On the other hand, if your number 1 thing is sports – day or night – then unless you have that cave, the TK850 is your go-to choice.
The best part of this, is that BenQ really does give you a choice. Two similar enough projectors – they work the same, have almost identical menus, and the same inputs, but you get to choose that best matches your viewing goals and your room’s advantages or limitations.
Although this is a comparison article between these two BenQ projectors, we’ve already mentioned the lower cost dynamic duo – the HT2550 and TK800M.
BTW, Should You Have a Bigger Budget…
There’s one more BenQ that should be considered if you are looking at the HT3550 – and have some extra bucks. In that case, definitely consider the $2499 HT5550 projector, which is the next step up, adding lens shift, and deeper black level performance, creating a more serious home theater projector. I really liked the HT5550 projector when I reviewed it. That BenQ is my 2nd favorite home theater projector under $3500 (and it sells for almost $500 below my favorite, the Epson HC5050UB.)
Of course, the HT3550 and TK850 sell for barely half of the Epson, and about 1/3 less than the HT5550, so, we’re definitely not talking about direct competition. If you have the bigger budget, though, the Epson and the BenQ HT5550 are two excellent choices, without pushing up to $4000 or more.
BenQ has better still, but their next go-to projector is their HT9060 who’s review I just published two weeks before this article. It uses a solid state LED light engine, for long life and (as mentioned, 97% of P3 color). Better optics, and a higher resolution DLP chip as well. Keep the HT9060 in mind if you are feeling rich.
The Bottom Line: TK850 vs HT3550: Hard core movie watcher – have a good room, respectable lighting control, and go HT3550. Not such a good room, but not terrible, probably still stick with the HT3550.
Same “not such a good room”, but you are more a casual viewer, or sports fan first, then I’d say go for the additional pop that comes with all those extra white lumens – that is, the TK850!
Remember, the differences between these “non-identical twins” aren’t great, but those differences are there, so you can choose the one that best meets your requirements for a pleasurable viewing experience!