Optoma has unveiled what it calls the world’s most compact portable RGB triple laser projector, available in standard and short-throw models, capable of projecting 100-inch full HD visuals on a wall or screen.
The ML1080 DLP projector features native 1080p resolution and a 1.2:1 throw ratio for large screen images up to 100 diagonal inches.
It’s compatible with HDR and HLG content, supports the BT.2020 color gamut “typically only found in larger, more expensive home theater projectors,” and the triple-laser RGB light source is said to last up to 30,000 hours and emit 1,200 lumens .
On the sides are HDMI and USB ports for connecting to source hardware, and there’s an optional Wi-Fi dongle for casting/streaming potential. A 3W speaker is mounted on the chassis for all-in-one audiovisual convenience, but the unit can also be connected to an external sound system or headphones via the 3.5mm audio jack.
Although billed as a portable projector—it weighs just 2 pounds (0.9 kilograms)—the ML1080 contains no built-in batteries, so users need to keep it within reach of a wall outlet. However, people can buy a PD 3.0 external power pack and plug it into a USB-C port to watch movies at camp.
Time-of-flight technology supports automatic keystone and focus correction for easy placement and quick setup, plus corner correction and a built-in stand.
The ML1080 is recognized by iF Design, Red Dot Design and Green Good Design, and Optoma reports that the projector consumes 58% less electricity than any of its lamp-based models and is manufactured using 50% post-consumer recycled materials. Its It measures 6.18 x 5.31 x 2.88 inches (15.7 x 13.5 x 7.3 cm) and is on sale now for $999.
A short-throw version was also released, which can project a 100-inch image from about 5 feet away from the display surface. Elsewhere, it’s essentially the same, but does have a lower native contrast ratio, and it’s bumped up to $1,149.