Of the Optoma W460’s color modes, Bright, aptly named, measured the brightest at 3,736 lumens. It did not meet its 4,600 lumen claim, but this is common amongst projectors, as most will measure within 25% of their claim. 3,736 lumens is extremely bright, and is enough to cut through even the most ghastly ambient light. This mode is, as mentioned on the last page, your “break glass in case of emergency mode” – one that is only to be used in the most dire of circumstances, as it also has the worst color.
Presentation mode performed well, measuring at 2,887 lumens. That’s enough for your typical classroom or conference room. The image holds up well against ambient light and hardly has any washout of color at all. It has decent color for such a bright mode, so unless your application requires accurate color, this may well be your preferred mode for presentations. Cinema mode is still nicely bright at 1,889 lumens – I opened the blackout curtains in my viewing space and doused the screen in ambient light, and this mode was still clear enough to see. Next time I’ll remember to take a photo for your reference.