Projector Reviews

Optoma UHD50X Cinema Gaming Projector Review- Summary

Optoma UHD50X Cinema Gaming Projector Review ​- ​Summary:​ ​The Competition, Highlights, Pros, Cons

The Optoma UHD50X is a True 4K, or as Optoma describes it, (1920 x 1080) X4 Cinema Gaming projector claiming 3,400 lumens – it slightly exceeded Optima’s claim, and came in at a respectable 3423 lumens in Bright Mode when projecting at full wide-angle.

The projector is suitable for your living room, family room, media room or bedroom, where there’s at least some control over ambient light. If you can fully darken your room, do; unless you’re okay with using Bright Mode. This is a $1599.99 DLP projector, designed for gaming and featuring a 15.7ms low input lag and up to a 240Hz refresh rate when gaming with a high end PC.

The Optoma UHD50X has a claimed input lag of just 15.7ms in Game mode. We were unable to confirm this specification however when gaming with the unit I did not notice any lag from the time I pressed a button on the controller and the action it triggered on the screen. We will be updating this article once we can confirm the actual number. Typical acceptable lag times range from 16ms to 50ms, with 50ms or a little bit higher being acceptable to all but the most hardcore, high-speed gamers. If you are a serious gamer, you’ll want to turn on Enhanced Gaming before starting up your gaming session to get anywhere near that 15.7ms input lag rating.

Next Gen console gamers can take advantage of this projector’s 120Hz refresh rate at 1080P, and PC Gamers have the option of a refresh rate up to 240Hz. While I found the out of-the-box colors on this projector to be oversaturated, they’re not your only choice. The UHD50X is capable of amazing color accuracy with just a little tweaking.

Bottom line is that the Optoma UHD50X is a projector powerhouse offering you the ability to enjoy Cinema and Gaming content at high quality.

THE COMPETITION

Although gaming projectors aren’t a new category, they’ve been largely relegated to 720P and lower resolution. Recently, with advances in light source quality, low input lag and a new generation of higher resolution imagers, this is changing dramatically.

Competition from companies like BenQ, Epson and even Optoma with models like the UHD30 with gaming focused projector are going to give the UHD50X some pressure as consumers do have choices in the growing category of gaming-focused projectors.

BenQ X1300i

While there are other smart projectors on the market, the X1300i stands out from the crowd with its focus on elevating the quality of home entertainment content and blowing the doors off of other projectors’ “Game” mode, including some of their own.

With its long lasting, bright 4LED phosphor light source, high-contrast ratio, low-maintenance design, and dedicated Gaming and Entertainment sound and video treVolo-tuned Bongiovi Audio DPS technology, the X1300i would be a great choice for those of you considering buying an all-around entertainment projector.
The combination of focus on Gaming and Entertainment, including an excellent implementation of HDR and 3,000 lumens of LED-powered brightness, all packaged into an incredibly stylish formfactor for a price of $1299, makes the BenQ an excellent solution for your home entertainment needs and desires.

Optoma UHD30

The Optoma UHD30 is 100% identical to the UHD50X from a design point of view. One key technological difference between these two projectors is that the UHD30 has a 1x zoom vs the UHD50’s 1.3x zoom. Both projectors are excellent home cinema projectors. Both offer high refresh rates and low input lag you are going to have to decide if the UHD50X is worth the $300 price difference (this is at MSRP) for a better lens that provides 1.3X zoom.

PROS

  • Price: $1599.95
  • Technology: Single-Chip DLP (0.47′′ DMD)
  • XPR Technology
  • Light Source: Lamp
  • Display Resolution: 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
  • Native Resolution: 1080x1920x4
  • Brightness (Manufacturer Claim): 3400 lumens
  • Light Source Lifespan: up to 15,000hrs (Dynamic), 10,000hrs (ECO), 4000 hrs (Bright)
  • Contrast: 500,000.1
  • HDR10 /HLG Compatible
  • HDR Tone Mapping
  • One HDMI 2.0 input
  • One HDMI 1.4 input
  • Warranty – 1 Year Parts and Labor, 90 Day Lamp

CONS

  • Mediocre on-board audio solution
    • 5 Watt Mono Speaker
    • Very mid range dominant
    • Volume range is limited. Zero to loud in one step.
  • $300 premium for 1.3x optical zoom
  • Out of the Box color modes are oversaturated
  • Slow input switching