The CinemaX P1 claims 3000 lumens. It supports HDR – both the primary HDR standard and also the newer HLG (hybrid log-gamma), which is more for broadcast and streaming. And of course, it supports SDR (“standard dynamic range” – aka everything that came before HDR).
The Optoma P1 when not handling HDR content, offers multiple picture modes, including, of note, an HDR SIM mode. It’s not the first projector to have one, but most home theater and home entertainment projectors so far, don’t offer processing to take your Blu-ray discs, and cable/TV 1080p content, and make the image pop like HDR. I count that as a nice extra touch.
Optoma was one of the very first to ship a 4K UHD resolution laser projector – back in the fall of 2017. And of course, they have a large number of 4K UHD projector models for home, business and educational use. With that in mind, we start out expecting the P1 to have less “rough edges” than, the last 4K UHD Laser TV I reviewed, the VAVA. That was pretty much their first projector period – and it turned out pretty good!
The P1 at a glance would be a modest step up from the VAVA which sells for several hundred less. The P1 can certainly be used in a home theater/cave, but will also perform very nicely in a living, family or bonus room, even a spare bedroom that’s not too tiny. Given respectable lighting control, of course. Hint: This is not respectably controlled lighting:
Pano of my living room at brightest time of day, west, sun pouring in. Not usable! Screen partially open, LG OLED behind it much better, but suffers from too much glare.
It is bright enough to handle modest to moderate amounts of ambient light for casual viewing. If this is going to be your primary TV, you will want reasonable control of your room’s ambient light. You’ll definitely want coverings on your windows. Within this review, you will see several different photos of both successful and unsuccessful viewing conditions.
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My living room is a projector’s nightmare in the daytime. But that makes it ideal for showing you what can, and can’t, be done!
Cloudy day/early evening. Even with lights on full, a bright saturated image. More than fine for sports, general viewing.
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Come nighttime, the P1 shines – and rather brightly, as seen in this photo: