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Two of the biggest producers of projectors in the world, BenQ and Epson have each been around for over 3 decades, competing in technology and design along the way. While each company does have other lines of products, their projectors are much sought after by households, schools, and businesses.
While BenQ does have a solid reputation when it comes to the quality of its projectors, the prices aren’t too affordable beyond the upper class and businesses. Whereas, Epson offers a wide range of projectors based on different price ranges, making it more accessible to other classes of people. With all that said, let’s take a look at the benefits of both companies and how they measure up to one another.
Let’s start with the most important feature, the projection-type itself. BenQ has always sold 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. Epson, on the other hand, boasts 3-chip LCD technology which is included in every modern Epson projector. The 3-LCD technology gives brighter, full-depth color entirely without the rainbow effect.
The latest series of BenQ laser projectors also include an Android TV operating system that allows you to view content from more than a dozen streaming platforms. Epson projectors, however, does not offer the same.
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. Modern BenQ projectors include LAN and Bluetooth connectivity, but cannot be controlled through an app.
Considering image quality, Epson seems to have a slight edge over BenQ with their advanced technology. 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 when viewers would move their eyes. But now, this problem has been completely eliminated by the 3-chip LCD technology with HDR. 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.
Though Epson may be superior in this regard, BenQ also boasts excellent visuals with all 4 of their projector series - CinePro, CinePrime, CineHome, 4K Home Projector - utilizing the DCI-P3 CinematicColor technology for rich, brighter, and accurate visuals, accompanied by options for calibration.
Concerning audio, BenQ has the superior built-in audio system. 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. Epson, however, doesn’t give much attention to their audio, with many projectors coming without built-in audio systems.
Epson, even though they have very high-end projectors at $3,999 and above, Epson also has a range of very affordable, efficient projectors that start at $599. BenQ, on the other hand, have steeper prices. If you want a BenQ projector equivalent to the quality of a low-priced 3-LCD Epson projector, then the lowest price you will find will be at around $700, yet the technology may not be up to par with Epson’s low-priced range of products. Overall, Epson gives you a larger range to choose from depending on your budget.
Both companies offer durable, well built projectors with a few downsides. 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. Epson projectors offer high durability as well, 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.
BenQ and Epson both have projector options for various environments, which is the reason why they are the biggest producers of projectors in the world. While Epson often excels in sales for businesses, BenQ seems to benefit highly form their home cinema series. However, Epson seems to have an edge over BenQ largely due to the use of 3-LCD technology and wider options for different budgets and environments. But ultimately, it’s down to your needs and understanding of projection technology to truly set them apart.