BenQ's HT3550i can’t quite replace your TV, but it can make for amazing outdoor movie nights.
HT3550i is not a sexy name. But in the months I used it for everything from backyard movie nights to gaming on PlayStation 5, it came to represent a very specific kind of titillation.
In every circumstance, the screen was bigger and better than everything else available to me.
The lens array has 10 pieces of high-quality glass that allow for 4K Ultra HD projection.
At 2000 lumens, it offers theater-like quality intended for dark environments.
But it works perfectly fine in low-light as well.
BenQ’s CinematicColor tech explores multiple color spaces — the standard Rec.709 and more robust DCI-P3 — utilizing more of the visible light spectrum than most projectors or TVs.
In plainer terms, the colors really pop.
You might not have this reaction, but it’ll come close.
One of the remotes can control both the projector and the Android TV stick. (So why are there two remotes?)
You can also use it to cast video from any device — from Android to Apple — through the projector.
We opted for high-res video games like Returnal that push the PlayStation 5 to its limits while wearing stereo headphones. It makes for an awe-inspiring use of the HT3550i when locked in a dark room.
The full HT3550i package comes in at just over nine pounds, and the $1,649 price tag is pretty hefty. Still, that’s a lot of power for a fairly portable projector.
But as long as you like the darkness and don’t mind the gentle hum of a cooling fan doing its job, the HT3550i is a solid investment.
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