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BenQ TK800 True 4K UHD HDR Gaming - Home Cinema Projector Review

Submitted by hotviewau on Fri, 06/01/2018 - 02:08

Professional Athlete, just in time for the Football..

BenQ's new TK800 is the Projector choice for Sports..

TK800 & W1700 are 4K, Really-Truly 4K, for that price!

TK800 Review 4K BenQ

When we say Stylish, we mean it. 

TK800 Review

The first thing we noticed was that the TK800 just like the W1700 looks well finished and stylish.

We looked everywhere but we couldn't find this text under the 4K logo..

True 4K not fake. Why? Because the TK800 (+ W1700, W11000) are True 4K not 1080P enhanced.

What we noticed about the BenQ TK800..

TK800 projector review

The BenQ TK800 is very quiet for its light output.

Way less noise that some other brands/models with similar output we've tested, lower by far than a modern Air Conditioner and for us about as noisy as the ticking clock in the room so that's quiet indeed.

TK800 projector review

Any scan lines are from the Camera not the projector.

Above was accurate without the need of any adjustments straight out of the box.

Nice to see a longer than standard power chord, 3m is better for moving the TK800 from room to room.

Well lit remote control.

TK800 projector review

More punchy brightness than anyone would need in a light controlled room. The lamp is a 170W Phillips UHP type BenQ part number 5j.jHN05.001. It could last 10,000 hours if you use the Eco mode and look after it by not turning the projector on/off unnecessarily, also avoid power surges.

The TK800's color wheel (/colour) can produce 92% of Rec. 709 color space (see also W3000 if 100% of rec 709 colour space is your thing.).

Rec 709 color space

TK800 projector review

Out of the box very natural skin tones. You can set various adjustments to your liking also.

TK800 projector review

The TK800's projected image is Razor sharp, any blurring here is because the camera was over exposed.

TK800 projector review

Unless we had the W1700 side by side it would be hard to remember what the difference between the TK800 vs. W1700 was.

100" image can be projected from 3.16m to 3.18m BenQ screen size calculator is here.

TK800 projector review

To recap the TK800 is tuned for Gamers /  sports whereas the W1700 is tuned for Movies, not that anyone would bet the farm on which was which if they were swapped over and you were blindfolded while the switch was made.

TK800 projector review

The BenQ TK800 makes a small trade-off in dark scene performance that you don't notice with the W1700 but on the other hand the W1700 does not have the same performance at the brighter end of the spectrum, the differences are minor but for the Gaming purest the W1700 is the way to go if you're after true 4K performance at an affordable price. The W1700 delivers 96% vs. 92% of Rec. 709 color space for the TK800 so there is not that much in it as we mention here.

If you're not after 4K (bearing in mind there is not much content and from 5m back hard to tell the difference) then also consider quality & accurate colours 1080P projectors like the Epson EH TW8300 or the bargain BenQ W3000 pictured (100% Rec. 709) below:

BenQ W3000 Projector

TK800 vs. W1700 vs. W11000

  • True 4K HDR with XPR Technology (Both)
  • Vivid Colors and High Brightness for Living Room Ambient Light
  • Dedicated Modes for Football & Sports Enjoyment for Sports Fans

Changes are: (not complete list)

  • More brightness so it's better in high ambient light situations (no better in a home cinema room) as you won't use the extra brightness.
  • RGBCMY color wheel for brighter colours in well lit rooms. (Cinema uses RGBRGB)
  • Faster gaming response time with lower latency times (Quicker for serious gamers)
  • W1700 has  4% more coverage of Rec. 709 colour space (96%)

The TK800 TRUE 4K projector is not a replacement for the W1700, the TK800 is "turned" for a different market mainly Gaming and Board Room more like a standard "Data Projector" however it boasts TRUE 4K not "enhanced" in the fine print under a massive (not certified) 4K logo.

So why do people pay more for a BenQ W11000?

BenQ W11000 True 4K Home Cinema Rec. 709 THX Projector

You can sum it up in this paragraph:

"THX Certification Guarantees Authentic Cinematic Performance Reserved only for best-in-class audio and video systems, THX Certification guarantees equipment for accurate reproduction of content as the director originally intended. Our crowning achievement, W11000 delivers Rec.709 color accuracy, precise gamma, ideal color temperature, enhanced uniformity, super high native contrast ratio, and THX Mode, pre-calibrated by THX engineers for the most accurate out-of-the-box picture quality possible, to recreate every single detail of the authentic content and image quality filmmakers wanted you to see." 

You'd look at the W11000 for a dedicated home theatre room and with the price in the ball park of 4K "enhanced" projectors you'll get the best of the best true 4K.

Now back to the TK800 vs. W1700..

TK800 - Superb Image Quality 4K UHD True 8.3 Million Pixel Perfection Producing 4K UHD 3840x2160 resolution with 8.3 million distinct pixels for each frame with XPR technology, TK800 utilizes revolutionary 0.47” single-DMD DLP technology to minimize the sleek, compact profile for modern lifestyles. With four times the resolution of Full HD 1080p, 4K UHD reduces pixel blur for stunning clarity and crisply defined fine details.

All projected images in this review were front projection via BenQ TK800 Gaming Projector, the web pictures do not do it justice. BenQ offer several variations between models some changes are subtle and fine tune the projector for that last few percent of enjoyment for that particular market. The TK800 vs. W1700 is a fine tuning case in point that trades a small amount of colour fidelity for a large amount of Gaming / Sports colour punch, even with the lights on.