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Why You Need to Upgrade to a 4K Projector?

BenQ
2019/04/01
Consoles (Xbox and PS4) gaming setup with gaming monitor.

4K resolution is widely available nowadays and considered an upgrade or the next generation of HD. HD refers to High Definition, by which we mean the resolution size, in this case 1920x1080 pixels. Compared to HD resolution, the pixel density of 4K projected on a screen is 4096x2160 pixels, four times as much as complete HD.

What is the difference between a 4K TV and a 4K projector?

If you’re looking for a home theater system, a projector is still the most obvious choice. Cinemas use 4K projectors. The cost of projectors may be higher, but what projectors offer over TV is the possibility and flexibility to install them in smaller spaces than a lot of televisions, with the ability to adjust screen size to however large or small you prefer.
The difference in image quality from a 4K projector in comparison to a TV is also insignificant. Blurry visuals or fading are completely in the past, and quality and optimal clarity are equal to that of a TV.

True 4K or Enhanced 4K?

There are mainly two kinds of 4K projectors: true 4K projectors and 4K enhanced projectors. Both of these play 4K content, but there is a difference.

True 4K is 8 megapixels, and is considered to show true 4K resolution by using a DLP 4K UHD chipset with advanced image processing, ensuring incredibly fast switching speed. This delivers a 3840x2160 resolution with 8.3 million distinct pixels for each frame, four times higher than Full HD 1080p.

Enhanced 4K mainly refers to pixel shifting technology, which mostly shows 2K resolution, thus 4 megapixels, but fired twice with pixel shifting to show seemingly 8 megapixels on the screen.

Both enhanced and True 4K projectors show excellent, fantastically detailed images, and the difference is still visible when projected onto the cinema screen.

Consoles (Xbox and PS4) gaming setup with gaming monitor.

What exactly is 4K content and where do I watch it?

The most popular way of watching 4K content is streaming your favorite series. To stream 4K content, you’ll obviously need a compatible device (4K projector and/or monitor) and of course, streaming requires a stable internet connection.

Netflix:

Netflix was one of the first streaming services to use 4K content. Its content is still growing, with all of Netflix major series now shot in 4K or HDR.

Amazon:

From comedy, originals to documentaries, as well as a rotating selection of movies, Amazon has all kinds of content available in 4K. The catch is having to get an Amazon Prime subscription.

YouTube:

YouTube offers 4K content with its YouTube Premium account. And since a lot of creators own 4K camera equipment nowadays, a lot of YouTube 4K footage can be watched without extra charges or any membership fees.

Why should you choose 4K oprojectors over any other resolution?

Resolution Name Horizontal x Vertical  Other Names Devices
Resolution Name
8K
Horizontal x Vertical 
7680 × 4320
Other Names
none
Devices
Concept TVs
Resolution Name
UHD
Horizontal x Vertical 
3840 x 2160
Other Names
4K, Ultra-high Definition
Devices
Projectors, TVs
Resolution Name
2K
Horizontal x Vertical 
2048 × [unspecified]
Other Names
none
Devices
Projectors
Resolution Name
1080P
Horizontal x Vertical 
1920 × 1080
Other Names
FULL HD, FHD, HD, High Definftion
Devices
TVs, monitors, Projectors
Resolution Name
720P
Horizontal x Vertical 
1280 × 720
Other Names
HD, High Definftion
Devices
TVs, Projectors

The pixel density of 4K appear the most natural, creating the most vivid colors. The deepest natural colors pop out watching (live) sports using a 4K projector.

Complaints about projectors often used to be hazy visuals or faded images, but 4K is much less prone to physical damage. 4K is currently the resolution with the most realistic look. All in all, if you intend to immerse yourself in an experience that creates the most vivid and colorful images, 4K is your best bet for the most optimal visual enjoyment.

Consoles (Xbox and PS4) gaming setup with gaming monitor.
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