You have numerous nice choices in terms of the way you show your gaming gadgets. Televisions are reaching some extent the place you will get an excellent 4K HDR 55-inch set for properly below $1,000. And all of that’s fantastic for gaming even when I miss the phosphorous glow of cathode rays. But I’m at some extent the place I might commerce in most of these options for one thing greater, and that’s precisely what BenQ’s TH585 gaming projector offers.
The BenQ TH585 is out now for $600, and the corporate is positioning it as a “low input lag console-gaming projector.” I’m going to look at the TH585 in that context. How does it carry out with video games when it comes to image and latency?
Let’s get to it.
What you’ll like
The BenQ TH585 is a wonderful gaming projector
BenQ’s projector handles video games properly. I performed various video games that I’m aware of to see if something felt off. The TH585 had no points with enter lag or latency. I acquired proper into the move with video games like Trials Rising that require exact inputs and reactions. Even with one thing like Google Stadia that introduces a tiny bit of additional latency, all the things remained snappy and responsive.
The TH585 additionally consists of BenQ’s “game mode,” which is completely different than equally named settings in televisions. Activating recreation mode on a TV normally turns off picture processing to scale back lag. BenQ, nevertheless, says its recreation mode “fine-tune images.” And what it seems like is a few sharper distinction and saturation to make 3D environments seem extra vivid. But it has no have an effect on on latency.
But whether or not you’re utilizing recreation mode or not, your content material goes to look nice. It initiatives a full HD 1080p picture as much as 150 inches. That’s sharp sufficient even at these bigger sizes. The lamp can also be nice. It offers 3,500 lumens of brightness, which suggests you don’t must seclude your self in a superbly darkish atmosphere.
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Easy to arrange
BenQ additionally makes it simple to plunk the TH585 down and get it going shortly. This is beneficial as a result of the projector is compact and light-weight sufficient to take with you to a buddy’s home.
Using the distant, you possibly can then modify the alignment to make sure that you’re getting an oblong picture and never a trapezoid. You may also transfer the image up and down in your wall with the digital lens shift. This all makes it so that you simply don’t need to attempt to get the bodily placement of the challenge excellent. That reduces the complications it introduces in its setup.
What you gained’t like
Limited enter choices
While organising the TH585 is comparatively simple, that comes with just a few caveats. It’s easy for those who’re able to construct the room round a projector. Using a projector as a substitute of a TV means having your I/O choices behind a room as a substitute of on the entrance. This can complicate the place you set consoles and audio gadgets.
And the BenQ TH585 makes it slightly more difficult with solely two HDMI ports and a VGA port. Now, a type of HDMI inputs can also be MHL. That means it could possibly present energy to sure HDMI dongles, so that you don’t want a separate USB wire. But you’re not going to run 4 completely different HDMI gadgets into this projector such as you do with numerous TVs.
That makes some sense. For a really perfect home-theater setup, you’d have most of your gaming techniques going right into a HD audio receiver, after which that receiver would exit to the TH585. But at $600, this machine isn’t actually for the shopper who additionally spent $1,400 on a receiver.
But you’ll want one thing as a result of whereas the projector has a speaker constructed into it, it’s no change for actual residence audio. Cheap resolution might be to plug headphones into your controller. Or if in case you have a soundbar, join a Bluetooth transmitter to the audio out port of the projector and ship that out to your speaker system.
My time with the BenQ TH585 made me reassess precisely what I need from my gaming shows. Features like 4K are much less essential than I assumed. A projector delivers an enormous image that’s rather more immersive than simply having twice the pixels.
But whereas I’m keen to surrender decision, the BenQ ensures you don’t have to surrender responsive inputs and different parts essential to a passable gaming expertise. If you perceive what it takes to construct a gaming setup round a projector, I’d advocate the BenQ TH585 — particularly on the $600 value.
BenQ’s TH585 is obtainable now for $600. BenQ despatched a pattern unit to GamesBeat for the aim of this evaluation.