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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.

Choosing the right projector depends on the usage you intend to give 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?

BenQ’s lineup of 4K projectors includes different models with different features that suit every usage scenario.

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.

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

What Content do you Intend to Watch?

Different types of content benefit from different viewing conditions. 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.
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