I am so impressed by the out-of-the-box picture quality on the Optoma HD143X! Like, wow! For a projector with such a low list price, I was expecting to see the standard wine reds and mustard yellows characteristic of DLP projectors, but in Cinema Mode, everything looked pretty true to color. The HD143X’s color handling is just as good, if not better, than many of the 4K UHD DLP projectors on the market today, which list for about $1000 more. True, those 4K UHD projectors will have a sharper image, but this 1080p projector is truly sharp, with excellent color, and is perfect for a wide range of people who aren’t looking to venture into 4K just yet.
All modes actually have pretty great color. Bright Mode has noticeably strong greens and yellows, but even that mode looks good in the slider. In cases where the you need the most lumens to cut through ambient light, Bright will do the trick, and you’ll still have color that is “good enough” so as not to be distracting. Of all the modes, Cinema and Reference have the best color, though any mode you choose will have, at the very least, good color. It’ll most likely be a matter of preference and lighting confitions. I’ve included a series of photos from The Hunger Games at the end of this slider so that you can see the different colors of each mode, projecting the same image.