BenQ HT3550 4K HDR Projector Review
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Last Updated on July 14, 2021 by Daniel Osakwe
While TVs have appreciated the local 4K resolution for quite a while, Ultra-High Definition has been delayed to come to projectors, in any event locally. Fortunately, in any case, that is beginning to change. As of late, we’ve at last begun getting a couple of projectors that support local 4K resolution – like, for instance, the all-new BenQ HT3550 (called the BenQ W2700 in Europe and the UK).
We looked into the archetype to the HT3550, the BenQ HT2550, and got an incredible outcome, yet its continuation offers a couple of extraordinary new highlights: It has an excellent new plan, first of all, but at the same time it’s streamlined for BenQ’s HDR-PRO, which upholds HDR10 and HLG, in addition to it zooms up to 1.3 occasions and supports screen size of up to 120 inches with a splendor of up to 2,000 lumens.
In any case, this is a moderately costly projector for those of us simply beginning with home film. Is it worth the money? We put the BenQ HT3550 under a magnifying glass to discover.
The principal thing to see about the BenQ HT3550 projector is its design, and it’s a tasteful-looking projector. The projector is generally all white, with a bronze face that truly helps make it look more extravagant than it is. On the highest point of the projector, you’ll get manual controls to turn the projector on and control its product, alongside controls for the lens – including a vertical focal point shift, center, and zoom. On the rear of the projector is the place where you’ll get your availability. There are two HDMI ports, which support HDCP 2.2, alongside a sound output, a USB port for controlling streaming gadgets, and a USB 3.0 port for a media reader. There’s likewise a 12V trigger, and an RS-232 port, in the event that you’re actually utilizing it.
It’s a pleasant choice of ports, and we think it’ll be all that anyone could need for most clients – however on the off chance that you genuinely have a ton of sources, you’ll actually require, or if nothing else need, a fair recipient. The projector isn’t enormous, yet it is somewhat huge contrasted with certain other home projectors. It gauges in at 380 x 127 x 263 mm (15 x 5 x 10.4 inches), and as such, it may look best mounted from the roof instead of elsewhere. Obviously, all things considered, the projector looks incredible and will look entirely fine anyplace in the home. There’s likewise the plan of the distant, and the far off overall is easy to oversee – even in obscurity because of the way that the far off has illuminated keys.
Towards the highest point of the far off, you’ll get power controls and a couple of picture setting controls, under which is a directional cushion for controlling the projector’s product. At that point, you’ll discover menu controls, more picture settings, thus on. It seems as though a ton, however, we figure the vast majority will actually want to get the far off generally rapidly – and there are not many fewer controls than some different projectors we’ve seen.
Setting up the BenQ HT3550 is basic, both genuinely and picture smart. Start by just connecting the projector and turning it on. You’ll at that point need to change the lens with highlights like a cornerstone, zoom, and core interest. Dissimilar to the past age HT2550, this projector likewise has a vertical focal point shift, which means you can move the general picture up or down effectively, which could come in handy. Generally, we think you’ll see it as simple to introduce the projector, however, in the event that you do wind up mounting it from the roof and need any wiring or electrical work done, it could be ideal to get an expert to assist.
The projector’s product is generally essential, yet it does the work. Indeed, it looks somewhat dated, and now and again the menus can be somewhat convoluted to explore, yet once you become acclimated to utilizing the product you’ll have the option to travel through those menus pretty without any problem. There’s likewise the way that once the projector is set up and you have your sources associated, you shouldn’t change the image or utilize the inherent software much by any stretch of the imagination.
BenQ has truly ventured up picture quality for the HT3550 – which is noteworthy thinking about how incredible the HT2550 previously looked. We tried the HT3550 in a wide range of conditions, including distinctive lighting, yet most of our testing was done in a dull climate, and from a distance of around 10 feet. While you can utilize the projector in any climate you need (halfway, full-or no-encompassing light), it merits referencing that picture puts its best self forward when you’re utilizing it in an appropriate home film climate. The projector upholds a brilliance of up to 2,000 lumens, which is in reality somewhat less than the past gen HT2550, which came in at 2,200 lumens.
It is anything but an immense minimization, however, it’s sufficient to somewhat affect execution, particularly in a completely lit room. (All things considered, a little light won’t execute the image.) The genuine redesign here, nonetheless, is the projector’s difference proportion. While the HT2250 offered a 10,000:1 differentiation proportion, the HT3550 steps that up to a noteworthy 30,000:1 – and the outcome is a very unique picture. Of course, blacks aren’t really pretty much as profound as they would be, for instance, on an OLED TV, however, the truth of the matter is that they’re still profound – and the distinction between the blacks and whites makes for an extraordinary degree of difference.
Indeed, even standard powerful reach content looks very great. It’s not as distinctive and profound as HDR content, certainly, yet we discovered SDR substance to in any case be charming and definite. The projector additionally upholds 4K and HDR10, which means we had the option to appreciate David Attenborough’s new One Planet arrangement in the entirety of its brilliance. The BenQ HT3550 likewise has an inherent speaker and keeping in mind that you’ll presumably need to put resources into better speakers when there’s no other option the implicit ones are really not awful. The speakers offer a respectable measure of profundity and keeping in mind that there isn’t a huge load of bass, it unquestionably gets noisy enough for generally little to medium-sized rooms.
The projector emanates some fan noise, yet it’s not ridiculous, and simple to disregard with sufficient sound from the speakers. Saying this doesn’t imply that the projector is quiet – it’s not – however insofar as you’re not sitting right close to it, it shouldn’t be excessively problematic to your listening experience. All said, in a decent climate, the picture quality is great, and keeping in mind that the splendor leaves a little to be wanted with a lot of surrounding light, the truth of the matter is that on the off chance that you can eliminate that encompassing light, you’ll love the detail and difference on offer.
On the off chance that this is your first projector-purchasing experience, you may see the $1,500 sticker price and feel like the BenQ HT3550 is overrated, however for the cash, it really offers a ton. The projector flaunts an unmistakable, striking picture that is ideal for the home theater – and with the 4K goal and HDR support, it’s incredible alternative thinking about its cost. Obviously, not much’s (see: splendor, programming, and fan clamor), however at this value, the BenQ HT3550 comes pretty close.
While it may have been pleasant if the projector could get somewhat more splendid, given the way that with enough encompassing light it can discourage the general picture quality, we think the BenQ HT3550 is seemingly the most ideal approach in case you’re searching for an extraordinary projector in this value range.