Posted on April 12, 2020 By Phil Jones
BenQ TH585 vs. Vankyo V630 Comparison Review – Overview, Hardware Differences, Picture Quality Comparison
Everyone has heard the old saying “You get what you pay for” and that holds true in projectors as well. There are consumer projectors on the market that retail starting at $100 and models that sell for well over $30,000. But, the law of diminishing returns states there is a point at which the benefits gained aren’t worth the amount of money or energy invested to attain them.
Is there a use case for the lower end models? Do I need to spend thousands of dollars to get a decent picture? To answer this question, we compared the Vankyo V630 to another a 1080P projector, the BenQ TH585 which retails for $599.
Lately, we have been seeing projectors from newer brands selling on sites like Amazon for less than $300. Several of these projectors have received lots of positive user reviews. One example of these affordable entry-level projectors is the Vankyo V630.
Even though the Vankyo V630 retails for less than $300, it is one on the company’s higher-end models. This Vankyo offers good performance for the price. The question is: do you really get a big bump in performance by stepping to a projector like the BenQ TH585 which sells for a few hundred dollars more?
The Benq and Vankyo are very similar in size and weight. The fit and finish of both units was good for their respective price point and they both come with 3-year warranties. The Benq TH535 is a DLP projector while the Vankyo V630 is a LCD unit but both can deliver 1080P resolution. While they may be rated at the same resolution, things like lens quality, and video processing can result in a noticeable difference in projector quality.
Since the V630’s specifications are limited on Vankyo’s website as well as on their retail sites, my impressions are based on physical side-by-side visual comparison and measurements. So let’s see how Vankyo’s top model compares to BenQ entry level model.
Vankyo V630 (SRP $269.99)
Benq TH585 (SRP $599)
The BenQ TH585 and Vankyo V630 were nearly the same size and weight. Both projectors are 1080P units with dual HDMI inputs and a single VGA input. The BenQ is a lamp based DLP projector while the Vankyo V630 is a LED LCD unit.
The Vankyo V630 has two USB inputs while the BenQ TH585 has one. The Vankyo also has a SD card input to playback photos and videos from a memory card.
The Vankyo V630 has a fixed lens and the throw is not listed in the specifications. At the top of the Vankyo right above the lens is a focus ring and a manual keystone correction lever. To project a 90” image the Vankyo V630 needs to be 3 meters (9.84ft) away from the screen.
The BenQ has a throw range of 1.5 to 1:65 with a zoom ratio of 1.2:1. On the top of the projector is a zoom and focus ring. To project a 90” image the BenQ V630 needs to be 2.9 meters (9.5ft) to 3.3 meters (10.8ft) away from the screen.
To compare overall picture quality, I set up both projectors side by side on my 120″ screen. Source content was sent to both projectors simultaneously through an 2 way HDMI splitter.
The images above show the difference in color reproduction and skin tone between the Vankyo and the BenQ. Both projectors were setup side-by-side and shot simultaneously. Colors and brightness were not adjusted so while the photos can’t show every detail, they do provide a reasonable representation of the actual difference in clarity brightness and colors.
The BenQ TH585 is a DLP unit that Benq says can produce 95% of Rec709 due to its RGBW color wheel. The BenQ TH585 has 8 preset picture modes and several delivered good color reproductions out of the box including the CINEMA, LIVING ROOM and two USER modes. Like all BenQ projectors, the TH585 also has a full set of picture calibration adjustments.
The Vankyo V630 has four preset picture mode but the colors and skin tones were never quite right. In addition to being more accurate, the colors on the BenQ were a lot richer and more saturated than the Vankyo.
The blacks on both projectors were closer to dark gray. This was especially obvious when watching darker scenes at night in my demo room. A higher end home theater projector like a Epson Home Cinema 5050UB will have better black levels and higher contrast, but this is only beneficial in a darkened theater or room with lots of light control.
If you crave better blacks, you will have to spend several hundred dollars more for a projector like a Benq HT3550 which is rated for triple the dynamic contrast. However, most customers in the market for a projector that sells for under $600 will likely utilize the projector in family rooms or spaces that have higher ambient light which would prevent you from fully appreciating ultra-deep black levels anyway.
When comparing wide screen content, the black bars were darker on the Vankyo V630, but shadow detail was also crushed. The blacks weren’t as deep on the BenQ HT585, however the due to the fact it was capable of deliver nearly 8x the brightness, the overall contrast of the BenQ was better.
Also, I did notice a large amount of light leakage coming from BenQ TH585’s front exhaust vent, but in a room with some ambient light it isn’t too distracting
When viewed side by side, the Benq TH535 also delivered a sharper picture for two main reasons. The first reason is the BenQ is a DLP projector so you don’t have to worry about converging multiple LCD imagers therefore the image should remain sharp for the life of the projector. Secondly, based on my observations and its higher price point, it appears the BenQ has a higher quality lens. These two things resulted in a noticeably sharper image regardless of what I was watching. The sharpness difference is easy to see even in the side-by-side comparison photos.
Additionally, while both projectors are 1080P units, when viewing fine details like small text or an image of leaves, the difference was obvious.
One notable available on the Benq TH585 but not on the Vankyo V630 is 3D playback. While most new panel TVs do not support 3D, many projectors are still 3D capable. It is nice that Benq TH585 supports 3D at its low price point because there are some users who still want to take advantage of the 3D movie and gaming content that they already own.
Since I didn’t receive a pair of optional Benq 3D Glasses, I didn’t get the chance to evaluate the 3D performance but Benq models we have reviewed in the past have delivered respectable 3D.
Since 3D, like HDR, demands a lot more brightness than standard 2D non-HDR content (3D calls for about 3 times the brightness of 2D) you would probably use every bit of the Benq TH585 claimed 3,500-lumen brightness.
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