BenQ launches X3000i 4K HDR gaming projector

A way to play Tetris on the neighbours' walls.

BenQ has unveiled its new gaming projector named X3000i, capable of outputting 4K with HDR.

With all the restrictions nowadays, going to the cinema may be out of the question. Not to worry, because BenQ’s got your back. This bad boy uses 0.65in DLP (Digital Light Processing) display system that has a four-LED light source and a maximum resolution of 3840×2160 (4K UHD) at 60Hz.

But that’s not all, because there is the possibility to run it in two 1920×1080 (FHD) modes. At 120Hz refresh rate with 8ms input lag, or a much higher 240Hz and 4ms for smooth gameplay. Furthermore, it has 3000 ANSI lumens of brightness plus a 500,000:1 (FOFO) contrast ratio and supports 100 per cent of the DCI-P3 colour gamut.

Additionally, the light source life is rated at 20,000 hours for normal/SmartEco modes and 30,000 hours for eco mode. Plus, with a three-metre throw distance, it can deliver 120in image, at a typical power consumption of 330W.

Regarding I/O, there are three HDMI 2.0b ports, with one of them taken by the HDMI (QS01) dongle that adds ‘smart’ features to the projector using Android 10. For other connectivity, there is a USB Type-A 2.0, an RS232 serial port, a 3.5 mm audio jack and an optical S/PDIF out. Two 5W integrated speakers are present for rudimentary sound, though most will want to connect up their own audio setup.

Measuring 272 x 197 x 259mm, it can be ceiling-mounted, but with a weight of 6.4kg, attention should be given to the installation.

Pricing is not cheap as the X3000i comes at £1,699, including a three-year limited warranty, but the sheer expanse beats out even the latest OLED HDR TVs.