ProjectorCentral.com
WORLD'S LARGEST
PROJECTOR RESOURCE
Celebrating 20 Years
Top 10 Find a Projector Reviews Throw CalculatorCalc Buyer's Guide Expert Blogs Projector Forums
Share:

BenQ HT4050 Home Theater Projector

Best Home Theater Projector
Performance
5
Features
Ease of Use
Value
Intended Use:
DIY Home Theater
BenQ HT4050 Projector BenQ HT4050
(add to Compare List)
Go to My Compare List

10000:1 Contrast Ratio
2000 Lumens
Full HD 3D
$1,140 Street Price
$1,299 MSRP

Key Features

Precalibration to HD Rec 709. The calibration on our test sample is exceptionally good, and would help most users decide to forego the expense of a custom calibration.

All glass zoom lens. Eliminates chromatic aberration that is present on the HT3050 and HT2050, contributes to a more seamless, elegant picture.

Frame interpolation system. Called "Motion Enhancer," the system inserts created interstitial frames to smooth the judder that happens in camera panning. The implementation is excellent, showing very little if any digital video effect

Ideal brightness for home theater. Rated at 2000 lumens, our test sample comes in at 1011 lumens in Cinema (Rec 709) mode with the lens at wide angle and the lamp on full. This is good for rooms that are not entirely blacked out, or for a very large screen installation. If you want to cut lumens, you can do that either by using the zoom lens or putting it into Eco mode. This flexibility lets you hit the sweetspot of brightness for most dark room home theater needs.

6x, RGBRGB color wheel. This color wheel configuration maximizes DLP performance potential for video by optimizing color brightness and bringing rainbow artifacts to a very low and inconsequential level for most users.

Zoom lens and lens shift. Traditionally inexpensive DLP projectors have minimal zoom range and no lens shift. The HT4050 has a 1.6x manual zoom and some limited vertical and horizontal lens shift as opposed to none.

Full HD 3D. Both projectors are full HD 3D compatible, and automatically recognize a 3D source. The DLP-link glasses synch instantly.

2D to 3D Conversion. Opens up picture depth and imparts a quasi-3D effect to 2D source material. It is not as pronounced an effect as with genuine 3D source material, but it works quite well.

Good onboard sound. The HT4050 eliminates one of the two 10W speakers found on the HT3050, so it does not have nearly the audio performance of the HT3050. But it is very good audio for a portable projector. Most home theater projectors in this class have no audio at all, as the assumption is they will be used with a surround sound system.

Color Temp and Color Management. The HT4050 has controls to fine tune color temperature with Red, Green, and Blue gain and offset controls, and the ability to adjust Hue, Saturation and Gain on RGBCMY.

HT4050 Connection Panel

Connections. You get two standard HDMI ports, (one of which is MHL enabled. You also get one VGA port, one 3-RCA component, one composite, one USB, one mini-USB, one RS-232, one 3D synch port, two audio inputs, and one audio out. The connection panel is on the rear of the unit.

Projection options. For those new to projectors, virtually all projectors are made with the ability to project upright from a coffee table, inverted in a ceiling mount, or placed behind a screen for either table/shelf mounted or ceiling mounted rear projection. All BenQ projectors have these options as standard features.

H+V keystone. If you need to use keystone adjustments, you've got both horizontal and vertical. This function is accessible only via a function button on the remote; it is not available in the on-screen menu. As always, on all native 1080p projectors we recommend avoiding the use of this feature if you can, simply because it adds scaling to the 1080p image, and it will reduce image brightness by turning off a portion of the chip.

Anamorphic lens compatibility. If you have an A-lens and want to use it with this projector, the vertical stretch required to accommodate it is an option in the aspect ratio selections.

Security. Password protection is an option if you want to use it, and the projector comes with a Kensington lock.

Previous Page
Picture Quality
Next Page
Performance
Review Contents: Picture Quality Key Features Performance Set Up
  Limitations and Conclusion

You support ProjectorCentral when you buy
the BenQ HT4050 from these
authorized resellers.
Thank you!




OR get competitive price quotes
by email direct from BenQ dealers

Get an E-Z Quote
Comments (9) Post a Comment
Erik Herman Posted Nov 30, 2015 7:53 AM PST
What picture mode was input lag measured from. I see the projector has a "game" mode. I'd be interested if lag is different in this mode with all extra processing turned off (FI, pixel enhancement, etc...). Usually, game mode limits extra processing and improves lag times.
dhanji Posted Dec 7, 2015 11:49 AM PST
very nice and resoneble price
Felix Pimentel Posted Dec 21, 2015 4:08 PM PST
BenQ has released a new firmware version for the HT4050 that * Reduces lag time * Reduces source detect/connect time

Please contact BenQ Tech Support for information on how to get your projector upgraded to the latest firmware.

Regards, Felix Pimentel Sr. Product Marketing Manager BenQ
Kazuya Posted Jan 6, 2016 7:30 PM PST
Is this projector able to be used with a curved screen?
Gabriel Posted Jan 11, 2016 9:02 AM PST
So the Frame Interpolation is not able to give the same effect as using SVP (Smooth Video Project) software in my HTPC? I want it to look more like Hobbit 48fps but also need it to be able to do this for 3D not only 2D as for 2D I can already do it with my HTPC. This will be a main factor for me. BTW ..."without imparting any hint of undesirable digital video effect (or soap opera hyper-reality" undesirable to you. Others prefer things to be smooth like real life not a slideshot fest like current 24fps movies but to each its own.
jaxon Posted Jan 15, 2016 6:00 AM PST
Hey Mate is there one for the 1070 as It lags a fair bit when I online game.

Kind regards

J Avery
Erik Herman Posted Mar 26, 2016 6:23 AM PST
Any word on how much the new firmware version reduces lag time? How does one upgrade the firmware on the projector (do you need to send it to them?) Thanks. Trying to decide between the 3050 and 4050. The motion and pixel enhancers of the 4050 have me leaning that way.
jordanliaw Posted Jun 5, 2016 10:51 PM PST
Will HT4050 support 1080p@60Hz input and convert it to 1080p@120Hz output whth Motion ehancer enabled, or not?
Evonimos Posted Jun 15, 2016 12:39 PM PST
Erik, I had the same questions regarding the lag time improvement of the Benq HT4050/W3000 with the firmware update. I am interested in that specific model mostly because of its longer throw compared to the otherwise exellent value-for-money HT2050/W1110. I don't find frame fnterpolation or image proccesing appealing for my purposes. Quite on the contrary, I am a firm believer that a good source material (as is a film in 1080p through HDMI) is always better with image proccessing turned off or set to minimum. Matters of opinion I know..

Anyway, I called Benq technical support (UK) and asked them to confirm that such update is indeed available. The guy I talked to was kind enough to inform me that such a firmware update does exist and it improves imput lag time among other things. According to him, the input lag was brought down to about 33-49 milliseconds if i remember correctly. Someone else could call them and double check if i remember the right figures and report back. Or even better, a proffesional reviewer could test it and put an end to all speculation.

I also asked him if the update procedure could be made bu the end user and he replied that it is only possible if the unit is sent to Benq technical support. The reason he said, is that they don't want to risk people damagint their units in the proccess. He also told me that the latest firmware update was released somewhere during April and it has the firmware number 0.23.

Best regards!

Post a comment

Commenting on this article is easy and does not require any registration. Your email address is necessary for you to activate your comment once it has been submitted. It will not be shown to other site viewers. ProjectorCentral reserves the right to remove any comment at any time for any reason. Foul language is not permitted, nor are personal attacks. No HTML allowed. All comments should remain on topic.

Name:

Email Address:(used only to confirm your comment)

Your Comment:

(Enter the numbers as they appear to the left)