Another definite improvement is the return of modest vertical lens shift, which the HT2550 lacks, but which older predecessor 1080p models like the famous BenQ W1070 did have. Great to have some lens shift again, lens shift is always better than keystone correction for having a precise, rectangular image. There’s an onboard speaker system. Two five watt speakers to be precise, which gives the HT3550 some “home entertainment” abilities.
I might note that the BenQ HT3550 is a relatively small home theater projector and that it is also one that looks particularly good, with clean lines, an off white cabinet with A brown-gray back. The built-in sound, and 9.4 lb. weight (4.2 kg) make it more than portable enough for moving room to room, hauling outside for movie nights (or sports nights, or Game of Thrones – final season – nights. BTW if you do an outdoor movie night, the sound system is adequate, but if you have a more powerful boom box with some real bass, you can use the projector’s audio out.
For those not familiar with the concept, this HT3550 projector is a pixel shifter, its native resolution is 1920x1080, x4 as it fires the same pixel 3 more times, shifting where it hits the screen slightly. A pixel shifter inherently (all else being equal) cannot be as detailed as the bigger, more expensive 2716x1528x2 DLP pixel shifting chipset, and certainly not native 4K. BenQ, like others, tends not to mention those little “resolution” details, (a practice which I don’t care for, but one that seems to be the way many DLP projector makers now describe their 4K UHD projectors). But, not being as transparent as possible, isn’t limited to DLP.
But let’s finish this conversation on the next page.
BenQ claims 2000 lumens. The first unit was very disappointing when measuring brightness. Fortunately, that’s not the case for the full production version I’m working with now, which proved immediately, and obviously brighter!
The important point I want to make is that the HT3550 I have here, looks a whole lot better, right out of the box, than the pre-production unit looked after Eric’s calibration. It was noticeable when viewing 4K HDR content/P3 color.
Some additional basics:
There are two HDMI inputs, as well as a screen trigger and other inputs and connectors. The warranty is three years parts and labor.