BenQ GP500 4K HDR LED projector review

A solid-state LED light source, an Android TV streaming platform, 360-degree speakers, efficient autofocus, and surprisingly outstanding color accuracy are just a few of the features that the new GP500 adds to BenQ’s home theater range for 2024.

characteristics

  • Premium home cinema: True 4K HDR with 90% DCI-P3 Cinematic Color and LED automatic color calibration
  • Immersives AURAL-Erlebnis: Mit 360-Grad-Soundfeld und Sweet Spot überall einstellbar.
  • Intelligente Installation: mit Autofokus, 2D-Keystone, Bildschirm-Passform und Objektvermeidung
  • Alles in einem Entertainment: und Google Play Store mit 5.000+ der neuesten Android-Apps, Filme, Shows, Live-Sport, Spiele, Musik und mehr.
  • Schickes Design: 4K-optimiertes Objektiv, intuitive Schnittstelle, optischer Zoom-Knopf, passt gut in jeden Wohnraum
  • Branchenführende Garantie: 3 Jahre eingeschränkte Teile und Arbeitsarbeitsabdeckung; Unser in den USA ansässiges Kundenservice-Team ist da, wenn Sie es brauchen
  • Hinweis: Netflix ist auf diesem Gerät nicht nativ verfügbar. Bitte übertragen Sie Netflix-Inhalte nur über Ihren Google Chrome-Browser oder verbinden Sie sich mit einem HDMI-Kabel.

Spezifikationen

MarkeBenQ
Empfohlene Anwendungen für ProduktFür Surround-Sound-Systeme
Besonderes MerkmalAutomatische Ausrichtung des Bildschirms, Leichtgewichtig, Integrierter Lautsprecher, Autofokus, Auto-Hindernisvermeidung, Wi-Fi-fähigAutomatische Ausrichtung des Bildschirms, Leichtgewichtig, Integrierter Lautsprecher, Autofokus, Auto-Hindernisvermeidung, Wi-Fi-fähig
Artikelmaße L x B x H14.3 x 14 x 12 Zoll
BefestigungsartTischplattenhalterung
Enthaltene KomponentenGP500 Projektor
Wattzahl5 Watt
Controller-TypTastensteuerung
Kompatible GeräteNotebook
Maximale Projektionsdistanz10 Fuß

Vorteile

  • Extrem genaue Out-of-Box-Farbe
  • Über 90 % DCI-P3-Farbraumabdeckung
  • Android TV-Dongle enthalten
  • Robustes 360-Grad-Audiosystem
  • 3D-Unterstützung
  • Autofokus und Hindernisvermeidung für eine schnelle Einrichtung

Nachteile

  • Kein vertikaler Lens-Shift
  • Geringe Helligkeit in genauen Bildmodi
  • Mittelmäßiger Kontrast
  • Kein direkter Download der autorisierten Netflix-App

Design

The GP500 4K HDR LED Projector was released in January 2023 as a new addition to BenQ’s home theater series. It offers users a fairly robust feature set in terms of performance, comfort, and quality of life, and it has an unusual rectangular body design that helps accommodate a powerful audio system. It measures 10.2 x 10.5 x 7.2 inches (WHD) and weighs 11.9 pounds, so while it’s not lightweight, it’s certainly portable.

The projector has a minimalist design with clean lines and a white color scheme. It has a compact and lightweight body, making it easy to carry around and place where you need it. The lens is located on the front of the device and is protected by a clear plastic cove

On the projector’s top is a control panel with buttons for power, menu navigation, and volume control. The back of the projector has multiple inputs, including HDMI, VGA, USB, and audio jacks. The device also has Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity, so you can easily connect to your devices and stream content.

Hauptmerkmale

The GP500 uses a solid-state 4LED light source to enjoy the advantage of no lamp replacements throughout the projector’s life. LED engine results in relatively short on/off times, high color brightness, and a lifespan of 30,000 hours. According to BenQ specifications, the GP500 can achieve 1,500 ANSI lumens of light output. It has indeed lived up to this claim, achieving 1,504 ANSI lumens in the brightest picture mode. Its picture mode meets this specification, labeled as Bright, having a green bias to the image. However, it was manageable and would be suitable for very bright room viewing at the expense of accuracy.

The GP500’s single-chip DLP architecture requires colors to be delivered sequentially to the imaging chip, creating the ability to display rainbow effect artifacts despite the lack of a color wheel. While with the GP500, I saw occasional and minimal rainbow artifacts. However, this should be considered if you are sensitive to this effect.

Audio

The GP500 takes a unique approach to its integrated sound system, using four 5-watt chamber speakers (for 20 watts) combined with an integrated treVolo DSP. By implementing the four speakers in each corner of the case, a 360-degree sound field is provided. It can also correct for less-than-perfect setups, allowing the GP500 to be positioned centered, left or right of the user, and depending on the position, the audio system adjusts continuously to provide the viewer with stereo sound.

To take it a step further, the viewer can also set it up in a user mode that allows them to manually assign the left or right channel to a specific speaker, so if one of the three predefined settings doesn’t work well for the viewer, they can do this yourself. The GP500 offers five sound modes, including a custom mode that gives viewers access to a five-band EQ.

The projector’s sound was pleasant and worked well in my room without increasing the volume to a volume range of up to 50 beyond 8. I tested it up to 17, which was loud, so it’s sufficient in a pinch or as a primary audio source. If a more robust cinematic experience is desired, your best bet is to look at a good soundbar or other external sound option.

Aufstellen

Included with the GP500 is BenQ’s Android TV 10 HDMI streaming dongle (QS01), which installs in a hidden compartment. Installing the dongle requires removing two M3 screws on the back of the device and peeling off the top cover, which exposes an HDMI input and a micro-USB cable to power the dongle. Once installed, the Android TV input will be treated as the default landing in most cases. During my time with the GP500, I installed the dongle before the projector’s initial setup. It resulted in being kicked out of the BenQ setup process and into the Android TV setup process.

Another issue I encountered was that while I was setting up Android TV, a message would come up every 5-10 seconds, saying that I needed to complete the setup to continue. It became a problem because right before the news appeared on the screen, the UI became unresponsive until the message disappeared again and control was returned. However, after completing the setup, I had no problems with the dongle, and it worked as expected, adjusting the dynamic range of the content correctly and displaying the correct color space in all cases.

Bildqualität

As I’ve seen with other LED projectors, the GP500 delivers relatively low contrast. Although the listed spec is 100,000:1 FOFO with light source dimming, I measured around 914:1. This is noticeable in content as black does not appear utterly black unless the user chooses to crush shadow details. I decided not to do this, which resulted in a slightly raised-looking black. The poor contrast was most noticeable in content with lower APL and darker scenes.

It does a fantastic job of rendering a 4K UHD image, and the GP500 fully resolved every 4K test image I displayed on it. Depending on the resolution, the projector accepts YUV and RGB signal types with different bit depths and chroma up to 120 Hz. When the GP500 receives an RGB signal, it reproduces 4:4:4 chroma at 8 bits, while a color signal format of YUV at 10 or 8 bits in 4:2:2 or 4:2:0 is accepted. It is essential for rendering content in the P3 color space, which is used for most HDRs, and the GP500 performs very well thanks to its extended color space coverage that extends well into the DCI-P3 color space.

Positionierung

The GP500’s lens has a standard throw ratio of 1.0-1.3:1 with a 1.3x zoom. It allows the projector to be positioned at a distance of up to 2.9 feet at maximum zoom with a screen diagonal of 40 inches and at a distance of up to 18.8 feet at minimum zoom to produce an image with a diagonal of 200 inches project. According to BenQ’s documentation, projecting a 100-inch diagonal image at maximum zoom requires a throw of about 7 feet, 2 inches. I found this correct because when I installed the GP500, I measured 7 feet, 1-5/8 inches, to project a 100-inch diagonal image.

Farben

According to BenQ, the GP500 BenQ has a color space coverage of 97% of the Rec.709 color space and 90% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space (which BenQ calls CinematicColor DCI-P3). The measurements were spot on, with a Rec.709 score of 97.7% in picture modes like Cinema and Game, while 99.1% was covered in Living Room and User modes. I collected two different readings for DCI-P3, 82.49% in 1931 xy and 87.73% in 1976 uv, the latter more based on human perception of color tones.

However, BenQ includes an option to enable Wide Color Gamut (WCG), which activates a color filter that results in expanded coverage of the DCI-P3 color space. He succeeds in this. With the filter enabled, DCI-P3 color space coverage is 92.3% in 1931 xy and 95.9% in 1976 uv – which is excellent for a projector in this price range. The filter similarly resulted in 70.14% xy and 78.99% uv coverage of the BT.2020 color space. One important thing to note is that activating WCG and the color filter results in a very slight decrease in light output, but I was pleased to see that it was very minimal – I only got a 3.3 reduction in brightness % measured.

Leistung

The BenQ GP500 has eight picture modes, six for SDR and two for HDR. The SDR modes are Bright, Living Room, Game, Sports, Cinema, and User, while the HDR modes are HDR10 and HLG for these types of HDR content. The picture modes are all assigned different preset color temperatures, such as Cool, Normal, or Warm, and various gamma options. Color temperature can be adjusted for all modes except Bright mode, where the CT is set to the native option. However, Bright mode allows the color temperature values ​​to adjust for gain and bias even within the native preset.

The GP500 offers controls for adjusting color temperature with gain and offset and a CMS (Color Management System) with hue, saturation, and gain. The basic controls like brightness, contrast, color, etc., are also available, as is BenQ’s Color Enhancer feature, which further increases color saturation. A flesh tone control is also present to adjust the shade only within the color range found in skin tones. The GP500 also allows turning on the WCG (Wide Color Gamut) filter to provide better coverage of the DCI-P3 color space when an HDR signal is detected.

Ultimately, these are excellent results, and the image was easy to dial in using the controls provided. The starting point was so strong in terms of accuracy that there wasn’t much that needed to be done in Cinema mode, and even in User Picture mode, all that was needed was to adjust the color space to the Rec.709 targets and let everything fall into place very nicely.

Gaming

To test 4K gaming, I played a bit of Guilty Gear Strive on PlayStation 5, which runs at 4K/60Hz SDR. I generally go into training mode and practice combinations I’m comfortable with and know I’ll land without much trouble. Most fighting game players understand how the systems work by linking attacks and canceling from regular to special attacks.

I test fighting games because the higher the latency, the sooner you have to input a command to get attacks to link. When playing Guilty Gear, I found the latency was noticeable, and I had to perform special attacks much earlier than usual. You can get used to it, but if you’re used to gaming on a monitor or TV like an OLED, it will stand out and take time to adjust.

Visually, the game looked good, with lovely details; it was spicy with appropriate saturation levels. The projector offered a nice big screen and an enjoyable gaming experience, although highly competitive games would ideally be best played on a more responsive display.

Urteil

The BenQ GP500 is one of the most potent projectors I’ve seen at this price. It offers a very high level of accuracy right out of the box and can be dialed in even further. The details of the 4K DLP chip are excellent and can fully resolve an extremely sharp 4K UHD image with precision. It offers users convenience and quality-of-life features such as precise autofocus, object detection, powerful built-in audio, 3D support, HDR support, great DCI-P3 coverage, and intelligent Android TV.

There are always areas to improve, and one for the GP500 is contrast. However, its difference is on par with most projectors in this price range, which don’t perform as well as the GP500 in several areas. Another area for improvement would be higher ANSI lumen output to achieve more effective HDR. Potential buyers looking for the best value for money should have the GP500 on their list because it performs so well in most areas. There is little to dislike about the GP500, and it’s an excellent projector for starting a small home theater without breaking the bank.

FAQs

1. Kann der BenQ GP500 Projektor auf einem Stativ oder an der Decke montiert werden?

Ja, der BenQ GP500 verfügt über eine Standard-Stativhalterung und unterstützt die Deckenmontage mit einer kompatiblen Halterung.

2. Wie lang ist die Lampenlebensdauer des BenQ GP500 Projektors?

Die Lampenlebensdauer des BenQ GP500 wird mit 20.000 Stunden im Eco-Modus und 15.000 Stunden im Normalmodus angegeben.

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