BenQ X500i, 4K Android TV 11.0 video projector: 2 160p/60 or 1080p/240

In addition to the BenQ X3100i, presented yesterday in our columns, the Taiwanese manufacturer has unveiled another Ultra HD/4K video projector, the BenQ Presentation.

The BenQ X500i therefore expands the range of the Taiwanese manufacturer whose references are optimized for video game operation. On the other hand, unlike the BenQ X3100i which has 100% DCI-P3 gamut coverage and motion compensation, the BenQ He will therefore be less comfortable during a Home Cinema session.

BenQ X500i, what brightness and operating system?

The BenQ Good news, the native Netflix 4K application is now pre-installed, like all other streaming services, exactly like on a Smart TV.

BenQ X500i, main specifications

HD Ready 2 160p and 3D Ready model, the BenQ through the XPR4 process (wobulation). The hyper-high switching speed of the mirrors (7 micro-seconds) is used via specific video processing to create 8 million pixels for each image displayed (a real pixel ultimately results in four pixels).

The light source is a 4LED RGBB type, so understand that it has four diodes, one red, one green and two blue (see photo below). The latter is converted to green via a phosphor treatment to boost the brightness by approximately 10% compared to an RGB LED model. The lifespan is 20,000 hours in Normal mode, 30,000 hours in Eco mode.

BenQ X500i, specifications below

Based on HDR‑PRO technology specifically optimized for video projection, the BenQ X500i supports HDR10 and HDR HLG formats. Additionally, HDR-PRO includes automatic color and skin tone mapping techniques to deliver an impressively realistic image. The contrast ratio displays 600,000:1.

Always on the menu, in addition to a short focal length already mentioned, we must also mention a 1.2x manual zoom. Finally, we note a vertical/horizontal keystone correction ±30° and a manual focus adjustable via a rotating ring, located on the side of the video projector.

Of course, the BenQ X500i includes a whole host of features designed for video games. For example, in addition to the classic modes of using video content, three modes dedicated to the game mentioned above are required: FPS (first-person shooter), RPG (role-playing games) and SPG (sports games). . Finally, the audio section delivers a total power of 2 x 5 watts.

BenQ X500i, Android TV 11.0 dongle

Of course, the BenQ X500i is also 3D DLP Link compatible. Finally, as already mentioned, the BenQ X500i has a specific location on the back for an Android TV 11 dongle to access the Google universe with the Google Play Store. It is therefore easy to install your favorite applications: Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV, myCanal… Without forgetting the AirPlay and ChromeCast functions (integrated) to display a suitable wireless source.

BenQ X500i, connectivity

The connection includes three HDCP 2.2 certified HDMI 2.0b inputs, one of which has the eARC function. Likewise, one of the HDMI connectors (mini type) is intended for the BenQ QS02 Android TV dongle. Also present is a 3.5mm mini-Jack output, an optical output, an RS-232 socket and a USB-C Display Port. We must also mention Wi-Fi ac and Bluetooth 5.0 compatibility.

BenQ X500i, Input Lag

Last point, as indicated in the title of this news, the BenQ In terms of Input Lag, we note 16.7 ms with a 2160p@60 Hz signal, 4.2 ms at 1080p@240 Hz and 8.3 ms at 1080p@120 Hz. Perfect characteristics for video games from a PS5, Xbox Series X console or a PC equipped with a powerful graphics card.

Immediate availability. Indicative price: 1,700 euros.

Reminder of the key characteristics of the BenQ Texas Instrument's • Brightness: 2200 lumens

• Input Lag: 16.7 ms (2160p@60 Hz), 4.2 ms (1080p@240 Hz), 8.3 ms (1080p@120 Hz)

• CinematicColor features

• Google Assistant features

• Chromecast features (built-in)

• Smart Android TV 11.0 features

• HDR-Pro features

• CinematicSound features

• HDR10 compatibility

• 3D Ready compatibility (BD 3D and DLP Link)

• HDR HLG compatibility

• HDCP 2.2 compatibility

• Bluetooth 4.2 compatibility

• Wi-Fi ac compatibility

• eARC compatibility

• AirPlay compatibility

• Gamut: 84% DCI-P3

• Sound section: 2.0

• Power: 2 x 5 W

• 3D compatibility: yes

• Connections: 3 HDCP 2.2 certified HDMI 2.0b inputs including one intended for the BenQ QS02 Android TV dongle, a 3.5 mm mini-Jack output, an optical output, an RS-232 socket, a 12V Trigger and a USB-C Display Port

• Zoom: 1.2x

• Lamp life: 30,000 hours in Eco mode and 20,000 hours in Normal mode

• Vertical keystone correction: + or -30°

• Weight: 3.6 kg

• Consumption: 236 W in Normal mode

• Dimensions (L x H x D): 366 x 118 x 244 mm