The new Optoma UHD55 projector has been heralded as the next best budget gaming projector, and based on the specs, we think the rumors have some merit.

This 3.600 lumen long throw projector offers an impressive 1.200.000:1 contrast ratio and an image size of up to 300 inches. But what about his prowess in the game?

For those of you looking to prioritize image quality, you can game in 4K at 60Hz with a 16ms response time. Alternatively, those looking for improved performance can drop the resolution to 1080p to increase the refresh rate to 240Hz and enjoy a 4ms response time.

This 240Hz mark is a bit of an exaggeration. Both the PS5 and Xbox Series X currently top 120 fps, so you'll have to rely on a higher-end gaming PC if you want those kinds of numbers.

To top it off, you can pick up the Optoma UHD55 for just $1,800 / £1,400 / AU$3,000. It's not the cheapest technology in the world, but compared to the best 4K projectors we've reviewed, you might be looking for a bargain.

The Optoma UHD55 projector

(Image credit: Optima)

However, the Optoma UHD55 is not perfect. For starters, it only offers HDR10 and HLG, missing out on both Dolby Vision and HDR10+, which offer improved performance and HDR support.

We're also not convinced that it sounds too good. The speaker system is only 10W and there's no mention of Dolby Atmos support on Optoma's store page, so your soundbar's performance may be limited.

That said, the Optoma UHD55 4K projector looks like nifty piece of technology and a potential alternative to one of the best gaming TVs if you have the wall space and lighting conditions to make the most of its huge potential screen size.

We haven't had a chance to review this tech for ourselves yet, but based on what we've seen, we recommend you at least consider this option if you want to upgrade your home setup, particularly if you're a gamer.

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