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BenQ TK800 True 4K UHD HDR Home Entertainment Projector, DLP, 3000 Lumens, HMDI, Football Mode - White/Blue

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At the top are discrete power keys followed by 3D and HDR toggles, lamp mode, image mode, and keystone. The complete absence of crosstalk made the virtual stage large enough that the screen’s edges seemed to melt away. Of course, the single speaker can produce only mono sound, whereas some competitors offer stereo or even stereo with surround effects. The budget end of the projector market is highly competitive, with single-chip DLP machines available from the likes of Optoma, Vivitech, and others.

The TK800 uses a 4K 120Hz Red, Green, Blue and White (RGBW) four segment colour wheel with colour coatings to produce more light output and coverage of the Rec. The BenQ TK800 is a great example of the form factor that delivers big screen action for those on a budget, producing an image up to 300” in size that it's as easy to setup as pointing it at a white wall. The projector's image specifications are where
things get really interesting, particularly its claimed peak brightness of 3,000 Lumens. The audio is louder and has better dynamic range than the 10W speaker on the PX747-4K, so specs are not relevant for comparative purposes on this feature. The TK800 is the latest budget 4K Ultra HD single-chip DLP projector which is being marketed as a home entertainment and sports model.

While the TK800 and its brethren don’t have a true native 4K light engine like the premium examples from JVC and Sony, their image quality is every bit as good with clarity and brightness that are unmatched. Though the small, white projector has identical rounded looks similar to the HT2550 model, the first thing that you’ll notice about the BenQ TK800 is that it has a prettier blue front than more understated grey on the HT2550. HD Blu-rays are handled with refinement and subtlety, and this BenQ also makes a good choice for delivering bigscreen sporting events, even if you opt to keep a degree of ambient light in your room.

Peak highlights are also clipped down to the native capability of the projector, meaning the HDR image is pretty poor when it comes to contrast and dynamic range performance. In fact, far from feeling like a compromise, the TK800’s HDR images often deliver genuine ‘wow’ moments. Fortunately, the backlight is red/orange, which doesn't disrupt dark-adapted vision when you look at it.We managed to get rid of the obvious yellow tint to images though and greys did look more natural than out of the box.

However, they are not 4K projectors - 44 ms is about as fast as we've seen on 4K models; only the PX747-4K beats the TK800, but only by one at 43 ms. This means that both will suffer from reduced color brightness to gain the extra white brightness reported in their ANSI lumen specifications. The projector might be applying some visual trickery to get the perceived resolution up to the required eight million pixels, but it definitely works.

This, in conjunction with proprietary Texas Instruments processing, delivers a 4K effect that’s hard to distinguish from native 4K.

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