With a $1,499 list price, the HT2550 has two immediate things going for it: It is the first of the new single chip DLPs to ship that uses the newer, smaller, less expensive, and slightly lower “resolution” 4K UHD DLP chip. There have beem several other projectors using that chip announced, and are shipping soon (or by now, depending on when you are reading this). The W1700 seems to be the same projector sold in the EU and other places outside the US.
Back in November, based on preliminary press information, I wrote about the HT2550, in as much detail as I could, with a bit of conjecture.
BenQ was kind enough to provide me with a pre-production HT2550 before CES in January so I could take a “first look” and post in time for the official launch at the Consume Electronics Show, which provided even more info. I took a lot of pictures (although the unit wasn’t calibrated). A few weeks ago, however, I received a full production HT2550, and I have been working with it for about the past two weeks. I’ve already put a whole lot of hours on it, perhaps 70 hours – as the projector I’m reviewing is always on, when I’m writing. My viewing on the BenQ so far – about 50/50, split between sports/HDTV and movies.
A little background on this projector. To me, it is the new 4K UHD equivalent of the old BenQ W1070, a low cost 1080p projector from long ago. That projector was around for years because of the value, known for great color and a very theater like image. Like that W1070 of old and its decedents, the HT2550 has the color and picture.