[Hardware Review] UHD300X from Optoma

UHD300X – Technical Specifications

Bigger IS better

Projection is a funny thing. The old adage, bigger is better doesn’t always ring true when it comes to screen size. Image clarity, refresh rate and all other kinds of nonsensical variants enter the equation. The bottom line is though, if you’re serious about your gaming, you should be serious about your screen too.

I remember playing Twilight Princess on the Wii, way back when on a projector, and while the image was big, it lacked clarity and felt a little flat. Admittedly, technology has since come on leaps and bounds, and the Nintendo Wii wasn’t a particularly powerful console, even for the time. The point I’m trying to purvey here is that, in 2019, bigger is always better.

4K all the way

The UHD 300X does two things very well. Firstly, lighting isn’t an issue. You don’t need to pull the blinds and lock yourself inside your dwelling like some kind of neanderthal. You can use the projector in broad daylight and the image will be as clear as day, pun fully intended. Should you so desire, you could also set this very model up in your garden, and enjoy some gaming al fresco.

The second, and most important, thing that it does, is produce a crystal clear image, even at full 4K resolution. The aforementioned lighting means that the image can be displayed, hassle free, on any wall big enough. Colour is also not an issue, as the UHD 300X has options to project onto coloured walls too, amending the image to compensate accordingly.

Talking of colour, the range and depth of colours provided by the UHD300X is phenomenal. I watched a lot of Blue Planet during my time with this projector and genuinely felt like I could reach out and touch the environments. Such was the lucidity that my daughter often would wander over and try to stroke the animals. Other than nature programs, and gaming obviously, I used my time to finally catch up with my backlog of Marvel movies. Once again, the UHD300X delivered. Even during the most frenetic action sequences, the frame rate remained consistent and everything had a life like motion that encapsulated the essence of the Hollywood action blockbuster to a tee.

Colour me impressed

Back to the image clarity, and it handled everything my Nintendo Switch could throw at it with aplomb, enabling some truly enjoyable evening’s playing the Final Splatoon 2 Splatfests. After putting it through it’s paces, I decided it was time to dust of the Xbox One X (apologies for the crass language) and see what this baby was capable of. As it transpires, quite a lot.

My first port of call was Sekiro, one of the most stunning triple A titles out there. From the opening cinematic, I was in awe of the 100+ inch image being beamed onto my wall. HDR works as it does on any other 4K TV, dynamic lighting pops and flickers, and the framerate was solidly locked, never even once faltering. Although I never gelled with the game, the impression it’s aesthetic left on me was lasting, likely thanks in no small part to the opulence in which I experienced it.

Sound of the crowd

It’s all well and good offering upwards of 300 inches of technicolor goodness, but without comparable sound, the experience will likely fall a little flat. With that being said, the on board sound offered by the UHD300X is very impressive indeed. I often found myself using the speaker on volume one, as anything else was too much for my home living room. The time I turned it up to four – while the family were out, was rather monumental, and most importantly, still offered clarity as well as amplitude. I imagine if you were using this in a large hall or outside, then you would be able to hit the upper echelons of the volume range.

There is also a headphone socket present for night owls such as myself. I have no shame in saying, I often sat up into the very early hours of the next day, staring in awe of the grandeur I was experiencing.

It’s getting hot in here

The only real negative thing about my experience with the UHD300X was just how hot it would get when using it. The fact that I was testing this unit in the height of the heatwave probably didn’t help matters in this regard.

Aside from that, I don’t much care for the remote. When I last reviewed a projector from Optoma, the GT 1080 Darbee, I commented that the remote felt a little cheap, especially when compared to the rest of the product, and in relation to the high price. Unfortunately, that still holds true. The buttons are a little stiff and don’t have the soft feel that most remotes have now. First world problems, I know, but I felt it was worth mentioning.

Conclusion

The visual decadence offered by Optoma with the UHD300X truly is astounding. The possibility of such a staggering screen is a marvel to behold and even at sizes of 300 inches, the quality of image; resolution and frame , never falters. Combined with the respectable on board sound, the UHD300X really brings the cinema experience into the living room and is equally suited for an evening gaming, or wasting away the early hours of the morning catching up with all your favourite stories on Netflix.

Pros

  • Incredible image clarity, even on a gargantuan scale
  • Very adept on board sound
  • Plenty of room type options

Cons

  • Big and heavy
  • Get’s very hot
  • Still not a fan of the remote

Verdict

The UHD300X is a beast of a projector that delivers a stunning cinematic experience at the most decadent resolution imaginable. Optoma once again have reached the pinnacle of projection, gamer or not.

4.5/5

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