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BenQ V7050i 4K Laser TV Projector Review – Notable Features

BENQ CINEMATICCOLOR™ TECHNOLOGY

BenQ CinematicColor

BenQ’s exclusive CinematicColor technology reproduces a wide range of colors for both 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) and 1080p SDR (Standard Dynamic Range) movies. Today we are fortunate to have so much content mastered in 4K HDR and the DCI-P3 color space.

BenQ CinematicColor and its wider color gamut covers 98% of the DCI-P3 color space, authentically replicating the colors the directors intended to show in their content. BenQ made this possible by creating a specially designed and custom calibrated color wheel that can display reds 1.3 times brighter than many of its competitors.

The Wide Color Gamut feature is engaged is based on the mode selected and type of content being viewed. For example, when the projector is in the DCI-P3 or HDR10/HLG picture modes it is automatically set to ON. When in FILMMAKER mode the Wide Color Gamut setting is set to “Off” when watching 1080P SDR content, and “On” for 4K HDR content.

The overall brightness will be affected when DCI-P3 is enabled so it designed to be use in a totally dark room for an optimized viewing experience. When watching HDR content, colors in the bright areas are more vibrant without impacting dark details.

BenQ CinematicColor DCI-P3

BenQ CinematicColor is to maximize the Rec.709 color gamut for 1080p Blu-ray movies and the DCI-P3 color gamut for 4K HDR movies, respectively. BenQ engineers made precise adjustments of D65 color temperature, gamma, black level, RGB balance,, RGBCMY (red, green, blue, cyan, magenta, yellow) color tracking, hue, saturation, and brightness as defined by the Rec. 709/DCI-P3 standard to maximize the V7050i’s color accuracy.

BENQ FILMMAKER MODE

BenQ strives to display movies and television shows as their directors envisioned. The new Filmmaker mode meets the standards of the UHD (Ultra High Definition) Alliance preserving creative intent for a cinematic experience on supported UHD TVs.

BenQ Filmmaker Mode

Filmmakers, Hollywood studios, consumer electronics companies, and the UHD Alliance collaborated to make this next-level home theater viewing experience possible. By disabling 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 show’s 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 V7050i 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.

SMART CAPABILITIES INCLUDED

BenQ QS01 Smart Media Adaptor

To effectively replace the living room television, laser TV projectors should be Smart. The included BenQ QS-01 media stick provides that Smart capability to the V7050i. The QS-01 provides access to more than 5,000 of the latest Android apps, movies, TV shows, live sports, news, games, music, and services like Google Play, and YouTube™ anytime, anywhere across compatible devices.

BenQ FamiLand

The QS-01 even has a dedicated button on the remote for specially curated kid-friendly content with the FamiLand application.

Prime Originals

In addition, with one-button access to the exclusive Amazon Prime originals app, customers have access to a huge collection of 4K movies and TV shows quickly at their fingertips.

Now, there’s no need to split time between a projector for movies and a TV for streaming. With the included QS-01 media stick, watch content on the same big-screen projector.

The QS-01 supports the most popular content platforms like Hulu, Disney+, HBO max™, Paramount+, and many more, with one big exception. No Netflix support, which has been a problem for a while.

For now, BenQ recommends opening Netflix on your laptop and casting to the projector. Or you can purchase one of many affordable HDMI smart devices. These include the Fire TV Stick 4K, Chromecast with Google TV 4K, Roku Express 4K+, or the Apple TV 4K, all of which have Netflix support.

Google Assistant

Android TV with Google Assistant functionality allows me to search and watch movies, stream apps quickly, and play games. But what I find most valuable about my Google Assistant is that I can ask questions and see answers on the big screen.

The BenQ V7050i allows you to cast movies and a wide range of content from a compatible device to your projector via the included BenQ QS-01 media stick. The V7050i’s media adaptor also supports AirPlay® with a compatible Android TV app.

TREVOLO TUNED SOUND SYSTEM

V7050i’s treVolo-tuned 5W x 2 virtual surround stereo uses what BenQ calls DSP-IC. This patented audio correction algorithm powered by MaxxAudio™ adjusts the V7050i’s speakers and psychoacoustics tuning, allowing better 3D surround sound, more detailed highs, and more powerful vocals. At the same time, MaxxAudio achieves excellent, distortion-free cinematic bass while preserving sounds in the higher ranges.

Sound tuned by treVolo

V7050i supports external audio and offers dual HDMI 2.0b, audio return on HDMI port 2, and a S/PDIF port. You can even use the projector’s sound system as a Bluetooth speaker through the included BenQ QS-01 Android TV adaptor.

What it comes down to is the sound system built into the V7050i performs really well in a wide range of listening scenarios from watching movies, listening to music, or playing games.