BenQ HT8050 Projector Review

Overview

The BenQ HT8050 offers users a 2200 lm 4K experience. This projector has been created for use in a home cinema, in an office environment, and as a gaming projector. The 4K experience is created via pixel shifting. With an image resolution of 3840 x 2160, this is a high end machine. Coming in at over 30 pounds, it is not designed to be portable. 

When you look at the workmanship of the case, you see that it is well-crafted. This projector is designed to be in a different league than the other models we have reviewed. Let's look at the nitty gritty technical aspects of this particular unit.

PROS

  • Extremely bright, with more than 2500 lm
  • Handles 1080P content well
  • More quiet at full power than other projectors
  • Exceptional vertical and horizontal lens shift
  • Long life LED light engine
  • Excellent warranty

CONS

  • No HDR or 4K content 
  • Lacks CFI for smooth motion 
  • Black level performance average 
  • Not a smart projector

BenQ HT8050 Projector Review

BenQ HT8050
  • Dimensions (W x H x D) 470.7 x 224.9 x 564.7 mm 
  • Weight 14.8 kg (32.6 lbs) 

The first thing that you’re going to notice about the HT8050 is how sharp the 4K image it produces is. There are two things that account for this. The first is the four key chip that was designed by Texas Instruments. The second is the high performance lens used in this projector. This combination allows the HT8050 to show extreme detail, incremental precision, and precise clarity.

The benefits of this projector do not stop with the 4K image resolution. It has an outstanding vertical and horizontal lens shift range. This surprised us, especially since most DLP projectors are limited in this area. Vertically, you are able to shift full picture heights. This means that you can shift the image so that it is completely above or completely below the centerline of the lens. Horizontal shift is around 27 percent. Of course, the more you shift in one direction, the less movement you get in the other. 

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Technical Specs

4K UHD

Thanks to its dual position actuator fast switching and 4.15 million micro mirrors, the HT8050 is able to achieve 4K UHD. It offers a mind blowing 2716 x 1528 x 2 resolution. Each frame has 8.3 million distinct pixels. This means that you get four times the resolution of 1080P HD. The clarity that this projector creates is nothing short of miraculous. You benefit from crisp and clearly defined details. 

Color Accuracy and Image Integrity

When you do a side-by-side comparison using the HT8050 against similar models, you clearly see the benefit of the single DMD DLP technology used in this projector. Alignment issues disappear. As a result, the projected image is accurate to the source. You benefit from razor-sharp images that don’t have blur, artifacting, or interference patterns. What you’re left with is something that is uncannily clear. 

color accuracy

14 Element Six Group Lens

You better understand the clarity of the image produced by this projector when you take a look at the lens array the HT8050 is equipped with. It is designed for super high definition. It is a 14 element lens array that has been divided into six separate groups. This leads to greater light penetration along with 4K intensity. We cannot overstate enough how dramatic the color performance and sharpness of the images produced by this projector are.

Here Are the Specs
  • Throw Ratio 1.36 - 2.03 (100" @ 3m) 
  • Zoom Ratio 1.5x 
  • Lens ShiftVertical: ± 65% / Horizontal: ± 27% 
  • LensF/# = 2.05 - 2.37 f = 20.54 - 30.31 
  • Clear Image Size (Diagonal) 95" - 180"

THX Certified - Great for Home Theaters

To become THX certified, projectors must meet hundreds of tests that are designed to determine how they perform when it comes to motion processing, color accuracy, and uniform image sharpness. This certification means that the HT8050 is able to accurately show images in a way that the film’s creator intended them to be shown. It uses Rec .709 cinematic color as well as cutting-edge video processing. This definitely puts it on our list of the best home theater projectors

Accurate Skin Tone Pigmentation

The HT8050 is able to show skin tone pigment exactly as it is. This is due in part to its ability to render saturated colors, show subtle pigments, and prevent skin tone discoloration. Every shade is portrayed exactly as it was captured. 

Advanced Interface Design

The HT8050 is designed with an unobstructed port layout. This means that the power signal and the video signal are separated. Interference is gone, and there is no visible clutter. Both the HEI cable and the power cable lock in place to hold them securely.

user interface

Dynamic Black Technology and Active Iris

The active iris determines the amount of light that gets transmitted through the optical system with the goal of providing the best contrast. Dynamic black looks at brightness levels of the scene with the goal of optimizing light output as well as contrast. This means that subtle shadows and images come to light, and bright scenes are not washed out. 

Picture Quality

Here Are the Specs
  • ​Picture Mode: Bright / Vivid / Cinema / THX / Silence / User 1 / User 2 / ISF Night / ISF Day
  • Color Wheel Segment: 6-Segment (RGBRGB)‎
  • Color Wheel Speed 1x (120Hz)
  • Resolution 4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
  • Brightness 2200 ANSI Lumens‎
  • Contrast Ratio (FOFO) 50000:1
  • Display Color 1.07 Billion Colors‎

Just about everything that the HT8050 does is done exceptionally well. The 4K image detail and resolution cannot get any better, especially when it comes to color fidelity. The only issue that you might notice has to do with black level in contrast. The problem is not something you’re going to see when you are looking at the projection in ambient light, nor is it really something you will notice in a theater environment if you’re just looking at the projection. However if you do a side-by-side comparison with other similarly priced units that have better black levels, the issue becomes more apparent.

The HT8050 offers some trade-offs that might be worth it to you, depending on what you want from a projector. For example, the 4K images have phenomenal detail and are sharper on this projector than on similarly priced competitors. It is able to produce more true and accurate color if you’re using the projector in THX mode. However, since the HT8050 does not have frame interpolation, you may lose some image stability or clarity if you are projecting live TV.

Something that did trouble us was the lack of HDR. Depending on how it’s employed, HDR can have a negligible effect or can negatively impact the image. When it is deployed correctly, it adds a depth to images that they lack. So while HDR is not a make it or break it feature for us, if it’s something that you like, then this may not be the projector for you.

Just one more point when it comes to picture quality. The HT8050 does not do 3D. Truthfully, in the 4K market, the 3D industry has not established strong standards. We just mentioned this in case you have 3D 1080P Blu-rays. If you see want 3D, read our best 3D projectors

Conclusion

Our overall impression of this machine is very high. The HT8050 is targeted toward high-end home theater lovers. While it will work fine with gaming, it does have a slower lag than some of the other products BenQ puts out. However, if you’re looking for a home theater that is on match when it comes to THX color, clarity, and sharpness, the HT8050 is a good choice. We have as of yet to see a projector at this price point that does the job better. 

If this one isn't in your price range check out our guys to best projectors under 200 and best projectors under 100

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My name is Steve Scott. Father of 2 and owner of Outdoor Movie HQ. I’ve been involved in the A/V industry for most of my life and built this blog to help people better understand projector technology. Please leave a comment if you have any questions.

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