The BenQ TK800 4K HDR Projector In-Depth Review!

Our Verdict + Award, BenQ TK800 vs. BenQ W1700 / TH2550

Our Verdict + Award

The BenQ TK800 (Price Check) is a truly impressive 4K HDR projector. There may be brighter 4K projectors (like the 3500-lumen ViewSonic PX747-4K), but it is one of the few to offer a 4-segment colour wheel to deliver true white for a vivid HDR viewing experience, and a wide colour gamut of 92% of the Rec. 709 colour space.

This allows the TK800. to stand out amongst the crowded field of affordable 4K projectors designed to provide a cinema-like experience.

Now, it does not offer a true dot-for-dot 4K resolution like a proper 4K LCD TV would, but it delivers 4K images that are perceptually indistinguishable from true 4K images. And it gives you a much larger display size at a fraction of the cost.

DLP projection technology also eliminates a pesky problem with LCD TV technology – glare from ambient light sources. Its main problem of washed-out colours in bright ambient light is largely eliminated by the much higher 3000-lumen brightness in the BenQ TK800 (Price Check)  – 36% brighter than its predecessor, the BenQ W1700 / TH2550!

It also impressed us with its audio capabilities. Powered only by a single 5 watt speaker, it delivered a surprisingly loud and rich soundscape.

For these reasons, we believe the BenQ TK800 (Price Check) deserves our Reviewer’s Choice Award! Congratulations, BenQ!

Tech ARP Reviewer's Choice Award

 

BenQ TK800 vs. BenQ W1700 / TH2550

The BenQ TK800 is a much brighter version of the BenQ W1700 / TH2550 launched last year, with a new 4-segment colour wheel. Here is a comparison of their key specifications, with their differences highlighted.

SpecificationsBenQ TK800BenQ W1700 / TH2550
Projection System0.47” single DMD DLP0.47” single DMD DLP
Display Resolution3840 x 2160 pixels with XPR
1920 x 1080 pixels without XPR
3840 x 2160 pixels with XPR
1920 x 1080 pixels without XPR
Native Aspect Raio16:916:9
Colour Resolution30-bits (1.07 billion colours)30-bits (1.07 billion colours)
Colour Gamut> 92% Rec. 709> 96% Rec. 709
Maximum Brightness3000 ANSI Lumens2200 ANSI lumens
Contrast Ratio (FOFO)10,000:110,000:1
HDR CapableYes, HDR10Yes, HDR10
3D CompatibilityFrame Sequential: Up to 1280x720 120 Hz
Frame Packing: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Side by Side: Up to 1080i 60 Hz
Top Bottom: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Frame Sequential: Up to 1280x720 120 Hz
Frame Packing: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Side by Side: Up to 1080i 60 Hz
Top Bottom: Up to 1080p 24 Hz
Light SourcePhilips UHP E20.7 Fusion Air Lamp
- 170 W to 240 W
Philips UHP E20.7 Fusion Air Lamp
- 170 W to 240 W
Light Source LifespanNormal : 4,000 hours
SmartEco : 8,000 hours
Economic : 10,000 hours
Normal : 4,000 hours
SmartEco : 8,000 hours
Economic : 10,000 hours
Color Wheel4 Segments - RGBW6 Segments - RGBRGB
Throw Ratio1.47 to 1.76 (100" display @ 3.25 m)1.47 to 1.76 (100" display @ 3.25 m)
Zoom Ratio1.2X1.2X
Lens7 elements in 4 lens groups
f/1.94 to f/2.06
7 elements in 4 lens groups
f/1.94 to f/2.06
Clear Focus Range1.95 to 6.51 m @ Wide
2.34 to 7.81 m @ Tele
1.95 to 6.51 m @ Wide
2.34 to 7.81 m @ Tele
Keystone Adjustment1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees
Projection Offset110 % ± 2.5 %110 % ± 2.5 %
Clear Image Size (Diagonal)60" ~ 200"60" ~ 200"
Max. Image Size Range30" ~ 300"30" ~ 300"
Horizontal Frequency15 kHz - 102 kHz15 kHz - 102 kHz
Vertical Scan Rate23 Hz - 120 Hz23 Hz - 120 Hz
Available Picture ModesBright / Vivid TV / Cinema / Sport / Football / User1 / User2 / (3D)Bright / Vivid / Cinema / Sport / User 1 / User 2 / ISF Night / ISF Day
AudioCinemaMaster Audio+ 2
1 x 5 W speaker
CinemaMaster Audio+ 2
1 x 5 W speaker
Available Ports1 x VGA (15-pin D-Sub)
1 x HDMI 2.0a (HDCP 2.2)
1 x HDMI 1.4a (HDCP 1.4)
1 x USB 2.0 Type A
1 x USB 2.0 Type mini B
1 x 3.5 mm Audio in
1 x 3.5 mm Audio out
1 x 9-pin RS-232 serial port
1 x 3.5 mm DC 12V trigger
1 x VGA (15-pin D-Sub)
1 x HDMI 2.0a (HDCP 2.2)
1 x HDMI 1.4a (HDCP 1.4)
1 x USB 2.0 Type A
1 x USB 2.0 Type mini B
1 x 3.5 mm Audio in
1 x 3.5 mm Audio out
1 x 9-pin RS-232 serial port
1 x 3.5 mm DC 12V trigger
IR Receivers2, one in front, one on top2, one in front, one on top
Power Supply100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)100 to 240 VAC (50 / 60 Hz)
Power Consumption385 W (Maximum)
330 W (Typical)
0.5 W (Standby)
385 W (Maximum)
330 W (Typical)
0.5 W (Standby)
Acoustics33 dB (Typical)
29 dB (Silent Mode)
33 dB (Typical)
29 dB (Silent Mode)
Operating Temperature0 ~ 40 ℃0 ~ 40 ℃
Dimensions355 mm wide x 272 mm deep x 135 mm high355 mm wide x 272 mm deep x 135 mm high
Weight4.2 kg4.2 kg

 

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