Originally Posted by Shane Fog
Any thoughts on how this would compare to the Epson HC 2150? I was going to get the 2150 but the UHL55 is currently only a little bit more.
The Epson looks like a really nice budget projector, but it's not 4k. Keep in mind that the UHL55 was originally received and reviewed as a $1600 projector. At that price point it has stiff competition, but at under $1k it's really hard to beat.
Some of the noted flaws that I had serious reservations about turned out to be no big deal. Most are set-up type issues (lack of optical zoom and lens shift) but given the relatively compact size and weight of this machine those were not the least bit daunting to overcome. (In fact, I had to completely realign the projector to the screen last night after my cleaning service moved the table and projector several feet away. Now that I'm accustomed to it, I had it realigned in no time).
Some users have complained about the poor "smart" app integration. I wouldn't know, and never will. I have no more interest in those options than I do with similar features on my blu ray player, which is zero. My inexpensive 4k Roku handles those functions perfectly.
My biggest concern was brightness, and while it's not as bright as the budget ViewSonic sitting in my vacation cottage, it's watchable in daylight (inasmuch as I rarely watch during the day) and more than bright enough for evening viewing in a darkened room. (Paradoxically, this Optoma appears noticeably brighter with 3D than the ViewSonic which is brighter otherwise. I'm really impressed with the 3D image on this thing).
As noted in one of the online reviews (I believe Projector Central) the image doesn't really "pop" enough on HDR movies, although I didn't notice that shortcoming with video based HDR material, which are eye candy.
Overall, given all the money I've pissed away over the years on consumer electronics (I'm not offended if you say Okay Boomer) I have absolutely no buyers remorse for this purchase. It's truly one of the best bargains I've come across.