Posted on August 24, 2018 By Phil Jones and Art Feierman
As mentioned in the review, this ViewSonic and the BenQ HT2550 come out of the same factories in China. They both claim 2,200 lumens. They are very similar to look at: All the inputs and connectors are in the same places on the projectors, and they measure relatively similarly in brightness (although the out of the box color on the BenQ is slightly better in some modes).
The ViewSonic is our Home Entertainment Value award winner in the $1000 – $2500 range, not because of the performance differences, but because of price. And that’s despite it having an RGBRGB color wheel. We routinely describe the RGBW wheel projectors as being brighter and more “home entertainment,” RGBRGB projectors as more “theater.”
ViewSonic’s PX747-4K, is their equivalent with the RGBW wheel, to BenQ’s TK800. The ViewSonic seems to, once again, have staked out the lowest street price. A quick look online finds it primarily at $1,299, but it has be found lower at times.
The BenQ HT2550, by comparison, tends to run $200 more. That’s a lot of difference in price for two very similar products. Note that we gave the HT2550 the Performance Award, and this ViewSonic, the Value Award on the Home Entertainment side. Consider:
The Viewsonic has the BenQ HT2550 beat on price, but both sport 3-year parts and labor warranties. When it comes to brightness, no real differences. And, more to the point, the Viewsonic is bright. When you just need acceptable color it cranks out just over 1,500 lumens in Eric’s “quick-cal” of Standard mode.
The real differences between the two are how they perform, right out of the box, and the quality and accuracy of the color controls.
A scene from The Hunger Games, projected by the ViewSonic PX727-4K.
A scene from Valerian, projected by the ViewSonic PX727-4K.
A scene from Passengers, projected by the ViewSonic PX727-4K.
HDTV sports, projected by the ViewSonic PX727-4K.
The Viewsonic has some good color modes, but the BenQ has the edge, and it calibrates better. If you are an enthusiast – demanding best possible color – then that is going to be your primary rationale for the BenQ. For most folks, though, looking for a good home entertainment projector – be it for sports, TV or movies – and placing it in a less than ideal room, the ViewSonic’s color and picture are just fine. In other words, need or want to save the typical $200 or so difference, if you aren’t the kind of person who adjusts your LCDTV, you’ll probably be more than happy to save the money and go with this Viewsonic, which, when all is said:
ViewSonic’s PX727-4K, at this time, is simply the least expensive projector you can buy that can accept 4K content with (or without) HDR, and it comes with a better/longer-than-most warranty. Wait, in fairness, if you do need more lumens, the PX747-4K sells for the same price. More brightness when you must have it, and very similar color, even if the PX727-4K should have slightly better color saturation.
Both are fun, and affordable, and get you into 4K content for less than any other current alternative! That makes the PX727-4K a great projector to start with, or to start your 4K experience with!
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