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Optoma Launches 4K UHD Short Throw Gaming Projector GT2160HDR

by Philip Boyle

What if Optoma took their best-performing, lamp-based projector and cranked it up to eleven? You don’t have to wonder because this week, Optoma announced the GT2160HDR cinema gaming projector.

The GT2160HDR is a projector with an almost singular focus on creating an affordable, high-quality cinema gaming experience.

GAMING

The GT2160HDR is a gaming projector through and through. Optoma’s GAMER mode is calibrated to boost the details in the dark areas of an image. This means gamers have a better chance of avoiding being fragged by an opponent hiding in the shadows.

If the GT2160HDR detects an HDR-encoded game, it automatically switches to HDR display mode. If not, GT2160HDR provides the HDR SIM mode, designed to apply an HDR effect to the game images providing a rich color gamut setting and sharp contrast without sacrificing any detail.

GT2160HDR is the first choice in Optoma True 4K UHD projectors for console or PC gamers. It features an ENHANCED GAMING mode with super low input lag. Gamers can enjoy low latency between control operations and win a game in milliseconds.

The refresh rate is the number of times your display updates with new images each second. 240Hz means 240 times per second. The higher the refresh rate, the more frames your monitor can display each second, and the smoother your on-screen image can be.

DLP

The Optoma GT2160HDR True 4K UHD projector is powered by a revolutionary Texas Instruments 4K UHD DLP Chipset featuring a high-performance DMD utilizing XPR video processing technology with fast switching to display 8.3 million pixels (4x the number of pixels of 1080p) as mandated by the Consumer Technology Association’s 4K UHD specification.

LIGHTS-ON VIEWING

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To start with, this projector is bright, offering a rated 4,000 ANSI lumens of brightness. This is one of the big reasons that the GT2160HDR can reach its performance level. 4,000 lumens of brightness means that this projector can display an image that still looks good even when the room is not entirely dark. Optoma calls this level of performance lights-on viewing.

The GT2160HDR also offers outstanding lamp life rated to last 15,000 hours in DYNAMIC mode, 10,000 hours in ECO mode, and 4,000 hours in BRIGHT mode.

CONTRAST

The GT2160HDR is rated to provide a 1,200,000:1 contrast ratio. This projector features Dynamic Black technology. Dynamic Black can accurately control light bulb output power and automatically adjust it based on different image brightness levels. There is no need to use an aperture ring to adjust for dark scenes. And, with the projector’s Auto Gain function, details are more pronounced. 

HDR

When an HDR / HLG signal is detected, the projector automatically switches to HDR / HLG display mode. Optoma’s HDR color mapping and tone mapping technologies enable HDR-encoded movies or games to be presented with highly accurate color and dynamic contrast. High Dynamic Range (HDR) is a standard higher than Standard Dynamic Range (SDR) in video signals. HDR allows projected images to display more brightness and color without losing details in the darkest and brightest areas of the picture. The GT2160HDR enables users to adjust the dynamic range according to the video content or environment.

COLOR

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True colors help to tell the most realistic stories. The Optoma GT2160HDR achieves vivid and stunning color performance with Optoma’s specialized color calibration and adjusting technologies that allow the projector to exceed the HDTV Rec. 709 standards to present the truest and the most accurate colors for authentic and in-depth storytelling images.

The GT2160HDR offers Optoma’s CINEMA display mode. When activated, images appear true to life with high contrast determined by the content’s specific Gamma curve and color gamut. In addition, CINEMA mode activates the Brilliant Pulse on Red function, which results in a longer time spent projecting light onto the red segment of the projector’s color wheel. Red enhancement results in more natural-looking skin tones and better color saturation.

LENS

The GT2160HDR uses a short-throw lens rated at F 2.8, f 7.51mm with a 0.496 throw ratio. This means the user can project a 120-in diagonal image with the projector sitting as close as four feet from the screen.

Due to the characteristics of the short-throw projector, the screen can be enlarged from 100 inches to 300 inches, even at a short-throw distance. It is a new one-person media projector that can build a user’s own image environment in the bedroom. 

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Supports 4:3, 16:9, 21:9, 32:9, LBX aspect ratios

The GT2160HDR also supports a range of aspect ratios not typically found on this type of projector. For example, it supports 21:9 ultra-wide and 32:9 super-ultra-wide aspect ratios, providing an immersive feeling that cannot be experienced with conventional TVs and monitors.

FLEXIBLE

The GT2160HDR has quite a few adjustment settings designed to make installing the projector fast and easy. It features vertical and horizontal keystone adjustments and horizontal and vertical digital image shift. The GT2160HDR has a digital zoom range from 80% to 200%. The projector features Optoma’s geometry correction technology with 3×3 matrix Warping and four corner geometric adjustments. The 3×3 Warping feature allows users to project images onto a curved screen. And finally, the GT2160HDR features Optoma’s wall color adjustment, which automatically compensates for the user’s wall color, providing accurate colors without needing a separate screen.

Gordon Wu, General Manager of Optoma Asia Pacific, said, 

“We are delighted to launch Optoma’s new short throw 4K UHD gaming projector GT2160HDR in the Korean market.”

“For the past 20 years, Optoma has been dedicated to providing a large-screen experience that does not compromise on the constraints of space. Due to price, performance, and space constraints, home projectors were seen as the occupancy of a small number of audiophiles with home theater space, but the home entertainment industry represented by advanced projector technology and OTT, and the impact of Covid 19, demand for projectors at home exploded According to a PMA Research report, sales of short-range and ultra-short-throw projectors in Asia have grown exponentially since 2019, and this growth is expected to continue. We are confident that Optoma will continue to lead the big screen display experience.”

For now, the Optoma GT2160HDR is only available in Korea, selling for an estimated $1400 US. There has been no announcement regarding this projector’s North American distribution schedule but keep checking with us, and we will let you know if and when it is available in our part of the world. Additional information about the GT2160HDR can be found on the Optoma company website.

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