BenQ’s new W4000i home cinema projector comes with HDR-Pro and nice brightness levels
BenQ has announced a new 4K UHD home cinema projector, the W4000i, that the company says can “consistently balanced brightness well-suited for various environments, from dedicated AV rooms to daytime living rooms”. It looks somewhat similar to the HT4550i that the company unveiled during CES 2023 and indeed, has a lot of the same specs and features.
It delivers a nice 3,200 ANSI Lumens of brightness and comes with BenQ’s proprietary HDR-PRO technology. HDR-PRO supports HDR10+, HDR10, and HLG high dynamic range formats to reveal previously hidden cinematic details in bright and dark scenes. Couple this with HDR Tone Mapping from BenQ and the W4000i is said to be able to deliver perfect details in shadows and highlights for better stereo perception.
The 4LED DLP projector has 4K image quality with CinematicColor technology and Tone Mapping, covering 100% of the DCI-P3 and Rec.709 colour spaces. This means it can fully reproduce all the colours in the Rec.709/DCI-P3 standard. One point to note is that the 4LED light source DLP projection is relatively new, and we've had a good experience testing its sibling, the X3000i gaming entertainment projector.
Visually, it seems that the W4000i delivers a lot to get excited about.
For audio when watching movies, the W4000i comes with built-in dual 5W treVolo Chamber speakers, but there are options to connect to external devices via two HDMI ports with both having HDMI 2.0 and HDCP 2.2, and one also supporting ARC and eARC. There are also two USB-A ports, a LAN port, and a 3.5 mm jack. And as we've covered before, 5W from BenQ is powerful enough that reading the specs doesn't tell the whole story.
Using its 1.3X zoom you can get a 100-inch screen from just 2.5mmeaning that while this isn't an ultra-short throw projector, it is still a short throw model. It also has 2D lens shift (Vertical 0%-60%; Horizontal ±15%) and 2D keystone, to aid in solving image distortion.
Another feature found on the W4000i is support for Android TV (via an included TV dongle) with the Netflix app pre-installed and access to other streaming apps like Disney+, Amazon Prime Video, and Hulu. It also has Chromecast and support for Google Voice installed. The dongle also adds connectivity forBluetooth 5.0, and Wi-Fi 6.
Pricing and availability
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