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BenQ TK700STI Review

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The TK700STi’s low input lag and fast refresh rate make it a top choice for gamers seeking 4K cinematic visuals and great brightness, though contrast is mediocre and rainbow artifacts persist.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

The BenQ TK700STi is the brand’s mid-range gaming projector, released in 2021. A 3-LCD DLP projector with native 1080p resolution and the ability to display UHD 4K content with pixel shifting, the TK700STi markets to gamers with its short .9:1 minimum throw ratio and low lag times for a 4K-capable projector.

The refresh rate maxes at a gaming-friendly 240Hz, though 4K signals are limited to 60Hz. Like the best projectors for console gaming, the TK700STi offers dedicated game modes that bypass the Android TV operating system. Inputs include a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports and USB-a ports.

Best For

  • Classroom

  • Gaming

  • Golf Simulator

Consensus

our Verdict

The TK700STi has good image quality for gaming. Its 297-nit measured HDR brightness is slightly above average. Contrast, at a nominal 1010:1, is below average, meaning darker scenes may appear grayish. Color accuracy is good, but rainbow artifacts are noticeable. Input lag is very low, ranging from 20 ms in its laggiest mode to under 9 ms in 1080p 120Hz mode. The color gamut isn’t as wide as some. It’s 96% rec. 709 coverage is below average.

An adjustable throw ratio of .9:1 to 1.08:1 allows some placement flexibility, but there’s no lens shift. The keystone correction range is +/- 40º, which is average. Audio quality from the built-in 5W speakers isn’t as powerful as some projectors, and the TK700STi lacks audio ports for surround sound systems.

ReasonS to Buy

  • Good brightness
    • Above-average 297-nit SDR brightness suits gaming use. It boasts a 3000-lumen lamp output, greater than the average projector, which enables bright white scenes and up to 120” screen size

  • Low input lag
    • 8-ms input lag at 1080p 120Hz and 16 ms input lag at 4k 60Hz, faster than ⅔ of 4K projectors tested

  • Great connectivity
    • Two HDMI 2.0 ports, USB ports, Android TV streaming dongle

    • Bluetooth-enabled for use with mobile devices

  • Convenient throw ratio for gaming
    • The throw ratio span of .9:1 to 1.08:1 suits most gaming setups. It can project a 100” screen from about 4’ away

Reason to Avoid

  • Subpar image quality
    • Its 1010:1 measured contrast is below average and means dark scenes may appear grayish

    • It also lacks a wide color gamut, over just 96% of Rec.709 color space rather than the wider DCI-P3 space, putting it in the bottom half of tested projectors.

  • Mediocre built-in audio quality
    • 5W monophonic speaker has less output than the average

BenQ TK700STI Specs

3D Ready3D ReadyYes
Aspect RatioAspect Ratio16:9
BrightnessBrightness3000 lumens
Contrast RatioContrast Ratio10,000:1
DepthDepth9.70"
Digital KeystoneDigital KeystoneYes
Display TechnologyDisplay TechnologyDLP
HDRHDRYes
HeightHeight4.3"
Integrated SpeakersIntegrated SpeakersYes
Light SourceLight SourceLaser
Light Source LifeLight Source Life10000 hrs
Max DistanceMax Distance168"
Max Screen SizeMax Screen Size200"
Min DistanceMin Distance51"
Min Screen SizeMin Screen Size60"
Noise LevelNoise Level35 dB
PortablePortableYes
Refresh Rate60 Hz
ResolutionResolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Smart FunctionalitySmart FunctionalityAndroid TV, Bluetooth, Remote, USB
Sync TechnologySync Technology
TV TunerTV TunerNo
ThrowTypeThrowTypeShort Throw
Video InputsVideo InputsHDMI 2.0, RS232, USB
WeightWeight6.8 lbs
WidthWidth12"
Yes

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Test Results

SDR Brightness (nits)276.1564
HDR Brightness (nits)298.9976
SDR Brightness (Lumens)0
HDR Brightness (Lumens)0
SDR Color Temperature (K)0
HDR Color Temperature (K)0
Contrast Ratio (x:y)1,010.8
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)0
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709)0
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020)0
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)0
Color Gamut % (BT. 709)0
Input Lag (ms)20

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Market Context

The BenQ TK700STi is the brand’s mid-range gaming projector, released in 2021. A 3-LCD DLP projector with native 1080p resolution and the ability to display…

The BenQ TK700STi is the brand’s mid-range gaming projector, released in 2021. A 3-LCD DLP projector with native 1080p resolution and the ability to display UHD 4K content with pixel shifting, the TK700STi markets to gamers with its short .9:1 minimum throw ratio and low lag times for a 4K-capable projector.

The refresh rate maxes at a gaming-friendly 240Hz, though 4K signals are limited to 60Hz. Like the best projectors for console gaming, the TK700STi offers dedicated game modes that bypass the Android TV operating system. Inputs include a pair of HDMI 2.0 ports and USB-a ports.

Compared to the BenQ Tk700sti, the Epson Home Cinema 3800 has a slightly lower tested SDR brightness of 275 nits vs. 276 nits. The BenQ…

Compared to the BenQ Tk700sti, the Epson Home Cinema 3800 has a slightly lower tested SDR brightness of 275 nits vs. 276 nits. The BenQ is more gaming-focused, with three dedicated game modes. The BenQ also has a shorter throw ratio range of .9:1 to 1.08:1, contrasting the Epson’s longer 1.32:1 to 2.15:1 ratio so that the Epson will be more suited to larger rooms and bigger screens. For another alternative, consider our Hissense PX2 review.

The Samsung Premiere LSP9t has a light output of 2800 lumens, slightly less than the Ben Q’s 3000, but can display a much wider color…

The Samsung Premiere LSP9t has a light output of 2800 lumens, slightly less than the Ben Q’s 3000, but can display a much wider color gamut, with 147% of the DCI-P3 space as opposed to 96% of the smaller rec. 709 color space. The Samsung has a more powerful built-in audio system, with 40W speakers, compared to the BenQ’s pair of 5W speakers. See our Samsung Premiere LSP9T review for more details. Or consider a different kind of projector with our ViewSonic PJD6251 review and learn more about the types of projectors and how DLP vs. LED projectors compare.

The BenQ TK700STi has more light output, at 3000 lumens than the X500i short-throw projector at 2200 lumens. The X500i’s minimum throw ratio of .69…

The BenQ TK700STi has more light output, at 3000 lumens than the X500i short-throw projector at 2200 lumens. The X500i’s minimum throw ratio of .69 is shorter than the TK700STi’s .9:1, making the X500i able to project a larger image from closer to the screen. Both models have a claimed 8 ms input lag at 120Hz.

3D Ready

Yes

No, Yes

Yes

Aspect Ratio

16:9

16:9

Brightness

3000 lumens

3000 lumens

2800 Lumens

Contrast Ratio

10,000:1

100,000:1, 200,000:1

2,000,000:1

Depth

9.70"

13"

14.5"

Digital Keystone

Yes

± 30° (manual)

Yes

Display Technology

DLP

3LCD, LCD

DLP

HDR

Yes

No, Yes

HDR10, HDR10+, Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG)

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Score Card

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Expert Score

75

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Customer Score

78

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True Score

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Expert Scores

  • Projector Reviews
    77.15

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    I believe the BenQ TK700STi is a great value. It is bright, delivered an accurate… Read More

    By:

    Kam Valentine
  • PC Mag
    70.9

    Category Trust Rating

    70
    BenQ’s TK700STi will thrill gamers with its low input lag, but its 4K resolution with… Read More

    By:

    M. David Stone
  • Projector Central
    64.75

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The BenQ TK700STi is a solid choice for gamers looking for a picture that’s bigger… Read More

    By:

    Mark Henninger
  • Techradar
    42.31

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    While its refresh rate and response time positions it as a gamer’s projector, the BenQ… Read More

    By:

    Shaun Prescott
  • Home Theater HiFi
    76.94

    Category Trust Rating

    NR
    As a gaming projector, the BenQ TK700STi is unmatched in my experience. It goes toe-to-toe… Read More

    By:

    CHRIS EBERLE
  • T3
    23.11

    Category Trust Rating

    80
    The BenQ TK700STi is a compact 4K projector that earns a strong recommendation for gamers… Read More

    By:

    STEVE MAY

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