The TK700 is small enough to pick up and bring with you to a friend’s house or a gaming competition. The TK700 measures 12.3-inches wide x 9.7-inches deep x 4.3-inches high (w/o adjustment feet). In addition, the TK700 only weighs 6.8 pounds, so you do not have to worry about dragging around a bunch of weight when moving the projector to a friend’s house. Heck, the BenQ TK700 would even be great to bring along to a kid’s birthday party so they could have a friendly gaming competition on a giant portable outdoor projector screen like an Elite Screen Yard Master 2 Series.
The single 5-watt speaker is located on the left side of the chassis. The air intake vent is located on the projector’s left side, while the air exhaust vent is located on the projector’s right side.
All the connections and inputs are located on the rear of the TK700. The rear of the chassis has dual HDMI 2.0b ports with High-Bandwidth Content Protection (HDCP) 2.2. HDCP is designed to protect 4K content from being pirated. HDCP 2.2 essentially creates an encrypted system that ensures a secure connection between the source and the display. In addition, the TK700 has an RS-232 control port, audio output jack, a USB Type-A port (power supply 1.5 A), and an AC power jack.
It should be noted that there is, in fact, a third HDMI port for a BenQ QS01 wireless dongle. The third HDMI port is hidden underneath a dongle cover. The QS01 HDMI Media Streaming is an Android TV (ATV) dongle to be used with the projector.
Purchasing and installing the optional BenQ QS01 allows the end-user to enjoy Amazon Prime video, parental control service, and access to all the latest Android apps with Google-certified Android TV. In addition, Netflix can be enjoyed by either casting from a Google Chrome browser, connecting your device with an HDMI cable, or manually installing compatible apps directly from Google Play. Lastly, the BenQ QS01 allows multi-platform wireless casting (Android, iOS, Mac, Windows computer, or Chromebook).
The top of the chassis has a push-button control panel on it. The control panel has a power off/on button. A D-pad on the control panel with an “OK” button allows easy directional control. An Eco Blank button to momentarily turn off the light source, Input button, Menu button, Mode button, and Back button round out the control panel.
Along with the typical Play, Stop, Forward, Rewind, and Pause buttons, the BenQ remote has a D-pad with an “OK” button, power on, power off, Keystone, Source, Projector Menu, Picture Mode, Sound Mode, Back, volume control buttons. In addition, the TK700 remote has a LumiExpert Boost button, which allows the projector to automatically adjust brightness according to ambient light. My only problem with the TK700 remote is that it is not backlit. Granted, I did not have to use the remote control much once I started gaming and watching movies. The few times I did need to use the remote, it was too dark to see what button(s) I wanted to press. I was forced to use my iPhone flashlight to see what buttons I needed to push.
The TK700’s lens is located on the front left side of the projector (as looking from the rear of the projector). The lens has a manual zoom ring with a lever to adjust the image size and a manual focus ring to sharpen the image. The TK700 has a throw ratio of 1.127~1.46. The projector’s short throw provides placement versatility, even in smaller rooms.
Keep in mind that the distance from the projector lens to the screen, the video format, and the zoom setting all play a factor in the TK700’s projected image size. The TK700 can produce a 100-inch image at 8.2 feet and a 150-inch image at 12.03 feet away from the projection surface. On pages 12 and 13 of the User Manual, BenQ says the TK700 optimal projector image size is 60-inches to 200-inches. BenQ states the TK700 can project an image as small as 30-inches and as big as 300-inches, but the image quality will be affected.
The TK700 has 2D keystone capability. The projector can automatically correct the vertical sides of a distorted image by enabling the Auto Vertical Keystone on the Installation menu. Manual horizontal set up ±30 degrees is also available. 2D keystone eliminates trapezoid effects when projecting from various locations in a room for an almost effortless projector installation and setup.
I placed the TK700 on a flat surface and moved the projector until the image matched up to my screen for a perfect image on my 110-inch Screen Innovations (SI) Solo Pro 2 Unity AT Pure White 1.3 gain screen. I took my time and did not have to use any of the TK700’s Keystone adjustments. I suggest spending a few extra minutes getting the alignment perfect by adjusting the projector’s position whenever possible. Using digital keystone correction slightly degrades any projector’s image quality and induces latency. Although I did not need to keystone, it is nice knowing it is there if ever needed, like if I was traveling and was forced to set the TK700 and projector screen up on uneven surfaces.
The TK700’s menu button cannot be missed as it simply says Menu on it. The Menu button brings you directly to the projector’s On-Screen Display (OSD) menu. Going into System, which has an icon that looks like an equalizer, you can see Menu Settings. Clicking on Menu Settings allows the end-user to set up the projector OSD menu as Advanced or Basic. The Advanced OSD menu gives access to the Picture menu, Audio menu, Display menu, Installation menu, System menu, and the Information menu in their entirety. The Basic menu provides quick access to Picture Mode, Sound Mode, Light Source Mode, 2D Keystone, Game Settings, HDR Brightness, Information menu, and Menu Type.