The JMGO N1 Ultra is a smart, 4K, triple laser projector selling for an MSRP of $2,299, available for pre-order on Kickstarter at an early-bird price of $1,299.00 for a limited number of early buyers. The N1 Ultra is a new design for JMGO. JMGO says it’s the world’s first 4K laser projector that works like a gimbal allowing it to be set up and easily adjusted.
The N1 Ultra measured 2511 ANSI lumens in my testing. This result is lower than the manufacturer's rated 4,000 ANSI lumens. I have to say that I find this result surprising because this projector looks bright to my eye. I double-checked my equipment, measured again, and got the same results.
The N1 Ultra’s focus and brightness uniformity is excellent. The JMGO N1 Ultra uses Texas Instruments’ 0.47” DLP DMD imager with XPR technology that reproduces 4K content in SDR and HDR amazingly well.
This projector's black levels and shadow details are some of the best I have seen in its class and even a little above.
JMGO has built a premium, all-in-one home theater solution with a comprehensive list of features you could expect to find in a much more expensive projector.
The JMGO MALC triple laser engine provides an out-of-the-box color reproduction and calibration flexibility that today’s video enthusiasts require from a projector. The N1 Ultra projector can display 107 billion colors at a 10-bit depth and reproduce 210% of the Rec.709 color space and 110% of the BT.2020 color space. Put all the numbers aside, and you have a projector capable of displaying stunning imagery.
In addition to JMGO’s new MALC laser engine, they have submitted a patent for the projector LSR technology that smooths out specular artifacts, creating what JMGO describes as a natural and comfortable viewing experience. I agree.
The N1 Ultra’s focus and brightness uniformity is excellent.
When set to Standard brightness mode, the N1 Ultra offers up to 30,000 hours of maintenance-free operation. This projector will likely run long after you are ready to buy a newer model.
The N1 Ultra projector is ideal for a home theater system with two high-speed low- lag HDMI 2.1 ports, a USB 2.0 connection, and a 3.5 mm headphone jack. I would prefer that JMGO had added an additional HDMI connection and a faster USB 3.0 port.
JMGO has included a WiFi 6 network connection and the latest Bluetooth 5.0 wireless connectivity.
The projector's sound quality is another standout feature of the N1 Ultra. JMGO has continued collaborating with Dynaudio producing their best-sounding audio system so far. JMGO says the N1 Ultra can produce 45Hz low-frequency sound. Since we don't do sound measurements here at Projector Reviews, I can only say that this projector's bottom end was some of the best I've heard in a projector. When this is combined with the N1 Ultra's soundstage, it makes for a very enjoyable listening experience an improves the overall entertainment experience.
The N1 Ultra uses the latest Android TV 11 operating system with smart features. The menus are easy to navigate. The projector is loaded with popular streaming apps like YouTube. Netflix is not supported.
You can use the remote for voice control with its built-in microphone to access basic projector features. The remote also controls various compatible smart devices via Google Assistant. The N1 Ultra supports Chromecast functionality as well.
The Tri-Laser Light source and gimbal design make the JMGO N1 Ultra a unique standard throw projector
Regarding the essential elements of a projector, the picture and sound, JMGO has created a projector that is a performance beast with fantastic color, black levels, and shadow detail that results in one of the best-looking and sounding projectors I’ve reviewed in its price point.
The JMGO N1 Ultra features a premium design that is good-looking and functional with the gimbal adjustments.
The rest of this projector's software features should offer an improved user experience if JMGO fixes the production models so they don’t suffer the same software issues I experienced.
JMGO/Nichia exclusive 9-chip laser
MALC (Microstructure Adaptive Laser Control) Triple Color Laser Optics
30,000 Hours of laser light source life
4K UHD XPR (3,840 x 2,160) resolution
0.47” DLP chip delivers a sharp picture and good contrast
HDMI 2.1 supports ALLM and eARC
HDR10 and HLG Support
1,600:1 Native contrast with excellent black level and shadow detail