Resident Evil 4 is a survival horror Role-Playing Game (RPG) published by Capcom U.S.A., Incorporated. Resident Evil 4 challenges players to endure intense, terrifying situations. Although these moments of horror are dispersed throughout the gameplay, the inclusion of action elements helps strike a balance.
The iconic survival horror game from 2005, Resident Evil 4, has been completely revitalized in this comprehensive remake. This reimagining of the legendary game features enhancements for today's gaming generation, including cutting-edge graphics and controls, as well as a reworked storyline that might astonish even the most devoted fans of the original title.
Resident Evil 4 was released for PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC via Steam on March 23, 2023. The PS5 edition allows players to prioritize either frame rate or resolution and includes support for ray tracing technology. For PS5, Resident Evil 4 – Digital Standard Edition (base game) can be purchased for $59.99. Resident Evil 4 – Digital Deluxe Edition can be had for $69.99 and consists of the base game and an extra DLC pack that includes various costumes, weapons, and accessories.
PROJECTOR UTILIZED – BENQ X3000i
BenQ provided Projector Reviews with demonstration units of their X3000i and TK700 gaming projectors for our monthly "Best Games to Play on a Projector in 2023" articles. It's worth noting that I have accumulated over 536 hours of usage with the BenQ X3000i, primarily gaming on my PS5. This experience places me in an excellent position to describe the gaming experience on a projector and a large projector screen.
For this article, I chose to pair Resident Evil 4 with the BenQ X3000i gaming projector, as its RPG game mode complements the survival horror nature of Resident Evil 4. Retailing at $1,999, the BenQ X3000i is a 4K HDR 4LED gaming projector featuring 3000 ANSI lumens and dual built-in 5-watt chamber speakers.
BenQ asserts that the X3000i is tailored for compatibility with PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Nintendo Switch. The company also emphasizes that the X3000i 4K 4LED gaming projector is engineered to provide a deeply immersive gaming experience, featuring 4LED HDR-PRO™ for realistic colors and grand visuals, as well as dynamic virtual 3D sound from multiple directions.
I connected my PS5 to the BenQ X3000i gaming projector using 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cables and a Marantz AV8805 Pre-Tuner. I projected the image onto a 110-inch (16:9) Screen Innovations (SI) Solo Pro 2 Unity AT Pure White 1.3 gain screen and a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon fixed frame with CineWhite® UHD-B (Tensioned Matte White) 1.3 gain flexible front projection screen material.
The X3000i features a brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, making it suitable for use even in environments with some uncontrolled ambient light. The projector delivers clear and detailed images, and thanks to its XPR (eXpanded Pixel Resolution) technology, it can project a 4K image. For more information on 4K DLP with XPR technology, refer to the Projector Reviews’ Projection Termspage. Furthermore, the projector comes with a range of connectivity options, including HDMI, USB, and VGA, ensuring effortless connection with various devices and sources.
The X3000i possesses additional features that make it an excellent gaming projector. For example, the projector includes dedicated FPS, RPG, and SPG game modes, along with audio, visual, and optimized latency settings tailored for survival horror RPGs like Resident Evil 4. Choosing RPG mode for Resident Evil 4 is an excellent way to achieve complete cinematic immersion.
Changing the X3000i's Picture Mode from HDR10 to HDR Game allows access to the projector's Game Settings, where you can enable or disable Fast Mode. With Fast Mode activated, the X3000i reduces the response time between the input source and the displayed image.
Naturally, I played Resident Evil 4 with Fast Mode enabled, which guaranteed smooth gameplay during intense action scenes while I fought off hordes of once-human villagers, referred to as "Ganados" in the game, using an array of melee moves and weapons.
RESIDENT EVIL 4 GAMEPLAY
Resident Evil 4 is a remake of the esteemed 2005 game of the same name, featuring the protagonist Leon S. Kennedy. Owing to his distinct experience as a Raccoon City survivor, Leon was swiftly recruited to serve as an agent for the U.S. government. Taking place six years following the incidents of Resident Evil 2, Leon is sent to an isolated European village to investigate the vanishing of the U.S. president's daughter.
Remember when I told you Resident Evil 4 is a survival horror game that challenges players to endure intense, scary situations? I'm not overstating it when I say that Resident Evil 4 is genuinely terrifying, particularly when playing on a projector with a huge screen that immerses you in the game. A word of caution: if you're easily frightened and not a fan of horror films, this game may not be for you!
To effectively progress through Resident Evil 4, it's essential to have a diverse collection of weapons at your disposal. Don't hesitate to try out different options, as each weapon possesses unique advantages and drawbacks.
The weapons can be classified into several categories: handguns, shotguns, rifles, submachine guns, magnums, and unique/utility types. Some weapons are found, but most of these can be acquired from the Merchant as you advance through the campaign. You can purchase them using pesetas or trade Spinels obtained from completing requests.
Additionally, some weapons can accommodate specific attachments, which can be equipped by selecting the weapon in your inventory and choosing the Parts option. My preferred weapon is the Bolt Thrower, which is perfect for silent stealth kills, and it even allows for attaching explosive mines to the bolts.
Resident Evil 4 offers HDR (High Dynamic Range) support on compatible devices. HDR technology enables a broader spectrum of colors and brightness levels in games and other media, resulting in more vivid and realistic imagery. However, keep in mind that HDR support availability may vary based on the specific platform and display device used for gameplay. Using a projector with an HDR game mode like the BenQ X3000i is highly beneficial, as it allows you to fully appreciate the enhanced graphics of next-generation console games.
HDR support in games ensures visibility in both bright and dark areas. As I have emphasized time and again, being able to accurately perceive what's happening around your character in both dark and bright scenes is crucial for success in many video games.
Utilizing the BenQ X3000i and my large projector screens, I encountered no difficulties in traversing the frequently dark scenes of Resident Evil 4, relying solely on my flashlight to spot potential hazards in the darkness.
I played Resident Evil 4 in 4K (3840x2160) @ 60Hz. When using a large projector screen at typical viewing distances, 4K offers a significantly improved level of detail and image quality compared to FHD, leading to more vivid and lifelike visuals. This improvement is particularly beneficial for a game like Resident Evil 4, but it also makes the game more frightening due to the increased realism.
I appreciated the BenQ X3000i’s low 16.67ms input lag while gaming in 4K @60Hz. The X3000i’s low input lag rivals many flat-panel TVs, ensuring that gameplay will be responsive enough for most gamers and far exceeds the needs of a casual gamer. I fully utilized the low input lag, which allowed me to efficiently combat or evade hordes of Ganados without being overwhelmed due to a sluggish and unresponsive system.
Examine the two images above; they illustrate the contrast between having Ray Tracing enabled and disabled. Be sure to enter the game's Display settings to adjust your personal preferences. However, I recommend choosing Resolution under the Visual/Action Priority option rather than Frame Rate and enabling Ray Tracing if your gaming setup supports it. Resident Evil 4’s visuals greatly benefit from these settings. Resolution priority and Ray Tracing absolutely provide the most visually immersive experience in the game. Though, if frame rate is more crucial for you, you can always switch to Frame Rate priority.
The BenQ X3000i features built-in treVolo tuned speakers and utilizes Bongiovi DPS technology to create virtual 3D surround sound. With dedicated audio modes meticulously designed to emphasize sound details and directions for various game types and scenes, the integrated sound system delivers an impressive audio experience for how tiny the speakers are.
The chilling music, unsettling sound effects, and sinister dialogue of Resident Evil 4 play a significant role in drawing you into the gaming experience. From the Ganados' Spanish mumblings to the foreboding environmental sounds, the audio track of Resident Evil 4 immerses you in a disquieting and captivating way.
My new projector lab audio setup includes a Marantz AV8805 AV Pre-Tuner, a Marantz MM8077 7-Channel Power Amplifier, a Definitive Technology Demand Series High-Performance Center Channel Speaker, and two Definitive Technology BP9080x High-Performance Tower Speakers with Integrated Height Modules and 12” Powered Subwoofers.
The updated audio setup enables me to evaluate ARC/eARC HDMI ports on projectors and immerse myself in rich, detailed sounds with extensive bass, creating a truly enveloping auditory experience.
Resident Evil 4 sounded impressive when played through the X3000i's integrated treVolo audio system. I spent half of my gaming evaluation using only the built-in speakers on the BenQ X3000i, which performed remarkably well considering their small size.
As anticipated, Resident Evil 4's audio was even more exceptional when utilizing the X3000i's HDMI eARC port connected to my Marantz and Definitive Technology audio system. It's worth noting that a home theater audio system undoubtedly delivers a more potent and spine-chilling Resident Evil 4 auditory experience.
The NPCs and my powerful yet slow SR M1903 rifle with its attached scope aiming reticle appeared at sizes up to 49.5 inches on my projector screens, depending on the scene and my proximity to the NPCs. Sitting about 11 feet from my projector screen, everything was ideally sized for a horrifyingly immersive Resident Evil 4 gaming session. Naturally, if you have a larger space, you can use a bigger screen, which will result in more prominent Resident Evil 4 characters.
Resident Evil 4 has earned a spot on Projector Reviews' "Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023" list, thanks to Capcom's exceptional reconstruction efforts. This completely revamped campaign outshines the original in almost every way imaginable. With this 2023 remake of the iconic 2005 action-horror game, I was caught off guard by the sheer intensity it brought, immersing me in hours of relentless tension and thrill thanks to gaming on a large projector screen.
Playing Resident Evil 4 on a gaming projector with a massive screen is nothing short of terrifying and yet amazing! Give it a try and tell me if you agree. I’m willing to bet that the sinister gameplay will keep you entertained and frightened for hours. You don’t even have to be a Resident Evil fan to enjoy this game.
Quick, pro tip, be prepared for a frightening twist: the Ganados can come back to life with lethal whipping tendrils emerging from their shoulders. To prevent this horrifying transformation, quickly approach them and use a combat knife to strike their skull before they have the chance to come back to life and attack.
I'll leave you with this thought: be prepared for Resident Evil 4 to consume hours of your time. The game's terrifying castle, villages, a lake featuring what appears to be a frenzied Loch Ness Salamander Monster, and many other spine-chilling locations will keep you on the edge of your seat as you navigate through the eerie landscape of Resident Evil 4.
In 2023, we've covered several games such as Destiny 2: Lightfall, Hogwarts Legacy, Forspoken, and now Resident Evil 4. As part of Projector Reviews' "Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023," we're keeping an eye on upcoming titles like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Dead Island 2, and Horizon Call of the Mountain to evaluate their performance on gaming projectors. Be sure to stay tuned for more; you won't want to miss any of our coverage.
In this section, you will find home theater projectors available in the $1000 – $2000 price range (in addition to the section within the report at the same price point but for Smart home theater projectors). The projectors in this section are still very affordable and offer you several options. You can definitely get a respectable home theater projector for under $2,000.
The BenQ TK700 is a 4Kgaming projector that retails for $1,499. BenQ has even been known to drop the price to $1,399 on occasion. The DMD Texas Instruments DLP chipset imager does an excellent job reproducing 4K content in HDR and SDR.
In addition, the lamp light source is rated to deliver 3,200 ANSI lumens for up to 4,000 hours in Normal mode, 8,000 hours in Smart Eco mode, 10,000 hours in Eco mode, and 15,000 hours in LampSave mode.
The TK700 uses that brightness to project clear 60-inch to 200-inch images. If you do not mind the image being somewhat out of adjustment, the TK700 can project an image as small as 30-inches and as big as 300 inches.
DLP w/ XPR
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)
Zoom Lens Ratio
4,000 hours (Eco)
BenQ is undoubtedly targeting the gaming crowd with 4K@60Hz: 16.67ms and 1080p 240Hz: 4.16ms for games where response times matter while gaming. Yet, for the end user also looking for a great home theater experience, BenQ states, “BenQ’s six-segment Color Wheel with DLP BrilliantColor™ Technology makes the projector blends not just the three primary colors, but six – to produce over one billion colors, including hard-to-match natural mid-tones such as sky blue and skin tones, as well as millions of difficult colors throughout the vast range of the color gamut.”
The BenQ TK700 Short-Throw Console Gaming Projector is a win, win! You get a competition-level console gaming projector for your fast-paced gaming needs and a projector with HDR10 and good colors for watching your favorite movies.
The Optoma UHD50X is a True 4K projector (1920 x 1080) X4. This Cinema Gaming projector claimed 3,400 lumens of brightness – it slightly exceeded Optoma’s claim. It came in at a respectable 3,423 lumens in Bright mode when projecting at full wide-angle.
The projector is suitable for your living room, family room, media room, or bedroom, where there’s at least some control over ambient light. If you can fully darken your room, do, unless you’re okay with using Bright Mode. The UHD50X is a $1,599.99 DLP projector, designed for gaming and featuring a 15.7ms low-input lag and up to a 240Hz refresh rate when gaming with a high-end PC.
The Optoma UHD50X has a claimed input lag of just 15.7ms in Game mode. Next-Gen console gamers can take advantage of this projector’s 120Hz refresh rate at 1080P, and PC Gamers have the option of a refresh rate up to 240Hz. While I found the out-of-the-box colors on this projector oversaturated, they’re not your only choice. The UHD50X is capable of fantastic color accuracy with just a little tweaking.
The bottom line is that the Optoma UHD50X is a projector powerhouse offering you the ability to enjoy Cinema and Gaming content at high quality.
The BenQ TH690ST is a 4LED 1080p HDR Short Throw Projector for Console Gaming Projector that retails for $1,099. The DMD Texas Instruments DLP chipset imager does an excellent job. In addition, the 4LED light source is rated to deliver 2,300 ANSI lumens for up to 20,000 hours in Normal mode, 20,000 hours in Smart Eco mode, and 30,000 hours in Eco mode.
The BenQ TH690ST should work great for gamers looking to gain a more immersive gaming experience over hooking up a gaming console to a standard-size TV or monitor.
The BenQ TH690ST, BenQ may be a perfect fit for a consumer who wants to get into gaming with a projector for the immersive gaming experience only gaming on a projector can provide. Remember that the TH690ST provides a 100-inch image at only 4.9 feet from the projector screen which means you can enjoy an immersive experience even in a smaller room.
DLP w/ LED Light Source
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim)
500,000:1 (Full On / Full Off Standard)
Zoom Lens Ratio
20,000 hours (Normal)/ 30,000 hours (Eco)
3 Year Limited Warranty
The TH690ST is an excellent option for a potential buyer who doesn’t want to pay the price tag for a 4K capable gaming projector and doesn’t want a lamp-based projector. With the BenQ TH690ST, you get a console gaming projector for your immersive open-world games and fast-paced gaming needs. The TH690ST’s rated input lag of 1080p@120Hz: 8.3ms, 1080p@60Hz: 16.7ms, and 4K@60Hz (downscaling to 1080p).
You get a short-throw projector that is HDR10 compatible that can deliver accurate colors for watching your favorite movies and TV shows. The dual integrated treVolo 5-watt chamber speakers also sound good for their small size.
The HT3550 was designed for dark theater environments where black level and accurate colors are more important than maximum brightness. It is one of the least expensive 4K DLP projectors equipped with a dynamic iris and ships color calibrated from the factory. Performance-wise, the HT3550i is identical to the older HT3550 but is equipped with an Android OS, which adds tons of smart features. The HT3550 won one of our Hot Product Awards in 2019 due to its good black levels and accurate color reproduction at an affordable price.
The BenQ HT3550 ($1549 SRP) is a 4K DLP projector part of BenQ CinePrime series projectors designed for home theater applications where deep blacks and accurate colors are more important than maximizing brightness. It is one of the least expensive projectors equipped with a dynamic iris, giving The HT3550 an advantage in black level compared to most projectors in its price point.
The projector’s six-segment RGBRGB color wheel combined with a built-in cinema filter can reproduce 100% Rec.709 color gamut and 95% DCI-P3. The HT3550 supports both HDR10 and HLG, using auto HDR tone mapping to maximize the projector’s brightness.
The HT3550 is geared toward serious movie enthusiasts who care about picture quality enough to optimize their rooms for the best picture. The HT3550 is a home theater projector that works best in rooms with little or no ambient light. The unit’s cinema filter expands the color gamut at the expense of some brightness, but the HT3550 can project some colors that other projectors in its price point simply cannot. It is also one of the least expensive 4K HDR-compatible projectors to sport a dynamic iris to improve black levels. The HT3550 won one of our Hot Product Awards due to its good black levels and accurate color reproduction at an affordable price.
BenQ has introduced a “Smart” version of the HT3550 called the HT3550i (the “i,” moniker denotes “intelligent”) which retails for $1649 SRP. The HT3550i offers the same outstanding performance but is equipped with an Android TV OS, which adds tons of streaming apps and voice control.
The ViewSonic LS700HD is a lamp-free 1080p laser home projector featuring 3,500 ANSI lumen high brightness. Thanks to laser phosphor technology, this projector offers up to 20,000-hour life span and makes lamp replacement a thing of the past. The LS700HD features what ViewSonic calls a 3x Fast input for gaming.
The ViewSonic LS700HD is a 3,500 lumen Full HD (1920 x 1080) DLP laser projector with a rated lamp life of 20,000 hours in Eco Mode. ViewSonic extolls their exceptional picture quality because the laser light engine can reproduce over 90% of the BT.709 color gamut which is the standard for HD video.
By dynamically modulating its laser light output, the LS700HD has a dynamic contrast ratio of 3,000,000:1. The LS700HD delivered acceptable picture performance, more so in brightness than color accuracy. This is in line with our past experience with laser DLP projectors.
The Epson Home Cinema 3200 is a 4K HDR compatible 3LCD home theater projector rated at 2,900 lumens which is more than enough to produce a good HDR picture on screens up to 120” and an excellent SDR image on much larger screens.
Epson has been a leader in projector technology for some time, and they offer a wide variety of projectors to fit nearly any application. The Home Cinema 3200 is part of their Home Cinema Series line-up designed to deliver great home theater performance at an affordable price point.
As with all Epson 3LCD projectors, The Home Cinema 3200 produces as many color lumens as it does white lumens, which ensures bright, vibrant color which is critical for good HDR picture quality.
Epson claims that when the Auto Iris is enabled, the HC3200 has a dynamic contrast ratio of 40,000:1.
The Home Cinema 3200’s native resolution is 1080P (1920 x 1080). It is equipped with two 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2) to accept 4K HDR content up to 60 frames per second. To provide a crisp and clear picture, the projector is equipped with Epson’s PRO-UHD chip, which pixel shifts the image for 4K enhancement. Epson’s proven E-Shift technology delivers a clearer, crisper image than a traditional 1080P projector, and the Home Cinema 3200 is also compatible with both HDR10 and HLG content.
In addition to the Home Cinema 3200 (MSRP $1499.99), Epson has also introduced the Home Cinema 3800 (MSRP $1699.99). For an additional $200, the Home Cinema 3800 has a slightly higher claimed brightness of 3000 lumens and more than double the dynamic contrast. It also includes additional aspect ratio mode adjustments for compatibility with 3rd party anamorphic lenses along with dual rear-firing 10-watt speakers.
The Home Cinema 3200 walks a fine line between convenience, performance, and value. While it doesn’t have some of the features normally found on high-end home theater projectors like Power Zoom and Lens Shift, it still includes several desirable features, including Active 3D, Bluetooth, and wireless networking.
While Epson offers higher-end solutions for dedicated home theaters, the Home Cinema 3200 is a great option for someone who wants to enjoy movies in SDR and HDR in a family room or multi-purpose space.
Epson’s Home Cinema 4010 and Pro Cinema 4050 are bright, 4K Capable – 2,500 lumen – and fully featured projectors. Their native resolution is 1080P (1920 x 1080).
To provide a crisp and clear picture, the projectors can accept 4K60p content and is equipped with Epson’s PRO-UHD chip, which pixel shifts the image for 4K enhancement. They offer a wide color gamut and excellent black levels. It is loaded with features including motorized zoom with lens memory.
The PC4050 (SRP $2399) delivers identical performance as the HC4010 (SRP $1999) but has a black case instead of a white one. It is part of their Pro Cinema lineup focused on the commercial integrator market and includes a mount, extra lamp, and a more generous warranty.
The Epson Home Cinema 4010 is a 4K HDR-compatible home theater 3LCD projector with a rated brightness of 2,400 Lumens. Epson claims that when the Auto Iris is enabled, the HC3200 has a dynamic contrast ratio of 200,000:1.
Epson has been a leader in projector technology for some time, and they offer a wide variety of projectors to fit nearly any application. The Home Cinema 4010 is part of their Home Cinema Series line-up designed to deliver great home theater performance at an affordable price point.
The Home Cinema 4010 is a native HD projector, but it is equipped with two 18 Gbps HDMI 2.0 (HDCP 2.2) to accept 4K HDR content up to 60 frames per second. The Home Cinema 4010 is also compatible with both HDR10 and HLG content.
Epson also offers the Pro Cinema 4050 (SRP $2399) which delivers identical performance but has a black case instead of a white one. It is part of their Pro Cinema lineup focused on the commercial integrator market and includes a mount, extra lamp, and a more generous 3-year warranty.
The real strengths of these projectors include the exceptional placement flexibility (including lens memory for those that wish to go widescreen), great out of the box picture quality especially color. Unlike the competition, it not only handles 4K HDR but gets extremely close to handling full P3 color.
Feature-wise, these projectors are loaded and even a include 2.1:1 motorized zoom lens with lens memory for supporting wide screens (and regular HDTV). The Home Cinema 4010 and Pro Cinema 4050 share our Hot Product Award. Both projectors offer approximately the same value proposition. The Pro does have the 3rd year warranty and 3rd year replacement program, plus the spare lamp, cable cover, and ceiling mount, for the extra $400.
The BenQ TK850i ($1649 SRP) is an excellent home theater projector that sells at an MSRP of $1,699. The TK850i is a pixel-shifting projector that displays a native 4K resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels on screen.
The TK850i projector claims 3000 lumens and it will perform remarkably well both in darkened rooms or in rooms with uncontrolled ambient lighting.
While the TK850i’s dynamic iris improves the unit's contrast, its home theater-focused sibling, the BenQ HT3550i, can deliver deeper blacks. However, the TK850i is significantly brighter, making it a better choice for an average living room. The TK850i delivered bright, accurate colors out-of-the-box, which made both broadcast and HDR content look great.
One really nice feature to note is that the TK850i supports both HDR10 and HLG HDR. The TK850i features a dynamic iris designed to enhance black-level performance. There’s an onboard speaker system featuring two 5-watt speakers that give the TK850i some decent stand-alone sound capabilities should you choose to use it without plugging into an external sound system.
This is a projector designed to handle the latest and greatest 4K content with HDR. The BenQ TK850i stands out from the DLP pack when it comes to bright accurate color s accuracy and good black levels. BenQ also offers a non-smart version of the TK850i for a hundred dollars less called the TK850 ($1549 SRP).
The Optoma UHD50X is a 4K Capable DLP projector with a rated brightness of 3400 Lumens. It supports HDR in both HDR10 and HLG. The UHD50X would be a good option for someone looking for a home entertainment projector bright enough to overcome ambient light in a family room.
Optoma is marketing the UHD50X as the “world’s first 240Hz cinema gaming projector” and the unit has several features targeted toward gamers. The UHD50X supports 1080p at refresh rates up to 240Hz for blur-free gaming and it also has a very low input lag. When set to Enhanced Gaming Mode, the UHD50X has a response time of 16ms or 25ms at 4K UHD.
Since the UHD50X does not have HDMI 2.1 inputs, it doesn’t support 4K gaming at 120 frames per second offered by the latest game consoles. Next Gen console gamers can take advantage of this projector’s 120Hz refresh rate at 1080P and PC Gamers have the option of a refresh rate up to 240Hz. Combining one of these consoles with the UHD50X should result in an amazing gaming experience.
While I found the out of-the-box colors on this projector to be oversaturated, the UHD50X is capable of amazing color accuracy with just a little tweaking. Bottom line is that the Optoma UHD50X is a projector powerhouse offering you the ability to enjoy Cinema and Gaming content at high quality.
Get ready, Guardians, to unravel the secrets of Destiny 2: Lightfall. This expansion introduces a host of fresh features and gameplay options, including Strand and Loadouts. Strand is a new elemental power added to the already impressive elemental power lineup of Void, Arc, Solar, and Stasis. As with previous additions, Strand promises to provide players with thrilling new abilities and powers to reign supreme on the battlefield. It also provides fresh twists to revolutionize how Guardians approach traversal and combat.
Destiny 2: Lightfall is developed and published by Bungie, Inc. Lightfall was released on February 28, 2023, across multiple platforms, including PlayStation 4 and 5, Windows, Xbox One, and Xbox Series X/S. It’s a first-person shooter/action role-playing game. The game can be played solo, co-op, or competitively.
Destiny 2: Lightfall is a paid downloadable content (DLC) with various versions of the expansion available. The standard version costs $49.99 and includes access to Season 20, while the Digital Deluxe Edition will cost you $99.99 and offers the Lightfall Annual Pass, providing access to all four seasons of Year 6 (Seasons 20-23), the Lightfall Dungeon Key, granting access to two dungeons to be released in Seasons 21 and 23, respectively, and additional in-game items.
Lightfall is also known as the Year 6 Expansion because Destiny 2 is in its sixth year of gameplay. It all started with Destiny 2 (2017), then came Destiny 2: Forsaken (Year 2 Expansion / 2018), Destiny 2: Shadowkeep (Year 3 Expansion / 2019), Destiny 2: Beyond Light (Year 4 Expansion / 2020), Destiny 2: The Witch Queen (Year 5 Expansion / 2022), and that brings us to the current expansion; Destiny 2: Lightfall (Year 6 Expansion / 2023).
BenQ provided Projector Reviews with demo samples of the X3000i and TK700 gaming projectors for our monthly Best Games To Play On A Projector articles. It's worth noting that I spent over 524 hours using the BenQ TK700, with most of that time spent gaming on my PS5. This experience has provided me with valuable insights on gaming with a projector and a large projector screen, and I feel confident in my ability to articulate what it's like.
For this article on gaming with a projector, I used the BenQ TK700 4K HDR Gaming Projector, connecting it to my PS5 using a 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cable. The projected image was displayed on a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon Series fixed frame projection screen, equipped with Elite's Edge Free technology and CineWhite UHD-B screen material. The CineWhite UHD-B (Tensioned Matte White) is a front projection screen material with a 1.3 gain and flexible design, certified by ISF for its accurate color reproduction and image fidelity.
Equipped with a picture mode preset called HDR Game mode, the TK700 is optimized for action and fast-paced games such as Destiny 2: Lightfall. This preset includes audio, visual, and optimized latency settings designed to enhance the gaming experience. In addition, the projector's HDR rendering capabilities provided improved color definition, resulting in greater image fidelity.
By switching the TK700's picture mode from HDR10 to HDR Game, you can access the Game Settings menu and toggle the Fast Mode feature on or off. With Fast Mode enabled, the TK700 minimizes the response time between the input source and the displayed image, resulting in a faster, more responsive gaming experience.
Low input lag ensures that your actions in-game are quickly and accurately translated onto the screen, providing a seamless and immersive gaming experience. For example, the TK700 gaming projector I used boasts an input lag of 4.16ms in 1080p@240Hz, 8ms in 1080p@120Hz, and 16.67ms in 4K@60Hz. This low input lag, coupled with a large projector screen, can give gamers a competitive edge over their adversaries in games like Destiny 2: Lightfall.
Destiny 2: Lightfall delivers on the game audio quality front, as one would expect from Bungie, Inc. The game's audio features realistic weapon shots and explosions. You can even hear the subtle sounds of footsteps. Having a high-quality audio setup is crucial for this game, as directional sound plays a significant role in gameplay.
The BenQ TK700 has a built-in single 5-watt chamber speaker that provides basic audio functionality. Although the TK700's speaker may seem small, it pleasantly surprised me with its good sound quality while playing Destiny 2: Lightfall. However, for a truly enveloping sound experience, gamers may prefer to invest in a more powerful sound system or high-end headset for a more immersive gaming experience.
Some projectors, like the TK700, have enhanced audio capabilities for those who want to improve their audio further. For example, the TK700 has Audio Return+, which includes an HDMI 2 port with eARC, enabling 7.1 channels and Dolby Atmos audio pass-through. This feature transmits the original full-resolution audio signal to the sound system via a single HDMI cable, allowing gamers to take full advantage of the cinematic audio built into modern games.
DESTINY 2: LIGHTFALL GAMEPLAY
Lightfall is an exciting and ambitious new expansion that marks the second-to-last chapter in Destiny's thrilling Light and Dark saga. In this brand-new campaign, players face off against Calus and the Shadow Legion as they work to liberate the vibrant neon metropolis of Neomuna from their grasp of evil.
Lightfall begins with a bang as the Witness and his pyramid fleet arrive at Earth in a thrilling opening cinematic that sets the stage for an epic and ominous story. However, despite this impressive introduction, the narrative of the expansion feels largely insignificant, with many important developments left unexplained and thus lacking in impact. As a result, the weight of these events is diminished, and for me, the overall story falls short of its potential.
While I found the narrative lacking, I found the Guardian classes and gameplay exciting! The gameplay alone was enough excitement to keep me coming back for more and more game time. Regarding Guardians, you can choose a Titan, Hunter, or Warlock. I put in over 12 hours as a Warlock and then switched to a Titan to experience different classes of Guardians.
The missions in Lightfall guide players through the stunningly designed Neomuna, an exquisite neon-lit setting unlike any other encountered in Destiny before. The zone boasts impressive design, with numerous captivating sub-areas to explore and tightly packed enemy encounters to overcome. Neomuna is also where you will find the Strand, so go to Neomuna as soon as possible.
The frenzied gameplay is an absolute thrill, with new challenges and layouts constantly testing players' skills and strategies. Overall, I found that Neomuna is an incredibly enjoyable location that adds an exciting and unique element to the game.
Target acquisition and quick reactions are essential to success in almost every aspect of Destiny 2: Lightfall, making it an intense test of players' reflexes. To achieve victory, a low input lag system is crucial; there's no way around it. I played 4K@60Hz and enjoyed the BenQ’s 16.67ms input lag. Pulling the trigger on my PS5 controller and seeing the corresponding action on screen was so fast that I never had to worry about being outgunned when caught off guard.
As soon as I recognized a threat, I was able to react quickly and decisively, immediately taking down my target. Without a low input lag projector, monitor, or TV, it is unlikely that players will survive long or even have fun with the intense gameplay of Destiny 2: Lightfall.
You have countless Kinetic, Energy, and Power weapons to utilize as you play Lighgtfall. From submachine guns to linear fusion rifles and from swords to grenade launchers, there’s a little something for every gamer’s play style. Also, If you don’t like the way the weapon looks, no problem, go into Weapon Cosmetics and change the way the weapon looks.
You can do the same for your Guardian’s armor; change it if you don’t like it. Almost everything is customizable in Lightfall. Your Ghost, vehicles, and airships…it’s all customizable. What is a “Ghost” in Destiny 2, you ask? A Ghost is a small artificial intelligence companion that assists your Guardian in various ways, such as providing information about the game world, reviving players when they die, and detecting resources and treasures. The Ghosts are an essential part of the game's lore.
As you progress through the game and rank up, you can earn powerful upgrades, weapons, and armor. However, it’s important not to get too attached to any particular item, as there's always something better waiting around the corner.
A key aspect of Destiny 2: Lightfall is the ability to quickly identify and target your enemies while using the environment for cover and concealment. The clearer and more visible your enemies and surroundings are, the easier it is to take effective action. If this sounds appealing to you, then playing Destiny 2: Lightfall on a gaming projector with a large projector screen is a perfect choice.
With this setup, you can enjoy gaming with family and friends. You’ll be gaming; they will watch as if it’s a big-screen movie. They can all gather around and call out enemies and suggest tactics and watch it all play out in front of them as you play. The gaming experience with a gaming projector and a large projector screen is one of the best upgrades to almost any gaming setup.
Before I go, I want to share this thought with you. I believe that playing Destiny 2: Lightfall on a gaming projector with a large projector screen is the ultimate gaming experience. The game's campaign, first-person shooter perspective, and thrilling combat make players feel like they're a part of the game world. In addition, the seamless integration of Destiny 2: Lightfall, the gaming projector, and the large projector screen enhances the experience even further, creating a fully immersive and captivating gameplay experience.
We've already explored some fantastic games like Hogwarts Legacy, Forspoken and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II. Thanks to your unwavering support and interest, we're excited to test more games on a gaming projector. In the coming months, we'll be reviewing titles like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Dead Island 2, Horizon Call of the Mountain, and Resident Evil 4 Remake. So please keep checking back for our latest gaming on a projector articles.
Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II is one of my favorite games to play on a projector, but Harry Potter fans and those who are soon-to-be fans rejoice. Let me start by saying that playing Hogwarts Legacy with a projector and an enormous projector screen is nothing short of magical; see what I did there.
Hogwarts Legacy is an open-world action Role-Playing Game (RPG) set in the wizarding world of the Harry Potter franchise. The game takes place in the late 1800s, long before the events of the original Harry Potter books and films. Players create their own character and attend Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where they can explore the castle, learn magic, and discover secrets about the wizarding world. The game features an original story with multiple endings based on the choices made by the player.
Hogwarts Legacy is developed by Avalanche Software. The game is published by Warner Bros. Games under the Portkey Games label. Hogwarts Legacy was released for PS5, Xbox Series X/S, and Windows PC on February 10, 2023. PS4 and Xbox One users will be able to play Hogwarts Legacy on April 4, 2023. Lastly, on July 25, 2023, Hogwarts Legacy will be released for Nintendo Switch players.
For PS5, Hogwarts Legacy – Digital Standard Edition can be purchased for $69.99 and includes the base game. Hogwarts Legacy – Digital Deluxe Edition can be had for $79.99 and consists of the base game, Dark Arts Garrison Hat, and the Dark Arts Pack. I paid $79.99 for a pre-release digital copy of Hogwarts Legacy so I could provide my gameplay with a projector feedback without having to wait for the February 10, 2023 release date.
PROJECTOR UTILIZED – BENQ X3000i
BenQ loaned Projector Reviews demo samples of their X3000i and TK700 gaming projectors to write our monthly “Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023” articles. Keep in mind that I have over 495 hours of use with the BenQ X3000i, most of it gaming with my PS5. I feel as if I’m in a really good position to articulate what it’s like to game with a gaming projector and a big projector screen.
I decided to pair Hogwarts Legacy with the BenQ X3000i gaming projector for this article due to the X3000i’s RPG game mode, which matches up perfectly with an RPG like Hogwarts Legacy and its magical open world. The BenQ X3000i retails for $1,999 and is a 4K HDR 4LED gaming projector with 3000 ANSI lumens and dual integrated 5-watt chamber speakers.
BenQ states the X3000i was designed for use with PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Nintendo Switch. BenQ also says the X3000i 4K 4LED gaming projector is designed for cinematic immersion in gameplay with 4LED HDR-PRO™, for grand scenery in authentic colors with dynamic virtual 3D sound from various directions.
For this article, I connected my PS5 to the BenQ X3000i via a 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cable. I then projected it onto a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon fixed frame projection screen with Elite’s Edge Free® technology and Elite’s CineWhite® UHD-B screen material. The CineWhite® UHD-B (Tensioned Matte White) is a 1.3 gain flexible front projection screen material that is ISF certified for achieving accurate color reproduction and image fidelity. BenQ proudly boasts the X3000i’s ability to reproduce authentic colors in games utilizing BenQ’s CinematicColor™ technology, so the BenQ X3000i paired with an ISF-certified screen made sense for this gaming article.
The X3000i features a brightness of 3,000 ANSI lumens, making it suitable for use even when you have some uncontrolled ambient light sneaking into the environment. The X3000i provides clear and detailed images. The XPR Technology in the X3000i allows it to display a 4K image. BenQ states that “XPR Technology achieves true 4K by producing 8.3 million distinct pixels regardless of the DMD chip’s number of native pixels. XPR quadruples the 0.47-inch DMD chip’s native 1920×1080 pixels to generate true 4K, 8.3 million pixels with lightning-fast pixel shifting speed.” Projector Reviews has a Glossary for additional details on 4K DLP with XPR Technology, be sure to check it out. Additionally, the projector is equipped with various connectivity options such as HDMI, USB, and VGA, allowing you to connect it to your devices and sources easily.
The X3000i also has additional specifications that make it a great gaming projector for a magical open-world RPG like Hogwarts Legacy. For instance, the X3000i has dedicated game modes for FPS, RPG, and SPG modes with audio, visual, and optimized latency settings for action-adventure games like Hogwarts Legacy. Changing the X3000i’s Picture Mode from HDR10 to HDR Game gives you access to the projector’s Game Settings, where you can toggle Fast ModeOn or Off. With Fast Mode turned to the On position, the X3000i minimizes the response time between the input source and the displayed image. I, of course, played Hogwarts Legacy with Fast Mode set to On for rapid magical spell bursts. BenQ states the X3000i has 4K graphics with 16.67ms input lag at 60Hz. Switching from 4K to Full HD (1080p) drops the input lag to a blazing fast 4.16ms (1080p@240Hz) and 8.3ms (1080p@120Hz).
HOGWARTS LEGACY ON A PROJECTOR GAMEPLAY
As I briefly mentioned, Hogwarts Legacy takes place in the late 1800s, before the events of the books and films. The player creates a character (Witch or Wizard) who attends Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As the story progresses, they discover dark secrets and powerful magic threatening to tear the wizarding world apart. The plot revolves around the player’s journey to become a powerful wizard while navigating the dangers and mysteries of Hogwarts and its surrounding areas.
I had quite the time fending off my children as I played Hogwarts Legacy. More times than not, they would already be gaming in my projector lab before I could jump onto Hogwarts Legacy for this article. In fact, most of the photos I took for this article are a combination of my gameplay and my children’s gameplay; that’s why you see pictures of three different Hogwarts Legacy characters from other Hogwarts houses. In Hogwarts Legacy, students are sorted into their Hogwarts houses based on their personality traits and values. The house they belong to can be an essential part of their identity and sense of belonging at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The four Hogwarts houses are as follows. Gryffindor: known for its bravery, courage, chivalry, and nerve. Gryffindors are often depicted as heroes and defenders of what is right and just. Hufflepuff: known for its loyalty, patience, fairness, and hard work. Hufflepuffs are often portrayed as kind, friendly, and humble individuals. Ravenclaw: known for its intelligence, wisdom, creativity, and wit. Ravenclaws are often depicted as intellectual and independent thinkers with a love for learning and knowledge. Slytherin: known for its ambition, cunning, resourcefulness, and determination. Slytherins are often portrayed as shrewd and calculating individuals with a desire for success and power.
In Hogwarts Legacy, players can use various magical spells and abilities, including those related to combat, exploration, and puzzle-solving. Some of the spells and abilities include offensive spells like “Incendio” and “Expelliarmus,” defensive spells like “Protego,” exploration spells like “Lumos” and “Repairo,” and abilities related to potion-making, broomstick flying, and magical creature taming. In addition, Hogwarts Legacy allows players to customize their character’s abilities by choosing a magical discipline to specialize in, such as charms, potions, or transfiguration, which will influence the types of spells and abilities available to them. Hogwarts Legacy’s magic-centric combat is exhilarating. The customizable arsenal of spells will keep you returning for more game time.
Hogwarts Legacy supports HDR (High Dynamic Range) on compatible devices. HDR is a technology that allows for a wider range of colors and brightness levels in games and other forms of media, resulting in a more vibrant and lifelike image. However, it’s worth noting that the availability of HDR support may depend on the specific platform and display device used to play the game. Having a projector with an HDR game mode like the X3000i is extremely helpful because it allows you to take advantage of these new games with enhanced graphics.
The inclusion of HDR support in games means you see everything in the bright and dark areas alike. As you have heard me repeat time after time, you won’t get very far in any video game if you can’t accurately see what’s happening around your character during dark and bright scenes. Since I was using a BenQ X3000i paired with a 100-inch screen, I had no problems navigating Hogwarts Legacy’s beautifully designed landscape and spotting danger.
I played Hogwarts Legacy in Full HD (1080p) @ 120Hz. This resolution is roughly twice the resolution of standard definition (SD) projectors and offers a more detailed and sharper image with better color and contrast than lower-resolution projectors. The increased pixel density results in a sharper and more detailed image, with finer details and textures that are more visible, all of which were great for a game like Hogwarts Legacy. I appreciated the BenQ X3000i’s low 8.3ms input lag while gaming in 1080p@120Hz. The X3000i’s low input lag rivals many flat-panel TVs, ensuring that gameplay will be responsive enough for most gamers and far exceeds the needs of a casual gamer.
I’d also suggest opting for Fidelity over Performance in Hogwarts Legacy – if your gaming setup supports it, I suggest Fidelity with Raytracing, which is exactly how I played the game. Fidelity with Raytracing is the third option on top of the traditional main two modes. This allows you to get the best visual experience from the game. Performance mode lowers the graphical quality to hit higher frame rates.
To truly feel fully immersed in a video game like Hogwarts Legacy, you’ll need the game’s audio to match the visuals. With that being said, some projectors have enhanced audio capabilities for those who want more sound than built-in projector speakers can provide in their chassis’. The X3000i, for example, has eARC support. Although the HDMI-2 port on the rear of the X3000i merely says “Audio Return,” the X3000i most definitely has eARC support. With eARC’s added capacity, the X3000i HDMI supports multiple audio outputs, including 2.0, 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos, to an external audio system. In addition, the following audio output formats are provided to achieve your desired audio performance: LPCM (Linear Pulse Code Modulation) supports 2-channel audio output, RAW supports 5.1-channel audio output, and RAW+ supports Dolby Atmos audio output. Overall, eARC provides a more flexible and capable way to connect and control audio devices in a home theater setup.
Hogwarts Legacy’s music, sound effects, and dialogue go a long way in improving the game’s overall experience. From the background music to the zips and zaps of your wand’s spells and the sounds of your environment, the audio quality of Hogwarts Legacy pulls you deeper into the game.
The BenQ X3000i has treVolo tuned full-range speakers built-in, virtual 3D surround sound via Bongiovi DPS technology, and dedicated audio modes fine-tuned to bring out the sound details and directions of various game types and scenes. I switched Hogwarts Legacy’s Audio Dynamic Range from Medium to Full, which provides. The Audio Dynamic Range determines the amplitude between the loudest and quietest in-game sounds. The Full setting ensures a large range.
My projector lab allows me to toggle between a Definitive Technology Studio 3D Mini sound bar and a Polk Magnifi Max sound bar. Both sound bars came with wireless subwoofers. The sound bars permit me to test ARC/eARC HDMI ports on projectors. Hogwarts Legacy sounded great when played through the X3000i integrated treVolo audio system. As expected, Hogwarts Legacy sounded even better when utilizing the X3000i’s HDMI eARC port connected to either of my sound bars. It goes without saying that the sound bars paired with their respective subwoofer provided a much more powerful Hogwarts Legacy audio experience.
Hogwarts Legacy has made Projector Reviews’ “Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023” list because Hogwarts Legacy’s magic-centric gameplay and beautifully designed landscapes really come to life and feel more immersive on an enormous projector screen with a capable gaming projector.
My wizard and NPCs measured up to 41.5-inches, depending on the scene and how close my wizard was to the NPCs. I sit approximately 11 feet from my 100-inch projector screen, so, for me, everything was the perfect size for very immersive Hogwarts Legacy gaming sessions. But, of course, if you have a bigger space, you’ll be able to run a larger screen with more giant Hogwarts Legacy characters.
I leave you with this; be prepared for Hogwarts Legacy to take up hours of your time. Hamlets, dungeons, bandit camps, and many other locations will take your witch or wizard all over Hogwarts Legacy’s beautiful open world. I’ve spent more hours than I care to count playing Hogwarts Legacy, especially since my time was divided between two witches and a wizard due to playing with my kids and their characters. Hogwarts Legacy on a gaming projector with a massive screen is nothing short of amazing! Give it a try and tell me if you agree. I’m willing to bet that the magic-centric combat and astonishing landscape will keep you entertained for hours.
In 2023 we covered Forspoken and now Hogwarts Legacy. For Projector Reviews’ “Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023,” we currently have games like Star Wars Jedi: Survivor, Dead Island 2, Horizon Call of the Mountain, Destiny 2: Lightfall, and Resident Evil 4 Remake on our radar to test out on a gaming projector. Stay tuned for more; you won’t want to miss a thing.
Gaming on a projector in 2022 ended with a bang thanks to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare II; I even dubbed it one of the best action First Person Shooters (FPS) for 2022. As we continue our series focused on gaming on a projector in 2023, we start the year with Forspoken. If you recall, Forspoken’s release date had been delayed multiple times. Luckily, the game is loaded with entertaining magical combat and wild character movements that kept me interested. If you are a Traceur (Parkour practitioner), you will most likely get a kick out of this game. The protagonist Frey beautifully uses magic-enhanced Parkour to traverse the massive open world fluidly.
Forspoken is a single-player open-world action Role-Playing Game (RPG) developed by Luminous Productions and published by Square Enix. Forspoken was released on January 24, 2023.
Forspoken is available on Windows PCs and PlayStation 5. Forspoken is interesting because, as far as gaming consoles go, Forspoken is a PS5 console-exclusive game, with the console exclusivity ending two years after the release date. For PS5, Forspoken – Digital Standard Edition can be purchased for $69.99 and is just the base game. Forspoken – Digital Deluxe Edition can be had for $94.99 and includes the base game, Rare Resource Kit, Forspoken Mini Soundtrack, Forspoken Mini Artbook, Forspoken: In Tanta We Trust, and Prequel Story DLC Early Access. For those who still like to collect gaming discs physically, the Forspoken Physical Edition can be found at many retailers for $69.99.
BenQ loaned Projector Reviews demo samples of their X3000i and TK700 gaming projectors to write our monthly projector gaming articles. BenQ is deeply embedded in the gaming world. BenQ owns ZOWIE, the maker of gaming monitors for eSports. ZOWIE is BenQ’s brand dedicated to developing professional eSports equipment. So, having a series of gaming projectors from BenQ provides us gamers with some great options.
I decided to pair Forspoken with the BenQ X3000i gaming projector for this gaming with a projector article due to the X3000i’s RPG game mode, which matches up perfectly with an RPG like Forsaken and its massive open world. The BenQ X3000i retails for $1,999 and is a 4K HDR 4LED gaming projector with 3000 ANSI lumens and dual integrated 5-watt chamber speakers.
BenQ states the X3000i was designed for use with PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X, Xbox Series S, and Nintendo Switch. BenQ also says the X3000i 4K 4LED gaming projector is designed for cinematic immersion in gameplay with 4LED HDR-PRO™, for grand scenery in authentic colors with dynamic virtual 3D sound from various directions.
For this article, I connected my PS5 to the BenQ X3000i via a 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 cable. I then projected it onto a 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon fixed frame projection screen with Elite’s Edge Free® technology and Elite’s CineWhite® UHD-B screen material. The CineWhite® UHD-B (Tensioned Matte White) is a 1.3 gain flexible front projection screen material that is ISF certified for achieving accurate color reproduction and image fidelity. BenQ proudly boasts the X3000i’s ability to reproduce authentic colors in games utilizing BenQ’s CinematicColor™ technology. For the BenQ X3000i, an ISF-certified screen made sense for this gaming article.
The X3000i is targeted toward casual and hardcore gamers alike. The X3000i has many specifications that make up a good gaming projector for an open-world RPG like Forspoken. For instance, the X3000i has dedicated game modes for FPS, RPG, and SPG modes with audio, visual, and optimized latency settings for action-adventure games like Forspoken. Changing the X3000i’s Picture Mode from HDR10 to HDR Game gives you access to the projector’s Game Settings, where you can toggle Fast Mode On or Off. With Fast Mode turned on, the X3000i minimizes the response time between the input source and the displayed image. I, of course, played Forspoken with Fast Mode set to On. BenQ states the X3000i has 4K graphics with 16.67ms input lag at 60Hz. Switching from 4K to Full HD (1080p) drops the input lag to a blazing fast 4.16ms (1080p@240Hz) and 8.3ms (1080p@120Hz).
Forspoken is a massive open-world RPG that transports New Yorker Frey Holland to the land of Athia after she comes across an enchanted talking bracelet in an abandoned New York building. Mysteriously transported to Athia, you find yourself unwillingly dropped into a conflict that has been tearing the land of Athia apart. Athia’s terrain, animals, and people have been twisted into nightmarish versions of themselves by a corrupting force known as “The Break.”
As Frey Holland, it is up to you to use the magical powers granted by the bracelet nicknamed “Cuff” to save Athia, which Frey learns once flourished under the reign of three benevolent matriarchs called the Tantas; Tanta Sila, Tanta Prav, and Tanta Olas. But now, a devastating blight has relentlessly corrupted everything it touched, and it is up to Frey to stop the three maddened Tantas that have turned evil.
Forspoken’s magic-centric combat is exciting. Learning multiple magic types enables customizable combat options and various ways to combat the adversaries threatening the realm of Athia. With the blending of effortless shooting mechanics with defensive spells and melee attacks, Forspoken provides gamers with a broad assortment of tools to take on enemies. The customizable arsenal of spells will keep you coming back for more game time.
Forspoken, like many modern games, has enhanced graphics with HDR. The inclusion of HDR support in games means you see everything in the bright and dark areas alike. You won’t get very far in any video game if you can’t accurately see what’s happening around your character during dark and bright scenes. As I frequently say, nobody likes it when their character is killed by an enemy they had no chance of seeing. Playing Forspoken on a 100-inch screen allowed me to quickly see all of the corrupted beasts and humans in Athia well before I was in danger range.
Since the human eye is more sensitive to color and contrast than it is to resolution, having a projector with an HDR game mode like the X3000i is extremely helpful because it allows you to take advantage of these new games with enhanced graphics.
I played Forspoken in Full HD (1080P) @ 120Hz with Ray-Tracing turned on. I personally really appreciated the BenQ X3000i’s low 8.3ms input lag with these settings. The X3000i’s low input lag rivals the best flat-panel TVs, ensuring that gameplay will be responsive enough for most gamers and far exceeds the needs of a casual gamer.
A projector can project stunning images, but you won’t feel like you are being drawn into the game if the audio is lackluster. To feel fully immersed in the game, you’ll need the game’s audio to match the visuals. With that being said, some projectors have enhanced audio capabilities for those who want more sound than built-in projector speakers can provide in their chassis’. The X3000i, for example, has eARC support. Though the HDMI-2 port on the rear of the X3000i merely says “Audio Return,” the X3000i most definitely has eARC support. With eARC’s added capacity, the X3000i HDMI supports multiple audio outputs, including 2.0, 5.1, 7.1, and Dolby Atmos, to an external audio system. In addition, the following audio output formats are provided to achieve your desired audio performance: LPCM supports 2-channel audio output, RAW supports 5.1-channel audio output, and RAW+ supports Dolby Atmos audio output. Get yourself a projector that supports eARC to take full advantage of the cinematic sounds built into many games.
Forspoken’s sound design and music go a long way in improving the title’s overall experience. I am happy Luminous Productions took the time to develop the game with a soundtrack that includes booming orchestral arrangements. Also, the captivating beats and growls from Athia’s corrupted humans and animals do a tremendous job of drawing you further into the gaming experience.
The BenQ X3000i has treVolo tuned full-range speakers built-in, virtual 3D surround sound via Bongiovi DPS technology, and dedicated audio modes fine-tuned to bring out the sound details and directions of various game types and scenes. I switched Forspoken’s Audio Dynamic Range from Medium to Full. The Audio Dynamic Range determines the amplitude between the loudest and quietest in-game sounds. The Full setting ensures a large range.
Currently, my projector lab allows me to toggle between a Definitive Technology Studio 3D Mini sound bar and a Polk Magnifi Max sound bar. Both sound bars came with wireless subwoofers. The sound bars permit me to test ARC/eARC HDMI ports on projectors. Forspoken sounded great when played through the X3000i integrated treVolo audio system. However, Forspoken sounded incredible when utilizing the X3000i’s HDMI eARC port connected to either of the sound bars. I think it goes without saying that the sound bars paired with their respective subwoofer provided a much more powerful audio experience.
Forspoken has made Projector Reviews’ “Best Games To Play On A Projector In 2023” list because the gameplay is significantly enhanced on a giant projector screen. Easily, one of the best parts about gaming with a projector and a massive projector screen is your ability to effortlessly spot your adversaries before they see you. A bonus is your ability to view your character’s environment in greater detail due to the screen’s sheer size.
A majority of Athia is ruined by “The Break,” but, Athia is absolutely stunning. Viewing the landscape on a big screen makes it more impressive. Remember that Frey gets to parkour throughout most of the game in a tantalizing fashion. Again, the bigger the screen, the easier you can see the landscape and the parkour opportunities.
I sit approximately 11 feet from my projector screen. The 100-inch (16:9) Elite Screens Aeon fixed frame projection screen I used for this article was perfect in my projector lab with Forspoken. Everything was just the right size to make me feel fully immersed in the game. Depending on how close I was to NPCs, they ranged in size from 4-inches up to 35-inches inches tall. Of course, if you have a bigger space, you’ll be able to run a bigger screen; imagine gaming on a 200-inch projector screen; you could have 70-inch tall Forspoken characters!
Projector gaming on a 100-inch to 200-inch projector screen would be difficult to duplicate, even with a large flat-panel display. Sure, you could pull up your gaming chair extremely close to a monitor or TV to feel more immersed in the game. However, all those Nits at close range will most likely fatigue your eyes quickly.
I will leave you with this; Forspoken gets better the more you play it, so don’t give up after the first few hours. Once you’re out of the tutorial phase, the game really opens up. Magical parkour works great during your exploration of Athia. Frey’s movements are usually fluidly executed, minus the few times she gets stuck on random objects throughout the landscape. Magical parkour combined with spell-centric combat should keep you entertained for hours.
Another manufacturer exhibiting their product assortment was Formovie. Formovie Technology is a joint venture between Appotronics, the maker of the projection industry’s most popular laser light source technologies and Xiaomi Technology.
We just reviewed the Formovie THEATER, a smart UST projector that utilizes the latest ALPD® RGB+ triple-laser light source to deliver 2800 ANSI while reproducing over 100% of the BT2020 color space. In addition to Dolby Vision video playback, the projector also features a Bowers & Wilkins-designed sound system to decode Dolby Atomos audio content. Formovie THEATER smart features include Android TV 11 so you can access all the popular streaming services such as Youtube, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, HBO Max and Disney+.
The Formovie Theater sells for an MSRP of $3,499, and its picture and sound quality rival the best Laser TVs on the market. In addition to their award-winning Formovie Theater, they were also displaying several other models, including two portable laser projectors.
The Formovie S5 Laser Full HD (1080p) portable projector can deliver 1,100 ANSI lumens of brightness. This compact projector is feature packed. It includes dual-band Wi-Fi, smart TV OS and an HDMI 2.1 input, along with USB type-A and type-C inputs. The projector includes auto keystone adjustments to simplify setup and a Denon-designed 2 x 5-watt sound system.
Another notable product shown was the Formovie V10 which is a 4K UHD gaming projector. Due to its design and feature set, the Formovie V10 was selected as a CES 2023 Innovation Award honoree.
The V10 is quite compact, but Formovie says the unit can deliver 2500 ANSI Lumens of the brightness of 2500 ANSI Lumens.
The V10 would be an excellent option for a gamer due to its ultra-high refresh rate of 240Hz and low latency of 12ms. The V10 is also equipped with an impressive sound system that includes dual 7.5W full-range speakers and a 15W subwoofer
For those looking for an ultra-premium Laser TV, Leica was showing off their Cine 1 Laser TV. Leica is a 100-year-old German manufacturer known for its high-quality cameras and lenses. The projector's aluminum body is stylish and includes a motorized dust cover for improved lens protection. In addition to its beautiful design and fine craftsmanship, the Leica Cine 1 should deliver class-leading picture and sound quality.
The Leica Cine 1 is based on a Hisense TriChroma Laser TV so it can deliver over 2500 ANSI of brightness and reproduce over 100% of BT2020 color space. The Leica Cine 1 includes Leica proprietary image processing (Leica Image Optimization - LIO™) which optimizes the image quality using special algorithms with the goal of achieving natural color reproduction, detailed color gradations, and enhanced contrast.
Leica will be offering two Cine 1 models optimized for either a 100" ($8295 SRP) or a 120" ($8995 SRP) screen. With a retail price of $8,995, the 120-inch Leica Cine model will be the most expensive 4K UST projector on the market but the performance and build quality should justify its premium price. We are working on being one of the first review sites to evaluate the Leica CIne 1 when it is available in the US around Q3 of 2023.
ASUS, a leading computer and display company, has entered the projector market and we just reviewed one of their battery-powered portable projectors called the ASUS ZenBeam Latte 1. This smart DLP portable projector can display an HD (1280×720) resolution image and Its LED light source can deliver 300 LED lumens of brightness While the ZenBeam Latte 1 is a good little projector, some customers desire higher performance.
While their space in the Harrah's was mainly focused on their computer, monitors, and components. ASUS was showing off its new ZenBeam L2 projector. Like the ZenBeam Latte 1, it is a compact portable projector with a built-in battery, it offers Full HD (1920x1080) resolution and 600 LED Lumens of brightness.
To improve the projector’s smart functionality, the ZenBeam L2 includes Android TV 11, via included dongle, which should be a notable improvement over the Aptoide TV app utilized in the older ZenBeam Latte 1. This should make it easier to access your favorite streaming services like Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video. The projector even includes 26 different built-in cinemographs (motion backgrounds) including fireplaces and virtual window scenes.
I also took the time to stop by the JVC suite on the 29th floor of the Venetian. For several years, the upper floors of the Venetian were where you would go to explore the latest offering for premium Audio and video manufacturers. This year JVC was one of the last few holdouts and they would demonstrate their awarding winning DLA-NZ9.
It gave me the opportunity to congratulate JVC on winning all three long throw categories at the 2022 Value Electronics Projector Shoot Out. They swept the shoutout due to their 4K DILA projector's class-leading native contrast and black levels, along with their outstanding detail/sharpness. In addition, due to their Dynamic HDR tone mapping capabilities, the JVC model delivered the best HDR picture reproduction.
While JVC is known for the 3-chip DILA projector, JVC has just announced the LX-NZ30 ($3499 SRP) which is a new 4K capable DLP laser projector. The projector is equipped with a 0.47 DMD and its BLU-Escent laser light source can deliver up to 3300 ANSI lumens of brightness.
Like the previous model, the JVC LX-NZ3 the new model supports both HDR10 and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) and includes horizontal and vertical lens shift for enhanced installation flexibility.
Due to its low latency and support for frame rates up to 1080p/240Hz the LX-NZ30 is an excellent option for those interested in big-screen gaming. The LX-NZ30 input lag is just 6.25ms when gaming at 1080P/240fps which should satisfy even the most demanding gamers.
While we are sure that other prototype projectors were being displayed in manufacturers' private suites around Las Vegas but hopefully this article gives you a good overview of several exciting models, that you will see for sale in 2023.
At a pre-CES event, Samsung announced a new 8K version of their Premiere Laser TV, but since it wasn't displayed in their booth, we didn't get the opportunity to see it in person. The Premiere 8K utilizes the same native 4K UHD (3840×2160) DLP (.94″ DMD) chip as Hisense's upcoming 8K Laser TV. When this DLP chip is combined with Texas Instruments XPR technology should result in a crisp 8K image on screens as large as 150 inches. I am sure we will get the opportunity to evaluate the unit when it is available in late 2023.
Due to COVID CES 2021 was canceled and many manufacturers chose to skip the show in 2022. This year’s show was noticeably larger than last year, while the attendance was not as large as it was pre -COVID, it was still very good. Based on what we saw this year it seems CES is coming back and it was an excellent opportunity for Projector Reviews to see some exciting new products. I am confident next year’s CES will be even bigger and better.
This year marks my 25th year attending CES. During that time, I have seen the show evolve from being mainly product-focused to an event where major corporations highlight their corporate strategies and visions of the future. For example, Sony did not announce a single video display or audio product this year. The star of the Sony booth was the latest version of their automotive concept car.
Several projector manufacturers, including Epson and Optoma, did not publicly display products at CES 2023. However, while there weren't as many product introductions and demonstrations as in previous years, some notable projectors were shown at this year's show.
Hisense had the most significant number of projector demonstrations in their booth this year. Hisense basically invented the Laser TV category and many customers have adopted that term to describe an ultra-short throw smart laser projector. These projectors are often bundled with an ambient light-rejecting screen and are designed to be a TV replacement.
In addition to four new Laser TV and Laser Cinema models, Hisense also announced a new Smart Mini-Projector, which is focused on typically non-projector customers. To learn more about these projector models, check out our 2023 Hisense Laser TV and Cinema Lineup article.
Hisense also continues its legacy of Laser TV innovations by announcing and publicly demonstrating the world's first 8K Laser TV. In addition, Samsung announced an 8K version of their Premiere UST projector during a pre-show media event, but the unit was not shown during the actual show.
This Hisense flagship model named the 120LX, utilizes a new native 4K UHD (3840x2160) DLP (.94" DMD) chip. By using Texas Instruments' proven XPR technology, the 120LX can reproduce 8K onscreen resolution. This system can support 8K@60 fps along with 4K@120fps. Even if you do not care about 8K or high frame rate 4K, larger DLP chips often deliver higher native contrast and better black levels.
In addition, the projector's redesigned 4000-lumen TriChroma laser light source can reproduce 100% of the BT2020 color space and over 400 nits of onscreen brightness from the bundled 120" ambient light rejecting screen.
The unit also supports Dolby Vision and will be IMAX Enhanced certified. In addition, its high-quality Harmon Kardon sound system will support both Dolby Atmos and DTS Virtual:X technologies. While the 120LX shown at the show was not a finalized production sample, Hisense stated that a version of this model would be available by 2024.
We were excited to visit the BenQ suite at the Venetian. BenQ has always offered projectors that deliver outstanding performance at a great price. During the show, BenQ showed a couple of new models, and we are looking forward to reviewing them.
First, there was the HT2060, a 1080p projector equipped with a 4LED light source that can cover 98% of the Rec. 709 Color gamut. In addition to delivering an immersive cinematic viewing experience, the HT2060i would be an excellent solution for gamers due to its input lag of 16ms (1080P@60fps). Furthermore, toe projector has a 1.3:1 zoom lens and vertical lens shift to enhance installation flexibility.
The BenQ HT3550 has been one of our favorite home theater projectors for a few years. It offered accurate colors and outstanding black levels for less than $3000. Its performance rivaled projectors that cost twice as much. Over the past year or so, I have been asking BenQ when they would introduce a higher-end replacement that included features like a solid-state light source and horizontal/vertical laser shift.
At the show, BenQ announced the new HT4550i. Its LED light source is rated to deliver 3,200 ANSI lumens brightness and covers 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. The HT2060i should also deliver a great gaming experience since its input lag is just 17.9ms (1080P@60fps). In addition, the HT4550i offers both horizontal and vertical lens shift, which should enhance placement flexibility.
While I only spent a few minutes with the new model in a room with some ambient light, the color reproduction and picture quality were excellent. The feature set of the HT4550i could make this model a giant killer. I am curious how it stacks up to more expensive competitors' models like the Sony XW5000ES and Epson LS12000.
In addition, BenQ was also highlighting their new GP500 4LED 4K Smart Projector which they announced prior to the show. The GP500 has a rated brightness of 1500 ANSI and it can also reproduce 100% of the DCI-P3 color gamut. To simplify installation, the GP500 includes several intelligent features to ensure a sharp perfectly square image like autofocus, auto 2D keystone correction, screen fit, and object avoidance.
The GP500 also includes a treVolo developed four driver sound system designed to deliver a 360˚ sound field. The GP500 should offer great picture quality, smart features, and a high-quality built-in sound system. We are definitely looking forward to reviewing this model in the next few months.
XGIMI was also at CES 2023 to show off its lineup of smart projectors. While XGIMI is relatively new to the US market, we have already reviewed several of their models including the HORIZON Pro, Halo+, and their ultra-short throw projector called the AURA. If you check out the articles, you will see that Projector Reviews has been impressed with the performance of each model.
XGIMI was showing a new potable model that we haven’t reviewed yet called the MoGo 2 Pro. This compact 1080p LED projector, which weighs just 2.2 pounds, can deliver a rated 350 ISO lumens. The projector also includes a built-in battery, and a Harmon Kardon sound system, and it supports HDR10 playback.
Like the Halo+, the MoGo 2 Pro includes XGIMI integrated Artificial Intelligence (AI) which allows the Auto Keystone, Auto Focus, Intelligent Obstacle Avoidance, and Intelligent Screen Alignment to work together to make setup quick and easy.
This year there were a few new projector manufacturers that also had booths on the show floor. For example, AWOL Vision displayed its product offerings including the LTV-3500, LTV-2500, and Vanish Laser TV. The LTV-3500 is a triple-laser equipped 4K smart UST projector that offers high 3,500-lumen brightness and can reproduce over 100% of the BT2020 color gamut. I had the opportunity to spend some quality time with the LTV-3500 during the Value Electronics Projector Shoot Out in December 2022 and I look forward to doing a detailed review of this model soon.
The LTV3500 is one of the few 4K smart laser UST projectors that supports 3D, which AWOL Vision demonstrated in their booth. Even though there was a lot of ambient light on the show floor, the scene from the original Avatar looked very good through the active 3D glasses.
The Vanish TV is a bundled package that includes their highly rated LTV-3500 along with a motorized uprising ALR screen and smart projector cabinet. This is an excellent option for someone looking for a complete and well-thought-out entertainment solution.
A smart projector is a projector that has integrated functionality so it can connect to your mobile phone, home network, content services, etc. seamlessly. Smart projectors can do everything a smart TV can do, but on a much larger screen, of course. There are many smart home theater projector options between $1,000- $2,000 that do a great job on bright and average lit scenes, some as good as many significantly more expensive projectors. But the differences on very dark scenes are where you start seeing the real difference. If a sharp picture is more important to you than achieving excellent black levels, you should be able to find a projector within this price range that could work for you.
The X3000i is highly recommended for console gamers looking to fully immerse themselves in open-world games. BenQ designed the X3000i especially for gamers to see true to life authentic landscapes in 4K resolution.
The projector also allows the end-user to hear the distinct actions from all around thanks to the dual built-in 5-watt chamber speakers powered by Bongiovi DPS technology with virtual 3D surround sound.
The BenQ X3000i is the best 4K gaming projector I have personally tested as of the writing of this review. The X3000i may be for you if you want a gaming projector and a projector for movies and shows. The BenQ X3000i is absolutely fantastic for console gaming, especially if you want to fully immerse yourself in your games.
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The X3000i, however, is not a one-trick pony. You could easily switch the X3000i over to Cinema mode with HDR10 and enjoy watching your favorite movies and shows. The DMD Texas Instruments DLP chipset imager does an excellent job reproducing 4K content in HDR and SDR.
The 4LED light source can deliver 3000 ANSI lumens and has a rated life of over 20,000 hours. It also gives the X3000i the ability to reproduce 100% of the DCI-P3 color space which is something most projectors can not do without resorting to a brightness robbing color filter.
The ViewSonic X100-4K is a 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) LED Smart Theater Projector. The projector utilizes a DLP (Texas Instruments 0.47” DMD) chip. Its light source is rated to deliver at 2900 LED lumens for up to 30,000 hours. We measured a maximum brightness of 1183 ANSI lumens but due to the projector’s LED light source, it did appear brighter what its measurement indicated.
The X100-4K has Wi-Fi, which allows you to connect to the Aptoide Store. The Aptoide system provides access to tons of streaming services and apps.
The projector is compatible with both Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The projector does have 16GB internal storage (Max.12GB available for user storage) if you want to store some of your favorite movies/images in the projector.
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Other features include screen mirroring of iOS and Android mobile devices – iOS, 3D, manual focus, vertical keystone, and a built-in media player. The projector also has Bluetooth, although the Bluetooth did not work for me. With a good amount of horizontal and vertical lens shift, the X100-4K would be easy to install in most homes.
The TK700STi has an MSRP of $1,699.00. The projector utilizes a DLP (Texas Instruments 0.47” DMD) chip. Its lamp light source is rated to deliver at 3000 ANSI lumens for up to 15,000 hours.
The BenQ TK700STi is a 4K HDR Gaming Projector that is bundled with the QS0I Android TV dongle which provides access to over 5,000 Android TV apps including YouTube and Amazon Prime Video. The smart features are integrated seamlessly, and the menus are easy to navigate.
BenQ TK850i targeted directly at the gaming crowd with a lag time of 16.7ms for 4K 60Hz: and just 4.16ms for 1080p 240Hz: 4.16ms, which is great for hardcore gamers where response times matter. Not only does the TK700STi have a dedicated video picture mode for gaming, but there are also multiple game-focused audio modes.
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Yet, for the end user also looking for a great home cinema experience as well the TK700STi utilizes BenQ’s six-segment Color Wheel with DLP BrilliantColor™ technology. BenQ says this helps the projector produce over one billion colors. Like most BenQ projectors we have reviewed in the past, the projector delivers a very good image right out of the box.
The XGIMI Horizon Pro is a 4K DLP LED projector with an MSRP of $1,699. The Horizon Pro has a rated brightness of 2200 ANSI lumens. An ANSI lumen is a unit of measurement developed by the American National Standards Institute to measure brightness. The LED light source is rated to last up to 25,000 hours.
With 2200 ANSI lumens and 4K, the XGIMI Horizon Pro is XGIMI’s new top-of-the-line projector.
The Horizon Pro is a 4K pixel shifting projector that can project an image as small as 40.38 inches and up to 300 inches.
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The Horizon Pro is powered by the Android TV 10 OS. With Android TV 10, you have apps and capabilities that are also found included in Smart TVs. Horizon Pro includes Google Assistant, which allows you to control the Horizon Pro with your voice.
With a $1,699 Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) for the Horizon Pro, it is clear that the Horizon series' target customer is the individual looking to step into the premium home cinema style of projectors but still desires a portable projector. The small and portable Horizon Pro provides a hassle-free home theater experience. Gaming (Android games, Xbox, PlayStation), direct casting via Chromecast from an Android or iOS device, and non-stop entertainment from Horizon Pro’s Google Play Store for Android TV ensure entertainment any way you want it.
The BenQ TK850i is an excellent home theater projector that sells at a MSRP of $1699. Built off of Texas Instruments, highly regarded 0.47″ DMD DLP system and utilizing XPR technology the TK850i is a powerful pairing TI and BenQ technologies, that, together, create the impressive 4K image projected on screen.
The TK850i is one in the series of 4K UHD projectors from BenQ. Those of you familiar with BenQ models like the HT3550 and 3550i, as well as the non-smart version of this projector the TK850, will be happy to see that BenQ has used much of the same technology that made these projectors such strong performers
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As with its previous offerings the BenQ TK850i is one of the best, in class, projectors at handling 4K HDR content. As you will see below this performance advantage is anchored in BenQ’s expertise at image processing. Specifically, BenQ Auto Tone Mapping and Color Mapping technologies combined with BenQ’s Dynamic Iris technology give this projector the ability to improve image quality in almost any HDR content displayed.
With the TK850i BenQ has managed to increase the projectors light output by a third when compared to previous models like the HT3550. This increase means that the TK850i will perform remarkably well both in darkened rooms or in rooms with uncontrolled ambient lighting.
If you are thinking about stepping up to a 4K home theater projector then put the BenQ TK850i on your list of projectors to strongly consider buying.
The Optoma UHD55 is a 4K DLP projector that retails for $1,799. It utilizes a single DLP (0.47” DMD) chip to reproduce 4K UHD resolution (3,840 x 2,160 pixels). The UHD55 has a brightness rating of 3,600 ANSI lumens so it provides more than enough brightness to enjoy movies with the lights on or in the daytime.
With a 1,200,000:1 contrast ratio, the UHD55 supports High Dynamic Range (HDR), providing brighter whites and deeper blacks with detail in both areas of the picture.
The UHD55 uses an 8-segment color wheel combined with Optoma’s BrilliantColor technology and covers 97% of the DCI-P3 color gamut, enhancing the overall viewing experience.
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The UHD55 offers smart functionality via the included USB WiFi dongle. This adaptor provides users wireless internet connectivity and access to Optoma’s application portal, where a small number of apps are available for this projector. Internet access is also available via the projector’s RJ45 wired connector.
The UHD55’s smart setup features allow users to easily go from unboxing the projector to watching a movie or playing a game quickly. The built-in geometric correction tool adjusts individual points of the displayed picture to get the image perfectly square. The Wall Color adjustment makes it easier to get a good picture even if you don’t have a projection screen because users can alter the projected image based on the color of their wall. The six modes to choose from are BLACKBOARD, LIGHT YELLOW, LIGHT GREEN, LIGHT BLUE, PINK, and GRAY, making it easier to compensate for the wall color and display the most accurate image possible.
The UHD55 projector is an excellent choice for a home theater or bedroom, where there’s less control over ambient light. This projector does not need total darkness to shine.
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The ViewSonic X10-4KE takes the big screen experience, makes it portable, and gives it a handle. Add to that the 4K UHD resolution (3840 x 2160), short throw design and smart TV capabilities, you’ve got a highly versatile, portable home theater. The X10-4KE combines the very best of home entertainment and packages it into a super compact form, measuring just 10.3” wide, 10.7” deep, 6.5” tall, and weighing 9lbs.
This is a compact projector made even more portable by its handle. The projector is a sleek, matte gray with brown leather accents, making the X10-4KE look retro with a modern touch. That handle’s top is lined with a classy strip of leather, its color reminiscent of a briefcase from the late 60s. Even cooler, the inputs are hidden by a leather door that flaps down to reveal a simple connector panel that has everything you require for your home entertainment needs.
The ViewSonic X10-4KE has a 2,400 lumen claim, which is bright enough for most living rooms, media rooms, and family rooms with decent lighting control. This is not a bright room projector, but it is capable of handling a modest amount of ambient light without the picture being severely washed out.
Since this is a super portable projector, you may find yourself taking it outside for a movie night when the weather warms up! This ViewSonic has built-in Harman Kardon speakers for great onboard sound, or you can hook up your favorite Bluetooth speaker or sound bar.
The LG HU70LA is an HDR compatible DLP home theater LED projector which utilizes a single DLP (0.47” DMD) chip to reproduce 4K UHD resolution (3,840 x 2,160). The HU70LA’s 4ch LED light engine is rated to deliver at 1,500 lumens for up to 30,000 hours.
The HU70LA is part of the LG CineBeam lineup of projectors which are designed to make front projection more accessible and appealing to a wider range of consumers. LG’s goal was to build a line of projectors that could replace a TV in an environment where a large TV just won’t fit.
Since the HU70LA is designed to serve as a TV replacement, it includes most of the features that consumers expect in a flat panel TV including a TV tuner, internal speakers, and of course smart features.
To make the HU70LA as Smart as possible, LG utilizes the same ThinQ AI webOS that is offered in their lineup of Smart flat panel TVs. Like their Smart TVs, the HL70LA can be voice controlled and offers a wide variety of apps. Since it is a DLP projector with a LED light engine, it also delivers years of the maintenance free operation like a flat panel.
Great picture, smart features, and low maintenance make the HU70LA a compelling alternative to a large flat panel TV especially in room where space is at a premium.
The X1300i is a gaming-optimized home entertainment projector packing a ton of powerhouse features. It is a 120Hz 4 LED PJ with a 3000 ANSI lumens rating, according to BenQ, and a 5,000,000:1 published contrast ratio. The X1300i LED light engine is rated for up to 20,000 hours of light engine life in its Normal (High Power) mode.
The combination of focusing on Gaming and Entertainment, including an excellent implementation of HDR and 3,000 lumens of LED-powered brightness, all packaged into an incredibly stylish form, all for a price of $1299, earns this projector a Highly Recommended award.
BenQ’s GameMaestro audio and video presets and the built-in sound system tuned by treVolo are standout features. This projector offers an amazing array of supercharged features and technology all geared to make your gaming experience more immersive, dynamic and enjoyable.
The X1300i, like other BenQ i-series projectors, comes with a BenQ HDMI smart stick offering full access to a wide range of Google Chromecast features, as well as the Android TV operating system.
While there are other smart projectors on the market, the X1300i stands out from the crowd with its focus on elevating the quality of home entertainment content and blowing the doors off of other projectors’ “game” mode, including some of their own.
If you are lucky enough to have a budget of $10,000 or more, projectors at this price point is where you get to see the best of the best for those who demand performance, reliability, and outstanding picture quality. We understand that these home theater projectors would be considered luxury items by most people, but, if you can afford one, you certainly can’t beat their performance.
The XW7000ES new 0.61-inch native 4K UHD (3840×2160) SXRD panels delivered a sharp picture. Due to its X1 Ultimate video processor, the XW7000ES did an excellent job upscaling HD content. In addition, the projector-optimized X1 Ultimate processor combines signal HDR analysis and precise modulation of its 3200-lumen laser source to produce a stunning HDR picture.
The XW7000ES produced close to its rated brightness of 3200 ANSI lumens even in its most accurate picture modes. Many projectors deliver significantly less than their rated brightness when placed in their most accurate picture mode and it is not uncommon to see the brightness cut in half.
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When it comes to native contrast and black levels, very few home theater projectors except for JVC DILA projectors can match/beat the XW7000ES. I have not come across a single-chip DLP home theater projector that can even come close.
Lastly, the XW7000ES, like most Sony SXRD projectors, includes several “installer-friendly” features including a motorized lens with tons of zoom and lens shift, including position memories. Picture position memories are great for customers with masking screens or anyone who want to maximize the image size of 16:9 and widescreen on a 2.35:1 screen.
In addition, the XW7000ES has a large amount of zoom and horizontal/vertical lens shift capability, which makes installation a breeze, especially when trying to replace an older, previously mounted unit.
With a retail price of $27,999, the XW7000ES does command a premium price over most 4K home theater projectors, its outstanding SDR and HDR picture quality and feature set make it worth every penny. The XW7000ES would be a great addition to any premium home cinema and it is highly recommended.
At a retail price of $25,999, the JVC DLA-NZ9 / RS4100 is at the top end of the JVC 4K projector lineup. The JVC DLA-NZ9 is an HDR home theater projector that delivers true 4K resolution (4096 x 2160).
It uses the 18 Element, 16 Group, All-Glass 100mm Diameter Zoom Lens to ensure that all of the resolution provided by its native 4K imagers reach the screen.
The unit’s BLU-Escent laser light source technology can produce brightness up to 3,000lm for 20,000 hours of nearly maintenance-free operation.
The NZ9’s high native contrast ratio of 100,000:1 (1,000,000:1 Dynamic) combined with 4K resolution and JVC’s industry-leading black levels result in exceptional picture quality.
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To maximize the HDR performance of the NZ9, it includes a couple of JVC proprietary technologies. First is Frame Adapt HDR which is dynamic scene-by-scene and frame-by-frame HDR tone mapping of HDR10 content. Next is Theater Optimizer which combines information provided by the user with the unit’s current status to provide a more accurate baseline on which to apply their dynamic tone mapping.
In addition, to supporting the HDR10 format used in UHD Blu-ray and streaming, along with the HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) format used in broadcasting, the NZ9 also supports HDR10+.
JVC offers two different series of D-ILA Home Theater Projectors which differ mainly in their cosmetic appearance. Both series are designed for home theater customers and production facilities but sell through different sales channels. For example, NZ (Procision) Series projectors are sold through retailers like BestBuy and Crutchfield, while the RS (Reference) Series models are available through the custom installation dealer network.
JVC is one of the premium manufacturers of Home Theater Projectors. Over the years, due to their high contrast, great black level, and native 4K resolution, their projectors have won numerous awards.
The NX9/RS3000 is one of only 2 projectors getting our “Premium Home Theater Award” because it utilizes JVC’s 3rd generation 0.69-inch 4K D-ILA devices to offer not only 4K resolution but higher native contrast than most projectors on the market.
The JVC DLA-RS3000 is an HDR projector with a native resolution of 4K (4096 x 2160). JVC’s proprietary 8K e-shift technology shifts pixels diagonally 0.5 pixels, quadrupling the picture perceived resolution to 8192 x 4320. While the RS3000 cannot accept an 8K signal and is not equipped with HDMI 2.1(HDCP 2.3) inputs, the unit can upscale 4K content to 8K before it is displayed.
It delivers rich, vibrant colors and is equipped with a 100 mm diameter lens which adopts an all-glass design with 18 elements in 16 groups to deliver a high-resolution image with sharp focus across the entire screen.
To improve its HDR performance, the RS3000 is equipped with Frame Adapt HDR which is scene-by scene and frame-by frame HDR analysis and dynamic tone mapping. JVC added this functionality to most of their native 4K and 8K e-shift Home Theater models in the fall of 2019. JVC recently introduced their new Theater Optimizer, which combines information provided by the user with the unit’s current status to provide a more accurate baseline on which to apply their dynamic tone mapping
JVC offers two different series of 4K D-ILA Projectors, which differ mainly in their cosmetic appearance. Both series are designed for home theater customers and production facilities but sell through different sales channels. We reviewed the JVC DLA-RS3000, which is nearly identical to the DLA-NX9.
Compared to the competition, I have yet to find a single-chip consumer 4K DLP projector that could come anywhere close to the color fidelity, contrast, and black level of a JVC LCoS projector like a DLA-RS3000. If you have the budget to step up from a 4K DLP projector to a 4K JVC D-ILA, you should absolutely do it.
When buying a new home theater projector, this price point is where you really start to see a difference in performance, picture, quality, noise level, and clarity. If you are able to spend between $5,000-$10,000, you will be able to get an outstanding projector that will give you many years of high-quality entertainment.
When designing the XW5000ES, Sony did a great job finding the right balance of performance, features, and value. Not only is the XW5000ES the least expensive 4K model in Sony’s home theater lineup it is also the least expensive native 4K home theater laser projector on the market.
The XW5000ES is like a base model sports car. When compared to the fully loaded model like the XW7000ES, it may not have all the bells and whistles of the higher-end model, but the XW5000ES will still outperform most products in its class. This is because the XW5000ES includes several Sony technologies that were previously only found in Sony projectors priced 3-times more.
The XW5000ES produced close to its rated brightness of 2000 ANSI lumens even in its most accurate picture modes. Many projectors deliver significantly less than their rated brightness when placed in their most accurate picture mode. It is not uncommon to see the brightness cut in half. The 2000-lumen XW5000ES measured brighter than many calibrated 3000-lumen DLP projectors once they were calibrated.
Due to its projector-optimized X1 Ultimate processor that combines signal HDR analysis and precise modulation of its 2000-lumen laser source, The XW5000ES produces a stunning HDR picture.
While some projectors struggle with a lack of brightness and produce dull HDR video, Sony’s new Dynamic HDR Enhancer works to eliminate this problem. Powered by the X1 Ultimate Processor, this feature measures the average and peak brightness of HDR10 content, and then precisely it adjusts the signal levels in the light/dark areas and laser light intensity automatically to optimize the HDR contrast according to a scene. So, whether viewing HD, 4K or HDR content, the picture quality delivered by the Sony XW5000ES was outstanding right out of the box.
When it comes to native contrast and black level, very few home theater projectors, except for JVC DILA projectors, can match/beat the XW5000ES. I have not come across a single-chip DLP home theater projector that can even come close.
The XW5000ES is equipped with a manual lens with a good amount of zoom and horizontal/vertical lens shift capability, which simplifies installation, especially when trying to replace an older, previously mounted unit.
Sony did a great job choosing the most important performance features to deliver the best bang for the buck from the XW5000ES. With a retail price of $6000, the XW5000ES is more expensive than a DLP-based laser home theater projector, but if you truly care about picture quality and can fit the XW5000ES into your budget, it should be at the top of your list.
Due to its outstanding SDR and HDR picture quality and feature set, the XW5000ES is an amazing value. The XW5000ES is highly recommended.
JVC offers two different series of 4K D-ILA Projectors, which differ mainly in their cosmetic appearance. Both series can be found in home theaters and production facilities but are sold through different sales channels. For example, the JVC Procision Series projectors are sold through retailers like Best Buy and Crutchfield, while the Reference Series models are available through the custom installation dealer network. I reviewed the JVC DLA-RS1100 from their Reference lineup; however, the nearly identical Procision Series version is the DLA-NP5. But we will be referencing the RS1100, since that is the one we reviewed.
The DLA-RS1100 can deliver 1,900 Lumens with a high native contrast ratio of 40,000:1. JVC is offering each of these projectors for $6,999 MSRP, which means a much broader range of buyers will soon be able to purchase a JVC 4K D-ILA projector at a more approachable price.
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The DLA-RS1100 is equipped with a 65 mm diameter lens which adopts an all-glass design with 17 elements in 15 groups to ensure sharp focus across the entire screen. The motorized 2.0:1 zoom lens assembly also offer tons of horizontal and vertical lens shift to maximize installation flexibility.
In addition, the RS1100 includes dual 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 inputs that can accept 4K@120fps signals. While there is a lot of video content shot at this frame rate, the fact that the RS1100 can accept a 4K/120P signal makes it a good match with the latest gaming consoles.
While RS1100 does not include the laser light sources found in JVC models above it, the JVC RS1100 includes many of the award-winning technologies found on JVC’s more expensive models. Labeling the JVC DLA-RS1100 as an entry-level projector would be a disservice. This projector will probably outperform many manufacturers’ flagship models based on its features and performance. This makes it an excellent option for a home theater enthusiast with a smaller budget that desires a native 4K JVC D-ILA projector.
The JVC DLA-NX7 is an HDR home theater projector that can deliver true 4K resolution (4096 x 2160). Its high native contrast, combined with 4K resolution, results in a great performance at a reasonable price.
All JVC NX series projectors utilize JVC’s new 3rd generation 0.69-inch native 4K D-ILA devices. Since this is a native 4K unit, unlike a 2K pixel shifting projector, it can faithfully reproduce all 8.8 million pixels found in 4K content.
JVC claims the NX7 can produce 1,900 lumens with a high contrast ratio of 800,000:1. It can also deliver rich, vibrant colors. JVC also claims that with the Cinema Filter engaged, the NX-7 can reproduce to 100% of the DCI-P3 color space.
The NX7’s high contrast ratio combined with 4K resolution and JVC’s industry-leading best black levels results in exceptional picture quality.
JVC offers both Consumer and Professional versions of their projectors. The main difference between the two lines is mostly cosmetic. I reviewed the JVC DLA-NX7 from their consumer lineup. The nearly identical Reference Series (professional) version is the DLA RS2000.
Compared to the competition, I have yet to find a single-chip consumer 4K DLP projector that could come anywhere close to the color fidelity, contrast, and black level of the DLA-NX7. Due to its Dynamic Tone Mapping capabilities, the HDR picture quality is outstanding as well. If you are looking for a projector at this price point, the NX7 so be at the top of your list.