BenQ HT4550i: Smart 4K projector is also suitable for gaming

BenQ HT4550i

With the HT4550i, BenQ is launching a new, high-resolution projector for home users. Users should also be able to benefit from a colorful image, so the DCI-P3 color space is completely covered according to the manufacturer.

With the HT4550i, BenQ has now presented a new projector in detail and also commented on the price for the first time. The model is to be launched in the USA for a price of just under $3,000, so the manufacturer is targeting the new projector for well-funded customers with high demands. Information on the local market is not yet available.

The HT4550i is said to have a native resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels, so potential losses in quality due to pixel shifting are not to be expected. It is a projector equipped with LEDs. The light source is said to have a service life of up to 30,000 hours, which, as usual, only applies with reduced brightness. The maximum brightness is given as 3,200 ANSI lumens.

There is a zoom, whereby the projection ratio is not fixed but can be adjusted in a range of between 1.15 and 1.50. An image between 100 and 150 inches in size can be projected, with the distance for a 100-inch projection then being between 2.5 and 3.3 meters. Lens shift is supported, which should allow flexible installation, for example on a ceiling.

Both the DCI-P3 and the Rec. 709 color space should be fully covered. The model should also be suitable for gaming, so the input lag, which also depends on the resolution and the refresh rate, is estimated at a maximum of 21 milliseconds.

The projector can receive image signals via two HDMI ports. It is a smart projector that comes with Android 11 and, thanks to WiFi, can also play content from streaming providers directly.