Established in 1975 in Japan, Epson has since been the most revered company producing projectors. Whether they be used for an office presentation or a home theater, Epson projectors have been consistently recommended by many due to their top-of-the-line image and sound quality, as well as their more than reasonable prices. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at the major features and benefits of Epson’s long line of projectors.
As the Television market becomes more and more competitive year by year with advances in image quality, so does the projector market. Epson has been at the forefront of the market due to its constant innovation and improvement of its image quality. The 3-chip LCD technology included in every modern Epson projector is one of the highlights that is challenging the TV market. We shall discuss this further, later on. With the popularity and convenience of apps skyrocketing, Epson quickly introduced the iProjection app which also allows you to connect wireless from iOS and Android phones and Chromebooks. However, the app only works on compatible projectors.
Most projectors don’t come with built-in speakers anymore, instead providing the necessary inputs for them. Modern Epson projectors come with the usual connections at the back panel; 1 HDMI port, 1 USB-B port, 1 USB-A port, 2 VGA cable ports, and L & R inputs for speakers.
As mentioned earlier, the 3LCD chip feature is by far the most revered piece of technology in newer Epson projectors. This was included after complaints regarding the “rainbow effect” that older Epson single-chip DLP models were displaying. This rainbow effect was basically a slight separation of colors seen with the images a projector would display. But now, this problem has been completely eliminated by the 3-chip LCD technology with HDR. This technology also brings out the colors of any projected image accurately along with high color brightness, making the projection of any image or video no lesser than even a top-of-the-line TV. The best quality you could ever wish for is built into their latest model, Epson EH-TW9400/Pro Cinema 6050UB with 4K picture quality and 3D compatibility.
Every projector is fit not only for film but video game projection as well, with every newer model improving on the last when it comes to video lag, which is at its all-time best in the current Epson models. Every projector of this type also allows for color and brightness adjustments, along with 5 different color modes. When it comes it color calibration, Epson takes the cake on viewer customization, offering extensive options for calibration.
Though not the cheapest out there, Epson puts quality and convenience first in any of their projectors, with the lowest priced 3LCD chip type projector available at $599. Prices for Epson projectors range from affordable to pricey, with one of their higher-end models, the Epson EH-TW9400/Pro Cinema 6050UB being priced at $3,999. However, this is still a reasonable price compared to other companies such as Sony and JVC, providing the same or lesser features.
The build quality across all Epson projectors is often excellent, with the higher-end projectors including a backlit remote control and motorized lens dust cover to keep any dust away. However, some of the models with built-in speakers may have issues with dust collection.
Epson projectors have been the best and most reliable projectors available for well over 2 decades. Their commitment to image quality over sound or any other aspect may be an issue for some, but this is a projector after all. It needs fine image quality at the forefront of its features, and the latest models of Epson projectors deliver when it comes to color, definition, and build quality.
A multinational Taiwanese company, BenQ is no stranger to the tech industry. Having been a producer of thin-film technology products including high-end projectors and TVs since the 90s, BenQ has come a long way since its first line of products was released under BenQ-Siemens. BenQ has had tough competition with other companies like the juggernaut Epson, but their line of projectors has come a long way for business presentation use, gaming, and home cinema. In this article, we’ll be taking a look at BenQ’s many series of projectors and breaking them down based on features, benefits, and their competition.
For a long time, BenQ sold conventional DLP projectors that came with their positives and few negatives, most notably the rainbow effect. However, today BenQ has a line of laser projectors and DLP models with top-of-the-line features such as HDR PRO technology for the ultimate cinematic experience, delivering high dynamic range visuals true to the source.
On UHD laser TV projectors, the newly introduced filmmaker mode preserves every last visual and audio detail of a film or TV show that filmmakers envisioned. Modern BenQ projectors even have LAN control and connectivity to connect a projector to a laptop with ease. This helps in centralizing your screening room’s sound and image. The latest series of laser projectors also include an Android TV operating system that allows you to view content from more than a dozen streaming platforms.
BenQ smart projectors offer wireless options to connect to phones, laptops, and other devices through the use of Bluetooth. If you use an iPhone, then you can use AirPlay to connect to the projector and cast your screen. BenQ’s line of Mini Smart Portable Projectors is an example of BenQ’s willingness to change the age-old body of a projector, making it a more convenient size for household and outdoor use without sacrificing visual or audio quality.
When it comes to image quality, BenQ offers some of the best home theater experiences in the world. With their modern CinePro Series projectors coming with 4K UHD quality, the resolution is high and crystal clear allowing for almost no pixel blur. The DCI-P3 CinematicColor technology in this series showcases rich, accurate, and bright visuals along with the options for personal color calibration. This series has even been certified by the THX film company for its high standards in visuals.
The BenQ 4K laser TV projector is far brighter and richer in color than many other projectors available on the market. The HDR PRO technology keeps the original dynamic colors of its source video or image, along with UHD 4K quality. Unlike the CinePro Series of projectors, the laser TV projector has stand-out audio with 2 built-in virtual surround speakers that employ acoustic and psycho-acoustic sciences to balance sound qualities. Needless to say, BenQ has been avidly trying to better the home theater experience with their projectors in every way.
BenQ’s prices aren’t as affordable as other companies, with the lowest price of a modern 4K UHD home theater projector at $1,699 and going up to a whopping $8,999. The prices for portable projectors range from $499 to $799. While not the best quality, their CineHome series of projectors, offering 1080p quality, are more affordable, with the prices ranging from $640 to $1,199. However, given the technological advances in BenQ’s projectors, some may not mind the steep prices.
Most BenQ projectors are quite sturdily built and highly durable. However, some lower-end projectors may suffer from lens issues over time and loud fans.
Overall, BenQ has a lot to choose from. Their willingness to adapt to the times even after 3 decades in the game is quite admirable. Whether you need something for basic business presentations or want a fancy home theater setup, BenQ gives it to you in large and small designs. Having fair competition with only one other company, Epson, BenQ is quite an impressive company considering they produce numerous other products beyond projectors.