Posted on December 10, 2019 By Dave Duncan
Optoma ZU560W-T Professional Installation Laser Projector Review – Performance: Brightness, Contrast, Audible Noise
The Optoma ZU506T-W displays a great image on the wall. It appears very bright. There were times sifting through the modes where I wasn’t totally sure it was 5000 Lumens bright. Projectors that use Laser Phosphor light sources are very consistent when it comes to the output they do not vary a lot like their lamp-based predecessors.You can see a list of the modes below for the Optoma ZU506T-W.
In bright mode, the projector I was evaluating measured 4380 Lumens. Which is not far off from the 5000-lumen specification.Presentation mode while it looked great was lower in brightness. This often happens as Bright mode will hit the specification, but as you tune the colors you lose some of that brightness in the calibration process. Often times, while you lose some white brightness, the increase in color saturation will make the image appear just as bright.
The contrast performance of the ZU506T-W was what you would need with a business class projector. When looking at the small text and fine details, there was a definite clarity between the whites and blacks. I don’t know about 300.000:1. However, it delivered a great performing 1800:1 consistently. It will definitely exceed your expectations for a business / Education projector.
There are many games manufacturers can play with the contrast specification, especially with lasers being instant on and off. I applaud Optoma for not blowing it out of proportion.
I did find one video, the contrast was not the best. Although, that is totally to be expected. This is a performance installation projector.
I found the noise coming off the ZU506T-W to be very minimal. I was surprised to see the specification was 36db and 30db in low power mode. Perhaps because of the side to side airflow, it was less noticeable. I did not find the fan noise to be a distraction at all. Especially if you need audio, the 10W dual stereo speakers drown it out without hesitation.
When you look at this specification, you should realize that 36db is about the noise level in your average quiet conference room. Having the ZU506T-W will add a great image and you won’t have to talk over it. It will be business as usual.
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