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BenQ HT2060 LED 1080P Projector Review

Posted on December 26, 2023 by Philip Boyle
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The BenQ HT2060 is a premium home entertainment projector that delivers excellent picture quality.

The BenQ HT2060 is a 4LED, Full HD (1,920 x 1,080p) 0.65" DLP short-throw home entertainment projector. The HT2060 offers a BenQ-rated 2,300 ANSI lumens of brightness, displays vibrant colors that cover 98% of the Rec.709 color gamut, supports low latency gaming HDR content, and all at an MSRP of $999. The HT2060 replaces the company's previous model, the well-regarded HT2050A.

The HT2060 is in the same family of 4LED, 4K projectors as the  HT4550i/V4000i I recently reviewed. With the HT2060, BenQ continues to expand its use of high-performance 4LED light sources made popular in the company's gaming projectors, such as the X1300i and X3000i. BenQ projectors with LED light sources have proven to be performers, offering rich colors and decent contrast. In a world where 4K projectors are creeping down in price, is this high-definition BenQ projector worth your consideration? Let's find out.

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BenQ HT2060 Specs
Price$999 MSRP
TechnologyDLP
Displayed ResolutionFull HD (1920 x 1080)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim2300 ANSI Lumens
Light Source 4LED
Contrast500,000:1 (Dynamic)
Zoom Lens Ratio1.3X
Sound System5 Watt x2 Stereo
Dimensions(WxHxD) 14.4 x 9.6 x 4.6 inches
Weight7.9 lbs. (3.6 Kg)

 

Overview

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The BenQ HT2060 is the most recent addition to the company's growing family of LED-powered projectors. BenQ has dominated the sub $1,000 entry-level projector class for years – going back to models like the W1070A, HT2050A, and HT3050. BenQ has consistently introduced entry-level projectors at a $999 price point with features and performance often found in more expensive models.

The new HT2060 projector looks to continue this trend and even step it up a notch. If a Full HD (1920 x 1080p) projector is enough resolution for you, then the BenQ HT2060 could be the projector for you and is certainly worth a closer look.

This projector is perfect for customers looking to create their first cinema-quality big-screen home theater and is ideal for a small to medium-sized home theater or living room. And, if past performance is any indication, the HT2060 will work well in rooms with moderate amounts of uncontrolled ambient light thanks to the company's 4LED light engine.

The BenQ HT2060 is more than just a follow-up to the BenQ HT2050A. It's a significant upgrade in features and performance. BenQ has updated the design of the HT2060 with a chassis that is similar, but not identical, to the W4000i/HT4550i 4K model I reviewed just a few months ago. I'll go into more detail in the HARDWARE/CHASSIS section of the review. Design aside, it's what BenQ has put "under the hood" that is most intriguing.

Let's look at some of the key features available on the HT2060 in more detail.

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BenQ's 4LED light engines offer incredible perceived brightness.

BenQ has upgraded the HT2060's light source from lamp-based technology to a modern 4LED light source. This new 4LED light engine produces 2,300 ANSI lumens of brightness, which is more than enough to create an excellent picture in a light-controlled space and powerful enough to deal with moderate amounts of uncontrolled ambient light, especially if you use a high-gain screen. As a comparison, I reviewed the impressive BenQ GP500 earlier this year, which comes with a much smaller 1,500 ANSI lumen 4LED light source. My editor and I were blown away by how bright the GP500 looked out of the box, even compared to much brighter lamp-based projectors.

LED light sources, especially BenQ's 4LED light engines, offer incredible perceived brightness. Since LED light sources often seem brighter than their ANSI brightness ratings indicate, many manufacturers rate brightness using a new  LED lumens rating. At Projector Reviews, we only calculate and report brightness in ANSI lumens. With recent advances in LED output, the performance gap between consumer LED and laser light sources is closing fast, with 3,000+ ANSI lumen projectors already available.

LED light sources offer many advantages over lamps and even laser-based projector light sources.

  • LEDs offer 10 to 15 times the lifespan of a traditional projector's lamp.
  • LED-powered projectors don't have to warm up.
  • An LED-powered projector can run quieter than a lamp-based projector.
  • LED projectors run cooler than their lamp and even some laser counterparts.
  • LEDs use less power than lamps and even equivalent laser light sources.
  • LEDs provide consistent color as they inevitably age throughout the projector's life.

The BenQ HT2060's 4LED light source can natively reproduce 98% of the Rec.709 color space as a key element of BenQ's exclusive CinematicColor technology. BenQ CinematicColor technology can perfectly balance the projector's brightness and colors, ensuring that even with ambient light present, images will display properly saturated colors.

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The estimated increase in contrast and black levels between a 0.65-inch and a 0.47-inch DMD (Digital Micromirror Device) has been and is still being debated. Our expert opinion at Projector Reviews is that the specific 0.65-inch DMD used in the HT2060 plays a role in the projector's improved contrast ratios and black levels.

However, it is likely more a combination of the HT2060's new 4LED light source, advanced color processing, and enhanced light modulation techniques combined with the larger 0.65-inch Texas Instruments native 1080p DMD that together are responsible for the projector's improved contrast and black level performance.

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HDR projectors can have a higher peak brightness and more dazzling highlights with deeper shadows.

Even in 2023, many value projectors don't support HDR, but that's not the case with the HT2060. HDR support is one of the significant improvements you get with this new model. Specifically, the HT2060 adds compatibility with HDR10 and HLG. HDR content on the HT2060 produces deeper blacks and preserves fine details in dark scenes without washing out the projected image.

The HT2060's HDR support also allows BenQ to offer a FILMMAKER mode as a picture preset option on the projector. By turning off all image enhancement by post-processing and preserving the correct aspect ratios, colors, and frame rates, FILMMAKER mode enables projectors to display the movie and streaming content precisely as the filmmaker intended.

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BenQ has carved out a substantial chunk of the projector gaming category. The company makes dedicated gaming projectors and a range of home entertainment projectors with low input lag, making gaming an immersive experience. The HT2060 is one of these entertainment projectors with a 16.7 ms input lag at 1080p 60 Hz. BenQ has made projectors with input lag below 5 ms, so 16.7 might seem slow, but let me assure you it isn't. Speeds below 30 ms would have been considered professional quality not long ago.

Gaming on the HT2060 is a smooth experience with no perceptible delay from when I press a button on my controller to the assigned action happening on-screen.

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The HT2060 can detect and down-convert 4K signals so you don't need to worry about adjusting your source output to 1080p. Seeing 4K signals and down-converting is an incredibly convenient feature for 4K video. For gaming, the projector downscales 4K signals to 1080p 60 Hz with an input lag of 33.4 ms. If low input lag is a critical feature, you should adjust the output on your game system to 1080p 60 Hz to get the best possible performance when gaming on this projector.

The HT2060 is a short-throw projector, so it is a great choice for those who want a large-screen experience in a compact space without compromising on image quality. The projector features a range of digital and analog adjustments like 2D keystone adjustments or the projector's vertical lens shift and zoom.

Like most of the other BenQ projectors I have tested, the BenQ HT2060 has an Advanced Color Settings menu where the end-user can jump into the Color Management system to fine-tune the color adjustments. A comprehensive CMS (Color Management System) is typically not a feature offered in many lower-priced projectors. The HT2060 provides a wide range of adjustments. The projector's ACS (Advanced Color Settings) menu can adjust many image parameters, including Gamma Selection, Color Temperature Tuning, Color Management, Light Source mode, HDR Brightness, and Noise Reduction.

The HT2060 provides 1.3X zoom, 2D lens shift (+10% max.), and 2D keystone correction for easy installation, setup, and operation. The HT2060 looks to be another exciting BenQ projector.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • $999 MSRP
  • Single Chip 0.65" DLP Texas Instruments DMD
  • 4LED light source rated for up to 30,000 hours (10+ years) LED light source life
  • CinematicColor allows the projector to display DCI-P3 and 98% of the Rec.709 color space
  • Full HD (1,920 x 1,080p) native displayed resolution
  • Advanced color temperature tuning with 11 leading levels of white balance controls
  • 2,300 ANSI lumens manufacturer-rated brightness
  • 500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with light source dimming
  • Dynamic Black technology (Enhanced Tone Mapping) preserves dark area details
  • HDR10 and HLG support
  • Supports 24P playback of HD sources without judder in HDR mode
  • Dedicated FILMMAKER mode displays content as the director intended
  • HDMI 2.0b (HDCP 2.2)
  • 1.3X optical zoom
  • Manual vertical lens shift (Vertical: +10%)
  • RS-232 control port
  • Dimensions (WxHxD) 14.4 x 9.6 x 4.6 inches (366 x 244 x 118 mm)
  • Weight 7.9 lbs. (3.6 Kg)

HARDWARE

The BenQ HT2060, like most of BenQ's 2023 line of projectors, offers slightly more defined edges with less curvature than the older models. The HT2060 is a two-toned, mostly matte white projector with a champagne semi-gloss front panel. I love the color scheme BenQ chose to use on this projector. It looks great in my living room.

The BenQ HT2060 measures (WxHxD) 14.4 x 9.6 x 4.6 inches (366 x 244 x 118 mm) and weighs 7.9 lbs. (3.6 Kg).

CHASSIS

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Except for the more defined edges of the chassis shape, this projector shares an overall design similar to other BenQ home projectors we've seen in recent years. The lens, an ambient light sensor, and ventilation are on the projector's front panel. The right and left sides of the projector have more ventilation, and the rear is where all the inputs and connections are located.

The projector's control panel is easily accessible on the top rear of the projector. From this control panel, users can adjust settings, control all the projector's menu-based functions, and even power the projector on and off. The location and design of the control panel make it easy to operate the projector without the remote control and, if necessary, even when mounted on the ceiling.

The HT2060 provides manual vertical lens shift, zoom, and focus capabilities. These allow users to fine-tune the position of the projected image without physically moving the entire projector. This flexibility makes setting up the projector according to different room configurations or mounting preferences convenient.

The HT2060 ventilation design helps keep the projector from overheating during extended use. Additionally, the HT2060 incorporates noise control mechanisms, ensuring minimal fan noise and minimizing distractions during your viewing sessions.

The HT2060 does not come with a HDMI media stick but will support all current external media devices. BenQ has removed the projector's onboard media player feature, so the projector will not recognize media on any USB drives, which is unfortunate.

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The HT2060 offers a wide array of connectivity, including multiple HDMI ports and USB ports (for power and service only), mini jack audio-in and audio-out to connect devices like gaming consoles, Blu-ray players, and sound systems. This versatility allows for the seamless integration of different multimedia components.

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The BenQ HT2060 remote control is well laid out and backlit. The top section has power controls and feature shortcut buttons.

The next bank of buttons is focused on navigation: Back, Menu, Auto, Mute, Light (for the backlight function), and Blank. Then, there is a 1-9 plus 0 numeric pad for entering numbers in the network settings or when setting the remote-control ID. On either side of the 0 buttons are the All button (left) and ID Set (right).

The final section of the BenQ HT2060's remote control contains six buttons. Zoom + and Zoom – are paired together, with Zoom + on the top and Zoom – on the bottom. It is the same setup for Page + and Page – with Page + on top and Page – on the bottom. The final two buttons, stacked on each other, are 3D and Freeze. Overall, that backlight made the remote control easy to use.

THE LENS

The BenQ HT2060 lens is high-precision and designed to ensure a sharp image from corner to corner. As is typical for projectors with both a focus and zoom wheel in the same space, manually adjusting the zoom to match the focus is simple by using the controls directly above the lens housing. The image looks great once the focus is dialed in.

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The lens on this projector is an F = 2.6 to 2.78, f = 10.2 to 12.24 mm, and provides vertical lens shift of Vertical +10%. Due to its short throw, the projector can project a large image from a very short distance, making it ideal for small rooms or spaces where the projector cannot be placed far from the screen.

 You can make a 100-inch screen by placing the projector just 8.3 feet away. You can use the lens shift feature to adjust the picture to align perfectly with the screen. It lets you move the picture up and down without losing quality.

MENUS

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BenQ projectors have menus that are easy-to-use and understand. The menus are organized in a way that makes sense, so you can find what you're looking for without any trouble. Navigating through the menus is straightforward. You can customize the projector settings to your liking, whether adjusting the brightness, color, or other aspects. The menus offer quick access to important functions, so you can easily switch inputs or change the picture mode. With BenQ projectors, the menus are designed to be user-friendly and make getting the best performance from your projector a breeze.

Like other BenQ projectors of its class, this unit works on two different menu interfaces. The first is the BenQ basic menu, allowing users to control the most common projector features. The second is the advanced menu, allowing full access to every feature and adjustment the projector has to offer.

The menu is typical BenQ; it is easy to navigate with a sensible layout. My only real complaint is that the menu speed could be faster. There is a noticeable delay between pressing a button on the remote and the corresponding menu response, which is unfortunately common for BenQ projectors, especially in this price range.

PERFORMANCE

COLOR REPRODUCTION

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BenQ has loaded the HT2060 with a ton of technology designed to improve the projector's picture quality manually and automatically. For example, the company has included a feature called LumiExpert that, when activated, allows the HT2060 to detect a room's ambient light conditions and then automatically adjust the projector's gamma offset to create a balance between a room's ambient lighting and the projector's light output. This technology is not new.

In the nineties, when I was starting my tech career, Sony had a feature called a luminous sensor in their televisions that did something similar, just not as well. Fast forward to today, sensors are more sensitive, processors are more powerful, and these smart displays can take action quicker and with a wider range of adjustment. The result is a feature that works remarkably well. The automatic adjustments are subtle but effective.

The HT2060 is fully configurable with all the controls and adjustments typically found on a BenQ home entertainment projector, including detailed adjustments for calibration. Projector Reviews highly recommends a professional calibration to get the best performance from any projector. Calibrating the projector ensures users get the best performance possible for their screen and environment. Professional calibration opens access to the projector's ISF modes. If professional calibration is within your budget, do it by all means.

BenQ has included five SDR preset picture modes, including a single USER mode. The HT2060 also features two HDR modes. I'll go into these in more detail in the brightness section below.

I also noticed mild banding on bright content, which disappeared as the projector ran for a few minutes.

 

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Out-of-the-box, this projector is excellent, presenting a warmly saturated image on the screen. BenQ understands that total control of a room's lighting is not always possible. One of the big advantages of BenQ's new 4LED light source is that it works incredibly well in spaces with a moderate amount of uncontrolled ambient light. The HT2060 is not a lights-on viewing projector, but its inherent color saturation means it will maintain decent color saturation in situations where total light control can't be achieved. Lights-on viewing can be achieved by adding a high-gain screen to your home theater system.

The video quality of the BenQ HT2060 is already good right out-of-the-box. However, it's easy to take the image to the next level with simple adjustments using the projector's SDR and HDR preset picture modes, light source adjustments, and CMS (Color Management System). For instance, I switched the light source mode from SMARTECO to NORMAL. I experimented with different picture modes like FILMMAKER and USER to adjust the picture to my specific requirements and viewing environment.

The HT2060 offers various adjustments within the projector's advanced color settings menu. Users can adjust gamma, color temperature tuning, and HDR brightness settings. The projector offers an extensive color management system to change the image further. These comprehensive color adjustments, including detailed white balance control, make it easier for users to tune the projector according to their preferences for a more satisfying viewing experience.

Standard Dynamic Range

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Above are screenshots of a variety of SDR videos and movies. Like all our photos, they are not adjusted for color, so they do not look as good as what the projector produced. Since most live broadcast content and TV shows will continue to be produced in HD for years, most broadcast content will look excellent on the HT2060's native full-HD display. The HT2060 did a superb job upscaling 720p to 1080p. I even threw a DVD at it, and the picture looked decent on my 100-inch screen. 

While the HT2060 is a 1080P projector, it can accept 4K signals up to 60 frames per second. 4K 60 Hz content is detected and down-rezed to 1080p 60 Hz. The HT2060 is not the sharpest 1080p projector I have reviewed, even from BenQ. Depending on the content or shooting on a screen larger than 120 inches, I found the images the projector produced to be softer than I prefer, which surprised me considering this projector's 0.65-inch DMD.

BenQ has included a FAST mode, which minimizes the response time between the input source and the displayed image. Fast mode is only enabled for game content below input timing adopted by most popular games and will allow the projector to display content at 1080p 60 Hz and 1080p 120 Hz. 

The skin tones on the BenQ HT2060 appeared warm but natural, making this projector stand out in its price range and, honestly, slightly above. The HT2060 is not the brightest projector available at $1,000. Still, the projector's overall color performance and BenQ's inclusion of the company's comprehensive calibration tools, allowing users to adjust color performance to their tastes, put this projector at the top of my recommendation list.

Despite my feelings about the projector's out-of-the-box color saturation, the projector has a great-looking picture, especially considering the price point of $999, which is an incredible value for everything BenQ provides.

HDR

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The BenQ HT2060 does a decent job displaying HDR-encoded content. Considering its price point, the fact that the projector can detect and display HDR10 and HLG content is notable. The projector mapping HDR tone mapping was excellent. It delivered good screen brightness while maintaining highlight detail. 

BenQ has also included an adjustment for HDR BRIGHTNESS in the advanced picture settings menu. The HDR BRIGHTNESS allows users to manually change the projector's HDR tone mapping to fit their tastes. Regarding HDR quality, there is a visible difference in how the projector displays this content, but it's not dramatically different from the projector's SDR FILMMAKER mode. 

BRIGHTNESS

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The BenQ HT2060 has a manufacturer-rated brightness of 2,300 ANSI lumens. ANSI lumens is the standard of choice for measuring brightness at Projector Reviews. To measure the HT2060's maximum light output, I switched the projector to its brightest picture mode, BRIGHT, and ensured the 4LED light source power rating was NORMAL. I then took 3-4 readings about 15-20% out from the center of the screen.

At wide zoom, the BenQ HT2060 produced a brightness of 2,415 ANSI lumens, which exceeds the projector's rated brightness by 115 ANSI lumens. For the other modes available on the HT2060, I've included the results of my measurements below for you to review.

BenQ HT2060 Brightness

Picture ModesBrightness Measured (ANSI Lumens)  
BRIGHT (SDR)2415
LIVING ROOM (SDR)1126
FILMMAKER (SDR)1119
USER (SDR)1405
HDR10694
FILMMAKER (HDR)825

 

BLACK LEVEL AND SHADOW DETAIL

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The BenQ HT2060 projector displays impressive black levels. Like the V4000i/HT4550i, which uses the larger 0.65-inch DLP imager and a 4LED light engine, the HT2060 exceeds the black-level performance of much more expensive DLP projectors.

The larger DMD, combined  with the 4LED light source, and BenQ's SmartEco light output mode allow this projector to produce some of the best black levels with decent shadow details from a DLP projector in its class and even above. The HT2060 produces better blacks with details than many 0.47-inch equipped DLP projectors.

There are projectors in the ML1080 price point that can produce better black levels, but they are not nearly as compact.  Whenever I evaluate the projector’s picture, I also try to consider the unit’s likely use case. Yes, the projector’s black level could be better, but the ML1080 will probably be used in a room with some ambient light, so the ability to reproduce ultra-deep blacks is not critical.

GAMING

The HT2060 comes with a FAST mode, which is even better than a GAME mode because every single preset mode on the projector is capable of low input lag gaming. The HT2060 can detect 4k 60 Hz signals and downscale them to 1080p 60 Hz, but what is most exciting to me is that, according to the manufacturer rep, the HT2060 can detect and display 1080p 120 Hz games with an input lag of 8.3 ms.

I am not a professional gamer, but I love playing first-person shooters until I get motion sick, which is sadly fast. But gaming on the HT2060 on a giant screen with low input lag is fun. There was no visible delay between pushing a button and seeing the corresponding action on-screen.

SOUND QUALITY

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The 5-watt TreVolo x 2-speaker system produces some big sounds. It gets loud without distortion and can tune the audio settings with User Sound EQ. The HT2060's audio offers the following presets: Cinema, Music, Game, Sports, and User. In addition, the User audio mode allows the personalization of the sound settings via the User Sound EQ.

The BenQ HT2060's HDMI 2.0 port does not support ARC functionality, which enables higher-quality audio to be sent from the projector to an external audio device such as a soundbar or home theater audio system.

SUMMARY

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The HT2060 is the follow-up to BenQ's highly successful and long-lived (over five years on the market) HT2050A. The HT2060 projector has big shoes to fill, and I'm happy to report it does an excellent job. The HT2060 keeps all the best features of the HT2050A, from brightness, DMD size, and weight, to name a few, and builds on them by offering a brand new 4LED light source to replace the previous model lamp. The addition of the 4LED light source offers several significant advancements.

LED projectors offer many benefits over traditional lamp-based ones, both in viewing experience and operating ease. The LEDs don't need to warm up after turning on or to cool down when switched off. This minimizes the time you must wait for the projector to start. With instant power on, your device is always ready to use.

LEDs start up quicker and greener, requiring less power to operate, which results in significant energy savings compared to their lamp-based counterparts. Specifically, the new BenQ HT2060 has a typical power consumption of 220 watts compared to the older HT2050A, which had an average power consumption of 353 watts. And since they have a lifespan of 30,000 hours (corresponding to a use of 4 hours per day for over 20 years), projectors like the HT2060 require much less maintenance over the projector's life. Also, LED-powered projectors create less pollution than traditional lamp-based projectors' toxic mercury lamps.

LED projectors don't need to be equipped with powerful, noisy fans because they produce less heat, making them quieter and with more internal space, resulting in smaller, more portable devices. The HT2060 is incredibly light, weighing less than eight pounds. The lighter weight makes this projector easy to install or transport. The HT2060 is so lightweight and compact that it can easily fit into a backpack, leaving room for a PC and gaming console.

Most importantly, LED projectors like the HT2060 provide an enhanced viewing experience. They produce a higher perceived brightness thanks to the 4LED system's higher color saturation. This increased color saturation creates a picture with a wider color gamut for more vibrant and colorful images. This improved color gamut is a massive advantage, especially if you're a movie enthusiast or enjoy big-screen gaming.

Compared to a traditional 3LED light engine, this BenQ 4LED adds a blue LED that boosts the projector's overall brightness, similar to how some laser-based light sources work by adding a blue laser diode to improve picture quality. However, there are some big differences. This new 4LED system does not introduce any specular artifacts that can often be found in RGB or dual blue laser light sources. The HT2060's engine uses no color wheels, so it is smaller, which reduces the overall size and weight of this new projector. LEDs run much cooler than lamps or laser-based projectors, so the HT2060 runs cooler and quieter than they do.

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The BenQ HT2060 factory calibration looks quite good out of the box. I'm not claiming it is perfectly calibrated, but it is so good that most users will square the projector, focus it, and be done with it. Once I got the projector set up and running, I expected the HT2060 to offer similar color performance to the company's X1300i Full HD or the GP500 4K projectors, as both devices use 4LED light sources, but I think colors appear more statured than other BenQ LED projectors I've reviewed.

Before reviewing this projector, I had the BenQ LH820ST, a Full HD projector designed for the simulator market. This model had a GOLF mode that increased color saturation and was intended to boost colors in golf simulations and environments with varied ambient lighting. I'm not saying the color profiles of both projectors are the same, but with their increased color saturation, they have more in common than the GP500 or X1300i I've reviewed.

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The HT2060 delivered sharp and detailed images without any issues. As mentioned, the HT2060 uses a Texas Instruments 0.65-inch DMD DLP chipset to achieve its full HD (1,920 x 1,080p) display resolution. The HT2060 is also Full HD 3D-ready, allowing you to enjoy 3D movies, videos, sporting events, and games with enhanced depth when wearing compatible 3D glasses.

The BenQ SMARTECO mode automatically adjusts lamp brightness based on projected content. This mode enhances brightness and contrast, which improves the HT2060's black-level performance.

Even though BenQ is marketing the HT2060 as a home theater projector, this projector is great for on-the-go gaming or backyard movie nights on a screen up to 150 inches in size.

Overall, I was impressed with the BenQ HT2060 projector. It delivers a bright picture with slightly oversaturated but still accurate colors that are out-of-the-box. This projector is an excellent choice for a first big-screen home theater. BenQ makes excellent use of the larger 0.65-inch DLP chip combined with the latest 4LED light engine, providing black levels you don't see on other projectors in this class. BenQ has even added support for HDR, supporting HDR10 and HLG content.

Overall, the BenQ HT2060 delivers impressive video quality and features far above its class and selling price.

PROS

  • The $999 MSRP makes this projector an incredible value, considering the features and performance BenQ is providing.
  • The projector's Full HD resolution (1,920 x 1,080p) delivers enough detail on a 100 to 120" in a small or medium size room.    
  • The 0.65-inch native Full HD (1,920 x 1,080p) imager created a good image with excellent contrast.
  • The filter-free, sealed LED light source provides a 30,000-hour lifespan, improves the projector's overall reliability, and virtually eliminates maintenance.
  • 2D keystone and vertical lens shift make the projector setup remarkably easy.
  • 2,300 ANSI lumens deliver bright colorful images, even in rooms with moderate ambient light
  • The 500,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio creates deep blacks with good dark area details.
  • 3D content is fully supported.
  • 1.3x zoom ratio makes for an easy setup.
  • Input lag is 16.7 ms (1080p@60 Hz) for high-quality gaming performance.
  • The built-in, Trevolo-tuned, 5-watt stereo sound system produces decent mid-bass and good stereo imaging.


CONS

  • No wired or wireless networking
  • No BenQ QS-02 or any streaming device is included
  • ARC (Audio Return Channel) functionality is not supported
  • Menu response time is a little slow

BENQ HT2060 – SPECIFICATIONS

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Full Specifications
Projector ModelHT2060
Price$999.99 MSRP
Imager TypeDLP (0.65" DMD)
Displayed Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels (1080p)
Native Resolution1920 x 1080 pixels (1080p)
Brightness 2300 ANSI Lumens
Light Source Type4LED
Light Source Life30,000 hours
Contrast Ratio500,000:1
Zoom Lens Ratio1.3X
Power Zoom/FocusNo (manual)
Lens ShiftYes Vertical
Interchangeable LensNo
Ultra-Short ThrowNo
Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Built-in Rechargeable BatteryNo
DVI or HDMIHDMI
3DYes
Blu-Ray 3DYes
Sound SystemTreVolo tuned 5-watt x2 speaker 
Noise Level (-dB)33/28 dB
Low Lag GamingYes
Smart FunctionalityNo
BusinessNo
ClassroomNo
PortableYes
Special Features 
NetworkingWiFi via the optional USB dongle
Dimensions (HxWxD)(WxHxD) 14.4 x 9.6 x 4.6 inches (366 x 244 x 118 mm)
Weight 7.9 lbs. (3.6 Kg)
WarrantyLimited Three (3) Year

 

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