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BenQ makes some of the best projectors around, so I was excited to test this one.
BenQ’s HT2550 4K Projector uses the newer, smaller, more affordable, and slightly lower “resolution” 4K UHD DLP chip. I’ve spent a lot of time this past week watching HDTV and movies with it. This is a smaller projector that packs a lot of performance while giving you a great value proposition. This short-throw DLP projector gives you a 100 inch Screen at Just 10 feet. While not as small as those LED pocket throw projectors, this 9.3-pound device is still very portable with an 11” x 14” footprint. If you are also looking for a projector screen, here are some mistakes to avoid.
BenQ knows all about top-rated projectors, so let’s get right to it.
Is it worth the $1,399.00 price tag? That’s a fair question. Read on to see what we thought of this small but powerful projector.
BenQ HT2550 4K Projector
Picture quality beats most, right out of the box
Light and portable
Great price and value
5-watt speaker is obviously not ideal
No onboard media player to allow you to go PC-free
Could use more smart features
The HT2550 has 2,200 lumens of brightness, a 1.2:1 zoom lens, and 4K HDR capabilities. This projector works best in a home theater, or anywhere that you can make very dark. It comes with a decent remote, and has tons of settings to tweak colors and get the perfect picture. You also get a 4,000-hour lamp life at full power, which can stretch to 8,000 in Smart Eco mode. It is also 3D capable. So this projector packs in a ton of great features. The 5-Watt speaker is adequate, but of course, is no substitute for quality sound.
Right out of the box the picture quality is better than most projectors. It will need some tweaking and there are plenty of settings to do this. Once fine-tuned, the colors, in general, appear accurate. They provide adjustments for all six primary and secondary colors, as well as Flesh Tone and Color Enhancer settings. Flesh tones looked very good.
Related: If you like this projector, you might be interested in our BENQ HT3050 3D DLP home theater projector review.
The HT2550 has a nice curved shape and is just small enough to be portable for movie night. The size allows it to sit almost anywhere. As far as the fan sound, don’t expect your typical loud projector. This one operates with more of a hum that won’t interfere with your movie. It isn’t silent, but it’s pretty close.
It has only the basic inputs in the back including Audio In, Audio Out, PC, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, Mini USB, USB, TYPE A, and 12 V TRIGGER.
This brings us to the only real disappointment with this projector. The fact that it lacks an onboard media player. This means that you have to be connected to the source, whether it’s your TV, PC or laptop. These days that feature is a must. I understand that it would have increased the price, but I think consumers would have been willing to pay. Despite this oversight, the HT2550 remains a great value since it is so feature-heavy otherwise.
Related: Also check out our BENQ HT2150ST 1080P Projector review.
Aside from the varied image settings, you’ll need to take some time tuning it for the best possible focus. Small movements of the focus dial can produce large effects on the screen. Once you get it just right, you won’t need to touch it again unless you move the projector.
The setup is very simple. Just plug the power cord and source in, and turn the projector on. You may want to adjust the zoom and focus, then you are good to go. This is similar to the Acer VL7860 projector, as you’ll need to adjust it whenever you move it around.
Just about everything we watched on this projector was detailed, crisp, and clear, as long as you are in the appropriate environment and have your settings correct. BenQ really made it easy to watch a quality picture relatively hassle-free.
The BenQ HT2550 projector is a pleasant experience, much like the BenQ TK800 4K projector. It boots up without much of a delay, operates more quietly than most, and has so many settings that you get more control. It comes with a very useful remote, which is nice because that isn’t always the case. There’s 4k and 3D capability built right in. Whether it’s movies, sports or gaming, this short-throw projector has everything that you need. In fact, it has more than you need. The menus are all very intuitive and easy to navigate as well. We wish it had an onboard media player, but we can’t really complain about the great value for the price.