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.
Optoma CinemaX P2 Review
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
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|Pros||High contrast ratio, built-in speaker, morning screen option, good brightness||Great skin tone depiction, excellent contrast ratio, generally accurate colors||Solid color accuracy, natural-looking skin, lens cover, full HD, good value||Impressive brightness, perfect for a business setting, carry bag, assortment of input types, skin tones look natural||Portable, 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 fixed||Yellows slightly tinted green, no lens shift or cover||Subpar focus range, poor dark contrast, yellows turn very green, poor brightness||Confusing interface, no Bluetooth audio capabilities, small buttons, buttons are not backlit, blacks are washed out||Subpar 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 quality||This projector is an excellent addition to any home theater, providing accurate skin tones and an excellent contrast ratio||With great color accuracy, besides yellows, and solid resolution, this projector is great for an at-home cinema||A projector built for the office with unmatched brightness, and a plethora of input options||With 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%)|
|Color Accuracy (25%)|
|Ease of Use (15%)|
|Fan Noise (5%)|
|Specs||Optoma CinemaX P2||Optoma True UHD35||BenQ HT2150ST||Epson Pro EX9240||Anker Nebula Capsul...|
|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|
|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|
|Vertical Keystoning Correction?||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Horizontal Keystoning Correction?||No||Yes||Yes||Yes||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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
— Hayley Thomas and Jessica Riconscente
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