Posted on April 23, 2022 By Kam Valentine
The BenQ TK700 4K HDR Short-Throw Console Gaming Projector is a $1,499 projector with 3200 ANSI lumens. The TK700 is part of BenQ’s Console Gaming Projector Series. Spoiler alert: the TK700 is great for gaming, but you could also definitely use it for watching your favorite movies and shows.
BenQ sent Projector Reviews a demo sample of the TK700 to review. To thoroughly test the projector, I connected my PlayStation 5, Razer Blade 17 4K – GeForce RTX 3080 Ti laptop, Kaleidescape Compact Terra 6TB movie server, and Kaleidescape Strato C 4K movie player to the TK700 via 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cables. I projected onto a 110-inch Screen Innovations (SI) Solo Pro 2 Unity AT Pure White 1.3 gain screen for this review.
As always, I will provide you with an independent and honest review of the BenQ TK700 4K Short-Throw Gaming Projector.
The TK700 is a 4K lamp-based gaming projector designed for competition console gaming. The TK700’s lamp light source brightness is rated at 3,200 ANSI lumens. The lamp life span is rated at 4,000 hours in Normal mode and up to 15,000 hours in Lamp Save mode.
The TK700 is not to be confused with the BenQ TK700STi 4K Console Gaming Projector. For starters, the TK700STi is $1,699, which is $200 more than the TK700. The extra cost of the TK700STi is in part due to it being a smart projector with Android TV (ATV). The “i” located at the end of TK700STi indicates that the TK700STi is an intelligent projector that allows media streaming using an included BenQ QS0I ATV dongle. The QS0I Android TV dongle is effortlessly installed into the third HDMI input port, concealed under the dongle cover located on the projector’s rear.
The TK700 is purpose-built to be paired with a PlayStation or Xbox; both gaming consoles already have built-in smart features. Having smart features built into the TK700 would have been redundant and driven the price up. The TK700 has BenQ’s Black Detail Enhancement feature, and the TK700STi does not. The TK700 has FPS game mode, and the TK700STI has FPS, RPG, and SPG game modes.
The TK700 and TK700STi are both short-throw projectors, but the TK700 has a 1.3x zoom lens, and the TK700STi has a 1.2x zoom lens. The TK700 produces a 150-inch image at 12.03 feet from the projection surface, and the TK700STi produces a 150-inch image at 9.8 feet from the projection surface. Lastly, the TK700 has 3200 ANSI lumens compared to the TK700STi’s 3000 ANSI lumens. You can read my full review of the BenQ TK700STi by clicking here.
One of a few important items to us gamers is input lag. As far as input lag goes, BenQ states 0-20ms is high speed, 20-40ms is fast, 40-62ms is slow, and anything lower than 63ms is very slow. The TK700 has a BenQ rated input lag of 4K@60Hz: 16.67ms, 1080p@240Hz: 4.16ms, 1080p@120Hz: 8.33ms, and 1080p@60Hz: 16.67ms. In addition, it should be noted that this competition-level console gaming projector comes with a unique game mode for FPS gaming with audio, visual, and optimized latency settings.
The video format, distance from the projector lens to the screen, and the zoom setting play a factor in the TK700’s projected image size. BenQ states the TK700 preferred projector image size is 60-inches to 200-inches. However, if you do not mind the image being slightly out of adjustment, the TK700 can project an image as small as 30-inches and as big as 300-inches.
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