Originally Posted by deftoneuk
They are currently out of stock, but looks like they are coming available more frequently. I am needing a projector as a "daily driver" in my Living Room. Is it worth holding out for the 5040? Or should I just drop the same amount of cash on the TK800M? Wouldnt be used much during daylight hours, but assume some use in moderate ambient light conditions, but mainly evening (dark) use.
Everything else aside, the combination of available Lumen output and Contrast is what will really count if the PJ is to be used as a daily "TV". One can too easily state in the beginning that "I'll use it mostly in the Evening..." but three things are easily overlooked.
- The actual...real world amount of time that the system will be used. "The Big TV Picture" tends to grow on oneself, and viewing everything...at any normal time...becomes the status quo.
- Based on both the time of day and the lighting conditions, both Lumen and Contrast combined with at least a modestly able ALR Screen will be what allows almost "anytime" viewing.
- In a Living Room, mounting considerations can be quite limited....if cosmetics are even a small considerations. As such, the availability of a wide Zoom length and Lens shift can be critical
The BenQ TK800M is a good budget 4K....but lacks all the niceties that make a living room installations easily accommodated. Most noticeably Lens Shift. However it is well suited to TV viewing because of it's Lamp's long lifespan (4000 Full-15,000 Eco) and the Lamp's low replacement Cost ($150.00), and absolutely it's dedicated Vivid TV Mode.
However the ONLY reasons the TK800M can be considered in the same context as the 5040UB is when the 5040UB is priced at the same point, and is a refirub with overriding issues. Otherwise, a wide gulf in performance and features (...yeah, and price...) separate them
The 5040 is a great PJ.....when one has no issues.I find it both sad and compelling that all the complaints seem to be focused on this Refurb thread. But also...totally expected. Back when the 5040 was fairly new, many of the same refurbish-oriented complaints were the same ones listed on this Thread. The difference? Those receiving the refurbished units has a intrinsic right to demand a New replacement after 2-3 miscues with QC. They did after all pay full ticket....new units were in short supply, and Epson was less inclined to opt to repair any unit that came with a defect OTB.
I gotta add this though. My own experience with at least a couple dozen 5040s....almost all of which involved dedicated Theaters with BIG screens...were impeccably free of issues. Lucky me, I guess.
I set them up to avail myself of the available Lumen output and installation flexibility, and they simply never disappointed. Only the JVCs I use (590-790-990 s) were preferred over the 5040, and then only if the budget could stand it. But as far as being used as a TV replacement...it's the 5040 all the way. Especially in ambient light locations.
Originally Posted by Nightwing-DG
Awesome! The only thing that has me worried now is the pink hue. I'm seeing a little bit of it on both sides, almost like a circular pattern. Most of the middle section is white and clear but turns slightly pinkish towards edges. I'm only throwing it on the wall right now though which is painted light grey, not sure if that affects it.
The Grey Wall isn't an issue...and the PJ's light uniformity isn't a factor either. (...although any marked surface attenuation could enhance the effect...) That the pinkish ring aberration is equally distributed around the edges means it could be a Lens issue, as the 3 separate LCD Pnaels would not work together to create such a evenly produced ill effect. However "one" Panel (Red or Blue) might have a variable discoloration around the edges. Speculation is all you can go on until you send it in...if you do.