BenQ HT3050 review & specs

BenQ HT3050 — a Full HD Projector with 3D, High Color Accuracy, and Big Zoom

BenQ HT3050

The high-quality build and the numerous enhancement technologies make the BenQ HT3050 one of the leading models among 1080p projectors. It displays a vibrant and detailed image with vivid colors, both in 2D and 3D formats. The device can be used in dark and semi-lit rooms and fits different room sizes thanks to short throw and large zoom capability.

The unit can be used for movie, TV show, sports watching, serve as the PC monitor. It features numerous physical connections for consoles, tuners, video players, acoustic systems, and supports the HDMI-powered wireless streaming. Need a more detailed BenQ HT3050 review? Read on!

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Design

The projector has a solid build and minimum design details. The front panel is smooth featuring a large all-glass lens deepened in the big funnel and the ventilation grill on the left. The front and back panels of the device are coffee-colored, while the top and bottom parts are white.

The top part has a sliding panel hiding the focus and zoom regulating dials and also features a set of navigation buttons closer to the back. On the bottom, there are three adjustable feet. The BenQ HT 3050 is quite big with the 14.76-inch width, 13.78-inch depth, and 10.9-inch height. It’s also quite heavy weighing almost 8 lbs.

Features

The unit integrates the DLP system with the glass lens displaying the 1920 x 1080 resolution on a screen ranging from 60 to 180 inches. The color gamut has 1.08 billion colors and is represented with the 15,000:1 contrast ratio. The RGBRGB wheel enhances the color reproduction making it 100% equal to the Rec.709 reproduction. Besides, it supports the 3D format.

The lens can be shifted vertically, and the zoom makes 1.3x, as indicated in the BenQ HT3050 manual. The lamp emits 2,000 lumens in the brightest mode and is supposed to serve for 7,000 hours in the Eco mode. The throw distance is wide varying from 3.2ft to 16.4ft. The projector can be ceiling- or wall-mounted or simply installed on some solid surface.

The operation noise doesn’t exceed 29 dB. The projector is equipped with dual stereo speakers rated at 20W total and boosted by the Cinema Master Audio Enhancer technology.

The input lag for this model is 50ms. It can connect a wide array of AV gear through the two 1.4 HDMI ports (one supporting MHL hookup), two USBs (1.5A type A port and the mini USB one), a VGA and RS232, composite and component AV inputs, audio out jack, 12V trigger.

Performance

The image projected by the BenQ HT3050 HD is well balanced, with sharp contrast and free from chromatic aberration. Still, some rainbow effect might be present. The color palette is wide, the colors are natural, with smooth gradations and deep shades. The color accuracy is quite high, with a warm overall tint and even brightness over the screen. The image is the sharpest in the dark room, while the ambient light causes the shadow detail to blur.

The 3D image is colorful and contrast, the contours stay sharp in the motion scenes. Still, the high dynamics leaves some motion blur on the display. The projector serves well as a PC monitor, the small fonts and pictograms stay distinct even on the big screen.

The operation noise is low and compensated with the capable speakers creating enough bass and clear treble and reproducing the sound accurately.

Common features

Product

BenQ HT3050

Model

HT3050

Brand

BenQ

Rating

4.4 of 5

Reviews

159

Resolution

Native resolution

1920 x 1080

Max resolution (resized)

1920 x 1200

Resolution abbreviation

Full HD

Properties

Projection screen size, inch

60 - 180

Projection distance, m/ft

1.5 - 5.9/3.2 - 16.4

Aspect ratio

16:9

Brightness, lumens

2000

Contrast ratio

15000:1

Throw ratio range

1.15 - 1.5

Color reproduction

1.07 billion

Pixel number

8300000

Projection system

DLP

Noise level, dBA

29

Input lag, ms

50

Power consumption, W

330

Features

Remote control

Mouse functions

HDR

3D

Security

password protection

Projection method

front, rear, ceiling mount, tabletop

Lamp

Lamp type, W

240

Lamp life (normal mode), hours

3500

Lamp life (eco mode), hours

5000

Connectivity

HDMI

2

VGA input

1

Composite video input (RCA)

1

Audio input (RCA)

1

Audio input (3.5mm)

Audio output (3.5mm)

1

SPDIF (optical)

Ethernet (RJ45)

MHL

RS232 (DB-9pin)

1

12V trigger

1

USB

1

USB (service)

1

Audio

Integrated speakers

Speaker power, W

20

Sound type

stereo

Video compatibility

NTSC

PAL

SECAM

Lens

F-number

2.59 - 2.87

Focal length, mm

16.88 - 21.8

Lens shift

Vertical +/- 10%

Zoom ratio

1.3x

Settings

Keystone adjustment vertical, +- degrees

30

Keystone adjustment horizontal, +- degrees

30

Operating temperature

Min, C/F

5/41

Max, C/F

35/95

User manual

Manual

Dimensions

Size W x H x D, сm/inches

38.5 x 12.7 x 27/14.98 x 4.79 x 10.91

Weight, kg/pounds

3.67/8.1

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