Optoma UHD30 4K projector: Detail, brightness and colors galore

Optoma’s UHD30 is a 4K projector with HDR compatibility and impressive light output. Detail is as good as you’d expect from 4K on a huge screen, with every wrinkle in every face bigger than life. This projector also does an excellent job creating accurate colors, with green grass and blue skies far more realistic than many less expensive projectors. So far, so good, but a couple of issues make it tough to recommend spending extra to get this projector’s extra pixels.


  • 4K resolution
  • Accurate color
  • Blisteringly bright

Don’t Like

  • Banding and noise with HDR
  • Mediocre contrast ratio

First off the UHD30 has a mediocre contrast ratio, which is far less than the best sub-$1,000 projectors like my Editors’ Choice BenQ HT2050A. Its image lacks the punch you’d hope for given the rest of its performance. There’s also noticeable banding with HDR video, which isn’t a deal-breaker but does detract from the overall picture quality.

Does the UHD30 look good? Yes. The real question is whether it looks good enough to be worth the extra money over the HT2050A. To that I’d say no. Don’t get me wrong, the 4K resolution is awesome, but beyond that the

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New stimulus check: 12 things to know before the end of the year

A second stimulus check hangs in the balance, with less than a month to go in 2020.

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The first thing you need to know about the next stimulus payment is this: it might not happen in the new few weeks. The second fact is this: it could still come in 2021. Why’s that? We’ll tell you, along with a pile of other takeaways you’ll want to know regarding how quickly the IRS could send the next stimulus check, which priority group you might be in, who could be eligible for another check — and who might not qualify or could get a smaller share.

We’ll also summarize what’s happening now with stimulus negotiations. The situation is complicated, and still in flux, but we’ll help you get a grasp on the most important pieces of the puzzle. This story updates often with new information.

A second stimulus check is looking more promising for 2021

By Monday, it’s expected that a $908 billion framework introduced this week will crystallize into a full-fledged bill whose terms will then go under debate among top Democrats and Republicans. After that, it could get a vote in Congress.


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