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3 Projectors to Consider for Your Home: a 4K Projector Buying Guide

BenQ
2019/08/13
BenQ W2700 4K projector usage scenario in a dark room watching movies with dark scenes.
BenQ W1700M 4K projector usage scenario in a dimly-lit room watching movies and TV shows.
BenQ TK800M 4K projector usage scenario in a bright room watching sports and series.

BenQ’s lineup of 4K projectors includes different models with different features that suit every usage scenario. Our latest models in the 4K UHD category include the BenQ W2700 with a super-wide color space for audio/video enthusiasts. The W1700M features CinematicColor™ technology for a genuine movie-going experience. Also, last but not least, the BenQ TK800M is a perfect projector for bright rooms.

Choosing the right one depends on the usage you intend for it. Do you need the flexibility to install your projector in rooms with some ambient light? Is the most important thing for you getting the largest possible projection in a small space? Perhaps you want a projector that shows movies just like the director intended?

These three products offer top of the line technology that satisfies the most demanding viewer and have additional features to suit your particular scenario better. Let’s first look at these three models before we discuss usage scenarios.

BenQ W2700 4K Projector with HDR-PRO and DCI-P3/Rec. 709

BenQ W2700 4K projector usage scenario in a dark room watching movies with dark scenes.

The BenQ W2700 is an audio-video enthusiast’s dream. It allows every detail in films to show on the screen with high fidelity and provides the most cinematic experience thanks to its super-wide DCI-P3 color space and HDR-PRO. Movies on the W2700 have film-like textures and the look that the director envisioned.

Equipped with 2000 ANSI lumens and high contrast, it is better suited for installation in a dark room for the delight of movie lovers. The installation itself is flexible thanks to the 10% vertical lens shift and 1.3x zoom that enables a projection of 100″ from 2.5 to 3.2 meters away, making it perfect for smaller rooms.

The W2700 can project a 100″ image from 2.5 to 3.2 meters away

100″ projection with a BenQ W2700 from 2.5m to 3.2m away.

The W2700 includes BenQ’s HDR-PRO technology that takes advantage of 30,000:1 contrast ratio and projector optimization to take your HDR content to the next level. With a 4K HDR-PRO projector from BenQ, you can accurately display all details in predominantly dark-scene movies like The Avengers and The Dark Knight. With 95% coverage of DCI-P3 and 100% of Rec. 709 reds and greens are better displayed, giving your movies more authentic colors. 

BenQ W1700M 4K Projector with HDR and Rec. 709

BenQ W1700M 4K projector usage scenario in a dimly-lit room watching movies and TV shows.

The BenQ W1700M delivers precise colors to elevate your video enjoyment to a movie-going experience, thanks to Ben Q’s exclusive CinematicColor™ technology. Enjoy the thrill of big-screen movie watching in your living room while preserving the director’s vision.

With 2000 ANSI lumens, the W1700M is suitable for dimly lit rooms with little ambient light. The projector’s lens has a 1.1x zoom, providing a 100″ image from 3.3 to 3.7 meters away, permitting alternative ceiling or table-top installations.

The W1700M can project a 100″ image from 3.3 to 3.7 meters away

100″ projection with a BenQ W1700M from 3.3m to 3.7m away.

The W1700M 4K projector offers top-notch color performance, achieving 100% coverage of the Rec. 709 color space and guaranteeing Delta E performance of less than 3. It performs outstandingly well for all kinds of movie scenes, dark or light, as well as for TV series, even in rooms with little ambient light.

BenQ TK800M 4K Projector with HDR and 3000 Lumens

BenQ W1700M 4K projector usage scenario in a dimly-lit room watching movies and TV shows.

The BenQ TK800M projector is designed to give everyone the best seat in the house for pure big-screen entertainment. Thanks to its bright and vivid image reproduction it is ideally suited for watching series, sports, or playing games in the living room. 

Thanks to its high brightness of 3000 ANSI lumens, it is the best 4K projector for bright rooms or places where it’s hard to control ambient light. It can deliver a 100″ projection from 3.3 to 3.7 meters away thanks to its 1.1x zoom, giving you diverse mounting and placement options. In addition to its high brightness, the TK800M provides reliable color performance, covering 96% of Rec. 709 color space.

The W1700M can project a 100″ image from 3.3 to 3.7 meters away

100″ projection with a BenQ TK800M from 3.3m to 3.7m away.

This projector is the best for sports fans who want to watch the next match in a big screen format without the need for a dark room. Whether you want to enjoy the 2020 Tokyo Olympics via a 4K projector or the next FIFA World Cup, the BenQ TK800M's color performance and brightness make you feel like you are there. With 120Hz refresh rate and custom Football and Sports modes, it eliminates motion blur and boosts sound to put you at the center of the action.

What is Your Light Environment Like?

If the most significant constraint when buying a 4K projector is ambient light, as a general rule the brighter a room is, the higher the ANSI lumens need to be. 

If you intend to use your projector in the living room or you prefer to watch your movies with the lights on, then a projector with higher brightness is better. 

BenQ W2700 4K projector usage scenario in a dark room watching movies with dark scenes.

BenQ W2700 usage in a dark room.

BenQ W1700M 4K projector usage scenario in a dimly-lit room watching movies and TV shows.

BenQ W1700M usage in a dimly-lit room.

BenQ TK800M 4K projector usage scenario in a bright room watching sports and series.

BenQ TK800M usage in a bright room.

On the other hand, if you have a dedicated media room with controlled light, then a slightly less bright projector provides better color and contrast performance. It is a common misconception that the brighter a projector is, the better the image quality.

Product

Brightness

Contrast Ratio (FOFO)

Environment

Product

W2700

Brightness

2000 ANSI Lumens

Contrast Ratio (FOFO)

30,000:1

Environment

Dark room

Product

W1700M

Brightness

2000 ANSI Lumens

Contrast Ratio (FOFO)

10,000:1

Environment

Dimly-lit room

Product

TK800M

Brightness

3000 ANSI Lumens

Contrast Ratio (FOFO)

10,000:1

Environment

Bright room

How Big is your Viewing Room?

The lenses on projectors amplify the image projected on the screen, giving a larger image the further the projector sits from the screen. A spec called throw ratio measures the magnification effect of the lenses in a projector. To quickly calculate throw distance and screen size ratios, you can use our online calculator when planning your projector installation.

A shorter throw ratio delivers big images on the screen at shorter distances. If you want a big projection in a smaller room, using a projector like the W2700 gives the best results thanks to its throw ratio of 1.13. It is capable of producing a 100″ image from as near as 2.5m.

Product

Throw Ratio

Lens Shift

Zoom Ratio

Product

W2700

Throw Ratio

1.13-1.47 (100″@2.5~3.2 m)

Lens Shift

Vertical ± 10 degrees

Zoom Ratio

1.3x

Product

W1700M

Throw Ratio

1.50-1.65 (100″@3.3~3.7 m)

Lens Shift

N/A

Zoom Ratio

1.1x

Product

TK800M

Throw Ratio

1.50-1.65 (100″@3.3~3.7 m)

Lens Shift

N/A

Zoom Ratio

1.1x

Our W1700M and TK800M are also capable of projecting a 100″ screen from a 3.3m distance.

What Content do you Intend to Watch?

Different types of content benefit from different viewing conditions. Watching a movie for a couple of hours is not the same as binging on your favorite show non-stop. Sports are a completely different situation as well. Depending on the type of content you watch the most, some projectors might suit your needs better than others.

For the most cinematic experience and watching blockbusters, you need the best color and contrast from your projector. Ultra HD Blu-rays and HDR content look the best on the BenQ W2700 4K projector, with equally detailed dark scenes and accurate colors. 

For most movie content, the color performance of the BenQ W1700M 4K projector delivers vivid and accurate colors as the director intended. With a 100% Rec. 709 color coverage, it guarantees superb reproduction of your movie collection.

BenQ W1700M is great for movies of all types and TV series.

For TV series or sports fans, the BenQ TK800M brings ultra high definition detail and color performance to the living room. If you want to keep the lights on while enjoying your favorite content, the 3000 ANSI lumens of the TK800M mean you don’t have to sacrifice image quality. Additionally, the 120Hz refresh rate and custom sports modes provide a sports-watching experience like never before.

BenQ W1700M is great for movies of all types and TV series.

Conclusion

If you are looking for the best picture quality and performance from a 4K projector, then there is no one-size-fits-all solution. Understanding your specific needs and usage scenario, as well as the strengths of each projector allows you to make a better decision when buying a 4K projector from BenQ.

We hope that this article helps you in your journey to real big screen, cinematic entertainment at home. Head on to our knowledge center if you would like to learn more about the technologies that make BenQ 4K projectors the best.

Product Recommendations

W2700

W2700 4K HDR CinePrime Projector with CinematicColor™ technology expands the level of cinematic enjoyment in your living room. Empowered by the super-wide DCI-P3 industry standard color space and delicate true 4K resolution, W2700 delivers the highest level of image accuracy to satisfy cinema fanatics’ taste.

W1700M

True 4K HDR for Grand Cinema Experience. BenQ W1700M with CinematicColor™ technology expands the thrill of giant screen visuals in your living room.

TK800M

TK800M True 4K HDR for Immersive Live Sports. To fully enjoy the beautiful game at football parties in a bright living room or backyard BBQ.

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