I never thought there could be a theater in home theaters too. Well, that’s exactly what the BenQ V7050i laser TV projector offers with its exciting sunroof design. But then you buy this 4K HDR projector to set up a real home theater and not for the little cinema it can offer every time it turns on.
The BenQ V7050i laser TV belongs to the latest genre of projectors that aim to replace TVs with a big screen and deliver such good audio and video quality that consumers will be willing to forgo a stunning display to splash their wall with the next blockbuster in broadcast course. residence. Like the Optoma Cinemax P2 that I used a few days earlier this year, the Benq V7050i is also all about the big screen. In other words, it’s not really for small houses like mine. If size is a limiting factor, you don’t need a projector. In fact, you go for a projector like this when you want a TV that’s bigger than the biggest TV on the market.
And the V7050i can be very large with capabilities to project an image up to 120 inches on a wall. I stayed around 80 inches given the small size of my house. Interestingly, when you turn on the projector, a sliding sunroof on top of the projector pulls back to reveal the laser lens which projects the image that is both crisp and stunning, despite the cream color of my wall. In fact, at the price, BenQ is now releasing a projection screen to provide the best experience, but I chose not to install this giant screen myself.
There are a few quirks with this projector that are hard to ignore. For one, there are two remotes. Yes, two remotes for one device. The bigger one is to control the hardware part of the projector and there is a smaller one for the software part of if. Unlike the Optoma Cinemax, the BenQ V7050i does not run a skinned Android operating system. Instead, it offers a dongle that goes on the back and brings in proper Android TV capabilities. The smaller remote control is for this part of this device. This is good in a way because you can now download all the Android TV apps and not the limited apps you offer when the native Android cannot be loaded in the projector. Plus, the experience is exactly the same as any Android TV you use. I have also used the projector with Fire TV and Apple TV.
The overall audio quality is very good and you really don’t need any external media thanks to the dual treVolo speakers loaded on the front. However, if you are in a large home theater setup, it would be a shame not to invest more in amplifying the audio to scale up the video.
The video quality is quite superior and the Cinematic Color technology that BenQ boasts is reminiscent of the cinema experience that has become so foreign to us now. In addition, there is a filmmaker mode that really gives you the clarity, colors and range that takes the experience to a whole new level.
Interestingly, the projector adjusts the actual image throughout the projection field, which helps it achieve the correct keystone distortion setting. However, I struggled a bit on this front, especially since I had a temporary setup and hadn’t used the screen.
There are a few little features that make this such a great product. For example, it automatically finds the source that is active and you don’t have to search to find out which HDMI port is connected to what. Also, the main remote has a backlight which is really useful as you invariably use the projector in the dark. Then there’s an auto power off in case you leave the projector on and move somewhere – this saves both power and the lamp.
At Rs 5.49,000, which includes the projector screen which costs around Rs 2.00,000, the BenQ V7050i Laser TV is the closest to installing a home theater. But remember, not all of us have homes to put cinemas in, and we shouldn’t aspire to do so. For those who can afford the space and the money for such a venture, the BenQ V7050i laser TV is certainly a great option.