Amazon’s Alexa voice assistant has been making waves in the technology front. In recent times, it has found its way into TVs. For great viewing experiences, most people tend to pick TVs when watching home flicks. Installing a projector can go a long way to truly getting the movie theater feeling at the home. Given the close relationship TVs and projectors share in terms of display capabilities, it makes perfect sense for projectors to make utility of the Alexa technology.
Optoma are the first company to have launched a projector with Alexa built-in. The UHD51A has a 4K capable projector with 2,400-lumen brightness, accurate HDR colors, and a 500,000:1 contrast ratio. Incredibly, the device also has support for smart home control. Just like in the movies, it’s now possible to dim the lights and dispense voice commands for the movie session to commence.
The system has also has a built-in Android-based media player plus a pair of 4K, 60 Hz HDMI ports. At the price of $1,699, the Optoma projector is going to be a star player in any room it gets added to for entertainment purposes. The affordable rate is all the sweeter once one takes into consideration the fact that there is no need to acquire a separate Alexa version. Impressively, those who believe they don’t need the AI companion can get a cheaper one priced at $1,499.
Elsewhere, the LG CineBeam debuted at CES 2018. The word is that the devices are likely going to be available for purchase at most retailers starting this week. Remarkably, this release will be the brands first ever 4K projector, and most expensive because of the $3,000 pricing. Noticeably, this latest release looks different from most other projectors because it has an upright design with a lid that opens when one wants to use it. Inspiringly, LG went for that look purposely to make the projector easily portable. The design also allows the project to beam a 150-inch screen on a surface, in a hang position on the ceiling or laid across the floor.
The LG Cinebeam’s features are two 7W speakers, Ethernet, USB and HDMI ports, plus the provision for wireless connection between external devices. The release is special because it will be the brand’s brightest at 2,500 lumens. Previous releases had brightness levels of 2,000 lumens with prices ranging from $300 to $1,800. It’s not to hard to find a Projector Under 200 around the web.
BenQ, considered worthy adversaries, recently launched a true 4K offering that is priced at $1,500. Other manufacturers like JVC also introduced a new $2,500 4K model that has features akin to CineBeam’s.
The Vivitek HK2288 projector is considerably cheaper than most projectors, though it is still considerably more expensive when compared to 4K TVs. Priced at $1,349 on Amazon, the Vivitek HK2288 projector is probably the best deal one can get when out projector shopping. The features on offer are a 50,000:1 contrast ratio, a 2,000-lumen bulb. For conveniences, the system ships with a remote keypad for quick control and some advanced HDMI 2.0 connectors to handle media.