BenQ projectors aren’t exactly cheap projectors, but they are some of the best out there. The Taiwanese company has released a number of full-featured home projectors, including the world’s first THX Certified Home Cinema Projector which was launched early this year. With all the fanfare and acclaim that has followed their most recent release, we’ve reviewed four of BenQ’s best offerings in the home projector department.
Launched on February 24 this year, the HT8050 4K UHD projector is certainly BenQ’s crown jewel. The THX certified Home Cinema Projector is the first of its kind and– thanks to its $8,000 price tag– one of the most expensive projectors on the planet.
The HT8050 gives out 2,200 lumens of brightness and has an impressive native resolution of 3840 x 2160. With a dynamic contrast ratio of 50,000: 1, a display with 8.3 million pixels, and support for over one billion colors, the HT8050 can project crystal clear images of up to 300 inches.
– Unrivaled image quality
– Can project up to 300 inches
– THX High Definition Display Certification
– Can have immense running costs (installation and maintenance)
The BenQ MX819ST is one of the most interactive projectors in the market. By making it compatible with their proprietary PointWrite system, BenQ has enabled consumers to access a powerful home theater projector and a fully interactive media presentation platform within one device.
The short-throw projector’s 0.61:1 throw ratio allows for closer positioning of the screen, thereby minimizing interruptions. With a native ratio of 1024 x 768 and a 13,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio, the image quality is more than decent when viewed from various seating distances.
– Picture quality doesn’t suffer in the presence of ambient light
– Offers a great field of view with incredible viewing angles
– Cheaper yet more full-featured than some of its rival projectors
With a comfortably mild 4,000-lumen brightness and a decent 1920 x 1080 native resolution, the MH741 1080p DLP 3D projector is capable of displaying startlingly detailed images. Despite that, the projector’s white brightness starkly contrasts with its considerably lower color intensity. Often, this leads to darker colors in some viewing modes.
– Bright enough for large rooms
– Lightweight and portable
– Cheaper than similarly-featured projectors
– 16:9 aspect ratio gives it a 10% smaller viewing area
– Low color brightness results in darker colors in some display modes
The SW921 5000-lumen DLP 3D projector is touted for its ability to display near-excellent data image quality. Although 5000 ANSI lumens can be viewed as overkill in a home projector, the brightness rating is surprisingly suitable for large and medium-sized rooms.
The SW921 projector has a native resolution of 1280 x 800, which is just below the 1080p sweet spot, and a 1.6x zoom. It features modest viewing angles and, thanks to a handy vertical lens shift, lets you adjust the image vertically without tilting the entire projector.
– Vertical lens shift makes image adjustment easier
– Projects data images in near-excellent quality
– Supports 3D
– Some colors within data images remain dark in all the viewing modes
BenQ’s latest projector release has placed the tech company firmly at the top of the consumer electronics industry.