Ultra short throw (UST) projectors are a great alternative to a more traditional projector setup, mainly because they sit just a few inches from the screen and can project a 100-inch or larger image. . This space-saving arrangement saves you from dedicating your entire living room to watching a movie, but another innovation of UST projectors is that they are ideal for watching sports in good light. environments, where people tend to get up and walk around.
But what about the game? The best 4K projectors can provide clear images when used for watching movies, but they are not always the best choice for gaming, with some models having HDMI 2.1 inputs with 4K 120Hz support or a game-specific picture mode with low input lag. There are a few exceptions, such as the Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 and JVC DLA-NZ8, but in general most projectors are poorly matched for next-generation gaming consoles.
Ben Q’s new V5000i seeks to address that shortcoming. It can accept a 4K 120Hz signal from a PS5 and Xbox Series X (although images are displayed at 4K 60Hz), and it has “low input lag” according to BenQ, although the company’s release for the new the projector does not determine the exact number. . (We’ve reached out to BenQ for confirmation and will update this story accordingly.) With a 2,500 ANSI lumens brightness spec, games should also pop well with the included 100-inch ambient light rejecting (ALR ) screen, even if they are playing with the lights on in the room.
With the lights off, the V5000i’s specs show it’s also good for watching movies. It supports HDR10, HDR10+, and HLG high dynamic range formats, while an updated HDR-PRO feature with Local Contrast Enhancement independently optimizes gamma in more than 1,000 zones across the screen.
The V5000i uses a three-laser (RGB) light engine, and BenQ’s cites BT.2020 color space coverage at 95% and DCI-P3 coverage at 98%. Having seen UST projectors with similar specs, we can tell you that colors should look vivid on the V5000i, and that both 4K Blu-ray and streaming sources deliver well.
For streaming, the V5000i uses an Android TV stick that plugs into one of the projector’s HDMI inputs and is preloaded with popular apps like Netflix. On the audio front, BenQ’s UST has a built-in 40W “Trevolo” sound system with support for Dolby and DTS formats.
Opinion: Ultra short throw projectors are the perfect alternative to big screen TVs
Whether you use it for console gaming, watching TV during the day, or watching movies at night, UST projectors like the V5000i are an excellent alternative to the same standard long throw projectors. and ultra-large-screen TVs. And at $3,499 (approx £2,775 / AU$5,175) with a bundled 100-inch ALR screen, the V5000i seems reasonably priced for what you get.
For comparison, a good 4K long throw projector like the Epson Pro Cinema LS12000 will set you back $5,000, and you’ll have to pay more for a screen, while other UST projectors like LG Cinebeam HU915QE TechRadar recently found the price to be even higher than that. Some of the best 4K TVs come in screen sizes as large as 98 inches, but you’ll be paying $8,500 and up (and up, if you want one of the biggest and best OLED TVs) for about.
While it’s not the brightest UST projector option (the LG model mentioned above can hit 3,700 ANSI lumens, for example), the V5000i has enough light output to make one look good. rooms with little light control, and the ALR screen should help. to improve image contrast. But perhaps the most interesting feature of BenQ’s new projector is HDR10 + and HDR-PRO with Local Contrast Enhancement.
HDR10+ is a dynamic high dynamic range format where image contrast is adjusted on a scene-by-scene basis. And while it is not as widely used as the Dolby Vision format found in some UST projectors such as Formovie Theater and some models from Hisense, programs with HDR10+ can be streamed from some of the best streaming services such as Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and Paramount Plus.
HDR-PRO with Local Contrast Enhancement is a feature also found in a trio of new long-throw projectors introduced by BenQ alongside the V5000i: the HT4550i, HT3560, and TK860i. Similar to LED local dimming in TVs, this feature divides the image into several zones and an algorithm then analyzes the light and makes separate gamma adjustments in each individual zone.
We haven’t seen it in action yet, but BenQ claims that Local Contrast Enhancement, along with Enhanced HDR-PRO tone mapping in the new models, allows for twice the peak HDR brightness of the previous generation of company projectors – an essential. development.
BenQ’s new HDR processing features, along with low input lag for a projector, make the V5000i especially an interesting all-around prospect for movies, games, and more. . The V5000i will be available to order starting in July, and at that time we hope to be able to tell you more about the performance of this affordable and feature-packed UST projector.