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Optoma CinemaX P2 Review

A super short-throw projector with great brightness, but terrible warping and a generally bad image quality
Optoma CinemaX P2
Credit: Optoma
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Price:   $3,299 List | $3,418.74 at Amazon
Pros:  High contrast ratio, built-in speaker, morning screen option, good brightness
Cons:  Warps image, subpar color accuracy, slightly out of focus, loud, zoom is fixed
Manufacturer:   Optoma
By Hayley Thomas and Jessica Riconscente  ⋅  Aug 9, 2022
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  • Contrast Ratio - 30% 5.4
  • Color Accuracy - 25% 6.2
  • Resolution - 15% 5.6
  • Ease of Use - 15% 3.1
  • Brightness - 10% 8.0
  • Fan Noise - 5% 4.0

Our Verdict

This short-throw projector is a great at-home theatre option as it allows you to place the device closer to the wall without sacrificing the projected image size. Unfortunately, the Optoma CinemaX P2 reveals some pretty serious warping issues through our testing. While it comes with a manual warp calibration option, it is cumbersome and somewhat ineffective. Skin tones are a little warm, and colors are a little off. Also, the fan is extremely distracting. On top of this projector's generally poor performance, it is terribly expensive. Overall we recommend you take a moment to read about some of the other options in our test suite.

Editor's Note: The Optoma CinemaX P2 review was updated on August 9th, 2022, to better convey our new testing procedure.

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Pros High contrast ratio, built-in speaker, morning screen option, good brightnessGreat skin tone depiction, excellent contrast ratio, generally accurate colorsSolid color accuracy, natural-looking skin, lens cover, full HD, good valueImpressive brightness, perfect for a business setting, carry bag, assortment of input types, skin tones look naturalPortable, easy to use, WiFi connectivity, 3.5-hour-long battery life, streaming capabilities
Cons Warps image, subpar color accuracy, slightly out of focus, loud, zoom is fixedYellows slightly tinted green, no lens shift or coverSubpar focus range, poor dark contrast, yellows turn very green, poor brightnessConfusing interface, no Bluetooth audio capabilities, small buttons, buttons are not backlit, blacks are washed outSubpar brightness, lacking in image quality, no backlit buttons on remote, pricey
Bottom Line A super short-throw projector with great brightness, but terrible warping and a generally bad image qualityThis projector is an excellent addition to any home theater, providing accurate skin tones and an excellent contrast ratioWith great color accuracy, besides yellows, and solid resolution, this projector is great for an at-home cinemaA projector built for the office with unmatched brightness, and a plethora of input optionsWith a small footprint and an easy to use interface, this projector is a great option for those who are always on-the-go
Rating Categories Optoma CinemaX P2 Optoma True UHD35 BenQ HT2150ST Epson Pro EX9240 Anker Nebula Capsul...
Contrast Ratio (30%)
5.4
8.6
5.2
4.0
2.0
Color Accuracy (25%)
6.2
8.0
7.7
6.4
4.6
Resolution (15%)
5.6
9.0
8.0
6.0
3.0
Ease of Use (15%)
3.1
7.6
7.0
5.3
7.4
Brightness (10%)
8.0
7.0
4.0
9.0
2.0
Fan Noise (5%)
4.0
8.0
6.0
6.0
8.0
Specs Optoma CinemaX P2 Optoma True UHD35 BenQ HT2150ST Epson Pro EX9240 Anker Nebula Capsul...
Projection Technology DLP DLP DLP 3LCD DLP
Specification Brightness 3000 Lumens 3600 Lumens 1780 Lumens 4000 Lumens 200 Lumens
Measured Brightness 2112 Lumens 2306 Lumens 1449 Lumens 3136 Lumens 168 Lumens
Maximum Resolution 3840 x 2160 3840 x 2160 1080p 1080p 1280 x 720
Contrast Ratio 2000000:1 1000000:1 15000:1 16000:1 600:1
Apect Ratio Native 16:9 Native 16:9 Native 16:9 Native 16:9 Native 16:9
Zoom Ratio Fixed 1.0 - 1.1 1.0 - 1.3 1.0 - 1.6 Automatic
Throw Ratio (Wide to Zoom) 0.25 : 1 1.5 - 1.66 1.15 - 1.5 1.32 to 2.14 1.3
Backlit Remote? No Yes Yes No No
Vertical Keystoning Correction? No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Horizontal Keystoning Correction? No Yes Yes Yes No
Lens Shift? No No Yes No No
Dimensions 22.68" x 15.08" x 5.12" 12.4" x 10.63" x 4.65" 15" x 4.8" x 11" 12.2" x 11.2" x 4.1" 3.15" x 3.15" x 5.9"
Weight 30.2 lbs 10.3 lbs 7.3 lbs 6.8 lbs 1.5 lbs
Lens Cover? No No Yes Yes No
3D Capable? Yes Yes Yes Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

The CinemaX P92 is a massive projector with a 22.68" x 15.08" x 5.12" body that weighs just over 30 pounds. The concept behind this projector is to offer a very large image of 120 inches in a house with a very short throw. While the concept is great, the execution is lacking. Read on to discover the nitty-gritty details about this device.

Performance Comparison


Optoma CinemaX P2 projector - the cinemaxp2 is an awesome projector but the warping issues caused...
The CinemaXP2 is an awesome projector but the warping issues caused by the short throw negatively affect the viewing experience.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Contrast Ratio


With a contrast ratio of 2000000:1, you'd think this projector would produce some stellar detail, but there's one major issue: warping.

The dynamic white is not as bright as some of the higher-performing options in our test suite, but it's not bad. It's easy to differentiate between grey mid-tones, and there is a clear transition in the black grids. Overall, the CinemaX P2 does a great job of portraying a full range of bright to dark. Unfortunately, the image quality is completely ruined by extreme warping, rendering the solid contrast ratio somewhat obsolete.

Optoma CinemaX P2 projector - the short throw is convenient for small spaces, but unfortunately it...
The short throw is convenient for small spaces, but unfortunately it distorts the image around the sides.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Color Accuracy


Like many projectors we test, the CinemaX P2 falls slightly on the warmer side. Sometimes the red undertones make pale skin look splotchy, and darker tones turn slightly red. This does not affect the viewing experience too much but can be a little unflattering for some actors.

The color wheel test reveals a slightly darker shade than most other projectors. Reds are slightly purple, and purple is a little pink. Yellows and oranges fall on the red side of warm, and blues are ever so slightly green.

Optoma CinemaX P2 projector - overall the color accuracy of the cinemax p2 is pretty good, albeit...
Overall the color accuracy of the CinemaX P2 is pretty good, albeit a little warm.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Resolution


Unfortunately, even with a resolution of 3840 x 2160, the CinemaX P2 does not produce a very clear picture. Eyelashes in HD images and the Siemens Star both appear blurry. In our video testing, you can sometimes see the pixels vibrating, which is very distracting. It also falls out of focus near the top, where the warping is most prevalent. This is one more area where the heavy warping negatively affects the viewing experience.

Optoma CinemaX P2 projector - the top and bottom of the image seem to blur a bit with the heavy...
The top and bottom of the image seem to blur a bit with the heavy warping.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Ease of Use


The CinemaX P2 is enormous. Its dimensions are 22.68 by 15.08 by 5.12 inches, and it weighs just over 30 pounds. This shouldn't matter if you plan to keep it home, but the lack of a bag and lens cap make it clear that this projector is meant to be portable. The remote is sleek and simple but somehow still confusing. The backlight is not very bright, and the buttons are not intuitively labeled. There is an app available, but the recognition is so slow that it becomes frustrating rather than convenient.

Optoma CinemaX P2 projector - the cinemax p2 is massive and heavy.
The CinemaX P2 is massive and heavy.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

The zoom works okay, but the adjustable focus is a little bothersome since you can't see the range while adjusting. The major warping is adjustable, but it's very cumbersome. You have to go on grid mode and adjust point by point to move around. It takes a long time and ultimately doesn't even work properly.

Optoma CinemaX P2 projector - the cinemax p2 it adjustable but making adjustments can feel...
The CinemaX P2 it adjustable but making adjustments can feel cumbersome.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Brightness


Generally speaking, home-theatre projectors do not require out-of-this-world brightness. That said, it's nice to be able to watch your movies in ambient light if you can't completely black out a room for a matinee. The CinemaX P2 has a claimed brightness of 3000 Lumens, while our own measured brightness is 2112, which is 30% less. Even with this advertised and measured brightness discrepancy, it is still an admirable performer in this category.

Optoma CinemaX P2 projector - in a dark room the cinemax p2 offers a nice bright image.
In a dark room the CinemaX P2 offers a nice bright image.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Fan Noise


The CinemaX P2 is both loud and higher pitched. At 79 dBa, it is difficult to ignore. It's not terribly distracting when music or louder scenes are playing, but it's difficult to drown out during quieter scenes.

Optoma CinemaX P2 projector - the fan on the cinemax p2 can be loud and distracting.
The fan on the CinemaX P2 can be loud and distracting.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

Should You Buy the Optoma CinemaX P2?


A short-throw projector is the perfect option for a home cinema. Unfortunately, the CinemaX P2 is better in theory than in practice. The painfully noticeable warping and moving pixels make for a low-quality image, and the loud, high-pitched fan is distracting. On top of all that, this hefty piece of incompetent machinery is insanely expensive. We can't in good conscience recommend this projector to anyone.

What Other Projectors Should You Consider?


If you're looking for a better at-home theatre projector, consider checking out the Optoma UHD35. If you're looking to save a few bucks and don't mind poor color accuracy, the Epson Home Cinema 2250 might be more up your alley. On the other hand, if you're looking for a great office projector, the Epson Pro EX9240 offers top-notch brightness, making it great for a lighter setting. Lastly, if you're looking for the most budget-friendly option, the BenQ HT2150ST is a good choice, although it lacks in contrast ratio.

Optoma CinemaX P2 projector - while the cinemax p2 short throw projector is a great idea for an at...
While the CinemaX P2 short throw projector is a great idea for an at home theatre, the execution is lacking significantly.
Credit: Abriah Wofford

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