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BenQ V5000i 4K RGB Laser TV Projector Review

Posted on January 20, 2024 by Philip Boyle
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The BenQ V5000i is an affordable 4K home theater projector and high-gain screen with excellent picture quality.

The BenQ V5000i $3,499 MSRP 4K (3840 x 2160p) smart ultra-short throw projector is the follow-up to BenQ’s award-winning V7050i Laser TV, which we reviewed a little over two years ago. The V5000i is one of the first BenQ projectors to utilize an RGB triple laser light source. The V5000i has a rated brightness of 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, and it can display 98% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, which is fantastic for movies and gaming.

The V5000i is classified as a Laser TV, and as such, BenQ has built the projector with the idea that “light’s on” viewing will likely be the rule rather than the exception. With lights on viewing in mind, BenQ has built a new high-gain, fresnel ALR (ambient light rejecting) screen (model# SNS21). The SNS21 is a soft screen material designed to boost the displayed brightness and color even in rooms with large amounts of uncontrolled ambient light.

For a limited time, BenQ is including the 100-inch version of the SNS21 screen and home installation at no charge with every purchase of a V5000i MSRP of $3,499.

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BenQ V5000i Specs
Price$3,499 MSRP
TechnologyDLP
Displayed Resolution4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim2500 ANSI Lumens
Light SourceRGB Triple Laser Light Source
Contrast3,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
Zoom Lens RatioFixed
Sound System20 Watt (5 x2 main 15 x2 sub)
Dimensions(WxHXD) 30 x 6.4 x 14 inches
Weight29.12 lbs (13.21 kg)

 

Overview

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The BenQ V5000i is the company's first projector to use an RGB triple laser light source. 

The BenQ V5000i is the follow-up to last year's award-winning V7050i. On paper, the V5000i seems to be a true successor to BenQ’s first-generation Laser TV. The V5000i maintains the best of the V7050i and upgrades significant projector performance elements, at least on paper. 

The BenQ V5000i is the company's first consumer projector to use an RGB triple laser light source. The V5000i is rated to deliver 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, which is more than enough light to satisfy the needs of all but the most demanding rooms.

Nichia makes this new RGB laser light source that replaces the Bluecore laser light source used in the previous model. Recently, I wrote about Nichia Discrete RGB laser light sources and how I consider them one of the best projector light sources available today. Even compared to ALPD 4.0 lasers, this new Nichia RGB laser provides excellent D65/Color Brightness. RGB triple laser light sources require more component space and a more robust cooling solution, but the result is well worth it.

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BenQ HDR-PRO technology overcomes brightness constraints to provide authentic HDR performance.

Because BenQ wants to provide the best possible experience in the widest range of environments, the company is, for a limited time, packaging a 100-inch, 1.4X high gain screen and installation with every purchase of a BenQ V5000i. The SNS21 is an ALR (Ambient Light Rejecting) Fresnel screen designed specifically for a BenQ UST (Ultra-Short Throw) projector. 

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For a limited time, the BenQ V5000i is bundled with a 100'' ALR at no additional cost

BenQ’s ISF and THX-certified engineers designed the BenQ SNS21 screen to deliver the best performance with the V5000i in the widest range of rooms. The fresnel screen structure of the BenQ SNS21 uses a multi-layer design to eliminate mirror-type reflections, flare, and ghosting, providing a more comfortable viewing experience, especially in light-on viewing situations. Fresnel ALR screens effectively shield you from seeing the light from surrounding light sources except for the light projected by the lV5000i.

Not only will you receive this 100-inch screen at no additional cost (while the promo is active), but BenQ will pay to have the screen assembled and mounted in your home by BenQ-certified professionals. The matched combination of the V5000i and the SNS21 should produce an incredibly bright, watchable image in almost any lighting situation.

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98% DCI-P3 and 100% Rec.709 color space

BenQ believes beautifully displayed colors in movies and TV can amplify or evoke feelings of sorrow, joy, romance, and thrills by preserving the original image. BenQ home cinema projectors are designed to convey the truest color and impart the deepest feelings for the viewer. BenQ’s THX and ISF dual-certified engineering factory calibrate the V5000i to display the best color consistency. That’s why BenQ provides calibration reports, proving a Delta E performance of less than 3 to reproduce the authentic colors of every film, blockbuster to indie gem.

BenQ CinematicColor and its wider color gamut covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color space and 100% of Rec.709. BenQ also lists the V5000i as covering 100% of the BT.2020 color gamut.

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BenQ’s FILMMAKER mode meets the standards of the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance, preserving creative intent for a cinematic experience on supported UHD TVs. Filmmakers, Hollywood studios, consumer electronics companies, and the UHD Alliance collaborated to make this next-level home theater viewing experience possible. By turning off all post-processing elements like motion smoothing and preserving the correct aspect ratios, colors, and frame rates, Filmmaker mode enables the projector to display movies or television shows content precisely as the filmmaker intended it to be shown.

Most movies are shot at 24 fps (frames per second) to display movies exactly as the director intended. BenQ designed the V5000i to accept high-definition sources at 24 fps without judder in HDR mode to preserve the clarity of the original image in the way filmmakers intended.

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HDR projectors can have a higher peak brightness and more dazzling highlights with deeper shadows.

In addition to HDR and HLG, the V5000i also supports HDR10+, which is an advanced version of HDR10 that includes dynamic metadata compared to HDR10.HDR10+ technology optimizes picture quality for 4K Ultra HD displays by using dynamic tone mapping to reflect frame-to-frame or scene-to-scene variations in brightness, color saturation, and contrast. The resulting enhanced viewing experience can now be easily provided on a wide range of displays, bringing the viewing experience much closer to the original creative intent for the content.

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Equipped with a Google-certified QS02 Android TV dongle, the V5000i provides users access to one of the largest Android TV content libraries available from the Google Play Store. With over 5,000 native apps, Android TV opens the door to a world of entertainment. In addition, V5000i's Wireless Projection allows you to cast your favorite entertainment apps, movies, TV shows, music, games, sports, and more directly from your Android or iOS device, Mac, Chromebook, or Chrome browser.

For the first time, BenQ has included full support for Netflix. This is the Netflix app without a customized launcher or sideloading an application. Thank you, BenQ, for finally including this long-missed feature!

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BenQ has designed the V5000i to appeal to movie lovers and gamers alike. BenQ to deliver a smooth gaming experience, the V5000i includes a GAME mode with an auto-low latency feature. ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) detects signals from gaming consoles, such as the PS5, Xbox, and Nintendo Switch, and provides low latency settings across all game genres.

BenQ has improved the projector responsiveness for gamers, making it capable of 4K 60 Hz gaming with an input lag of 17.9 ms. The V5000i also supports 1080p@60, 120, and 240 Hz with an input lag of 17.9, 21.2 or 8.7 ms.

BenQ has also included MEMC technology to reduce blurring and judder, improving the V5000i’s gaming performance. The projector's low input lag and smooth performance mean gamers should not see a difference between when they push a controller button and the action on the screen.

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160) displayed resolution
  • Free 100" SNS21 high-gain screen with free delivery and installation (while the promotion lasts)
  • Texas Instruments 0.47 DLP with XPR technology
  • 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness
  • 3,000,000:1 Dynamic contrast ratio
  • Nichea RGB Triple Laser Light Engine can reproduce  98%  of the DCI-P3 color space
  • Customizable preset picture modes
  • CMS (Color Management System) for advanced calibration
  • HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG support
  • Gaming mode: 4K@60 Hz 17.9 ms, 1080p@ 120 Hz: 21.2 ms, 1080p@240 Hz: 8.7 ms
  • Wireless networking via BenQ QS-02 smart media dongle
  • Bluetooth with external speaker functionality
  • Built-in TreVolo 5W x2 (Speaker) and 15W x2 sub woofers Dolby Digital sound system
  • HDMI Input#2 supports eARC (Enhanced Audio Return Channel)
  • 3-year limited warranty

HARDWARE

The BenQ V5000i is the company's second generation of Laser TV projectors. The BenQ V5000i changes the design direction from the older V7050i. BenQ's most notable design change is leaving off the aluminum sliding electric panel that automatically opens and closes when the projector is powered on or off. The panel acts as protection for the projector lens and sensors.  BenQ has also ditched the exterior aluminum accents and embossed a pattern into parts of the projector's upper case to make them look like leather. 

The new V5000i's exterior is solidly built and elegant, with its matte black finish and cloth front speaker grill cover. The cover that hides the included QS-02 media stick is one of these areas.

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BenQ designers changed the shape of the front speaker grill to incorporate the projector's larger system components. BenQ could have chosen the conservative approach and just made the front of the projector flat. Instead, BenQ designers took a bolder and more interesting path and incorporated the audio component’s protrusion and the resulting change in the V5000i’s shape as a design element.

Looking at the projector head-on, you will likely not notice it. Still, from a higher angle, the curve of the V5000i’s most visible surface looks like a sine wave generated by the audio components it covers and protects.

CHASSIS

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The BenQ V5000i is the biggest and heaviest Laser TV I’ve seen in years. The V5000i measures (WxHXD) 30 x 6.4 x 14 inches (760 x 164 x 358 mm) and weighs 29.12 lbs (13.21 kg).

There’s nothing different about the overall layout of this Laser TV projector. The projector's TreVolo speakers and woofer are on the front behind the cloth cover. The left and right sides of the projector are for ventilation, and all of the inputs are located on the projector's rear. The V5000i can be mounted on a tabletop or from the ceiling. Screw mounts for compatible ceiling brackets are located on the bottom of the projector. There is a single Power On/Off button on the top right corners of the projector.

The V5000i does not have a control panel on the projector, so all menu operations must be done from the projector's remote control or via the BenQ remote control application for iOS or Android.

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The BenQ V5000i has two HDMI 2.0b connectors and one HDMI 2.1. HDMI input#2 supports Enhanced Audio Return Channel (eARC), and HDMI input#3 accepts a 4K 120 Hz signal.

A fourth HDMI connector with USB power is in a hidden compartment on the projector's top, right, rear corner. This port is where the included BenQ QS-02 streaming media stick plugs in. The increased bandwidth capabilities of eARC allow the transfer of uncompressed audio, such as Dolby TrueHD and Dolby Atmos, for the highest sound quality.

The V5000i can also control connected devices, such as an A/V receiver, via HDMI CEC (Consumer Electronics Control).

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The BenQ V5000i is identical to the company's remote control on the recently reviewed BenQ W4000i. One of the things I like best about this remote control is that it controls both the projector and the QS-02 streaming stick. BenQ has increased the size of the remote to something similar to their more traditional candy bar remotes found on models like the HT2060 but with a curvier and more comfortable grip. BenQ has also added a backlight to the remote.

The BenQ V5000i remote control is well laid out. The top section has power controls, feature shortcut buttons for autofocus, which does not work with this projector, and a shortcut button for the 2D keystone feature. The next row has the source, mic, and projector menu buttons.

The remote control has the typical D-pad with an “OK” button, a back button, a settings menu button, volume up and volume down buttons, and a mute button. In addition, the V5000i remote control also has a dedicated shortcut button for game settings, picture modes, and sound modes.

The remote is very comfortable in the hand and functional, with the ability to control every menu-driven feature of the the projector. Features like focus, zoom, and vertical lens shift can only be manually adjusted on the projector.

THE LENS

The BenQ V5000i's lens has a 0.25:1 throw ratio with a 123.5% offset, meaning you can project an image at any size between 70 and 100 inches. BenQ guarantees a clear picture if you stay within this screen size range, but if you choose to project an image larger than 100", there may be slight blurring at the corners.

Based on the recommendation from THX, BenQ says that viewers should generally sit approximately 11.2 feet from a 100-inch screen for the optimal viewing experience. BenQ does not publish a specific recommendation for the V5000i. From the recommended viewing distance, the image the V5000i projected was a little soft compared to some other equivalently featured Laser TV projectors.

If you sit any closer than eleven feet, you will notice that the projector displays more than the typical amount of color fringing. Color fringing on RGB triple laser projectors shows up as a red and blue line typically visible on the dark or bright edges of the projected content. Color Fringing is a chromatic aberration that occurs to some degree on every triple laser projector but was more pronounced on the V5000i than on other name-brand laser TV projectors I have reviewed. The closer you sit to a projector screen, the more you notice the fringing that makes the edges of the overall image appear soft.

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MENUS

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BenQ projectors have menus that are easy to use and understand. The menus are organized in a way that makes sense, so you can find what you are looking for without any trouble. Navigating through the menus is straightforward, so you can quickly adjust settings and explore different options. If you need help or explanations, the menus provide on-screen guidance to make things easier.

You can customize the projector settings to your liking, whether the brightness, color, or other aspects. The menus offer quick access to important functions, so you can easily switch inputs or change the picture mode. With BenQ projectors, the menus are designed to be user-friendly and make getting the best performance from your projector a breeze.

Like other BenQ projectors I have recently reviewed, this unit works on two different menu systems. The first is the BenQ projector menu, allowing users to control most projector features. The second is the Android TV interface.

SNS21 FRESNEL SCREEN

For a limited time, BenQ is including a 100" high-gain Fresnel ALR (ambient light rejecting) screen. The SNS21 displays a bright image with excellent color and better-than-average blacks.

The SNS21 uses multiple layers of screen material, with the fresnel layer using many concentric circles of micro prisms. These circular micro prisms redirect the light from the projector directly to the viewer's eyes, blocking the ambient light from above and on both sides, which blocks light from unwanted sources and, in the case of this BenQ screen, provides an increase in brightness gain. The SNS21 provides a 1.4X gain in brightness.

The micro prism structure of a Fresnel ALR screen is superior to that of typical ALR screens, which uses a sawtooth pattern and a black light-absorbing layer on top and a white reflective layer on the bottom. The surface of the Fresnel projection screen is also coated with a reflective layer very similar to the type of Fresnel layer used on LCD TVs.

Fresnel screens do have disadvantages. These screens are very delicate compared to a standard lenticular ALR screen and can be damaged much more easily than their counterparts. Fresnel screens increase brightness but offer significantly reduced off-axis viewing compared to a non-fresnel screen. The SNS21 provides a viewing angle of 45 degrees vs the 150-degree viewing angle found on typical non-fresnel (lenticular) screens.

Fresnel screens are typically more expensive to manufacture than standard ALR screens. The increased fragility of the screen material and more complex manufacturing process make building Fresnel ALR screens larger than 100 inches cost-prohibitive.

BenQ does not offer a Fresnel screen size larger than 100 inches. But as an example, a Brand-X 120-inch Fresnel screen can sell for 50% to 150% or more than the identical 100-inch version. A 150-inch Fresnel screen can sell for over 200% more than the 100-inch version of the same screen.

The BenQ screen does a fantastic job of boosting the brightness. When watching a video in a completely light-controlled space, the resulting image looks much closer to an LCD flat panel than any other projector screen I’ve used. Typically, black levels on high-gain screens suffer due to increased gain, but this BenQ screen still displayed better black levels than I expected. If you need a screen that boosts brightness for lights on viewing, the SNS21 should be perfect.

PERFORMANCE

COLOR REPRODUCTION

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  • BenQ V5000i Color Reproduction - Projector Reviews Images
  • BenQ V5000i Color Reproduction - Projector Reviews Images
  • BenQ V5000i Color Reproduction - Projector Reviews Images

The BenQ V5000i's out-of-the-box color performance is excellent. The V5000i has several SDR preset picture modes and multiple HDR preset modes. Due to its RGB laser light source, V5000i can display 100 percent of the BT2020 color space. This type of laser can easily reproduce the wide range of colors utilized in both SDR and HDR content.

Before calibration, the CINEMA (Rec 709), USER, and FILMMAKER picture modes delivered the most accurate measurements. The ISF Night and ISF Day modes also looked good, but they can only be accessed when ISF is enabled. This ISF calibration menu is designed for use by authorized ISF calibrators and is password-protected.

We measured the Hisense pre- and post-calibration color reproduction using Portrait Displays Calman color calibration software. Since your room and screen material significantly impact the overall picture, we don't recommend using someone else's calibration adjustments. If your room is brighter/darker or your walls are a different color, your settings would probably be different. Also, the color characteristics of different individual projectors can vary. Therefore, copying someone else's results can be detrimental to the picture quality rather than improving it. However, I am including my specific room before and after calibration results.

Suppose you want to make quick BRIGHTNESS, CONTRAST, and SHARPNESS adjustments to improve the picture quality of your projector in your room. In that case, several free test patterns are available on the Murideo website and their YouTube channel. Murideo also has written instructions located under the resource section of its website.

Also, check out our YouTube video on utilizing several test patterns called Optimize The Image of a Projector or TV Using Free Murideo Test Patterns.

Pre-Calibration Color Tracking and Grayscale

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We chose to calibrate the CINEMA (Rec709) mode. In this mode, delivered good skin tones and color reproduction were better than average. While the USER mode delivered similar RGB balance and color temperature, the CINEMA (Rec709) mode did a much better job tracking Rec709 colors utilized in SDR content.

The color temperature was 6671K, about a hundred degrees off our target of 6500K. However, measuring the projector RGB balance showed that the image needed less Blue, making the content look slightly cooler than desired.

In CINEMA (Rec709) mode, the BenQ V5000i did an excellent job tracking colors in SDR content. The projector’s pre-calibration color sweep measurements were better than many projectors before calibration. 

The Gamma measurement was 2.2, which matched our target of 2.2. Like most BenQ home theater projectors, the V5000i menu contains many color adjustments needed to finetune the image. 

  • Picture Mode: CINEMA (Rec709)
  • Gamma: 2.2
  • Color Temperature: 6671K
  • Average Grayscale dE: 5.9
  • Average Color Tracking dE: 1.23

Post-Calibration Color Tracking and Grayscale

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When measured, the average color temperature of the CINEMA (Rec709) picture mode wasn’t too far off my target, so I left the Color Temperature setting at its default of Normal. I used the projector's Color Temperature Tuning adjustments to decrease the Blue and Red Gain, which produced better RGB balance and an average color temperature closer to 6500K.  The V5000i also includes 11pt Color Temperature Tuning adjustments, which can be used to finetune the unit RGB balance (Grayscale) even further.  

To achieve deeper-looking blacks and a flat Gamma of 2.2, I switched the projector’s Gamma setting to 2.3 and reduced the Brightness setting slightly. The projector's out-of-box color tracking was outstanding, so there wasn't a need to adjust it further. However, I did use the Color Management adjustments to slightly improve the red and cyan color tracking. 

  • Picture Mode: CINEMA (Rec709)
  • Gamma: 2.2
  • Color Temperature: 6479K
  • Average Grayscale dE: 0.6
  • Average Color Tracking dE: 0.46

 

When evaluating color reproduction, a Delta E measurement of 3 or less is considered ‘Excellent’ and imperceptible by the human eye. After SDR calibration, the grayscale average DeltaE was less than one, which was outstanding. The average pre-calibration Color Tracking dE was about 1.2, which is also outstanding, so there is no need to adjust it, but you have CMS adjustments if you want to improve it even further. 

Many tri-laser projectors that we have reviewed in the past struggle to reproduce the Rec709 color space used in SDR material accurately, but the BenQ V5000I did a great job tracking colors in SDR material. BenQ projectors typically produce images with rich colors, as with the V5000i. When this projector is combined with the high-gain screen, images appear to have an extra layer of depth with incredibly pleasing and accurate colors.

While many BenQ projectors like the V5000i deliver excellent out-of-the-box color reproduction due to factory calibration, it is nice that the company also offers powerful advanced calibration tools that allow users to fine-tune the displayed image. 

BRIGHTNESS

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  • BenQ V5000i Brightness - Projector Reviews Images
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  • BenQ V5000i Brightness - Projector Reviews Images
  • BenQ V5000i Brightness - Projector Reviews Images

BenQ rates the brightness of the V5000i projector at 2,500 ANSI Lumens. The V5000i displayed a bright image, and the included SNS21 high gain screen displayed crisp whites that still showed excellent highlight detail even when the room lights were turned on. The projector produced an image even when the room's lamps were turned on. The darker the room, the better, but the projector's RGB laser light source and high-gain screen displayed excellent colors even with the lights on.

The amazing SNS21 Fresnel screen displayed excellent black and dark area details, normally taking the biggest performance hit with lights on viewing. Still, the projector's ability to produce pleasantly saturated colors helps compensate for losing dark blacks and some shadow details.

I set the projector to BRIGHT mode, the brightest picture mode available, and turned off any energy-saving features. I then took 3-4 readings about 15-20% out from the center of the screen. The BenQ V5000i measured 2,652 ANSI lumens, which is slightly above the manufacturer's rated brightness.

The projector’s more accurate picture modes, CINEMA, BRIGHT CINEMA, and FILMMAKER, reduced the projector's light output. However, there was still more than enough brightness for viewing both SDR and HDR content on a 100″ screen in a room with uncontrolled ambient light. The chart below shows the brightness measurements of the V5000i’s various HDR and SDR preset picture modes.

BLACK LEVEL AND SHADOW DETAIL

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  • BenQ V5000i Blacks & Shadows - Projector Reviews Images

BenQ lists the V5000i as having a 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. Out-of-the-box, the projector's black level is good, and when combined with the SNS21 high gain ALR screen, it blew my expectations for black-level performance out of the water.

As you can see in the images above, the V5000i delivered a good back level and excellent shadow detail. While the blacks were not as deep as LCOS or 3LCD-based home theater projectors, they were better than most Laser TVs that I have reviewed.  

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SDR

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Most TV shows and live broadcasts are produced in HD and will continue for many years, so good 4K upscaling capabilities are critical when displaying this type of content. The BenQ V5000i did an acceptable job upscaling content from various HD sources, from 720P content on YouTube to 1080p Blu-ray content and even news content from CNN. Unfortunately, the projector's softer image, which I discussed in the lens section, affected how sharply lower-resolution content appeared on-screen.

Most 4K movies do not have enough fine detail to make the difference between watching 4K SDR and upscaled HD noticeable. In addition, quality optics combined with adjustable focus resulted in sharp detail across the entire screen.

You can see in the screenshots I’ve provided that the V5000i does an excellent job displaying very natural-looking upscaled high-definition and native 4K UHD images. All photographs are unadjusted for color, so they may not look as good as what the projector produced. The BenQ V5000i comes with motion compensation technology that, when turned on, uses frame interpolation technology to smooth the image, which reduces judder and blur.

HDR

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  • BenQ V5000i HDR Mode - Projector Reviews Images
  • BenQ V5000i HDR Mode - Projector Reviews Images

The BenQ V5000i supports HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG. In the shots above, I’ve tried to pick content that best shows how the V5000i manages HDR content. HDR is incredibly difficult for projectors, but when you have a completely darkened room, you can see how the V5000i makes the most of the HDR content in the shots above, displaying colors and contrast the way the filmmaker intended.

In the first photo from The Flash, the image is purposely yellow as Kara uses sunlight to charge up her depleted energy reserves. The scene is bathed in yellow, meant to represent sunlight, while the reds and blues of her costume pop. The blacks are better than most projectors in this class and price range, and HDR can preserve many dark area details that would otherwise be crushed and not viewable.

Looking at the photo from The Joker, this shot is from the filmmaker's perspective rather than the video look in other parts of the scene that gives a shot on video talk show look. Here, the subtle details of the Joker’s dark blue shirt are visible. Bright area details of his skin under the white face paint are excellent rather than being blown out, all while displaying extended but accurate colors.

HDR Pre and Post-Calibration Measurements

BenQ-V5000i-HDR-Calibration--Pre-Results

HDR content has the potential to deliver video with an expanded color space that displays better highlight and shadow details. However, even the brightest HDR projectors struggle to reproduce HDR.

Out-of-the-box HDR performance will appeal to customers who like their content a little oversaturated. For the most part, the V5000i did an admirable job balancing between delivering respectable on-screen brightness while still producing visible highlight detail.

Once the Grayscale (RGB balance) is adjusted for SDR, those settings are accurately applied to the corresponding HDR picture mode. Due to its RGB Laser Light source, the BenQ V5000i can reproduce over 100% of the BT2020 color space, which we confirmed during our measurements.

Since a color filter is not required, the V5000i can deliver a massive range of colors without sacrificing brightness. 

Often, projectors capable of delivering a wide color gamut make SDR material look artificial and oversaturated. The V5000i reproduced natural-looking colors whether we were watching the latest HDR movie or an old TV show.

 

 

SOUND QUALITY

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BenQ is a company that understands a great home entertainment experience can only be achieved by producing the best sound and vision the hardware will allow. In previous reviews, I’ve often wondered what BenQ could do with more physical space in the projector for sound components, and now I don’t have to wonder anymore. With the V5000i’s larger chassis, BenQ can get big-quality sound-bar performance from the projector. The V5000i sound performance is also improved using the projector's TreVolo chamber speakers and BonGiovi digital signal processing to dramatically improve the projector’s audio performance compared to other Laser TV projectors.

The built-in audio system on the BenQ V5000i uses a two-channel audio design with dual 5W tweeters and dual 15W woofers to create a sound experience that rivals a quality sound bar. The TreVolo chambered speakers provide wide frequency response, enhanced bass, and expanded mid-range and treble, producing an incredibly wide sound stage and full dynamic range for a cinematic audio experience.

SUMMARY

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What a difference only a few years makes in the home theater market, specifically with Laser TV-style ultra-short throw projectors. Ultra-short throw projectors offer so much of the convenience and performance of a flat-panel television but with the ability to project a much bigger image. The BenQ V5000i takes color, contrast, and brightness performance to a new level in light-controlled spaces with color and contrast that is simply stunning. The V5000i is the first BenQ projector to use an RGB laser light source, and the improvement in color performance is noticeable compared to the previous model. The V5000i largely owes its new picture performance to the new triple laser light source BenQ uses. BenQ lists the projector as able to cover 95% of the BT.2020 and 98% of the DCI-P3 color spaces.

BenQ V5000i Color Reproduction - Projector Reviews Images

Projectors that use RGB triple laser light sources tend to produce some degree of color fringing, resulting in red and blue highlights around the edges of objects projected onscreen. Fringing is a form of chromatic aberration typically caused by the projector lens. It is most visible when displaying text and other high-contrast content, like lighter objects against a black background or the reverse. Typically, as long as you watch the projector from an acceptable distance, in this case, 1.4X the screen's height, fringing should not be noticeable. The amount of fringing on the V5000i is higher than that of competitive models, so if you sit any closer than the manufacturer's recommended 11.2 feet distance, it is quite noticeable.

The V5000i is a smart projector with the company's newest and most powerful streaming stick, the BenQ QS-02. The QS-02 eliminates the biggest flaw of the QS-01 by offering users a native Netflix Android TV streaming app; otherwise, this device is very similar. What does not change is the Android TV’s slow interface. I’ve talked about this in previous BenQ projector reviews. The delay from pressing a button on the remote to an onscreen action is most irritating when typing using the Android TV on-screen keyboard with the V5000i remote. The good news is that this can be fixed by adding a more powerful Google TV stick or Apple TV device.

  • BenQ V5000i Color Reproduction - Projector Reviews Images
  • BenQ V5000i Color Reproduction - Projector Reviews Images
  • Full Specifications
    Projector ModelHT3560
    Price$1,69.99 MSRP
    Imager TypeDLP (0.47" DMD)
    Displayed Resolution3,840 x 2,160 pixels (4K UHD)
    Native Resolution1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1080p)
    Brightness 2,500 ANSI Lumens
    Light Source TypeNichia RGB Laser Light Source
    Light Source Life25,000+ hours (Normal)
    Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1 (Dynamic Iris)
    Zoom Lens RatioFixed
    Power Zoom/FocusYes (Focus)
    Lens ShiftNo
    Interchangeable LensNo
    Ultra-Short ThrowYes
    Native Aspect Ratio16:9
    Built-in Rechargeable BatteryNo
    DVI or HDMIHDMI x4
    3DYes
    Blu-Ray 3DYes
    Sound SystemTreVolo tuned 20-watt sound system 
    Noise Level (-dB)28/26(Typ./Eco.)(dB)
    Low Lag GamingYes
    Smart FunctionalityYes (Via QS-02)
    BusinessNo
    ClassroomNo
    PortableNo
    Special FeaturesHDR10+, Vertical Lens Shift, eARC
    NetworkingNo
    Dimensions (HxWxD)(WxHXD) 30 x 6.4 x 14 inches (760 x 164 x 358 mm)
    Weight29.12 lbs (13.21 kg)
    WarrantyLimited Three (3) Year

     

  • BenQ V5000i SDR Mode - Projector Reviews Images

For a limited time, BenQ is including a high-gain Fresnel ALR (ambient light rejecting) screen. ALR screens are designed to filter most light hitting the screen from sources other than the projector. Fresnel ALR screens offer significant performance advantages compared to a white matte screen, providing better screen brightness while filtering out ambient light. The SNS21’s 1.5X gain comes at the expense of wide viewing angles, reducing the typical 150-degree viewing angle to 45 degrees.

The included 100-inch high-gain screen games look stunning even in rooms with uncontrolled ambient light sources. The V5000i is not the brightest UST projector. Still, BenQ makes full use of the projector's 2,500 ANSI lumens of brightness, allowing the projector to be used for lights on viewing with far less impact on color and black-level performance than I expected.

In addition to home theater, the BenQ V5000i is an excellent gaming projector that accepts 4K 120Hz signals from modern consoles like the PS5 and Xbox. The projector downconverts the 120 Hz signal to display at 4K 60 Hz with an input lag of just 17.9 ms in the projector's GAME mode. The V5000i also supports 1080p 120 Hz gaming with an input lag of 13 ms and 1080p 240 Hz gaming with an input lag of just 5 ms. The V5000i is an excellent gaming projector.

The built-in 20-watt (15W x2 woofers and 5W x2 full range speakers) Trevolo sound system provides amazing audio performance, providing the biggest and most dynamic sound of any ultra-short throw projector I have previously reviewed. If you want bigger sound, the V5000i has analog and digital audio outputs and eARC connectivity for connecting to external sound solutions. Users should enjoy the sound that this projector is capable of producing.

The BenQ V5000i is an excellent Laser TV projector perfect for blockbuster home theater content of playing the latest console games. The V5000i is highly competitive, packaged with the BenQ SNS21 high-gain Fresnel ALR screen for $3,499 MSRP. For a limited time, BenQ offers free screen installation at no additional cost. The V5000i is an incredible value and worth serious consideration for your next home entertainment projector.

COMPETITION

AWOL VISION LTV3000 PRO $3,999 MSRP

The AWOL Vision LTV-3000 Pro sells for $3,999 and includes a 100-inch 1.1X high-gain Fresnel screen that provides excellent lights on viewing. Brightness between these two systems is similar since the BenQ is rated at 2,500 ANSI lumens compared to the AWOL Vision's 3,000 ANSI lumens. Still, the BenQ SNS21 screen offers a higher 1.4X gain.

I recently reviewed the LTV-3000 projector and can report that the projector's color fringing is visibly lower than the BenQ, which makes for an overall sharper displayed image between the two projectors.

The LTV-3000 Pro, as with all previous models, supports HDR10, HDR10+, Dolby Vision, and HLG, whereas the BenQ V5000i stops at HDR10+ and does not support Dolby Vision. AWOL Vision lists the projector's contrast as 2,500:1 when using the company's Enhanced Adaptive Black Level setting. Both the LTV3000 and the V5000i offered excellent black-level performance.

The LTV-3000 Pro features a big-sounding 36-watt sound system capable of very dynamic sound, but the bigger chassis on the V5000i leaves more room for audio components and offers the best on-board sound I’ve heard in any current projector. The AWOL Vision sounds good for a Laser TV, but the BenQ offers next-level audio quality, especially in bass performance.

AWOL Vision uses Amazon Fire TV OS as its streaming and application solution. The included Firestick 4K Max is an excellent performer. The Firestick and the BenQ QS-02 offer similar features, but the Amazon device is better in speed and overall eco-system than the QS-02.

The other big change in the LTV-3000 Pro is adding what AWOL Vision calls Smart Room Ready functionality. The AWOL Vision LTV-3000 Pro is now seamlessly integrated with Control4 and other projector control and management solutions. AWOL addition of this functionality allows projector features like power, volume, HDMI source switching, and more to be managed through platforms like PJLink, Control 4, SAVANT, and Crestron.

Hisense PX2-Pro $2998 MSRP

The Hisense PX2-PRO and the BenQ V5000i offer comparable features and benefits. Both projectors use bright triple laser light sources and can display the full BT2020 color gamut. The BenQ’s brightness is 2,500 ANSI, with the Hisense rated at 2,400 ANSI lumens.

We talk a lot about Hisense and their excellent understanding of color science, but in this comparison, the color performance of the V5000i is on par with Hisense.

Both the V5000i and the PX2-PRO offer digital focus adjustment. The BenQ projector can display up to a 100-inch image. In contrast, the Hisense goes up to 130 inches.

Both projectors support HDR-encoded content. However, the Hisense PX2-PRO supports Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos content. The BenQ V5000i does not support Dolby Vision but does support HDR10+.

Both projectors offer big onboard sound systems that easily compete with entry-level soundbars, but once again, I like that Hisense supports Dolby Atmos sound where BenQ does not.

While it is very nice that BenQ has included a QS-02 Android TV stick with the projector, Hisense has partnered with Google to provide users with a fully integrated Google TV OS experience with access to the entire gamut of Google and Google-compatible services, including live TV, built into the projector.

BenQ V5000i Product image - Projector Reviews Images

PROS

  • The $3,499 MSRP with high-gain screen makes this projector an incredible value, considering the 4K resolution, advanced features, and performance BenQ provides.
  • Includes SNS21 high-gain screen with free delivery and professional installation (while promotion lasts).
  • New BenQ HDR-PRO technology adds support for HDR10+ which adds dynamic metadata to HDR10 source files for better
  • Texas Instruments 0.47-inch DLP DMD displays 4K UHD (3,840 x 2,160p) images.
  • The Nichia RGB laser light source provides excellent color and contrast and can last more than 20,000 hours in NORMAL light mode.
  • 2D auto vertical keystone combined with manual horizontal keystone provides a professionally squared image from various locations.
  • Exceeds 2,500 ANSI lumens light output helps create bright, colorful images, even in rooms with uncontrolled room light.
  • The 3,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio creates deep blacks with good dark area details.
  • 3D content is fully supported.
  • Manual focus adjustment makes for an easy setup.
  • Input lag is 17.9ms (1080P 60Hz), 17.9ms (4K 60Hz), 21ms (1080p120Hz), 8.7ms (1080P 240Hz) for high-quality gaming performance.
  • The built-in, Trevolo-tuned, 20-watt stereo sound system with adjustable EQ performs like BenQ gaming projectors with decent mid-bass and good stereo imaging.
  • eARC for Dolby Atmos audio pass-through, transmitting original full-resolution audio signals to your sound system via one HDMI cable.

CONS

  • No Dolby Vision support
  • No USB 3.0 high-speed connectivity
  • The projector displays more noticeable color fringing than key competitors

BENQ V5000i – SPECIFICATIONS

BenQ V5000i Product image - Projector Reviews Images
Full Specifications
Projector ModelV5000i
Price$3,499 MSRP
Imager TypeDLP (0.47" DMD)
Displayed Resolution3,840 x 2,160 pixels (4K UHD)
Native Resolution1,920 x 1,080 pixels (1080p)
Brightness 2,500 ANSI Lumens
Light Source TypeNichia RGB Laser Light Source
Light Source Life20,000+ Hours (Normal Light Mode)
Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1 (Dynamic)
Zoom Lens RatioFixed
Power Zoom/FocusYes (Focus)
Lens ShiftNo
Interchangeable LensNo
Ultra-Short ThrowYes
Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Built-in Rechargeable BatteryNo
DVI or HDMIHDMI
3DYes
Blu-Ray 3DYes
Sound SystemTreVolo tuned 20-watt x2 speaker 
Noise Level (-dB)30/28 dB
Low Lag GamingYes
Smart FunctionalityYes (Via QS-02 Smart Dongle)
BusinessNo
ClassroomNo
PortableNo
Special FeaturesHDR10+,  eARC
NetworkingYes (Wireless Via QS-02)
Dimensions (HxWxD)WxHXD) 30 x 6.4 x 14 inches (760 x 164 x 358 mm)
Weight29.12 lbs (13.21 kg)
WarrantyLimited Three (3) Year

 

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