BenQ W1700 4K HDR Video Projector to Sell for Less than $2,000

[Update: The project is now for sale on Amazon for $1,499 shipped]

4K UltraHD TVs have now become affordable, with prices not that far from HD television sets for a given size. But what about 4K projectors? We first find out about development in this space with a demo for Texas Instruments 4K DLP chip in January 2016 at CES. Close to the end of that year, I had another look while writing about a $70,000 Canon 4K projector based on laser technology, and found out the cheapest true 4K projector would sell for around $10,000.

I did not pay to much attention to 4K projectors this year, but I’ve been informed that Benq has come up with an affordable 4K HDR projector: W1700 / HT2550 (US) that will start selling for 1,599 Euros including VAT (around $1,885 US) next January. This could well mean $1,600 once it is launched in countries without VAT.

BenQ W1700 specifications:

    • Projection System – 0.47” single-DMD DLP technology with 8.3 million pixels resolution [Update: AFAICT, TI only makes 0.47″ DMD up to 1080p – see comments]
    • Resolution – VGA (640×480) to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160 native)
    • Brightness (ANSI lumens) – 2200 ANSI Lumens‎
    • Contrast Ratio (FOFO) – 10,000:1 ‎
    • Display Color – 30 Bits (1,07 billion color)
    • Light Source – 240W lamp good for 4,000 hours (Normal), 8,000 hours (SmartEco), 10,000 hours (Economic), or 15,000 hours (LampSave)
    • Throw Ratio – 1.47 – 1.76 (100″ @ 3.25 m)
    • Zoom Ratio – 1.2X
    • Lens – F/# = 1.94 – 2.06, f = 15.57 – 18.67 mm
    • Keystone Adjustment – 1D, Vertical ± 40 degrees
    • Projection Offset – 110%
    • Clear Image Size – 60″ ~ 200″ (max: 30″ to 300″)
    • Horizontal Frequency – 15K – 102KHz‎
    • Vertical Scan Rate – 23 – 120Hz‎
    • Audio – 5W mono speaker, 3.5mm audio IN jack, 3.5mm audio OUT jack
    • Video Input – VGA (D-sub), 1x HDMI 2.0/HDCP 2.2, 1x HDMI 1.4a/HDCP1.4
    • USB – 1x USB 2.0 port, 1x mini USB port
    • Misc – 1x RS232 (DB-9pin) serial port,1x 12V Trigger (3.5mm Jack), 2x IR Receivers (front and top), 1x security bar
    • Special features – HDR, ISF Night/ Day, CinemaMaster Video + and Audio+2
    • Power Supply – 100 to 240V AC 50/60Hz
    • Power Consumption – Standby: 0.5W; typical: 330W
    • Dimensions (W x H x D)(mm) – 353 x 135 x 272
    • Weight – 4.2 kg

The projector also supports 3D content up to 1280×720 120Hz (Frame Sequential), 1080p24 (Frame Sequential), 1080i60 (Side by Side), and 720p60 (top bottom).

The projector will ship with a remote control, a power cord, a user manual CD, a quick start guide, a warranty card, and a lens cover. Optional accessories include a spare lamp kit and 3D Glasses.

No purchase or pre-order link for now. You may find further information on the product page.

Thanks to Harley  for the Tip

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PhuongLM
PhuongLM
4 years ago

with 1500$ I would love to bet with Xiaomi laser projector, it only 2k but I hope laser short throw projector would be better for me.

TC
TC
4 years ago

true 4K or e-Shift?

L.Peter
L.Peter
4 years ago

I bought 6-7 years ago a benq w1000+ fhd projector (back then large lcd tvs was way more expensive), using it still with the original lamp set and i didnt regret it. If i should buy a projector now, i should buy something similar. 4k for my preferred content is still rare/non existent and luckily my deteriorating eyes downscale it anyway 😉

rubin kim
rubin kim
4 years ago

Sorry to burst your bubble. The TI DLP chip used is designed for 1920X1080 NATIVE resolution. Must be some software trickery to scale image to simulate 4K output. Ansi lumens output is impressive, however. Interested in seeing how it works in real life.

Jon Smirl
4 years ago

The new DLPs are probably in short supply and TI is giving them all to Benq. That is why they are not listed at the TI site. This is a common industry practice.

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