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How to Choose a TV Replacement Projector for Movies and Gaming?

Is a projector or TV better for gaming?


With 4K becoming the norm in home cinema and video games, more and more people look for bigger screens to provide entertainment that’s more compelling and impressive than flat screen TVs. With projectors that match the best TVs in terms colors and response, plus 4K and HDR, the attraction is obvious. For approximately the same price, you get twice the viewing size, at least as much brightness, and superb contrast. A wall-sized image makes your movies and games look far more impressive than the typical 65” TV, since with projectors a 120” screen is easily achieved. That’s why the TV replacement projector concept is gathering popularity. It’s the logical upgrade from a TV experience to an entirely different level of “wow”. But not all projectors can step in to take over from your old TV, so read on for essential tips. 

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LED Projectors are Best for Replacing TVs

Regarding brightness: at 3000 ANSI lumens, good LED projectors match or exceed the brightness of quality flat screen TVs. That means you can enjoy viewing content in a variety of lighting conditions, from dimly lit basements to well lit living rooms during the day, and image quality doesn’t suffer.


LED projectors have better brightness output and consistency than traditional lamp-based projectors, which were designed for movie theater-like environments, as in very dark. Older projectors offer displays that suffer even in mild ambient lighting, so they’re not very versatile. LED projection technology overcomes this limitation. LED projectors deliver higher color saturation, and that contributes to the overall perception of their brightness compared to lamp-based projectors. With LED assemblies, light and color are more closely linked and power each other, so to speak. The net result is a far more vivid image with more intense colors, and therefore increased clarity in different lighting conditions.


About wide color gamut: in LED projectors there’s far less separation between the light source and color generation, as the RGB elements are intertwined with the LED assembly. That’s very different from older designs, where a distinct lamp pours light onto an RGB color wheel. Due to simple physics, this means LED projectors deliver a wider color gamut and as mentioned above, much more intense and accurate colors that are equal or better than top-shelf flat screen TVs.


Color contrast gains a big boost thanks to this design, which in turn lends itself superbly to HDR content. This covers everything from streaming apps to 4K HDR Blu-rays and modern console gaming. The PS5 and Xbox Series consoles all look best in 4K HDR, and detailed graphics require color accuracy, brightness, and high contrast to look their best. LED projectors provide all of that. Regarding wide color gamut, the BenQ X3000i covers 100% of the considerably wider DCI-P3 color space specification thanks to a precision color filtering and projection technology.


Instant On and Off: this may sound like a trivial point, but it really isn’t. LED projectors offer the same quick response you get with TVs, turning on and off with almost no delay. That’s different from lamp projectors, which require a relatively long warm up and cool down sequence, often over 30 seconds long. LED projectors require a couple of second each way, just like your TV.


Longer Lifespan and Color Consistency: the older lamp-based technology that powers traditional projectors doesn’t age too well. The lamp deteriorates over time just like a light bulb, resulting in reduced brightness and faded colors after just a couple years of use. LED projectors correct these shortcomings. While lamp projectors need costly lamp swaps for every 2000-5000 hours of use, LED projectors easily give you 20,000 hours with no color or brightness decay with all settings on max, and 30,000 hours in the less demanding ECO mode. Considering that a 65” LED/OLED TV lasts around 40,000 hours but offers half the screen size, LED projectors (which cost roughly the same as a TV) offer spectacular value. Not just per screen inch, but per hour of usage as well.


Reduced Eye Strain: like all self-illuminated screens, including monitors, tablets, and smartphones, TVs emit considerable levels of blue light. As we all know by now, blue light isn’t very compatible with our eyes and over time induces headaches, eye fatigue, and even eye sight issues. All projectors avoid blue light since they’re built around indirect illumination. The light that bounces back from the wall or screen into your eyes is far more gentle and easier to watch for longer periods of time. Just think about it, when was the last time you had tired eyes from sitting in a movie theater? The answer is likely never! Projectors are the same, and for serious movie and gaming hobbyists that’s a factor worth considering. 




Do Gaming Projectors Perform Well in Movies and Sports?

So you’ve decided to go with a projector, but you’re wondering whether a model advertised primarily for gaming can also handle your movies and sports content just as well. After all, if you invest in a top-tier LED projector, you want an all-in-one solution. The good news is that the answer is a definite yes, mostly because of intentional design, but also because all types of content increasingly converge on higher frame rate 4K HDR, as we mentioned above.

For one, gaming projectors have low input lag, or fast response. That’s good for everything, of course for games, but also for every type of content. It’s not like 4K 60Hz at 16ms will make your Netflix viewing too fast or anything, it’ll just make it smoother and the most responsive it can be. The BenQ X3000i is just as fast and responsive as the most expensive “gaming TVs”, but offers twice or more screen for unmatched experiences in gaming and all other content. As far as input lag, the X3000i has performance that’s ideal for dedicated gamers, which means it’s input lag is less than one frame (when measured in frames per second), which most people perceive as instant response


The One You’re Looking For – BenQ X3100i

We’re very proud of the X3100i as you may have gathered, and that’s because we consider it the best projector for high end gaming, movies, and TV content. Its superb response and low total input lag combine with strong brightness and excellent colors thanks to an advanced 4LED solid state illumination (SSI) design that we worked hard to fine-tune. The X3100i also features our signature CinematicColor technology to ensure colors stay as faithful as possible to the source material, and get an enhancement as needed for increased vibrancy and accuracy. Going beyond other LED projectors, the X3100i has a 4LED assembly, not 3LED. That means one additional LED. Usually, LED projectors have three components, or RGB (red, green, blue). A 4LED adds one more for wider color delivery and increased brightness that’s perfect for daytime viewing.

We touched upon CinematicColor above, but it’s worth mentioning it in greater detail, because it makes the X3100i a masterful home cinema projector. CinematicColor and factory color calibration mean the X3100i is ready to use out of the box in gaming, movies, and TV without bothersome calibration on your part. The X3100i offers an Auto Color Calibration tool that you can run quickly to ensure long-lasting color consistency and accuracy throughout the projector’s lifespan, which is rated for 30,000 hours.


We hope this has been helpful! The X3100i is ready for all your really big screen gaming, movies, and streaming needs. You’ll never look at a TV the same again, we’re sure of that. 



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