Optoma’s new UHZ65 home theater projector is positioned at the top of Optoma's lineup of UHx6x models of UHD projectors sporting the first Texas Instruments consumer 4K UHD chip, and targeting home users. We previously reviewed the entry-level home theater model UHD65 (review is HERE) that is priced at $2000 less than the UHZ65 reviewed here. The most obvious difference between these two models is the light source. Instead of the lamp used in the UHD65, the UHZ65 uses a laser light source..
No matter where you are in the “FauxK vs true 4K” debate, one thing is for sure: The UHZ65 produces a visibly sharper image at $4499, than any 1080p projectors we’ve seen. That's even true for the 1080p pixel shifting models.
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Without a doubt, the compatibility with 4K/UHD video sources combined the sharpness of the image along with the long-life laser light source are the highlight features of the UHZ65.
January 7, 2018 Update: Some additions and corrections have been incorporated into this review since it was originally posted. While the focus of this review has been expanded as the UHZ65 is is suitable for use in commercial applications, including business and education, and there is also a lot of home theater projector interest. This update expands on both home and commercial capabilities and performance of the UHZ65.
We wish to thank Epson America for sponsoring this year’s Best Classroom Projectors Report.