This, coupled with its ability to take voice commands from Google Assistant, reminds me of the NVIDIA Shield I have here waiting to be reviewed. That’s just a little streaming player and game console – that Optoma integrated the same types of smarts into this projector is quite awesome. When the Optoma UHD51A came out – the first of its kind from Optoma – it did not have integrated smart TV apps, or the Optoma Marketplace App Store, and could only work with Alexa, so this is a definite improvement.
Speaking of Alexa – voice control is available for her, too. There seems to be some improvement on her abilities on this projector versus the UHD51A. In addition to being able to turn the projector on or off and adjusting volume, you can now use Alexa to pause your content, switch inputs and color modes, and playback with the USB Media Player. Perhaps, as time goes on, we’ll be able to do even more using our Alexa personal assistant. For now, this’ll do.
The Optoma UHL55 has two options for audio. The first of which is the built-in, 8-watt stereo speakers, with Dolby Digital Decoder for compression. The second is Bluetooth audio, for which you can do an audio input or output. This is super awesome for those of you who have a Bluetooth soundbar or wireless surround sound speakers with Bluetooth technology. Though the 8-watt speakers should be plenty loud enough, we always recommend getting a nice set of external speakers, as on-board speakers are generally lacking in any real bass.
As mentioned, the UHL55 is a 4K UHD projector – what I have not mentioned yet is that it has four HDR10 picture modes! This gives a lot to choose from for adding the pop-and-wow factor characteristic of HDR. It has the BT.2020 expanded color space, Dynamic Black, UltraDetail, PureColor and PureMotion (CFI) technolgies. The Optoma also has auto focus and auto keystone, both of which are great features if you’re planning on moving the projector around. Even if you’re not, they sure make your initial setup an easy experience!