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Realistic
Golfing Experiences

Benefits of Upgrade

Easy Maintenance with Laser technology

A laser is the preferred projector light source. Lasers last the life of the projector and are essentially maintenance free while offering instant on/off capability with no annoying warm up or cool down.

Stay bright

Laser projectors deliver consistently bright images for a lifespan of over a decade in a golf simulator setting, and are much brighter than a similarly rated lamp-based projector year over year. A projector lamp with 4000 hours of lamp life loses brightness after each hour of use until it reaches 50% brightness, when a costly lamp replacement is needed. A laser projector also loses brightness, but at an exponentially slower rate.

BenQ Laser Golf Simulator Projector with Hassle-free Operation

Hassle-free performance

When a lamp goes out on a projector, golfing stops until you get a new one. With a laser projector, the module is rated for 20,000 hours of life, enabling you to concentrate on your approach shot rather than worry about needing to buy another lamp. Also, all BenQ DLP projectors are filter-free, and our laser projectors are IP5X certified (just like an Apple Watch) to ensure they will not be compromised by dust over time. Just set them up and concentrate on your game instead of on figuring out how to climb a ladder to clean a filter.

Instant on and off

When you’re ready to show off a new setup to your buddies you don’t want to wait until the lamp gets to be bright enough to start swinging. Laser projectors turn on in just a few seconds and turn off quickly when you’re done.

Cost of lamp replacement: buy right or buy twice
A replacement lamp can cost you as much as $500 plus installation. It’s not a matter of IF it will need to be replaced, but WHEN. A laser projector with a 20,000-hour life will look much brighter than a lamp projector after 3000 hours of usage, and long term turns out much more sensible cost-wise.

Great Image Quality in Bright Golf Simulator Rooms

Golf simulation screens are typically larger than a home theater screen, so you will need a brighter projector for the best simulation experience to ensure your picture doesn’t get washed out. The brighter your space, the more lumens you’ll need to “compete” with it. In addition, most launch monitors require enough light in the hitting area to be able to see the movement of the ball to help calculate how far you hit. A 3000 ANSI lumen projector is a good starting point for a smaller impact screen, allowing users to clearly see the image on the golf simulator screen even with room lights turned on.

Installation Notice

  • The distance between the hitting area and screen in your golf simulator should be at least 6-7ft and can be up to 14ft or more. The tee to screen distance is a balance between immersion, reducing impact screen bounceback, and allowing maximal accuracy from your launch monitor. 
 
  • Throw ratio is the ratio of throw distance (the distance from projector to screen) to horizontal image width. On a projector with a throw ratio of 0.5, for every 1 foot of image width, the projector needs to be 0.5ft away from the screen. So to project a horizontal screen size of 12ft, for example, you’d need to mount the projector 6ft from the screen.
Golf Simulator Projector Installation


  • Floor mount is the simplest and most budget-friendly choice for small room setups, but if you plan to upgrade to a bigger screen, a laser projector, or want a higher resolution image, then a ceiling mount may be the right choice for your setup. 

Product Comparison

Optoma GT1080HDR

Optoma EH200ST

Optoma EH412ST

Projection System

DLP

DLP

DLP

Native Resolution

1080P (1920x1080)

1080P (1920x1080)

1080P (1920x1080)

Brightness (ANSI lumens)

4000

3000

4000

Native Aspect Ratio

16:9

16:9

16:9

Light Source

Lamp

Lamp

Lamp

Light Source Life

4000 hrs

5000 hrs

4000 hrs

Throw Ratio

0.5:1

0.5:1

0.5:1

# of Pixels

2.1 Million

2.1 Million

2.1 Million

Keystone Adjustment

Vertical

Vertical

Vertical

Lens Shift Vertical

N/A

N/A

N/A

Corner Correction

N/A

N/A

N/A

Maintenacne Free Design

Filter-free low maintenance; requires lamp replacement

Filter-free low maintenance; requires lamp replacement

Filter-free low maintenance; requires lamp replacement

Net Weight (kg)

3

2.7

3

Dimensions (WxHxD) (mm)

316x98x243

310x100x220

316x98x243

Estimated Lamp Cost

$109

$126

$109

Estimated Projector Price

$1,399

$1,649

$1,979

  Panasonic PT-VZ570U Panasonic PT-VZ580U Panasonic PT-VMZ40U Panasonic PT-VMZ50U BenQ LK936ST
 
Projection System
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
3LCD
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
3LCD
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
3LCD
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
3LCD
BenQ LK936ST
DLP
 
Native Resolution
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
WUXGA (1920x1200)
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
WUXGA (1920x1200)
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
WUXGA (1920x1200)
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
WUXGA (1920x1200)
BenQ LK936ST
4K UHD (3840×2160)
 
Brightness (ANSI lumens)
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
4800
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
5000
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
4500
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
5000
BenQ LK936ST
5100
 
Native Aspect Ratio
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
16:10
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
16:10
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
16:10
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
16:10
BenQ LK936ST
16:9
 
Light Source
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
Lamp
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
Lamp
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
Laser
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
Laser
BenQ LK936ST
Laser
 
Light Source Life
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
5000 hrs
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
5000 hrs
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
20000 hrs
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
20000 hrs
BenQ LK936ST
20000 hrs
 
Throw Ratio
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
1.10:1 - 1.80:1
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
1.09:1 - 1.77:1
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
1.09:1 - 1.77:1
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
1.09:1 - 1.77:1
BenQ LK936ST
0.81~0.89
 
# of Pixels
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
2.3 million
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
2.3 million
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
2.3 million
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
2.3 million
BenQ LK936ST
8.3 million
 
Keystone Adjustment
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
Vertical & horizontal
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
Vertical & horizontal
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
Vertical & horizontal
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
Vertical & horizontal
BenQ LK936ST
Vertical & horizontal & rotation
 
Lens Shift 
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
Vertical 
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
Vertical
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
Vertical & horizontal
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
Vertical & horizontal
BenQ LK936ST
Vertical & horizontal
 
Corner Correction
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
Yes
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
Yes
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
Yes
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
Yes
BenQ LK936ST
Yes
 
Maintenacne Free Design
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
N/A (requires filter cleaning & lamp replacement)
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
N/A (requires filter cleaning & lamp replacement)
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
Maintenance-free operation
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
Maintenance-free operation
BenQ LK936ST
Maintenance-free operation
 
Net Weight (kg)
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
4.8
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
4.8
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
7.2
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
7.2
BenQ LK936ST
7
 
Dimensions (WxHxD) (mm)
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
389x125x332 
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
389x125x332 
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
399 x 115 x 348
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
399 x 115 x 348
BenQ LK936ST
416x166x351
 
Estimated Lamp Cost
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
$280
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
$249
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
Laser phosphor
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
Laser phosphor
BenQ LK936ST
Laser phosphor
 
Estimated Projector Price
Panasonic PT-VZ570U
$2,169 (discontinued)
Panasonic PT-VZ580U
$1999
Panasonic PT-VMZ40U
$3999
Panasonic PT-VMZ50U
$4499
BenQ LK936ST
$4499

Optoma GT1080Darbee

Optoma GT1080

Optoma W316ST

ViViTek DW882ST

BenQ LW820ST

Projection System

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

DLP

Native Resolution

1080P (1920x1080)

1080P (1920x1080)

WXGA (1280x800)

WXGA (1280x800)

WXGA (1280x800)

Brightness (ANSI lumens)

3000

2800

3600

3600

3600

Native Aspect Ratio

16:9

16:9

16:10

16:10

16:10

Light Source

Lamp

Lamp

Lamp

Lamp

Laser

Light Source Life

5000 hrs

5000 hrs

4000 hrs

3500 hrs

20000 hrs

Throw Ratio

0.5:1

0.5:1

0.52:1

0.52:1

0.52:1

# of Pixels

2.1 million

2.1 million

1 million

1 million

1 million

Keystone Adjustment

Vertical

Vertical

Vertical

Vertical

Vertical & horizontal

Lens Shift Vertical

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Corner Correction

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

Yes

Maintenacne Free Design

Filter-free low maintenance; requires lamp replacement

Filter-free low maintenance; requires lamp replacement

Filter-free low maintenance; requires lamp replacement

Filter-free low maintenance; requires lamp replacement

Maintenance-free operation

Net Weight (kg)

2.5

2.7

3

3.2

5.6

Dimensions (WxHxD) (mm)

310x90x220

310x100x220

310x100x220

320x100x210

410x158x272

Estimated Lamp Cost

$194

$126

$142

$150

Laser phosphor

Estimated Projector Price

$1,299

$531 (discontinued)

$1,036 (discontinued)

$823 (discontinued)

$1,599

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