Friday, February 18th 2022

BenQ Launches 4K HDR Gaming Projector

BenQ has launched a new, quirky projector and this time the company is targeting gamers. The X3000i as the model is known as, is a 4LED DLP projector that claims to have low input lag. Although it supports 4K, this is only at 60 Hz, but it has two different 1080p gaming modes that support either 240 Hz with a 4.16 ms input lag or 120 Hz with an 8 ms input lag. It sports a total of three HDMI 2.0b ports, of which the third, hidden port is occupied by an HDMI dongle that adds "smart" features to the projector. It's the QS01 dongle that we've seen before from BenQ, but it has been updated to Android 10. Other connectivity consists of a single USB Type-A 2.0 port that can deliver 2.5 A, an RS232 serial port, a DC 12 V trigger jackm, as well as a 3.5 mm audio jack and an optical S/PDIF out. One of the accessible HDMI ports supports eARC and the X3000i has a pair of integrated speakers that delivers a not too powerful 10 W audio output.

The projector can be ceiling mounted and also comes with a pair of extra feet that are apparently used when mounting the projector upside down. BenQ has included a 1.3x zoom option that can reduce the throw distance and the X3000i can produce a 120-inch image with a three metre throw distance. There are three different brightness settings, with a maximum brightness of 3000 lumens and the contrast ratio with lightsource dimming enabled is 500,000:1, although BenQ doesn't mention the default contrast ratio. There are also multiple different image presets for RPG, FPS and sports games. This is not some little dinky portable projector though, as it weighs in at 6.4 kg and has a typical power consumption of 330 W. It's also not cheap at US$1,999/€1,899, but if it delivers on its promised specs, it should at least be competitively priced.
Source: BenQ
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12 Comments on BenQ Launches 4K HDR Gaming Projector

#1
DeathtoGnomes
I'd love to be able to go outside and game off the neighbors walls, or watch a movie. At $2k that might take a bit more long-term planning :D
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jesdals
You should have some kind of sound connectivity that would allow for multiple headsets
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TheLostSwede
jesdalsYou should have some kind of sound connectivity that would allow for multiple headsets
3.5 mm jack to Bluetooth transmitter? Might be too much lag though.
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#4
Valantar
jesdalsYou should have some kind of sound connectivity that would allow for multiple headsets
Wouldn't that be much better left to whatever hardware the games are played on, rather than the projector? Attaching multiple headsets to a PC or console is relatively easy.
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Ferrum Master
ValantarWouldn't that be much better left to whatever hardware the games are played on, rather than the projector? Attaching multiple headsets to a PC or console is relatively easy.
He probably thinks of the standalone mode of the PJ using that dongle witch doesn't even support netflix xD
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#6
jesdals
Well an outdoor movie viewing would make the headset option more possible in the city - dont think it would be popular with surround sound at the same time :-)
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Ferrum Master
jesdalsWell an outdoor movie viewing would make the headset option more possible in the city - dont think it would be popular with surround sound at the same time :)
There are absolutely no problems to do it in industrial areas during evenings... or some parking lots. Don't overcomplicate things.

Sharing headphones... I shreek of the idea alone, considering how filthy some people are.
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#8
TheLostSwede
Ferrum MasterSharing headphones... I shreek of the idea alone, considering how filthy some people are.
In ears only... :toast:
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jesdals
Ferrum MasterThere are absolutely no problems to do it in industrial areas during evenings... or some parking lots. Don't overcomplicate things.

Sharing headphones... I shreek of the idea alone, considering how filthy some people are.
I have this nice roof terras that would allow for a 6 meter wide screen and would be ideal for warm nights but I do have neighbours :D
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#10
Blue4130
jesdalsI have this nice roof terras that would allow for a 6 meter wide screen and would be ideal for warm nights but I do have neighbours :D
I can't imagine how dim the image would be. The projector would need to be so far away to get a 6m image.
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#11
jesdals
Well thats just doubble from the one in my living room
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#12
Blue4130
jesdalsWell thats just doubble from the one in my living room
Ok, in that case the screen will be 1/4 as bright. Inverse square law of light hurts.
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