Building on the 2020 release of the ProScene ZU720T that we reviewed in November and recognized in our ProjectorCentral 2020 Best of the Year Awards, Optoma has released a short-throw version, the ProScene ZU720TST.
Apart from one being a short-throw projector, the two share very similar specifications. Primary to both projectors’ design is a permanently attached zoom lens in place of the detachable lens typically found in their respective lumen classes, with 7,500 ANSI lumens, while its new short-throw sibling delivers 7,000 lumens and is priced at $5,999.
The ZU720TST features a 1.26x motorized zoom with a 0.75-0.95:1 throw ratio and can project an image up to 300 inches diagonal at a screen distance of 15 feet 11 inches to 20 feet 2 inches. That’s 15 to 25 feet closer than with the ZU720T. It has a full motorized lens shift (±50% vertical and ±15% horizontal) and focuses. You can see ZU720TST’s throw range for specific image sizes with the ProjectorCentral SU720TST Projection Calculator).
The ZU720TST utilizes Optoma’s DuraCore laser light source, a sealed IPX5-rated optical engine that is maintenance-free for up to 30,000 hours when operating in Eco mode. There’s a dimmable brightness feature that takes the lumen output down to as low as 30% of full output, and with Extreme Black enabled, the projector touts has a 1,000,000:1 contrast ratio. It is rated for ’round the clock 24/7 operation, and supports 360 degrees and portrait orientation.
The WUXGA (1920×1200) native resolution ZU720TST accepts 4K signals, is HDR compatible, and supports 3D. Features include built-in edge blending, warping and four-corner keystone correction (±40 degrees vertical and ±30 degrees horizontal). It’s 19.13 x 6.06 x 14.8 inches (W x H x D) and weighs 28 pounds. There are two HDMI inputs (one 2.0 for 4K signals) and an HDMI output, HDBaseT, LAN (RJ-45), RS-232, VGA, 3D Sync in and out, audio in and out, a wired IR in, two USB for power, and a 12V trigger.
The Optoma ProScene XU720TST short-throw laser projector is available now through authorized dealers.