Optoma UHD35 Gaming Projector Review- Hardware

May 19, 2021 / By Philip Boyle

Optoma UHD35 Cinema Gaming Projector Review – Hardware: Overview, Inputs and Connectors, the Lens, Control Panel, Remote, Menus

OVERVIEW

The Optoma UHD35 is a relatively compact and lightweight projector, weighing 8.60 lbs. This projector can be physically placed in any of the traditional positions: either mounted above, with an optional mounting plate or placed into position on an accessible surface. Since this is a Cinema Gaming projector, it’s designed to be easily moved and set up in a variety of locations. The UHD35 does not feature vertical lens shift but does have vertical keystone adjustment controls for easy setup.

The Optoma UHD35 uses a lamp as the light source and can therefore generate a lot of heat. To assist with the venting process, Optoma put built-in air vents all around the body of the projector. The projector’s lens focus control is located in a ring around the lens assembly on the front of the projector. Zoom controls, the manual lens shift dial, and the projector’s control panel are located on top of the body. The input and connector panel is located on the rear of the projector.

INPUTS AND CONNECTORS

The Optoma UHD35 is a relatively compact and lightweight projector, weighing 8.60 lbs. This projector can be physically placed in any of the traditional positions: either mounted above, with an optional mounting plate or placed into position on an accessible surface. Since this is a Cinema Gaming projector, it’s designed to be easily moved and set up in a variety of locations. The UHD35 does not feature vertical lens shift but does have vertical keystone adjustment controls for easy setup.

The Optoma UHD35 uses a lamp as the light source and can therefore generate a lot of heat. To assist with the venting process, Optoma put built-in air vents all around the body of the projector. The projector’s lens focus control is located in a ring around the lens assembly on the front of the projector. Zoom controls, the manual lens shift dial, and the projector’s control panel are located on top of the body. The input and connector panel is located on the rear of the projector.

LENS

The Optoma UHD35 has a manual lens with an outer ring to control focus, a zoom range of 1.1 x, and a throw ratio of 1.5:1 ~ 1.66:1, along with a projection distance of 47.64" - 389.76."

Since screen sizes are often listed as diagonal, and to eliminate the need for algebra, we’ve provided this chart for easy reference.

Throw Distance for a 16:9 Screen

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The UHD35 allows placement of the projector at the top or bottom edge of the screen with 105% native offset. I didn’t see any visible distortion that can be associated with the UHD35 lens. I would have preferred at least a 1.2x zoom.

CONTROL PANEL

The Optoma UHD35 has a control panel with a simple configuration. Three indicator lights sit above a standard nine-button arrangement, with some of the buttons having dual functions. Those three indicator lights are for On/Standby, Lamp, and Temp. At the top left, there is the Power button, with the Information button directly opposite. On the bottom left corner is the Menu button. An additional IR sensor for the remote control is at the bottom right.

Four buttons, in a plus-sign configuration, surround the center button, which is for Enter. These are the directional arrow keys: Up, Down, Left, Right. They all serve dual functions. The Up and Down buttons are for adjusting the vertical keystone correction. The Left Arrow button also brings up the Source Menu, and the Right Arrow button is the Re-Sync button for syncing 3D.

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REMOTE CONTROL

The Optoma UHD35 comes with an easy-to-use remote control. It’s lightweight and fits comfortably in the hand. It has one-touch access to color modes and different input sources. The top row consists of two buttons: On and Off.

The first row of buttons are for accessing the three User Modes, followed by Brightness, Contrast, and Mode (to change the Display Mode). The second row of buttons are for Keystone Correction, Aspect Ratio, and 3D. The final row of this section has the Mute button, Dynamic Black button, and a Sleep Timer button.

The next section has four directional arrow keys surrounding a traditional Enter button. Each arrow serves a dual function, such as Volume + and Volume – or Source, and Re-Sync. On the bottom left, there’s also a Menu button for quick access to the menus.
The final section of the remote control has all of the source input buttons – HDMI 1, HDMI 2, VGA 1, VGA 2, Video, and YPbPr. Since the projector only has inputs for the HDMIs, you won’t be using the majority of these buttons.

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