|Item Weight||7.93 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||4.8 x 15 x 10.9 inches|
|Item model number||HT2150ST|
|Number of Component Outputs||D-Sub;HDMIx2(MHL);A-I/O;USB-A;USBminiB;DC12V;RS232|
|Item Display Height||10 inches|
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BenQ HT2150ST 1080p Home Theater Projector Short Throw for Gaming Movies and Sports
- HIGH RESOLUTION: Native 1080p Full HD image quality with high brightness of 2200 ANSI lumens and 15000:1 contrast ratio, 6x RGBRGB color wheel delivers lifelike colors which are calibrated for gaming
- TAKING VIDEO GAMES TO THE BIG SCREEN: Superior short throw projection with 100" of big-screen at 1.5 meters provides an immersive and brand new gaming experience
- HIGH RESPONSIVENESS: The specialized low input lag and unique game modes ensure gamers an ultra-smooth and comprehensive gaming experience
- HOLLYWOOD-LIKE SOUNDS: The Built-in two 10W speakers with BenQ Cinema Master Audio+ tech add brilliant sounds to enhance your gaming fun
- DLP TECHNOLOGY: Timeless image quality, no aging problems, and virtually immune to image decay, consistently delivering picture excellence time and time again
- AWARD WINNING PROJECTOR - 2016 Editor's Choice Award, Projector Central.Throw ratio:0.69 0.83 (100" @ 1.5m)
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See the Wonders with CinematicColor
CinematicColor for Colors as Directors Envisioned
CinematicColor technology utilizes optimal color to bring out the most accurate and enhanced images to you. CinematicColor’s Rec.709 HDTV standard color coverage, 6x speed RGBRGB color wheel, high native ANSI contrast ratio performance to ensure an incredible image performance that delivers detailed, sharp and crisp visuals to accompany your home cinema enjoyment.
Only True Colors Convey Deep Feelings
True colors evoke feelings of sorrow, joy, romance and thrills by preserving the original image. BenQ home cinema projectors embody our belief that to convey the truest color is to impart the deepest feelings to the viewer. Our engineers, who have both THX and ISF certification, lead a great CinematicColor technology team of professionals who provide Rec.709 HDTV standard color coverage to ensure perfect color consistency.
Rec.709 for Color Accuracy
Rec.709 is the international HDTV standard that depicts the colors the director intended. With a 6x speed RGBRGB color wheel, HT2150ST enables over 96% coverage to Rec.709 for accuracy to reproduce authentic colors of Hollywood films.
CinemaMaster’s Audio Enhancer Turns Living Room into a World
With 20-watt stereo speaker housed in resonant sound chambers powered by BenQ CinemaMaster Audio Enhancer, your sound booms with breakthrough technology used by Hollywood studios to dramatically boost bass and treble for serious stereo sound.
Superior Short Throw Projection with 100” of Big-Screen Enjoyment at 4.9 Feet
Maximize thrills in minimum space with BenQ HT2150ST which require as little as 4.9 ft to project stunning 100” pictures. Bring big-screen theater entertainment home to whichever room you like.
Spot Details in Games Under Any Ambient Lighting
The HT2150ST’s two gaming modes fine tune contrast and saturation of images according to ambient lighting. Game Mode for darker rooms or Game Bright Mode in well-lit rooms adjust screen brightness and contrast to perfectly match environmental light for balanced brightness and contrast to bring out details.
Ultra Fast Response for Intensely Smooth Gaming
The HT2150ST’s 16.67ms low input lag and microsecond DMD response time ensure an ultra-smooth gaming experience without unwanted motion blur and image lag.
|HDTV Rec. 709||96%||92%|
|Low Input Lag (16ms)||✔||✔|
|Throw and Zoom Ratio||0.69~0.83 / 1.2x||0.69 - 0.83 / 1.2x|
|Connectivity||HDMI x 2||HDMI x 2|
|Light Source Life (Hours by Mode)||3500/5000/7000 (Lamp Based)||4000/10000/10000/15000 hours (Lamp Based)|
|Built in Speakers||10W x 2||5W x 1|
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|Connectivity Technology||HDMI x 2 (MHL)||usb, hdmi||Dual HDMI||usb, hdmi||Wireless||HDMI^MHL^Wireless|
|Image Brightness||2200 lumens||2,800||2200 lumens||3,000 lumen||2000 lumens||2800 lumens|
|Item Dimensions||14.98 x 4.79 x 10.91 in||12.37 x 8.8 x 4 in||15 x 10.9 x 14.7 in||4.6 x 11.65 x 9.5 in||13.78 x 10.9 x 14.76 in||12.4 x 8.8 x 4 in|
|Item Weight||7.93 lbs||5.5 lbs||7.27 lbs||5.9 lbs||7.93 lbs||5.8 lbs|
Welcome to the new era of playing your favorite video games on the massive screen. BenQ's HT2150ST is designed for the video gamer to enjoy a brand new gaming experience. Savor HT2150ST's breathtaking Full HD 1080p visuals while 6x RGBRGB color wheel delivers lifelike colors which are calibrated for gaming. The specialized low input lag and unique game modes ensure gamers an ultra-smooth and comprehensive gaming experience. The built-in 10W speakers with BenQ CinemaMaster Audio+ tech add brilliant sounds to even enhance your gaming fun. BenQ HT2150ST brings a total visual and audio enjoyment which you've never experienced.
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This projector's picture quality is simply remarkable. I am highly critical of anything I purchase with my evaluation of electronics being especially stringent. Compared to the Optoma GT1080, the BenQ has better colors; equal or better black levels; less rainbow effect (abbreviated RBE); and better focus uniformity (perfect). Many people are concerned about the rainbow effect, so I am here to say that it is all but non-existent on the BenQ. The Optoma had some rainbowing that wasn't bad by any means, but it did show up without even purposefully looking for it. It didn't bother me much, but having now used the BenQ I feel spoiled. Quite literally the only way I can even observe the RBE is by putting up a high contrast scene like the grid test pattern and darting my eyes across the image. Even then it takes a few passes with my eyes to find it. The black levels are as dark as or darker than my TV (Sony KDL W700B). For empirical comparison the Sony TV has a Black level of about 0.020 cd/m2 (taken from the W800B review on Rtings.com. The W800B is the W700B, just with 3D). This is with my projector being used on a light-green wall. Theoretically a darker wall would improve the black levels and contrast overall. The colors are even better than the Sony TV and much better and more natural than the Optoma (This and the lack of RBE are thanks to the 4X/6X speed, RGBRGB color wheel compared to the Optoma's 2X speed, non-RGBRGB color wheel). The final point of comparison in this category would be focus uniformity. Here the BenQ takes the win with no question. The Optoma had fairly blurry corners as well as chromatic aberration (especially the top right corner) when the middle of the screen was used to adjust focus. This resulted in me having to find a happy middle-ground between top-right corner focus and center picture focus. The Ben Q immediately provided perfect focus without any chromatic aberration across the entire ~135" image. In short, the picture quality on this projector is remarkable.
This section is meant to address the ease of operation, the operational capabilities, and the things that may be easily overlooked by potential projector purchasers. First of all, the BenQ has MANY more options provided in the menus than the Optoma. They both have digital, vertical keystone and the usual gamut of gamma, color, contrast, etc. settings. The Ben Q, however, has many other settings on offer for the person who really wants to tinker with the projector. My personal favorite is the color correction option that adjusts the image based on the color of the surface you are projecting upon. The remote has all of the things that you use frequently/somewhat frequently on it (I will post a picture). Please note that at least one of the buttons (PiP) is a dummy for this model, at least as far as I can tell. The remote also has a red backlight (Woohoo! Backlit remotes just like the old days!). The brightness of this remote is much more usable than the blue backlight on the Optoma's remote (the Optoma's was positively blinding).
The BenQ has a slightly longer requirement for projection distance than the GT1080, but both being short throw in nature, this isn't a huge problem. You can look up the specific values for yourself if you want more detail. The BenQ is also slightly more forgiving than the Optoma when it comes to placement due to its 1.2X zoom capability. This also has a VGA port and a Serial port which the GT1080 does not.
Seeing as this projector just released a few months ago (August 2016) it is at full price, $1000 (~$1060 after Michigan taxes). I am not at all upset with the price I paid considering the quality I received. The Optoma left me a little underwhelmed, it lacked a bit of color and the issues I mentioned earlier bothered me enough to return it after about a week, at which time I decided to purchase the BenQ instead. Now, the Optoma is around $400 cheaper than the BenQ, so yes the BenQ should provide better overall quality. The GT1080 is not a bad projector, I know my words may make it seem like it is, but this is an objective, critical review, there are no participation ribbons being given. For me, even though the Optoma is much cheaper, I think the BenQ has a better value, the higher price point is more than made up for.
I'll keep this short and sweet. There is no perceivable input lag. I would say it is equal to or faster than my Sony TV (24.3ms via Rtings W800B review). Remember, INPUT LAG AND RESPONSE TIME ARE NOT THE SAME THING. atleast 70% of the time when I see someone say "response time" they actually mean input lag. Input lag is what makes your controller seem out of sync with your TV, like when you hit a button on the controller to make your character do something and there is a delay before your character on screen actually executes that command. Most people can't notice anything less than 30-35ms, while some people can notice anything above 10 or 20ms using a controller, although at that point it isn't really a problem even though it can be noticed.. Response time on the other hand has to do with how quickly the pixels on your screen can change color (usually gray to gray or black to white). Response time on any respectable display will be 5ms or less. A slower response time will lead to "smearing" or "blurring" on your display. Think of it like in a movie or show where the character takes drugs and everything seems to look really flowy when they move or like they have a trail following them. That is an extreme example, but it gets the point across. This projector uses Digital Light Processing (DLP) to create its image, with DLP any ghosting/blurring is actually impossible from what I have learned through numerous articles. I never see any response time symptoms as I shouldn't. Think of it as posessing a response time of 0ms.
**The Little Things**
Both the Optoma and BenQ came INCREDIBLY well packaged. The BenQ even more-so. The remote for the BenQ has a satisfying tactile feedback/click to it. Both projectors have built-in speakers should you need them. I haven't used them on either one so I can't comment on their abilities, but they are there. If you are buying a decent projector, you should have something better than the built-in speakers to use, hence my avoidance of using them. However, they do have their place. It's really comforting to know that I can bring the projector over to a friend's house or outside and, with no further equipment besides a Blu-ray/DVD player, have a movie theater-like experience, especially with the short-throw nature that makes it easier to find a spot to project.
If I had to pick out some negatives, it would be that the black level could be better and it could run a bit cooler. It is not plasma level or OLED level blacks, but it is most certainly as good as the high-end LED TVs. The temperature level isn't something that affects my viewing environment in any substantial way, however, being a techie, it bothers me when any piece of technology runs hot. Perhaps this high heat is just inherent of traditional projector lamp technology, but it still bothers me. In all honesty, these are the only things I think could be improved on this projector. Also, at this price point, I don't think you will find anything better. When I update this review later on, I will be sure to include any new or exacerbated issues that I encounter.
If you are deciding between the Optoma GT1080 and the BenQ HT2150ST, get the BenQ. They both are good projectors, but the BenQ is a tier or two above the GT1080 in quality and experience while coming in at a price that is only 1 - 1.5 tiers higher.
I purchased both the Optoma GT1080 and the BenQ HT2150ST with my own money. I was not in any way, shape, or form compensated for the review of these projectors. I am just a 22 year old college student with high standards and the desire to give credit where credit is due and call out any downfalls so that they can hopefully be improved upon in the future.
Being one of the first reviews for this product, I really hope this is comprehensive enough for anyone looking to purchase this projector. Thanks for reading!
Image quality wise the Benq has amazing colors thanks to the RGBRGB color wheel, it's incredibly close to the colors of my Samsung Plasma TV, which is very impressive. It also has great sharpness and clarity, I honestly did not think a 126" 1080p image could look as sharp as a much smaller 60" 1080p Plasma TV, but it very much does. So to sum up the pros, I very much understand why so many others gave this thing 5 stars. I'm loving it so far.
For the cons, I don't have many, overall they are nothing major. The biggest one is when I first plugged everything up I could not get a signal with my Sony receiver. Odd thing was I had audio, but no video. It took me a while to figure out it was the HDMI cable, which worked fine for my Optoma. It turns out the Mediabridge HDMI cable I was using had a too short male connector (the tip), no idea how it worked in the Optoma, but the only way to get a signal with the BenQ was to push really hard so it would reach the back of the input, then if I barely touched it, the signal would drop. So once I got a new HDMI cable it was perfectly fine.
My other problem is much smaller and has to do with the front leg adjustment. It's a bit of a pain to use and doesn't exactly have the finest positioning. This will only be a problem if you use the projector on a table though. So all I ended up doing was getting a super thin piece of cardboard and put it under the front leg so my image was positioned exactly at the top of my screen. Besides that I haven't had any other issues. I'm very much enjoying it with movies and video games. The picture is just incredible to me. The best way I can describe it is, it just looks right. It really looks like a giant plasma screen. I uploaded some pics of Horizon Zero Dawn, SteamWorld Dig 2, some colorful parrot, and a pic of some mountains from the Amazon Fire screensaver. (I'm also using a Darbee 5000S)
NOW THEN, I moved onto this BenQ HT2150St. WHAT A DIFFERENCE. Even though it claims a lower max. lumen of only 2,200, its COLOR lumen output was, to my untrained eyes, probably actually close to 100% of its claimed value. So basically, even though the BenQ's specs say 2,200 lumen vs. the Optoma's whopping 3,000, the BenQ is actually MUCH BRIGHT and more brilliant and vivid than the Optoma. Sneaky businesses and their sneaky practices be damned.
Visual quality aside, the response time/input lag on this is excellent as well! On this front, the Optoma and the BenQ performed similarly.
Pair this baby with a ceiling light rejecting screen and you can watching things day and night!