The BenQ TK800M projector can surely handle ambient light better than most other 4K projectors in the market – making it truly possible to bring cinema-quality experience home without having to worry about a room with pitch darkness, something a number of other 4K UHD projectors require. BenQ’s TK800 solves this problem nicely by using 3,000 lumens of brightness and offering some incredible colour accuracy. We think it portrays better visuals when we don’t have a completely dark setting. We bring you everything you need to know about this solid performer.
BenQ has certainly put some serious thought into designing this new TK800M 4K projector, and we aren’t complaining at all. The BenQ TK800M comes with a backlit remote control that is super convenient for darkroom usage – it just makes the whole movie watching experience a whole lot more seamless. We also liked the soothing blue colour used for the front of the unit, a pleasant surprise in a world of otherwise dull white, black or silver projectors. Some basic controls can be found on top of the unit, and it has a small speaker as well. Don’t expect cinema-quality sound from this in-built speaker though – it’s advisable to attach your own speakers or soundbar for a complete home-theatre experience. While there’s no lens shift with the TK800M, there is an extendable foot that comes out from the bottom side on the front so that the user can easily adjust the height of the image. With many other projectors, this usually tends to cause keystone distortions, but the TK800 is equipped with auto-correction to take care of that, making it super simple to set this up.
We feel that this 4K HDR video projector is ideal for a range of entertainment options, be it engrossing films, immersive gaming or watching sports. Owing to its High Dynamic Range support, BenQ TK800M is quite multi-purpose according to our analysis, giving little or no reason for complaints during either of the above indulgences. BenQ’s wide colour gamut projector delivers optimal colour balance and contrast with its 8.3 million pixels and special HDR processing. When combined with the TK800M’s 3000 lumens of brightness, we found ourselves enjoying truly stunning cinematic visuals in any dark room. With its 1.2x optical zoom, it can be used in practically any room and always enables users to cast big visuals – in smaller rooms, and one can just keep it closer to the screen/screening surface.
The projector is equipped with BenQ’s new 4K colour wheel that delivers 92% of the Rec.709 colour space while the 120 Hz refresh rate it operates with steers clear of any image blur. The BenQ TK800M 4K HDR video projector lamp is rated deliver up to 4,000 hours lamp life, but if you want to make the most of it, we’d recommend using the SmartEco mode that helps extend the life of the lamp and can actually give you around 15,000 hours of lamp life.
BenQ TK800M comes with the usual selection of audio and video options – two HDMI ports, one is
HDCP 2.2 for 4K devices, while the other one is for 1080p devices. Along with these, there is VGA, 3.5 mm audio in and out, and a 1DC 12V Trigger.
We tested the BenQ TK800M in all scenarios possible – broad daylight, low light and pitch dark and we were not once disappointed in any of those settings. Thanks to its high lumens offering, it is hands-down better than a number of other projectors in broad daylight, and there are different modes that users can adjust to determine the perfect setting corresponding to the lighting they’re using this in. The different modes to choose from are Football, Sport, Bright, Vivid TV and Cinema Mode.
In settings where the room can’t be made dark enough, we found the Vivid TV mode to work best for us as it delivered impressive image integrity and colour despite the lighting. We found that the Cinema Mode can correctly deliver an authentic cinema experience if you can get the room dark enough. With HDR, it actually provides some incredible visual content, especially if you’re watching sports. This is an excellent projector for viewing sports – it can produce an image up to 300” in size! Landscape and wildlife visuals can be breath-taking if you’re watching 4K content.
Somehow, we felt that this projector is quieter than the BenQ projectors we have used earlier, with the 4K colour wheel and the cooling fan not producing much noise either – which is great. We even tested this with PS4 and Xbox One to see how the gaming experience is and we are pleasantly surprised and delighted to report that we did not see any noticeable lag in 4K gaming either.
All in all, we have to admit that we found no cause for concern with this device because, in all our usage, we were more or less super impressed with BenQ’s TK800M 4K home cinema projector. We got lost in the beautiful colours that come to life with this projector and can safely say that this is one of the best projectors we have reviewed so far. While the blacks may not be utterly perfect, but the rest of the projector pretty much is. Moreover, the optical zoom it allows makes it usable in almost any room size, so that’s a great plus, too. This 4K UHD 3840×2160 projector should definitely be invested in if you are looking to get cinema-quality entertainment at home, especially since it has been priced so lucratively, too. It is capable of replacing the television for a number of users out.