restocking fee, so you can test the P2 out for yourself.
A 4K Short-Throw for Your Short List
The Optoma CinemaX P2 offers a lot to like, most notably top-tier color accuracy and impressive audio. If your spending budget is certainly restricted or you persist on fewer rainbow artifacts, consider the Editors’ Choice-winning Xgimi Aura or the Wemax Nova. Neither matches the P2 for picture quality, but both present fewer rainbow artifacts and deliver great more than enough quality for loading and live video by most viewers’ specifications. The Aura very well handles films on disc, as well.
The harder choice is between the CinemaX P2 and the BenQ V7050i. Between the two, the BenQ will take better benefit of HDR, in dark scenes particularly, which may suggestion the scales for some customers. But the P2 provides better out-of-box color precision, somewhat higher lighting for 2D, much higher brightness for 3D, and a much more powerful sound system-and if none of them of those factors makes up your mind, the Optoma’s lower street price gives it the edge.
Optoma CinemaX P2
Can fill an 85-to-120-in . display from ins away
4K resolution using TI’s XPR pixel shifting
Top-tier out-of-box color accuracy
Color management system for full calibration
Bright plenty of for a midsize to large family space with ambient light
Laser-phosphor light source
Integrated streaming is better ignored in favor of an HDMI dongle (which demands a second remote)
Only two of three HDMI ports support 4K with HDR
More prone to rainbow artifacts than most DLP projectors UST
The Bottom Line
For a house projector, the Optoma CinemaX P2 offers great color contrast and accuracy, as well as capable sound unusually. Simply end up being mindful of the picture if you’re sensitive to rainbow artifacts.