BenQ UK has announced three new 4K projectors with strong brightness specifications for a variety of environments, from pitch-black home theaters to bright living rooms. As a bonus, the new model supports HDR10+ high dynamic range formats. This is a rare feature in projectors.
The best 4K projectors deliver cinema-sized images from a high shelf or ceiling mount in the back of the room, or a coffee table in front of the sofa. BenQ’s new models are designed to accommodate both setups, but there are differences that make each model better suited for specific applications.
With 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness and HDR-PRO technology, BenQ’s new
W4000i (£2,999 / about $3,750 / AU$5,600) is positioned for dark home cinema rooms where the main goal is to get strong contrast from movies in HDR. HDR-PRO supports HDR10+, HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range formats and features a local contrast enhancement algorithm that divides the image into over 1000 zones, each of which can individually optimize gamma. The W4000i uses 4 LED light engines and BenQ specs cover 100% DCI-P3 color space.
W2710i (£1,699.00 / approx. $2,120 / AU$3,175) is an affordable projector that is also designed for viewing in dark rooms. It has the same HDR-PRO features to enhance. According to BenQ’s specifications, DCI-P3 has a color space coverage of 95%.
Designed for viewing in a bright room,
TK860i (£1,699.00 / about $2,120 / AU$3,175) offers 3,300 ANSI lumens of light output along with HDR-PRO. seems like an option. It also features a built-in 20W treVolo speaker system, which provides much better sound quality than regular projectors. delivery. Opinion: HDR10+ is a plus for projectors
I have yet to see Dolby Vision HDR on projectors other than Formovie and Hisense ultra short throw models, but some long throw models like the JVC DLA-NZ8 support HDR10+. This Dolby Vision competitor isn’t commonly used in film or TV, but some of his 4K Blu-ray discs and a few of the best streaming services (especially Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Paramount Plus) You can find it by the title.
The reason dynamic HDR formats like HDR10+ benefit projectors is that they typically have limited peak light output compared to the best 4K TVs. And while the brightness specs on BenQ’s new model are impressive, they lack the same level of visual punch as watching shows on one of his top-tier mini LED TVs or the latest flagship OLED TV. There is a possibility that HDR.
With features like local dimming, BenQ’s HDR-PRO feature seems designed to take full advantage of all kinds of HDR-enhanced content, not just HDR10+. Another feature of the W4000i is a built-in Android TV with apps for streaming such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video and Disney Plus. It’s unclear from BenQ’s announcement whether streaming on his two other models is built-in or via an external dongle, but both seem to have his Android TV option.
We have yet to receive a press release for a similar model in the US, but it looks like BenQ’s top two new projectors match up with the HT4550i and HT3560 listed on the US website, which also lists the TK860i. Pricing and availability in the US have yet to be announced, but information is expected to become available soon.