We live in a world where we have various forms of entertainment. From our game consoles to different streaming services, it is important that you have a TV or something to project those things.
And, while Android TVs are getting cheaper and cheaper, what better way to up your home theater system than to use a short-throw projector.
This article will center around the Optoma CinemaX P1 review. Read further to find out why this short-throw projector is worth the money.
What is It?
The Optoma CinemaX P1 is a short-throw projector that is quite competitive and has all of the features that you want if you are thinking about improving your home theater experience.
For those of you who do not know, short-throw projectors are the kind of projectors that are able to emit up to 100 inches of content and the reason why they are called as such is due to the fact that it can only do that if it is within 15 feet from the wall or an ALR screen.
There are many ways to use a projector. You can either use a white wall or you can use what is known as an ALR screen or an Ambient Light Rejection display. The latter is better if you have ambient light surrounding the area of the projector since the said screen will limit the amount of light that may hinder the content that comes from the source.
Anyway, why would you need a short-throw projector? Well, that is because you want to enjoy entertainment on a much bigger screen or platform and projectors are able to showcase that.
So long as you have a flat surface or an ALR screen bigger than an Android TV, that is going to provide you with the best cinematic experience ever.
And, you are not limited to using its built-in software since you can use an Amazon Fire stick, a game console like the upcoming Playstation 5, and many others.
With its $3,399 asking price, the Optoma CinemaX P1 is not cheap. Thankfully, the price translates to its robust build quality, so I do not have complaints about it.
This short-throw projector has a predominantly black color with some gold accents. It has dimensions of 22.1 x 5.1 x 15 inches and although it might seem big, it is unnoticeable when you put it on a desk or somewhere near your screen or wall.
Because this projector can run hot, you will find air vents situated on the sides. It is also worth noting that the device comes with built-in fans to keep the temperature in check.
At the front, you will find a fabric cover for the speakers, and a little bit on the right side, you will find an HDMI 2.0 port that you can use to plug in your game consoles or whatnot.
Looking at the back portion of the projector, you will find a slew of different ports. Here, you can find two additional HDMI 2.0 ports, an Ethernet port if you do not want to use the built-in WiFi card, AUX ports and S/PDIF port for your external sound system, and you can also find USB ports as well.
You can plug your external hard drive into the USB ports so that you can have your media content streamed directly from the projector itself.
The included remote control is easy to use, though I recommend that you familiarize yourself with the menus and different settings since you are going to need them when you are going to set things up.
The Optoma CinemaX P1 makes use of the Texas Instruments 4K DLP chip which can also be found in other premium projectors on the market.
Since projectors of any type would need a light source to display an image, this device uses laser phosphor as opposed to an LED light bulb.
What that means is that you not only have a pretty bright light source but it can also withstand long hours of use. Theoretically, the said laser technology should last up to 10 years of use, considering that you are going to utilize the unit for 8 hours a day.
The aforementioned Texas Instruments chip, despite its capability of projecting 4K-like image quality, is natively in Full HD resolution. That means that, by default, the video that will output to the wall or a screen is 1080p.
Now, I did say that it can project “4K-like” video quality and that is because the projector makes use of what is known as Pixel Shifting that essentially lets the device emit four times the regular pixel density. In other words, you get nearly 4K quality content streamed from the projector itself.
Because short-throw projectors need to be positioned almost near to the wall or screen, the Optoma CinemaX P1 makes use of a high-performance glass lens.
The reason why the company did that is to make sure that the pre-distorted images (inherent in short-throw projectors) will remain of high quality once the image is shown on the canvas. This means that even if it is too close to the wall, the quality should remain consistent at either 1080p or 4K.
Bear in mind that the Optoma CinemaX P1 is meant to project things on a flat surface (i.e. wall) or an ALR screen. For the best results, I suggest the latter, though you might have to spend more money to get one.
The reason why ALR screens are better when it comes to using a projector is that the screen itself blocks out ambient light, thus only showcasing you the images or movies that you truly want.
If you are planning to use a motorized screen, I suggest that you do not do so because the creases (that are common in such) might distort the images even further and may not provide the best possible viewing experience.
Ideally, you want to put the projector 4-15 feet away from the wall or the ALR screen. This is to ensure that the image that is projected is ideal to fit on the canvas. It also comes with a ‘SmartFIT’ feature that automatically adjusts its projection based on the canvas you choose to use so that the image is displayed correctly.
The Optoma CinemaX P1 is capable of reaching 3,000 lumen of brightness, so you may want to adjust that if you are using a flat surface instead of an ALR display.
When you fire up the projector for the first time, you will have to manually adjust the color settings to your liking. I know that this can is cumbersome, but you only really need to set it once anyway.
The remote control is very easy and intuitive so you should not run into any problems when using it.
Anyway, while the Optoma CinemaX P1 can make use of an internet connection (either using its built-in WiFi card or ethernet port), it would still be best if you use a streaming box instead.
The reason is that all supported apps within the device are subpar at best. What I mean is that the user experience is not going to be good, so I suggest using your phone, game console, or streaming box.
If you are going to use a phone, there will be a companion app that you can download so that you can stream content directly from your mobile device.
You might also want to put your own external sound system in. While the built-in speakers are pretty good, its bass response leaves much to be desired.
The performance of the Optoma CinemaX P1 is actually pretty good. It is able to reach 87% of the color gamut using DCI-P3 which means that the picture quality is going to be mostly color accurate.
After updating the device’s firmware, I was able to use it to install Netflix and I use the streaming platform as my testing ground. Since there is some HDR content found on the streaming service, I can test the projector’s HDR performance as well.
While you can use its standard configuration, enabling its HDR feature and streaming content that is able to use the technology, the pictures just pop out and come to life.
Pictures are vibrant and punchy and you can really tell that everything is color accurate. Just to be clear, while it supports HDR10, it cannot support Samsung’s HDR10+ or Dolby Vision because both of these technologies aren’t supported by any projector found on the market today.
Depending on the ambient light in the room you are in, you should adjust the brightness setting accordingly to get the most out of the projected content.
When it comes to picture quality, I can say that it is really good, especially if you are watching content in HDR.
Optoma acquired the sound company, NuForce, back in 2014. That is why the projector comes with NuForce speakers and I am pleasantly surprised by how well it performs.
When it comes to highs and mids, the built-in speakers definitely do not disappoint and the bass response is quite respectable as well.
However, people that want a boomier sound should look into attaching their own cinema soundbars or external sound system.
Fortunately, it is quite easy for you to use your own sound system thanks to the AUX and S/PDIF outputs found on the back of the device.
What can I say about the Optoma CinemaX P1? Well, for $3,399, you get a short-throw projector that showcases HDR10 content really well.
The colors are vibrant and punchy and the images themselves are really amazing to look at, provided that you project it on a really flat surface or an ALR screen.
You are able to use your game console, streaming box, or you can even install applications from within the projector itself.
Really, for a mid-range projector such as this one, the Optoma CinemaX P1 is definitely worth the money.
Apple Watch 6- What Are the New Things in Apple’s Newest Smartwatch?
Apple has unveiled the new Apple Watch Series 6 (or simply known as the Apple Watch 6) and it is the company’s new flagship smartwatch that brings with it some interesting features.
Today, I am going to be talking about this particular product so that you will have a glimpse of the new things that it can do. Do keep in mind that this is not an actual review of the watch but rather an interesting preview.
Let’s get down right to it: What are the new things that the Apple Watch 6 has to offer? Well, there are only two noteworthy additions and that is the new chipset, as well as the Sp02 blood oxygen sensor. Let’s talk about the latter first.
The new blood oxygen sensor was built into the smartwatch as a means of letting the user know his or her level of blood oxygen whenever they do certain activities, such as hiking, mountaineering, or any other strenuous activities that could potentially affect a person’s blood oxygen levels.
This is also certainly useful, especially since we are in the midst of a global pandemic that can affect a person’s respiratory system as well.
To utilize the said feature, all you have to do is download a specific app and wear the smartwatch wherever you go.
Provided that the watch is still tethered to your iPhone, it will provide you with some information about your blood oxygen levels. While it can do it passively, you can also get a reading any time you want.
To do this, all you have to do is fire the app, press on the active reading feature, and wait for about 15 seconds and the application will give you your current blood oxygen levels.
While this is an interesting feature, the app does tell you that all of the readings are meant just for general fitness purposes only and should not be used as a means of self-diagnosis or information that can be relayed to your physician.
Even though I understand that the watch is incapable of providing 100% accurate results, giving you a glimpse of your blood oxygen levels should remain helpful somewhat. The said warning just makes it appear that the feature is, to put it bluntly, just a gimmick.
Anyway, the new chipset that is placed inside the Apple Watch 6’s chassis should provide you with more power and probably better battery life.
One interesting side effect of the new chipset is that it can automatically adjust the display’s brightness if it detects that you are outside and the sun is shining brightly as ever. While it remains to be seen if this has a huge impact on the battery life of the device, it is interesting that the brightness level is much more powerful than in the Apple Watch Series 5.
Some tech reviewers deem the Apple Watch 6 as an iterative upgrade- both in the features and the design departments. That is because the new watch pretty much looks like its predecessor, albeit you are given some new color options to choose from.
I really like the new red-colored strap. It looks vibrant and lively and I am pretty sure that this color and aesthetic will be much more appealing than the others.
For people that want a subtler look, you also have the option to get either the black graphite variant or the blue aluminum case.
After speaking to an Apple representative, it seems that the company will also be releasing a gold version as well, though I think that the price of that thing is higher than the color options I’ve just mentioned.
The watch is still offered in 40mm and 44mm variants and you also get that always-on display that a lot of people really love about the Series 5.
The Apple Watch 6 is an iterative upgrade, in my opinion. It does provide you with a much better chipset and it also offers a new Sp02 sensor that could potentially be helpful to you more than others, but I don’t think these features would want people to reach for their wallets and buy this thing.
If you ask me, if you have an older Apple Watch Series 3, upgrading to the latest smartwatch just makes sense because it will be considered a huge generational leap.
However, if you are currently using the Series 5, the only reason why you’d get the new product is for its Sp02 sensor and nothing else.
The Apple Watch 6 is also the poster child for the new WatchOS so if you want to get a smartwatch that is already packed with the latest watch operating system from Apple, then it is probably a thing that you can buy today.
How to Choose the Right PSU for Your Next Gaming PC
Are you looking to build your own gaming PC anytime soon? You’re probably wondering what graphics card you’re going to choose and what processor you’re going to pair it with, but there is another, even more, important component that you may have overlooked and that is the PSU.
The power supply unit or more commonly referred to as the PSU is one that powers all of the components that are in your PC. Think about the motherboard, the data drives, graphics card, CPU, among many others.
Even though it is an essential part of any system build, I am still shocked by the fact that people overlook this one important aspect.
Sure, you can buy any PSU out there, but would you really risk ruining your $2000 gaming PC just because you skimped on the quality of the power supply unit?
If you are going to build a new PC soon, read further to find out how to choose the right PSU for your build.
The first thing that you need to do is to find out how much power all of the components that you have in your PC requires to operate.
Fortunately, there are plenty of power supply calculators available online, so it is best that you use that to give you a rough estimate.
Keep in mind that the values that will be displayed using such tools only give you rough estimates and are not indicative of actual power draw. For this reason, get a much bigger power supply than the one the calculator said.
For example, if the total system draw is 380 watts, getting a 500-watt power supply would be more than enough to power the system.
You might be asking why you need to have a bit of headroom when it comes to getting a PSU. Well, that is because power draw can be affected by a lot of different factors.
If you are overclocking your graphics card, for example, that would require more power to operate as a result. Having a bit of leeway in terms of power delivery ensures that your system is capable of running even the most power-hungry components in your PC.
I also want to quash the myth about getting high-wattage power supplies. Let’s say that you are going to buy a 1200-watt PSU, it doesn’t necessarily mean that you are getting 1200 watts of power from the wall, but it just means that you have a lot more headroom to work with.
It is also worth noting that how much power it draws from the wall will only depend on how much energy all of your PC’s components will need. This means that if the total system power draw is only 587 watts, then that would be the total energy that it gets from the socket and not 1200 watts.
It is always a good idea to buy a PSU that is very efficient. Look for those that have the 80 Plus certification because you are assured that they are at least 80% efficient in their power delivery.
Now, there are tiers to the said certification, and the higher the tier, the better the overall efficiency is.
For people that want to build budget systems, getting a PSU with 80 Plus Bronze certification is okay.
However, if you were to ask me, I would recommend that you get one with at least 80 Plus Gold certification to ensure that you are getting amazing power delivery at less heat and less energy wasted.
Keep in mind that the higher-tiered 80 Plus-certified PSUs tend to be more expensive than those that have, say, an 80 Plus Bronze certification.
This is a bit more complicated to explain, but I will do so in a way that helps you understand this in simpler terms.
Basically, the rails that are found on a power supply unit will be responsible for providing the necessary energy to the different parts of your PC.
You only have to concern yourself with the 12v rail because power supplies tend to support all modern systems anyway.
If you are going to future-proof your build, it is important that you get a PSU that is able to support 24A (amps) power delivery as it is enough to provide energy to even the most power-hungry GPUs.
You might also find that there are single-rail and multi-rail PSUs but for the most part, they are almost identical. The only main difference that you have to know about the two is that the multi-rail units tend to have better safety measures than the single-rail variant. Otherwise, getting either of them works.
Because PSUs can produce heat, they are also equipped with fans to dissipate it. While most power supplies have their fans run all of the time, there are also some that would only turn on whenever the unit reaches a certain temperature threshold.
It doesn’t matter whether you are going to buy one with a fan that always spins or one that only spins when it is needed, what’s important is that you get a system that is running at all times.
The only advantage of having a fan that only turns on when it is required is that the system is quieter by comparison, but that is pretty much it.
When you look at a complete build, you will find that there are connectors that are attached to the different components inside the PC.
When you are getting a PSU, it should come with all of the necessary connectors that you can use to power a build with a single GPU. However, if you are going to build a system that uses multiple graphics cards, you must ensure that the unit has enough ports so that you can connect more power connectors as you see fit.
Most motherboards nowadays use a 24-pin connector, though there are some boards that still use a 20-pin connector (usually found in ITX or regular, non-enthusiast parts). For this reason, there are some power supplies that have a 20-pin connector with an optional 4-pin connector if you need it. You simply just join the two before plugging it into the appropriate slot on the board.
With the advent of the Nvidia 3000 Series graphics cards, the 3090, which happens to be the most power-hungry GPU yet, uses a new type of cable- the 12-pin connector.
According to Nvidia, the new connector should be shipped along with the GPU so you do not have to worry about it too much (provided that you have a modular power supply, which I would explain in a bit).
I’ve also heard reports that the new PSUs made by prominent companies such as Seasonic, Corsair, and EVGA are all going to ship with the new connector with their upcoming products.
Most of the power supplies that you can find out there have a standard ATX form factor. It should fit in most PC cases, with the exception that it cannot fit inside an ITX chassis.
If you are going to build a compact PC, you will have to find an SFF (small form factor) unit. These PSUs do have the right connectors for the job, though they are more expensive than equivalent ATX counterparts.
The last bit of information that you need to know when choosing the right PSU for your computer is cabling.
There are three types of power supplies out there. There are non-modular PSUs which have their cables built into the system already (which means that you cannot remove them). They are cheaper but it is definitely quite challenging from a cable management standpoint.
There are semi-modular PSUs that are a bit more expensive than non-modular ones, albeit still cheaper than fully modular power supplies. The difference between this and the non-modular variant is that some of its connectors can be removed but all of the major ones are still attached to the unit. This is the best middle-ground, especially when it comes to price and cable management.
Fully-modular power supplies, as you can probably tell, have all of its cables detached from the unit so you would only attach the ones that you need. These are great if you want a clean build, though you should expect them to be more expensive than the previous two.
Getting either a semi-modular or modular PSU is recommended, especially if you want support for the new 12-pin connector.
So there you have it. The power supply unit (PSU) is a very important part of your gaming PC because it powers all of the components contained in it.
I hope that this article has helped you decide which one you are going to buy, but if you want our recommendations, then I highly recommend that you check our best PSUs article.
Before I end this piece, always remember to never skimp on the quality of the PSU. Spending a bit more money to get one from a reputable brand ensures that your system remains powered up with clean and consistent energy.
Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus Review- The First 120Hz Tablet in the Market
Samsung is a well-known smartphone manufacturer but the company is also known to develop tablets even though they are not as popular as they were before.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus was recently released and if you want to know how it performs, do read through the rest of the article to find out.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus is a premium tablet and as such, you can expect premium looks and better overall build quality compared to other tablets in the market.
True enough, this tablet has an aluminum chassis that still maintains a relatively lightweight form factor at just 575 grams.
You can find the sides are made of high-quality metal and it is also a pleasure to look at as well. The Mystic Black variant of the tablet looks really nice, though you also have two other color options if you’re not a fan of the aesthetic.
The charging port is located at the bottom and as expected with modern mobile devices, there will be no headphone jacks on this one. You could use the Samsung Galaxy Buds Plus if you want as this thing supports Bluetooth 5.1 for impressive connectivity.
At the back, you will find its camera and a magnetic strip that allows you to place the included S-pen on it. This also serves as the charging port, though you have to orientate the pen to point towards the camera to initiate the charging procedure.
While I am not a fan of the magnetic strip on the back, you could stick the S-Pen on the side if you want and I like it more than the former.
Do not worry because if you are not comfortable with the S-Pen’s original placement, you can buy a folio keyboard cover that houses the included accessory nicely so you won’t lose it.
Speaking of accessories, the Folio keyboard cover is pretty nice and you have a choice of colors to choose from.
The keyboard itself is responsive, though it is not as responsive as the keyboard attachment in Microsoft Surface devices.
Before I say anything about the display, do keep in mind that there are two versions of this tablet. You have the base model Galaxy Tab S7 and the one I am talking about in this article is the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus which is the bigger one.
It is important to make the distinction early on because the base model actually has a different display panel than the plus version.
The bigger variant comes with a 12.4-inch Super AMOLED display while the base version only comes with an 11-inch LCD panel. If you ask me, the AMOLED panel looks really crisp and stunning.
For the resolution, this thing supports 2800 x 1752 and what’s interesting is that Samsung has finally cracked the code when it comes to high refresh rate display as well.
You see, the rich and vibrant panel can also operate smoothly because it can also support the 120Hz refresh rate as well. And the best part? You can utilize its native resolution while also having the smoother refresh rate enabled as well and that’s really impressive!
You do not have to worry too much about battery life, though, because the screen has a variable refresh rate which means that the panel downclocks itself if there is no need for that boost in refresh rate. I am just happy that Samsung has finally cracked the code!
Using the S-Pen on the tablet itself is pretty smooth and accurate, though I am just a bit disappointed by the fact that it doesn’t have good palm detection compared to the iPad Pro. Artists and creatives should definitely be wary about the placement of their hands when they are drawing something on the screen.
It is important that we tackle the software of this device. The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus comes with Android 10 with the company’s own One UI overlay on top.
While I am okay with the user interface, most app developers usually only focus on how their apps look on smartphones as tablets have become less popular every year.
That being said, there are some applications that might not utilize the entire screen real estate (especially considering that this device has an aspect ratio of 16:10).
There is a workaround and that is the company’s DeX. Samsung DeX, to put it simply, turns your tablet into a desktop computer wherein the interface is akin to a Windows-based machine.
Once enabled, you can resize the apps’ windows so that you can do true multitasking (something that is still not possible with the iPad Pro).
You can use a wireless mouse and have it connected via Bluetooth to truly simulate the experience of using a desktop computer.
There is just one catch- the apps should not be used in full screen because, as I’ve said, the app’s UI does not fully utilize the entire screen.
I hope that app developers will provide more support for bigger devices or tablets in general in the near future.
Specs and Performance
- Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus
- RAM: 6GB or 8GB
- Storage: 128GB or 256GB, microSD card support up to 1TB
- Display: 12.4-inch Super AMOLED, 2800 x 1752 resolution, 120Hz Screen Refresh Rate, 16:10 aspect ratio
- Operating System: Android 10, One UI
- Cameras: 13-megapixel wide-angle lens, 5-megapixel ultra-wide; 8-megapixel selfie
- Battery: 10,090 mAh
- Weight: 575 grams
For you to truly multitask on a mobile device, it should be equipped with a processor that can handle multiple workloads. I am just happy that Samsung finally went with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 865 Plus chipset on all of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus devices, which means that our folks in Europe and Asia will finally be able to get a hold of a Snapdragon-enabled device.
Although its performance is a bit slower than the Ipad Pro, it certainly has enough horsepower to handle any applications you can throw at it.
Samsung also promises 3-year software support on the Tab S7 Plus which means that you not only get Android 11 sometime soon, but the device will also support versions 12 and 13 as well.
I don’t feel the need to talk about the cameras of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus because they are mediocre at best and they are nothing out of the ordinary, so I’ve skipped that part altogether.
A huge device with powerful specs definitely needs to have a beefy battery and the 10,090 mAh battery on this thing certainly delivers.
With moderate use, you can have this device powered up for more than two days and that is truly impressive given that most other devices cannot last this long.
There is also a 45-watt charger included in the box which should top up this device in less than 2 hours from 0%.
It is just a bit sad that the Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus doesn’t support wireless charging, though it is not really a huge deal for some users.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus, I should say, is the best Android tablet on the market in 2020. It has a huge and vibrant screen, has a beefy battery, has powerful components, and its build quality is truly premium.
Its S-Pen is relatively accurate and it would have been nice if the magnetic charging strip at the back has more powerful magnets, but it is still good nevertheless.
Although this tablet has two cameras at the back and a selfie camera, there is really nothing special about them at all. They are there if you need them, though it would be best if you use something like the Samsung Galaxy S20 Ultra instead.
There is a 5G variant that is going to be released in a month’s time and it will cost you more.
The Samsung Galaxy Tab S7 Plus costs $849 for the 6GB/128GB version and $999 for the 8GB/256GB version. There is still no word about the 5G variant’s pricing at the time of writing this article.
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