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For you projector geeks out there... new Optoma GT5500 Ultra Short Throw 1080p projector $1299

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Hi fellow Slickdealers, first of all, I apologize if this is the wrong forum for this topic, but I wasn't sure where to put it - admins please move it to the appropriate forum if necessary.

This is a heads up that this product is now available in the US: Optoma GT5500 1080p 3D DLP Ultra Short Throw Gaming Projector -

I work in the projector technology industry, and to my knowledge this is the first lamp-based 1080p ultra-short throw projector designed for the consumer market to be released in North America. And at $1299 retail price (hopefully lower with some good deals), it not outrageously expensive. It is a breakthrough in ultra-short throw and projector resolution/performance at this price level. With a 0.25 to 1 throw ratio, it can make an 80-inch wide image from only 20 inches away from a wall (distance from wall to curved mirror).

I specifically call out "lamp-based" because a 1080p LED-based projector was released earlier this year, the LG PF1000U. However, it's only 1000 lumens (spec'd) compared to 3500 lumens (spec'd) for the Optoma GT5500. Cut those numbers in half, roughly, for true calibrated lumens. In a given ambient lighting environment, you should be able to make a roughly 50% larger screen (in terms of diagonal measurement) with this product compared to the LG PF1000U. For example, 60" vs 90". Of course, the LG product is much smaller and more portable due to the LED illumination.

I know what some of you are thinking - "Only 1080p? Let me know when it's 4k." - well, it turns out that it's technically very challenging to make a 4k projector without also making it very expensive. Everybody is the industry is working on that, though. But, don't expect a sub-$1500 4k ultra-short throw projector any time soon (ultra-short throw optics add cost). Maybe in like 2-3 years.
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