We have seen a lot of shiny objects at CES particularly laser projectors because they can give us much bright images at comparatively low prices than 4K TVs. At the same time, these devices are comparatively easy to manage and are more portable. They are easy to install as you can simply place them at the table. Here is one such device called Optoma CinemaX P1.

Optoma CinemaX P1 is equipped with a 100-inch ambient light-rejecting ALR101 screen that could throw a tremendous 100-inch image in less of a price than 100-inch TV. Besides that, it ensured much higher brightness and detail than long-throw projectors, along with built-in media controls.

Optoma CinemaX P1

Short-throw laser projectors come with comparatively fewer drawbacks than long-throw models, and Optoma CinemaX P1 is a proof of it. It gives great brightness, excellent contrast levels, and exceptional color precision, particularly with HDR content.

Optoma CinemaX P1

On top of that, you make an image up to 120 inches in size for a less price of a relative TV. With an ambient light rejecting screen, you can use it in the daytime with indoor light and still make a useful picture.

It is also equipped with a built-in soundbar that gives a superb audio experience without the requirement for a separate home theater system. The most prominent defect is with the built-in streaming apps, which don’t run in 4K. Still, that’s efficiently fixed with the buying of a 4K streaming stick or 4K Blu-ray player.

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The CinemaX P1 comes with a squarish sharp-edged pattern and the black, gold-accented color looks perfectly cool. It’s surely bigger than most mini projectors (weighing 25 pounds), but it still requires a lot more limited space than a TV and soundbar.

As for the ALR101, while it doesn’t tuck away like a conventional projector screen, it’s flush with the wall and needs no power.

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The projector module adopts 4K DLP technology with a laser phosphor rather than a bulb or LED as the light source. As discussed, that gives high brightness levels on top of a 1:1,500,000 maximum contrast ratio. 

As with other 4K DLP projectors in the same price range, it’s outfitted with Texas Instrument’s XPR DLP chip, which has a primary 1080p resolution. Though, it uses “pixel shifting” to release that pixel four times while passing it to the exact position for a 4K image.

Optoma CinemaX P1

At the rear is an ethernet port (though you can also connect over WiFi), along with S/PDIF and aux ports for audio, a USB port, and two HDMI 2.0 ports. There’s extra HDMI 2.0 and USB connection along the side for support, but regrettably, the USB port doesn’t produce enough power to run an Amazon Fire Stick, in case.

The other important element is the built-in NuForce Dolby Digital 2.0 soundbar. It supports Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant and IFTTT, USB media playback and smart TV apps by an Android OS.

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Optoma is recognized for making affordable projectors, so the $3,700 CinemaX P1 might not seem a cost-effective choice. Though, it costs almost half of LG’s $6,000 CineBeam projector and is brighter as well.

Optoma CinemaX P1


In short, Projectors can’t compete with the mid-range or high-end TVs when it comes to real image quality. Still, with the Optoma CinemaX P1, you don’t have to negotiate as much, especially when it comes to brightness. 

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