Optoma UHD52ALV review

However much we might like the way projectors give us huge pictures for far less money than similarly massive TVs, there’s no denying that they’re starting to look a bit dumb. By which we mean that while TVs are offering more ‘smart’ features, projectors for the most part still just sit there beaming out light.

The Optoma UHD52ALV, though, joins the recently reviewed LG HU85LA CineBeam in finally starting to give projectors some sort of brain power.

It doesn’t go as far as the LG – there’s no built-in support for online streaming apps, for instance – but it does offer voice control, phone mirroring and both streamed and USB drive multimedia playback. And at $1,799 (£1,500, around AU$3,100) it also happens to be well over £3,000 cheaper than the LG HU85LA.

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