The Laser TV category is no longer a new segment of the projection market. Almost all the traditional consumer electronics manufacturers make ultra-short projectors for the home entertainment market, with some companies like Hisense releasing their sixth-generation products. The past few years have seen performance increases in key features like brightness and resolution.
The ultra-short throw home projector market is flourishing, and with the introduction of native 4K DLP sensors seemingly right around the corner, it should only get bigger.
Another element driving the growth of the Laser TV category is the avalanche of new projector manufacturers financing product development and manufacture through the use of crowdfunding. These companies offer cutting-edge products at highly competitive prices, and consumers want more. The potential downside to strategy is that the quality of these products is a mixed bag at best.
The NOMVDIC P2000UST-RGB is an example of the best of this marketing process: a projector packed with powerful features, the best tech, and all at an incredibly competitive price.
NOMVDIC seems to get that making a great projector requires both high-quality technology and a keen understanding of how to get the best performance out of that tech.
The P2000UST-RGB’s Appotronics ALPD 4.0 triple laser light source is a large part of what makes this projector the beast and a big reason why I’m so impressed with it. Unlike so many RGB laser projectors, the NOMVDICs out-of-the-box performance is balanced rather than over-saturated. Picture quality only gets better after calibrating the projector. Not everything is perfect. For example, the projector produces a very noticeable red laser speckle.
The P2000UST-RGB retails for $2,999 and meets the manufacturer's brightness rating of 2500 ANSI Lumens. The P2000UST-RGB is bright enough to be used in rooms with unwanted ambient light sources or as a lights-on viewing projector, maintaining excellent color details and decent on-screen contrast.
The P2000UST-RGB utilizes a 0.47-inch Texas Instruments DLP imager with XPR technology to create a beautifully detailed 4K on-screen image. The projector's mult-element short-throw lens displays an incredibly uniform picture with no visible hot spotting or chromatic aberration. The NOMVDIC P2000UST-RGB can display an image of any size between 65 and 150 inches diagonally, and the digital focus system makes it incredibly easy to dial in this projector's focus from the remote.
The projector displays decent blacks with excellent shadow detail that is Better than many DLP projectors in its class. The P2000UST-RGB supports HDR10 and HLG-encoded content, and it does a good job balancing onscreen bright and visible highlight details.
The P2000UST-RGB uses an operating system based on Google’s popular Android software and supports Chromecast and Airplay devices. The projector is Smart capable, but without access to Google Play, users must depend on an external HDMI streaming device to access the most popular streaming services like Netflix. Nomadic includes an Amazon Firestick 4K Max HDMI media device, providing customers access to the most popular media platform with thousands of apps, games, moves, music, and more. The Firestick 4K Max effectively upgrades the projector's WiFi performance to WiFi 6e and Bluetooth to version 5.0. The menus and controls are smartly integrated, providing an easy-to-use, well-laid-out navigation experience.
The built-in 25-watt x2 Harmon Kardon sound system does an excellent job providing big audio performance that competes with many soundbars. The P2000UST-RGB has analog and digital audio outputs and eARC connectivity for connecting to external sound solutions if you want bigger sound. Users should enjoy the sound that this projector is capable of producing.
OPTOMA CINEMA-X D2+ (SMART) $2,699 MSRP
The Optoma CinemaX D2+ offers 4K displayed resolution via a single chip Texas Instruments DLP imager. This new Optoma projector is designed to deliver sharper, lifelike images and richer colors, allowing viewers to sit close to the screen and enjoy an immersive viewing experience.
NOMVDIC uses an ALPD 4.0 triple laser light source compared to Optoma’s single blue laser light source. However, the CinemaX D2 series is rated to produce 3,000 lumens of brightness, which is about 500 more than the P2000UST-RGB. Both projectors provide excellent lights-on viewing capabilities. NOMVDIC rates the P2000UST-RGB’s dynamic contrast at 3,000,000:1 compared to Optoma’s impressive but lower 1,800,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
The new CinemaX D2+ series supports HDR10 and HLG and can display a 100-inch image while sitting less than 12 inches away from a screen. The NOMVDIC P2000UST-RGB and the Optoma CinemaX D2 series projectors offer powerful color management systems, but Otpoma takes this one step further, providing ISF-calibrated picture modes.
Hisense PX2-Pro $2998 MSRP
The Hisense PX2-PRO and the NOMVDIC P2000UST-RGB offer comparable features and benefits. Both projectors use bright triple laser light sources and can display the full BT2020 color gamut. The NOMVDIC’s brightness is 2,500 ANSI, with the Hisense rated at 2,400 ANSI lumens.
We talk a lot about Hisense and their excellent understanding of color science, but in this comparison, the color performance of the P2000UST-RGB is on par with Hisense. Both the P2000UST-RGB and the PX2-PRO offer digital focus adjustment. Still, the Nomadic projector can display up to a 150-inch image. In contrast, the Hisense stops at 130 inches.
Both projectors support HDR-encoded content. However, the Hisense PX2-PRO supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos content, but the NOMVDIC P2000UST-RGB does not. The dynamic metadata found in Dolby Vision content does make a noticeable improvement to HDR tone mapping.
Both projectors offer big onboard sound systems that easily compete with entry-level soundbars, but once again, I like that Hisense supports Dolby Atmos sound where NOMVDIC does not.
While it is very nice that Nomadic has included an Amazon Firestick 4K Max with purchase, Hisense has partnered with Google to provide users a fully integrated Google TV OS experience with access to the entire gamut of Google and Google-compatible services, including live TV, built into the projector.
While the NOMVDIC P2000 UST-RGB is the brand's first Laser TV, it is a very good projector. It offers good performance from a beautifully designed package for less than $3000. It is worth serious consideration if you are ready to step up to a massive screen experience from the size limitations of a flat-panel television.