Optoma debuts ultra-low lag UHD35 and UHD38 gaming projectors

Mike Wheatley

Home cinema company Optoma is targeting gamers with its latest 4K projector offerings that are not only extremely bright, but also quite affordable too.


The new Optoma UHD35 and Optoma UHD38 differ in only one thing, with the former offering brightness of up to 3,600 lumens and the latter taking that up a notch to 4,000 lumens. Other than that they’re identical, with both being presented as an upgrade to the company’s popular Optoma UHD30 projector.

The headline feature with these new projectors is the gaming performance that’s enabled by their HDMI 2.0 ports. With the Enhanced Gaming Mode switched on, both models offer an input lag of 4.2ms at 1080p/240Hz, and 8.9ms at 1080/120Hz. At 1080/60Hz and 4K/60Hz the lag comes in at 16.7ms, which should in any case still afford very rapid latency and smooth input for the most demanding video games.

Both machines can throw up an image of up to 300-inches, and are powered by a single DLP chip and use an eight-segment colour wheel to reproduce hues. On the processing side, Optoma’s Dynamic Black Mode delivers a contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 and what promises to be some very decent black levels.

The Optoma UHD35 and UHD38 projectors also feature horizontal and vertical correction, plus 4-corner correction. And the company claims a lifetime of up to 15,000 hours when using the Dynamic Black picture setting.

On the sound side, both models feature a 10 watt speaker built-in, and users will have the option to hook them up to third party sound systems via the optical-out socket and 3.55mm audio in and out ports. There’s also a USB 2.0 port available.

Optoma said both models support HDR10 and HLG, as well as 3D Blu-ray playback for anyone who’s still into that format. Finally, there’s a backlit remote control that makes it very easy to operate the projector in the dark, though that may not be necessary thanks to the high brightness levels they offer.

“The new and brighter UHD35 and UHD38 4K UHD projectors are the perfect solution for dedicated gamers who are after a big screen gaming experience,” said Optoma’s senior product manager Kishan Mistry. “They deliver detailed, life-like images and richer colours along with higher refresh and frame rates – perfect for a competitive gaming advantage.”

The Optoma UHD35 is priced at £999, with the Optoma UHD38 costing a little more at £1,099. Both projectors are available to buy now.