BenQ unveils a new projector designed for gamers. On paper, he has good arguments, but also some weaknesses.
The video projector sector is booming, notably thanks to the arrival of ultra-short throw 4K laser projectors like the Samsung The Premiere LSP7, which are much more practical to use in a living room. However, the historical market for the video projector to be placed at the back of the living room still has some strength in it, and it is BenQ who wants to prove it today by unveiling the X1300i.
This 4LED video projector will therefore be placed behind you, with sufficient space in the room and a little darkness all the same, although BenQ announces an interesting brightness. 3000 lumens. The brand also announces that the lamp can last up to 30,000 hours, or a lifespan of 5 years.
A gaming product: 120 Hz, 8 ms latency
BenQ makes it clear, this product is for video game enthusiasts. For this, the video projector displays a refresh rate of 120 Hz, with only 8 ms of response time: this is particularly low for a video projector. It will of course be necessary to wait for a test to verify it.
This display speed should definitely be the strength of the product, but unfortunately the datasheet also shows some weaknesses. We think in particular of its display definition limited to 1920 x 1080 pixels, even if the brand announces that the product accepts a 4K definition as input.
At the rear there are very logically two HDMI 2.0b inputs, at a time when it would like to see the arrival of HDMI 2.1 capable of transmitting 4K at 120 Hz.
Android TV et HDR 10
Let’s finish this overview of the characteristics with two other interesting pieces of information. First, the video projector has Android TV on board, this is not necessarily common on this type of product and this means that, like on a television, we can directly access services such as Amazon Prime Video or Netflix, without going through an external device.
In addition, BenQ announces a color gamut covering 98% of the Rec space. 709, close to sRGB, again a bit below what we can expect from a product like this in 2021. The video projector is still HDR10 / HLG certified.
A high price for definition
The BenQ X1300i is available now at a suggested price of 1299 euros. That’s a pretty steep price for a projector rooted in the past in terms of definition and color space. But it’s also a good price for a 120 Hz projector. It remains to weigh the pros and cons to justify or not such an investment.