Which 4k projector in the 2k$ range for movies and gaming?
Originally Posted by Jonathan Lachapelle
I'm currently using my second projector after owning a sanyo 720p projector and my current projector is an epson 8500UB that has served me well.
I would like to both play games with my PS4 Pro and watch 4k content.
My PS4 is able to do both 4k and HDR, I don't know if HDR is really important, but 4k is important with a 120" screen and 13feet viewing distance.
My screen is a high gain screen in a 100% dark room, so I was extremly satisfied with the 1600lumens output of the projector.
My current projector had a blue bar at the top and pink at the bottom, it's a 12" color shift at the top and bottom. So the projector need repair and it's 9 years old so I'm thinking of upgrading.
So what would you recommend at around 2k$ ?
I was thinking of the espon 4010, seems like a nice upgrade for a reasonable price.
Is there a better alternative?
Also my projector is still running, so if a very very nice product is coming in the next few months, I could wait for that.
For gaming you want relatively low lag.
The Epson 4010 has low lag and is very sharp (even if it isn’t ‘true’ 4K). Unfortunately, it lacks full bandwidth HDMI which means 4K/HDR @ 60Hz isn’t possible. The best you can do is 30Hz. This may not matter to you but with consoles getting more and more powerful it’s a limitation you should be aware of. If you’re ok with that the Epson is generally considered one of the best values at the $2000 price point.
Most all of the 4K DLP competition features full bandwidth HDMI capable of 4K/HDR @ 60Hz and all of them can produce a full 8 mil pixels on screen so they will be sharper than the Epson— and they’re cheaper to boot. The tradeoff is none of them have really low lag and none can boast the feature set of the Epson. Currently the lowest input lag you can find on a 4K DLP is between 44 and 50ms. Models with this input lag include the BenQ HT2550, BenQ TK800, Viewsonic 727 and Viewsonic 747. Close behind the BenQ and Viewsonic are the Optoma UHD 50 and UHD 60. Both coming in with around 56/58ms of lag. All are currently selling for well below you budget and the two BenQs are currently on sale for around half your budget.
Another thing to consider is RBE. While I’m not super sensitive to RBE I’m less inclined to notice it on DLP projectors with RGBRGB color wheels. The BenQ HT2550, Viewsonic 727 and Optoma UHD50 all feature RGBRGB colorwheels. Unless you need a projector to combat ambient light I would tend to recommend one of these three over the rest. I’d probably further limit that selection to either the BenQ or the Optoma. The BenQ and Viewsonic are very similar but the BenQ is going for a really good price right now and has a couple of nice features the Viewsonic lacks (like 3D). The Optoma is a bit more money and is not quite as bright as the BenQ but it has slightly better contrast/blacks and features some vertical lens shift which is helpful during installation.
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Last edited by sage11x; 11-18-2018 at 01:37 PM.