When it comes to watching a movie with the family, or even just catching up on an episode of your latest show, the image quality is a deal breaker. There is nothing worse than finally sitting down to watch your favourite show and not being able to view the pictures clearly.
Deciding what is going to produce the best quality picture can be tricky. Do you buy a new TV or do you opt for the increasingly popular home-entertainment projector?
Home-entertainment projectors, are becoming increasingly common in households today, due to the ease of which they can be moved. Watching TV or movies is no longer confined to the lounge room, instead projectors can be taken outside for outdoor movies, into a different room, or taken to your holiday home! You never have to be without it.
Quality projectors, are also slowly becoming more affordable. One in particular, which C-Net have tested and believe to be one of the better projectors (under $1000), for 2017 is the BenQ HT2050, which is valued at $8001.
THE GOOD: The BenQ HT2050 has excellent image quality, with few rainbow artefacts and with “best-in-class black levels & contrast”1. The BenQ also boasts, a full 1080p resolution, available in both 2D & 3D2. With an excellent sound system and an additional 1.3x lens zoom and a 9% vertical lens shift, makes the BenQ a high competitor in this category2.
THE BAD: Other competitors can offer brighter projections, making the BenQ seem dim when compared1. Rainbow artefacts can occasionally be found during black and white video footage. The BenQ projector, also does not come with 3D glasses, these have to be purchased separately2.
THE BOTTOM-LINE: The BenQ offers high quality video in both 2D & 3D, with very few rainbow artefacts and a minimal time lag2. With such a fantastic sound system, and at a minimal price, the BenQ is one of the best choices at this price level2.
Image Quality: The BenQ HT2050 boasts superb image quality. Generally, low-end projectors such as the BenQ have only a single DLP chip, show “rainbow artifacts (red-green-blue flashes) and typically have a different white brightness than colour brightness, which can affect colour quality and the brightness of images”2. Particularly when compared to three-chip LCD projectors such as the Epson 2040. But the good news is that the BenQ, compared to other DLP models, has an excellent image quality!2 With very few (if any) rainbow artifacts and an almost non-existent difference between the two brightness levels, there is very little damage to the overall image and colour quality2.
Another advantage to the BenQ’s image quality, is that the projector can produce one of the darkest shades of black with little to no noise found1. When tested (in a dark room) against other projectors, such as the Viewsonic PJD7828HDL and the Epson Home Cinema 2045, there was enough difference between the two image and colour qualities, that it could be a major deciding point for customers1.
Design: One disadvantage to the BenQ HT2050, is its design. Unlike the BenQ’s fierce competitors, the BenQ is heavier than other projectors2. With other competitors boasting weights of only 2kg, the BenQ is almost double that, making it harder for customers to move to different locations2. Although the BenQ creators say that the superior sound system is partly responsible for this extra weight. If you don’t plan on moving your projector, then the BenQ’s weight won’t be an issue2. But if you are planning on moving your projector from room to room, outside – for outdoor movies or event to a friend’s house, you may be better off looking at one of the lighter competitors, which is more portable2.
Measuring in at approximately 12 x 38 x 28 (cm), the projector is small enough that you can easily find room for it within your household, despite being slightly larger than the average projecto2r.
One extra that has been added to the BenQ, which is rare (if ever used in projectors in this category), is the vertical shift lens. The vertical shift lens allows the user to position the projector either higher or lower, depending upon the screen location, without having to use keystone control (which can damage the image quality)1. With an approximate 9% total vertical adjustment available, you can watch video footage from almost any position2.
2D & 3D Image Quality: Another bonus that the BenQ HT2050 boasts is the opportunity to watch video in either 2D (normal) or 3D. Although the projector does not come with glasses for watching 3D video, they can be purchased separately starting at $251. Unlike other inexpensive projectors the BenQ has almost excellent image quality in both 2D and 3D!2 With the noise reduced in dark scenes, the BenQ is a fantastic option for clear, quality footage1.
Sound & Lag Time: The final features, that make the BenQ, one of the top picks for 2017 is its sound. The BenQ has a 10-watt speaker, that delivers fantastic audio than its competitors. With a range loud enough to fill a large room2. For the gamers out there, you will be pleased to know that the BenQ, that the tested input lag is approximately 33 or 34ms1. This qualifies as “good”, beating some TV’s and satisfying many gamers1.
Conclusion: Depending on what exactly you are after, will depend on the projector best for you. For example, if you are wanting a “rainbow” free projector, you would be better off going with the EPSON 2040 or 2045, which uses an LED rather than a DLP2. The EPSON projectors should be seriously considered in your final choice anyway, due to their superior “…image quality, brightness, portability and capability”2. If you’re after an extremely portable projector that is light and easy to carry, you would be better off looking at the Optoma HD28DSSE projector or the Acer H6517ST, which are both very light2. If weight is not an issue for you and rainbow artifacts aren’t a huge issue for you then the BenQ would be a good fit, “…given its combination of brightness, near-excellent image quality and sound system”2.
- D Katzmaier, BenQ HT2050 review: Classy BenQ projector shows you a good time (and isn’t *too* pricey), C-Net, 2017, viewed 14 March 2017, <https://www.cnet.com/products/benq-ht2050/review/?ftag=COS-05-10aaa0b&linkId=35435584>
- D Stone, BenQ HT2050, PC, 2015, viewed 14 March 2017, <http://au.pcmag.com/benq-ht2050/40479/review/benq-ht2050>