BenQ as mentioned is claiming 95% of DCI-P3 color, and that’s about as good as it gets, except for laser projectors. Eric’s measurements will tell us if it achieves that lofty target. Epson by comparsion claimed 100% of P3 on their new HC4010 and PC4050 projectors but Eric found the individual colors all coming in between 92% and 100% (still very good). If the BenQ does that well, or close, that’s really good. Mind you, P3 color is a subtle improvement, whereas having content with HDR, is anything but subtle, it’s markedly different.
Switching to 1080p and 1080i content, the picture was overall more on the money. Saturation seemed about right – if anything, on The Hunger Games, and on Casino Royale, I thought that the skin tones were undersaturated a little, but then, the projector might be a little cooler on color temp than right on target. Overall, 1080p picture quality was really good.
Hardware wise, the HT3550 is pretty typical of other under $2000 DLP projectors - Dual HDMI, stereo speakers, USBs, even a 12 volt screen trigger, and more. We'll get into the nitty gritty in the full review.
I played with the dynamic iris (hooray). It works, but it is not as aggressive as some. BenQ is delivering blacker blacks with it than the HT2550 (based on on, off, comparisons (no iris on the HT2550).
BenQ is not pushing that iris as hard as Epson does theirs, as a result the amount of lowering of the blacks is more modest. bit still a real improvement over similar DLP projectors without a dynamic iris. I want to spend more time watching, but I can say that at the minimum, the HT3550’s black levels are not the same old “entry level” blacks levels that I have described for almost all of the 4K UHD DLPs (at least the non-laser models), and even some of those. This is a very good thing.
I have yet to put the HT3550 up “side by side” with the Epson 5040UB I have mounted. I will do that, and have comparison photos in the full review, so stay tuned.