The WEMAX Nova is competitively priced within the UST projector landscape. Yet, it's worth noting that the market for UST projectors is becoming increasingly saturated, with new models emerging seemingly on a monthly basis. With that being said, I thought it would be fitting to conduct a quick comparison of the Nova with a few other UST projectors.
Remember that WEMAX’s website states, “WEMAX is the sub-company of Appotronics” and goes on to state, “PS. Formovie is the brand belonging to Fengmi, who is the sub-company of Appotronics and Xiaomi as well, who is focusing on Chinese domestic company and B2B business. However, WEMAX is focusing on international online markets.” Even though the WEMAX Nova and Formovie THEATER target different customers, it seemed suitable to juxtapose them since they are both sub-companies of Appotronics. The Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart, with a price range similar to that of the WEMAX Nova, is also incorporated in this comparative analysis.
The WEMAX Nova sells for $2,699.00 compared to the Formovie THEATER’s $3,499.00 and Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart’s $2,299.00 MSRP. It should be noted that the Optoma was previously priced at $2,699.00, which made it a direct competitor to the WEMAX.
All three projectors mentioned are 4K projectors. Meaning, like most 4K projectors on the market today, all three are capable of displaying four times the pixel count (8.3 million) of their native 1080P DLP imager, thanks to the Texas Instruments XPR technology. The 4K Ultra High Definition (4K UHD) specification was established by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA). The CTA states, in part, that a projector/display system can be classified as 4K UHD if it meets the minimum performance standards, which include a display resolution of a minimum of 8 million active pixels (at least 3840 in width x 2160 in height).
Optoma CinemaX D2 $2699 MSRP
As of the writing of this review, the Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart is $400 less expensive than the WEMAX Nova. The Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart is a 4K DLP projector utilizing a single laser alongside a phosphor light source, complemented by a six-segment (RGBRGB) color wheel. According to Optoma, the peak brightness of the D2's laser is rated at 3,000 lumens.
The CinemaX D2 Smart projector is engineered to replicate the full Rec.709 color range. Its laser light source is competitively durable, lasting 20,000 hours in standard mode and 30,000 hours in ECO mode, which is standard for its category. In addition, Optoma indicates the contrast ratio of the CinemaX D2 Smart to be 1,800,000:1. A unique feature of the Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart is its "Wall Color" option, which enables you to adjust the projected image according to your wall color. You can choose from six available settings - blackboard, light yellow, light green, light blue, pink, and grey - to optimize the color accuracy based on your wall color.
On the upside, the D2 Smart supports 3D, a feature absent in both the WEMAX Nova and Formovie THEATER. On the downside, the D2 Smart relies on an external dongle for its "smart" functionalities, while both the Nova and THEATER have these smart features seamlessly integrated into the projector itself. Between the WEMAX Nova and Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart, the D2 Smart is your choice if you want Android TV 11 and 3D support. In contrast, the Nova is your choice if you prioritize keystone correction options and a more powerful audio system. For additional Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart information, read Projector Reviews’ Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart full review.
Like WEMAX Nova and Optoma CinemaX D2 Smart, The Formovie THEATER employs a 0.47 Digital Micromirror Device (DMD) from Texas Instruments. The THEATER combines the DMD with an ALPD 4.0 RGB+ triple laser light source from Appotronics. The expected lifespan of the light source at full output is a competitive 20,000 hours. With a brightness of 2,800 lumens, this laser light source suggests that the projector doesn't necessitate a totally dark room for a satisfactory image quality - a claim that our own Philip Boyle evaluated in his Formovie THEATER Performance-Brightness review segment of his Formovie THEATER review.
Formovie rates a native contrast ratio of 3,000:1 for their THEATER UST projector. Coupled with Formovie's proficiency in identifying and processing Dolby Vision encoded signals, it promises a lifelike viewing experience. To put it into perspective, HDR10 is presently the most economical and commonly implemented HDR format, while Dolby Vision is considered a high-end alternative.
If the Formovie THEATER's cost of $3,499.00 feels too steep for a UST projector, the WEMAX Nova makes for an excellent alternative. Priced at $2,699.00, the WEMAX Nova is considerably more affordable than the Formovie THEATER. However, it's important to note that the Formovie THEATER is a premium UST projector with superior audio and image quality. However, given its price, the WEMAX Nova still delivers impressive imagery.
The WEMAX Nova’s cutting-edge laser phosphor display (ALPD) technology, boasting 2,100 ANSI lumens of brightness and a Full On/Full Off (FOFO) contrast ratio of 3,000:1 is great in the highly competitive world of Laser TV/UST projectors. The Nova can project a maximum 4K image of up to 150 inches and cover 100% of the Rec. 709 color spectrum.
Being a product of WEMAX, a subsidiary of the tech giant Appotronics, the Nova leverages the globally recognized ALPD laser technology found in many cinema projectors. It employs the cost-efficient ALPD 3.0 light engine with a blue laser/phosphor wheel design, free of the laser speckle common in RGB laser models. The Nova's laser light source contributes to its vibrant colors, high contrast, crisp imagery, and extended durability, thereby surpassing many conventional UST projectors.
Furthermore, the WEMAX Nova is a simple, user-friendly device providing access to numerous streaming services, including Apple TV, Disney+, HBO Max, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube. Paired with its integrated sound system, it delivers a convenient option for grand-scale entertainment. Considering these attributes and its affordable price, the Nova is a superb choice for consumers searching for a cost-effective UST projector.