Posted on August 26, 2021 By Phil Jones
The BenQ V7050i is a 2500 lumen Laser TV that retails for $3499. Ultra-short throw, smart 4K laser projectors commonly referred to as “Laser TVs” have been growing in popularity. If like me, you have been waiting for BenQ to enter the Laser TV category, then you are going to be as excited as I am about the BenQ V7050i Laser TV projector.
BenQ has designed the V7050i to replace your living room television or older video projector. That might be a lot to expect from their freshman entry into the Laser TV category. This category has seen impressive growth over the past couple of years with excellent offerings from VAVA, Hisense, and Optoma. CE titans like Sony have been in the Laser TV category since before it was called Laser TV. LG and Samsung have more recently come to market with their own impressive Laser TV offerings. While they are facing some stiff competition, BenQ has a plan to succeed in this category.
BenQ plans to grab its slice of the ever-growing Laser TV category by focusing on price, performance, and smarts.
In this review, I’m going to take you through the core technology and notable features BenQ uses in the V7050i. In some markets, BenQ has also introduced a twin called the V7000i. Other than its white color, it is 100% identical to the V7050i.
The BenQ V7050i is priced at $3,499 MSRP, so it’s natural to assume that the V7050i is designed to compete against offerings from VAVA, Optoma, Samsung, and Hisense, especially since its MSRP prices it $200 higher than Optoma P2, the same as the Samsung LS-P7T and $500 less than the Hisense 100L5F.
BenQ knows something about making a projector that looks good, both inside and out. The V7050i is a beautifully designed projector with sleek-edged aluminum lines that houses a laundry list of high-performance video technology ready to bring a cinematic entertainment experience to your living room.
At the heart of the V7050i is a 2,500-lumen laser diode light source and a Texas Instruments DLP (.47″ DMD) imager to display a bright 4K picture. It features HDR-Pro™ (High Dynamic Range) for improved image quality and shadow detail from HDR content. The V7050i also utilizes BenQ’s proprietary CinematicColor™ technology to deliver a wider color gamut covering up to 98% of the DCI-P3 color space. The projector’s FILMMAKER mode did a great job utilizing the unit’s color capability accurately.
Like most Laser TV projectors, the V7050i offers an onboard sound system that BenQ has designed to outperform many competitors. BenQ includes a treVolo-tuned, 5W x 2 built-in virtual surround audio system that provides a complete home theater experience with only one projector that sits just inches from the screen.
The BenQ V7050i laser TV is a smart projector. It is a Google-certified Android TV™ device providing access to most of the popular Android TV video applications. You can also control the unit with your voice via Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa.
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