We have been on the projector kick of late since meeting with BenQ for CES 2022! We had a chance to take a look at the TK700 4K lamp gaming projector which was just a stepping stone for what is to come. Today we take a look at a true 4k HDR 4LED gaming projector with up to a 240Hz refresh rate. The BenQ X3000i features a 4K UDH native resolution, 4LED light source, 1.15 – 1.50 throw ratio, Android OS, and a 30-bit display color priced at $1999.
This projector is physically on the larger size, at least compared to the TK700. Looking like a big square box with rounded edges at 10.7 x 7.8 x 10.2 inches and weighing in at 14.2lbs. I am kind of off by the color scheme a white body, black front panel, and an orange border between the two. You will find mesh built into the plastic on all sides of the body for cooling purposes. On the back, you will find x3 HDMI in, USB Type A, and an RS232 port. On the side, you will find the zoom and a control panel for easy access. It’s a solid design but I wish it came in one solid color either black or white.
LED projector technology has come a long way in recent years. While the use of bulbs in projectors fades out, LED has been makings its case as the best-looking display out of all the technologies on the market today. BenQ takes it a step further with their 4LED system that adds an additional blue “pump” LED. By adding this separate light, you will get an 8% – 12% increase in overall brightness compared to a 3LED system. 4LED in combination with BenQ’s auto color calibration feature delivers more consistent color while also extending the lifespan of the projector.
I am very impressed with the quality of the vivid display, it is a true 4k 8.3 million pixels projection. Any true gamer will appreciate the experience of gaming on a 12.5 screen at this quality and performance. You have a few options for performance and picture quality depending on your application. On paper, the numbers for each mode sound great at an Esports quality 16 ms [email protected],4 ms [email protected], or 8 ms [email protected] display. If you have never gamed like this, it will blow your mind with how responsive it is. I do however stand by my original opinion that it is more designed for casual gaming experiences. Second to none in single-player RPG type games or even an open-world MMO setting. If you are climbing a ladder, leaderboard, or playing in a tournament you will want a traditional setup.
This is a baller item for sure, after you buy the projector, you will also need to purchase a screen. On top of this, you need a large enough area to dedicate to gaming. 12.5 ft is actually massive, and you will also need extra throw space to place the projector. I don’t care what anyone tells you, a screen is an absolute must for a setup like this! As a flagship product, it’s going to cost a flagship price. $2000 may seem a bit high but if you do your market research you will find it is at a fair price at this time. I think the question isn’t is it worth it but, can you afford it?