The projector market is a very crowded place, so when the benq ht2050 was released with the familiar claim that it could do everything to a high standard for a very affordable price, one could understand why I was so sceptical. Yet, the manufacturer seemed pretty confident, in the months leading up to release that they hadn’t over-hyped the product, so I was intrigued to get my hands on one and take it out for a spin so to speak. Needless to say, I do finally have the projector so here is my I’m sure much anticipated BenQ HT2050 review.
by BenQ [BenQ]
Main Features of the Benq HT2050:
There are 2200 lumens of brightness, a 15000:1 contrast ratio and the resolution is quality HD 1920×1080. The recommended screen size is 60-100 inches from 5.77 feet and 180 inches from 17.33 feet. Video modes have a great many resolution options including 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p, 480i and 480p. The HT2050 is also a full HD 3D projector, with HDMI sockets for connection of games consoles, DVD players, Blu-ray players, tablets and Computers. Lamp life is 3500 hours on normal mode and 6000 hours on eco mode, power is a maximum of 350 watts with a voltage of 100-240. The glass lens features 130.1 zoom, a manual option for the focus and vertical shift. There is a 6 speed colour wheel, the speakers are 10.1 W Mono and the weight of the whole product is 3.3kg.
- Its 2200 lumens perform incredibly well and is more than enough brightness to enable picture’s of high quality in almost any light, so blinds or curtains will not have to be drawn for viewing
- The 6 speed colour wheel helps deliver better than HD quality vision and images appear detailed and full of vitality
- The speakers, so often a weak point in projectors, are excellent. Sound flows all around the room with no distortion
- Very low noise levels so no interruption while watching movies or playing games
- Easy Set-up
- The screen size is massive, going all the way up to 180 inches, with the HT2050’s short throw lense allowing for close-up viewing at up to 100 inches.
- There is no horizontal correction on the HT2050, which is odd and something quite rare in high-end projectors, thought I doubt the average viewer will be disturbed by this and it shouldn’t making using the projector more difficult.
- Cinema mode is not configured as well as I expected
- It isn’t wireless, and potential purchasers must decide whether that is a problem or not
Size and Design:
With measurements of 10.9 inches in height, 15 inches of width and 12 inch depth, carrying the HT2050 around does not represent a problem and a small bag or carry case can be used to store the product while en route. 3.3kg or 7.3 pounds in weight, is also pretty good and very competitive, making the HT2050 a reasonably portable device. The design is good looking, and it will not be an ugly piece of technology you have to cover up in the living room when visitors arrive.
The first thing you notice is the easy set-up; I simply turned it on and hooked up my Blu-ray player to it via HDMI and the image popped up immediately. Then I vertically adjusted the projector so the image was directly in front of me and started to watch. The picture clarity is perfect HD and there is a difference between HD on the HT2050 and HD on a regular TV, as the HT2050 has a 6 speed color wheel which enhances picture detail. In fact the picture was so good it wasn’t until midway through the movie that I realized I was supposed to be testing this projector out for review.
Having reluctantly paused the movie, I opened up the curtains to check it’s response to natural light. 2200 lumens is enough to maintain optimum clarity in all but very bright rooms so as it was a Sunday afternoon of particularly bright sunlight, I doubted I’d be able to see much on screen. Surprisingly, the sunlight gleaming into the room didn’t affect the image at all. This is because lumens are measured differently depending on the company, and in this case 2200 lumens performs like 3200 lumens does on other projectors.
Expanding the screen size outwards to check for imperfections I noticed none even at 180 inches and still no imperfections when changing into cinema mode and changing the image resolution. The big selling point of the HT2050 however is the close up viewing at a maximum of 100 inches screen size and BenQ’s boast was you could sit as close as 2.5 metres back while still maintaining optimum quality HD viewing. Usually projectors lose clarity the closer you sit if the screen is set at a large size but the HT2050 amazingly projected perfect images on the 100 inch screen even from just 2 metres back. In fact, watching a 3D movie in this way is an experience one can only really get from IMAX. It’s that impressive. Whether playing games, watching movies or using a computer or laptop, the picture remained great no matter what the distance.
The HT2050 also gets top marks in noise levels. Truth is it doesn’t have any; this projector is completely silent due to the fan efficiency. Speaker sound is excellent, and while not as good as some other projectors on the market, it’s certainly better than the vast majority. After the checking the noise levels and sound I made my last check on the zoom integrity. Sometimes you can notice considerable distortion in pictures when increasing the zoom even slightly. The HT2050 didn’t register any distortion until the zoom was up to three quarters of the maximum 130:1, and even then distortion was minimal. This puts it in the top 10% of projectors in terms of performance
Purchasers are paying a very reasonable price for a full HD 3D capable projector with one of the largest screen sizes in the industry. Ok, it’s not wireless, but performance both at close-up viewing range and from regular viewing distances, made even more resonant and detailed by the 6 speed colour wheel, more than makes up for that. The HT2050 has a low weight and small size, so it can be easily carried around. As far as projectors with these qualities go, the BenQ HT2050 is on the lower end of the spectrum in terms of price. It really can do everything.