Why Buy This 4K HDR Projector?
The BenQ HT2550 delivers quality 4k UHD content projection with its 0.47” UHD DLP chipset. Other feature of the projector includes HDR content, 3D images, and 5-watt speaker. In addition, the portable design of the HT2550 lets you take the projector to any room in your house or during an outdoor trip.
Introduction of BenQ HT2550 4K HDR Projector
- True 4K UHD Resolution: 8.3 million distinct pixels deliver awe-inspiring 4K UHD image quality with stunning clarity and crisply defined details
- Projector-optimized HDR: supercharged by HDR10 support with BenQ exclusive Auto HDR color rendition and cinema-optimized technology
- Cinematic Color technology accurately reproduces >96% of Rec.709 color gamut for authentic cinema experiences
- Smallest & lightest 4K HDR Projector: light, sleek, compact design with Auto vertical Keystone and 1.2x zoom make installation quick and easy
- All units purchased after 3/16/2018 include Firmware Update 1.0.3
4K projectors were the kind of luxury appliances for CEOs, celebrities, or anyone with a wallet to burn years ago. Fortunately, BenQ has been producing projectors that can display 4K resolutions and achieve HDR images that are affordable to anyone. One of these projectors is the HT2550. You can also check out an affordable high performance projector Optoma HD143X.
Despite being an affordable 4K UHD projector, the HT2550 delivers in Ultra HD resolution. The images its projects appear sharper and more detailed with the use of pixel shifters, which you can fully appreciate with the large projected screen. In addition, the HT2550 offers many interesting features that are not available in other entry-level projectors. This includes 3D content, pixel enhancer, and HDR10 support.
Given the performance of the HT2550, can it meet your expectations as a versatile movie or gaming projector? Can you get the most out of the features of the BenQ projector? Find out by reading our review of the HT2550.
BenQ HT2550 Smallest & Lightest 4K HDR Home Theater Projector Product Review
It is important to note that the BenQ HT2550 is not a native 4K projector because it only has 1080p panels. To achieve 4K resolution, the projector uses pixel shifters technology. This tech fire the pixels about four times and overlap the others. The result is an image of around 8.3 million pixels or a 1920 x 1080 x 4. This allows the projector to produce sharp and detailed looking images that meet the 4K standards in the display.
It is important to note that native 4K projectors are at a much higher price point than the BenQ HT2550. On the other hand, entry-level projectors like the HT2550 finds a workaround to deliver an image that is close to the more pricier projectors. In this case, the BenQ unit does the job. We have also written a complete guide about the BenQ HT2150ST & BenQ HT2050A.
Another major feature of the HT2550 is the Pixel Enhancer 4K slider that you can find on the menu. Increasing the slider will sharpen the image to make it clear. However, it can add too much sharpness on the display if you set it all the way to the right.
One of the aspects of the HT2550 we love is its brightness output despite having a 2,200-lumen rating. BenQ projector’s brightness levels are on the same level as projectors with 3,000 lumens. Even the color accuracy of non-HDR images are great if you set the images at a moderate level.
Let us talk about the HDR capabilities of the HT2550, which offers decent performance. Take note that HDR among most projectors is still far-off from reaching the same performance as OLED TVs. In the case of the HT2550, looks darker and slightly leaning to grey than other competing projectors. You can adjust the performance with the HDR Brightness slider that improves the images. In addition, the HT2550 can achieve better HDR capabilities with a smaller projected screen.
While talking about colors, one aspect of the HT2550 we love is the absence of the rainbow effect or stroboscopic effect. A distracting visual artifact flashes different kinds of colors on white color and is common to many DLP projectors. Fortunately, BenQ fixes this with a 6X color wheel that is faster than other projectors that only has a 2X or 3X color wheel. This allows the HT2550 to prevent the stroboscopic effect when a white object appears on the screen.
Another feature of the HT2550 is its ability to display 3D content. This requires 3D DLP-Link glasses for you to see the immersive display on the screen. Projectors are the best way to get the most out of 3D content because of the large display size. The HT2550 does not disappoint with sharpened images and better depth for characters or objects on the screen for full 3D immersion.
If you are looking for a gaming projector, the HT2550 fits the bill. We tested the BenQ unit with our PS4 Pro and hardly experienced any input lag that plagues other projectors. The HT2550 also does well with motion blurring effect that is common among cinematic or FPS games.
The HT2550 has a compact design that makes it easy for you to take it with you anywhere. Setup for the projector is easy with the adjustable feet at the bottom of the projector. Adding to the portability aspect is the built-in 5-watt speaker, which delivers loud audios and deeper bass.
However, the portable design of the HT2550 is where we see some flaws with the unit. The projector lacks a lens shift feature so you can move the screen without moving the unit. It also does not have a horizontal keystone function to correct the image if it is tilted to the left or right side. Fortunately, the HT2550 has a vertical keystone that centers the image if the display is tilting at the bottom or top. We also have other reviews of the Optoma GT1080Darbee and Optoma ML750ST projectors that you might like to check.
Specs & Features
• 4K UHD resolution with pixel shifting tech
• 2,200 lumens
• HDR support for 4K content
• 5-watt built-in speakers
• 2 x HDMI port
• USB TYPE A port
• 3.5mm mini jack input/output
• Mini-B USB port
• PC VGA input
• 15,000 hours lamp lifespan
• Vertical keystone correction
• 12.5 feet throw distance
The BenQ HT2550 offer great 4K content and better brightness given its price point. It is understandable that the projector cannot compare to high-end projectors in terms of HDR performance and lack of other features. However, the HT2550 shines in another aspect such as 3D display and accurate colors in non-HDR content. It also solves the problem of the rainbow effect and gaming input lag.