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Ultimea Thor T60 Review: 4K UST Projector Analysis & more

The Ultimea Thor T60, both literally and figuratively, stands out from the competition when concealed in utter darkness. This 4K UST projector boasts remarkable brightness, all at an introductory price that’s quite reasonable. However, the absence of credentials is a concern; nevertheless, every startup must embark on a journey from scratch.

Advantages:

  • Outshines the competition in brightness
  • Delivers exceptional image quality
  • Satisfactory audio performance
  • Supports 3D content

Disadvantages:

  • Lack of a focus wheel, which would have been preferable
  • Limited to just two HDMI ports
  • Uncertainty surrounding long-term support
  • Relatively high suggested retail price
  • Room for improvement in the design of the remote control
  • No lens cover or flap included

In the realm of busy 4K UST projectors, Kickstarter introduces Ultimea’s contender, the Thor T60. This projector stands out from the crowd of obscure Chinese vendors promoting laser TVs with over-the-top specs.

Ultimea Thor T60 Review: 4K UST Projector Analysis & more

The key feature is its remarkable 4,000 lumens, a number backed by independent tests. As of now, it’s likely the brightest 4K tri-laser UST projector under $10,000, making it suitable for daytime use (with reasonable expectations).

In practice, the difference in brightness compared to the Bomaker Polaris 4K is substantial, notably in broad daylight. This brightness directly impacts image quality, resulting in a visually stunning experience, especially when pushing the projector beyond a 150-inch diagonal display.

While its initial price aligns it with competitors like LG Cinebeam HU915QE, JVC DLA-NZ8, and Samsung The Premiere, I anticipate a permanent price drop.

The T60’s outstanding cinematic performance could revolutionize businesses, especially for exhibitions and live events. Quick setup for large displays could save countless person-hours.

However, it’s essential to remember that no projector, regardless of cost, can match the brightness of a TV, particularly an OLED, in bright daylight. Yet, in a dimly lit room, these projectors truly shine.

ULTIMEA THOR T60: PRICE AND RELEASE DATE

Ultimea has already smashed its £40,300 goal, securing an astonishing £194,679 from 58 backers, with 31 days remaining. The early bird price, which includes two 3D Glasses, is £3,104, and delivery is expected in November 2023. Currently, 40 units are available. Kickstarter backers receive a free Firestick TV stick or a $50 Netflix credit, a generous offer.

While success seems likely, crowdfunding carries inherent risks. Be sure to review our feature on crowdfunding challenges. The Ultimea Thor T60 is set for release to backers in late November 2023 or early December 2023.

ULTIMEA THOR T60: PRICE AND RELEASE DATE

ULTIMEA THOR T60: SPECS

The T60 utilizes a 0.47-inch TI DMD display chip with a native resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels. It touts 4000 ANSI lumens brightness, a 4000:1 FOFO, and a 120% BT.2020 color gamut, achieved through proprietary BrightMX technology. The throw ratio of 0:21:1 allows for images up to 200 inches diagonally. It supports Dolby Vision, and HDR10 (not HDR10+), and offers MEMC (Motion Estimation, Motion Compensation).

Internally, it features a built-in Android mini PC with 2GB of RAM and 32GB storage, running Android TV 11. It also includes Dolby Atmos and DTS-HD, with two front-firing 15W audio drivers but no separate bass unit.

ULTIMEA THOR T60: DESIGN & FEATURES

Upon unboxing, the projector is nestled within the protective foam. Accessories include a user manual (English only), a remote control, a power cord, and a card offering a warranty extension.

The projector, weighing 12 Kg, stands 650mm wide, 365mm deep, and 135.5mm high (adjustable due to rubber feet). It shares the common design of 4K UST projectors with open gaps for cooling, and it’s plastic with a matte Space Blue finish.

Rear ports include two USB 2.0, two HDMI 2.1 (one with eARC), Ethernet, SPDIF, AUX, Coaxial, and an RS232 port for diagnostics. Wi-Fi (likely 802.11ac) and Bluetooth 5.0 are present.

The remote feels less premium than expected for a $6,000 projector. It works but lacks refinement, with buttons for Google Play, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube.

Changhong International’s involvement is noticeable, likely behind Ultimea, as Changhong is a major OEM in projectors. The T60 resembles Changhong’s D300 but with less memory (2GB vs. 3GB) and reduced storage (32GB vs. 128GB).

Brand recognition is a concern, given the Kickstarter origins. Eye protection is included, with an option to disable it in the settings.

ULTIMEA THOR T60: DESIGN & FEATURES

For an in-depth technical review, AVSForum offers detailed insights, tables, and graphs.

Design and Feature Score: 4

PICTURE QUALITY

Initially, the projector requires adjustments, a task that may take a couple of hours for perfectionists.

The graphic below illustrates the T60’s performance, excelling even with a bright, five-foot diagonal display.

While usable in daylight, the T60 truly shines with blackout curtains, delivering dazzling, crisp, and sharp images, even under challenging conditions.

Extensive tweaking options include 8-point picture calibration, Dolby Vision, 11-point white balance correction, and more for experienced users.

Three videos from Ultimea illustrate contrast levels, Dolby Vision variations, and the impact of HDR10.

Picture Quality Score: 4.5

ULTIMEA THOR T60: SOUND

While the 30W drivers offer punchy sound, the T60 benefits from a full speaker setup. It lacks the complexity of multi-speaker arrangements, and the absence of substantial bass can make action movies feel stereo-like. The operating noise remains below 25dB, contingent on your seating distance.

Sound Score: 3.5

VALUE

The T60 is an impressive projector but commands a premium price. Ultimea justifies the cost for those valuing extreme brightness, including potential B2B applications. However, budget-conscious users in dim settings may find cheaper alternatives desirable.

SHOULD YOU BUY THE ULTIMEA THOR T60?

Buy It If:

  • You seek the brightest projector under $10,000 for versatile use.
  • Office applications benefit from the extra lumens.
  • You prefer quieter projectors (25dB) for less intrusive operation.

Don’t Buy It If:

  • You prefer established brands for peace of mind.
  • Affordable UST 4K projectors suffice, as the T60 is premium.
  • You aim for the absolute best picture, which may require substantial investments in OLED or high-end LED models.

Note: Ultimea may have links to Changhong, a significant Chinese TV manufacturer.

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