BenQ HT4050 projector review

Cinematic quality through and through

BenQ HT4050
BenQ HT4050

The BenQ HT4050 certainly has a lot going for it. Picture quality is insanely impressive, the 10 watt speaker is deceptively full, and the sheer number of inputs allows you to cover almost all of your bases. Yes, there are some minor flaws, but the HT4050 is an impressive machine.

We liked

Simply put, the picture quality on the HT4050 is fantastic. The colors look great, the image pops, and HD content looks great. Add in a bright 2000 lumen bulb that looks great even in semi-bright environments, and using the HT4050 feels great. If you're looking for a projector that will serve up a cinematic feel, look no further than BenQ's latest.

And while the lack of wireless connectivity is a tad disappointing, it's easily surmountable with a $35 HDMI dongle. Nearly every input you could think of is covered, making for a powerful media streaming tool.

Finally, sound quality with the built-in speaker is superb. Both music and dialogue sound great and are far from tinny. In a home theater setup, external speakers will probably be preferred, but the experience of just setting the projector up and pressing play is pretty great for a projector.

We disliked

As previously mentioned, the lack of wireless display mirroring is a bit of a disappointment. It's not a total deal breaker because there are a number of cheap solutions to work around this. And if you're feeling especially fancy, you can pick up BenQ's own (admittedly expensive) optional wireless kit if you have a Blu-ray player or other HDMI device in another room.

Additionally, even though the projector gets so much right, it would have been great to see some sort of autofocus included. It's a minor quibble because you're unlikely to be moving the HT4050 around a lot, but autofocus would have been a great little perk to add in.

Final Verdict

There's no denying that the BenQ HT4050 skews more towards the home theater crowd. Most of what makes the projector great involves making video content look amazing. However, for business use where you're likely to be using the projector mostly for presentations and product pitches, many of those image enhancements that you're paying for may be wasted.

That being said, if you're looking for a great all-around projector, you can't go wrong with the HT4050. Yes, there are cheaper options out there if you don't need all of the bells and whistles, but going with the HT4050 will ensure that all of of your content looks great.