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BenQ X3000i Review

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The compact BenQ X3000I justifies its price with its easy setup, bright, true-to-life projected pictures, deep blacks, and short input lag. However, users mainly watching Netflix must connect an additional dongle for streaming.

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Product Snapshot

Overview

Released in 2022, the premium BenQ X3000I is a 4K HDR 4LED projector with a 20,000-hour lifespan. It has a 110% projection offset and a maximum screen size of 150 inches. Additionally, its throw ratio is between 1.15:1 and 1.5:1 (98 to 133 inches at a distance of 3.2 meters), and like the best projectors, it’s compatible with Google Assistant via the included microphone-enabled remote.

There are three HDMI ports, and the eARC supports Dolby Atmos and 7.1-channel audio pass-through. It has a 2D keystone, 1.3x zoom ratio, 2875 lumens SDR brightness, and HDR10 and HLG compatibility.

Consensus

our Verdict

The BenQ X3000I projector, designed for gaming and movie watching, delivers optimal performance in dark settings and good visuals in moderate ambient light. Its high SDR brightness of 2875 lumens ranks near the top of our certified, tested list. It covers 99.24% of the DCI-P3 and 74.9% of the BT.2020 color spaces to ensure images look natural. The projector achieves deep blacks and vivid colors with its high 500,000:1 contrast ratio.

Setting the X3000I up is a breeze, and competitive gamers will appreciate its low 17.2ms input lag (4K and 1080p at 60Hz) that ranks number two in our list, further dropping to 4.2 ms (1080p at 240Hz). Moreover, its built-in Android streaming capabilities and portable build make it perfect for holiday excursions. However, it always requires mains power, and since there is no Netflix app, you’ll need to connect an additional streaming dongle or media box.

Reason to Buy

  • Good brightness levels
    • The BenQ X3000I achieves a 2875-lumen SDR brightness for gaming and watching movies in dimly lit settings, ranking among the top projectors in our certified, tested list. But even with some ambient light, the projected image looks flawless. For a higher 3500 lumens brightness, check out our BenQ TH685P review.

  • Excellent image quality
    • This projector delivers a realistic onscreen palette, covering 99.24% of the DCI-P3 and 74.9% of the BT.2020 color spaces. Both values rank in the top half of our certified, tested sheet.

    • Like the best projector for sports, it supports HDR10 and HLG, and the high 500,000:1 contrast ratio ensures uniform and perfect blacks for movie viewing in the dark. For a projector with a higher contrast ratio, read this Epson Epiqvision Ultra LS800 review.

  • Exceptionally low input lag
    • It achieves a low input lag of 17.2ms (4K and 1080p at 60Hz), ranking near the top of our verified, tested projectors. It further drops to  4.2 ms (1080p at 240Hz), making it ideal for fast-paced, competitive games.

Reason to Avoid

  • No Netflix app
    • The included Android dongle fits into a separate HDMI port in a hidden compartment and streams almost every major service, from Disney Plus and Prime video to Binge and Apple TV Plus, except Netflix.

    • You’ll have to plug a separate streaming stick into one of the two HDMI ports to access Netflix.

BenQ X3000i Specs

3D Ready3D ReadyYes
Aspect RatioAspect Ratio16:9
BrightnessBrightness3000 lumens
Contrast RatioContrast Ratio500,000:1
DepthDepth10.2"
Digital KeystoneDigital KeystoneYes
Display TechnologyDisplay TechnologyDLP
HDMI TypeHDMI Type2.0
HDRHDRYes
HeightHeight7.8"
Integrated SpeakersIntegrated SpeakersYes
Light SourceLight SourceLED
Light Source LifeLight Source Life20000 hrs
Max DistanceMax Distance228"
Max Screen SizeMax Screen Size200"
Min DistanceMin Distance69.6"
Min Screen SizeMin Screen Size60"
Noise LevelNoise Level32 dB
PortablePortableYes
Refresh Rate60 Hz
ResolutionResolution3840 x 2160 (4k)
Smart FunctionalitySmart FunctionalityAndroid TV, Bluetooth, Google Assistant, Google Cast, USB
Sync TechnologySync TechnologyCinemaMaster
TV TunerTV TunerNo
ThrowTypeThrowTypeStandard Throw
Video InputsVideo InputsHDMI 2.0, USB, VGA
WeightWeight14.1 lbs
WidthWidth10.7"

All Specs

Test Results

SDR Brightness (nits)0
HDR Brightness (nits)0
SDR Brightness (Lumens)2,875
HDR Brightness (Lumens)0
SDR Color Temperature (K)0
HDR Color Temperature (K)0
Contrast Ratio (x:y)0
Color Gamut % (DCI P3 uv)99.24
Color Gamut % (Rec. 709)0
Color Gamut % (Rec. 2020)0
Color Gamut % (BT.2020)74.9
Color Gamut % (BT. 709)0
Input Lag (ms)17.2

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Product Comparison

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Market Context

Released in 2022, the premium BenQ X3000I is a 4K HDR 4LED projector with a 20,000-hour lifespan. It has a 110% projection offset and a…

Released in 2022, the premium BenQ X3000I is a 4K HDR 4LED projector with a 20,000-hour lifespan. It has a 110% projection offset and a maximum screen size of 150 inches. Additionally, its throw ratio is between 1.15:1 and 1.5:1 (98 to 133 inches at a distance of 3.2 meters), and like the best projectors, it’s compatible with Google Assistant via the included microphone-enabled remote.

There are three HDMI ports, and the eARC supports Dolby Atmos and 7.1-channel audio pass-through. It has a 2D keystone, 1.3x zoom ratio, 2875 lumens SDR brightness, and HDR10 and HLG compatibility.

The premium BenQ X3000I offers superior features to the BenQ TH685P, such as a slightly higher projection offset for flexible placement, an exceptional 4K UHD…

The premium BenQ X3000I offers superior features to the BenQ TH685P, such as a slightly higher projection offset for flexible placement, an exceptional 4K UHD resolution, and deeper blacks with a significantly higher contrast ratio. And while the X3000I’s brightness levels are excellent, the TH685P’s are a bit higher, making it more suitable for well-lit environments.

The premium BenQ X3000I and Epson Epiqvision Ultra LS800 fall under the premium projector category, but the latter is more expensive, offering higher brightness levels…

The premium BenQ X3000I and Epson Epiqvision Ultra LS800 fall under the premium projector category, but the latter is more expensive, offering higher brightness levels for daytime viewing and richer blacks with a better contrast ratio. Moreover, thanks to its exceptionally short throw, it occupies comparatively less space for setup. For an in-depth analysis of another set of premium projectors from the same brands, read our BenQ HT5550 vs Epson 5050UB comparison.

The premium BenQ X3000I is more feature-rich than the mid-range Hisense PX1-PRO. It has a quicker input lag for more responsive gaming, a larger maximum…

The premium BenQ X3000I is more feature-rich than the mid-range Hisense PX1-PRO. It has a quicker input lag for more responsive gaming, a larger maximum screen size, and a higher brightness and contrast ratio. While both feature smart integration, the X3000I offers more immersive viewing with its larger maximum screen size.

The BenQ X3000i builds upon the foundation set by its predecessor, the BenQ X1300i, with the only major advancement being its higher 4K resolution compared…

The BenQ X3000i builds upon the foundation set by its predecessor, the BenQ X1300i, with the only major advancement being its higher 4K resolution compared to the X1300i’s 1080p resolution.

3D Ready

Yes

No

No

Aspect Ratio

16:9

16:9

16:9

Brightness

3000 lumens

4000 Lumens

2200 Lumens

Contrast Ratio

500,000:1

2,500,000:1.

2,000,000:1

Depth

10.2"

13.4"

12.8"

Digital Keystone

Yes

No

Yes

Display Technology

DLP

3LCD

DLP

HDMI Type

2.0

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Expert Score

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True Score

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Expert Score Breakdown

  • Projector Reviews
    77.15

    Category Trust Score

    NR
    The chassis of the BenQ X3000i from the BenQ X1300i are nearly identical. However, the… read more

    By:

    Kam Valentine
  • PC Mag
    70.9

    Category Trust Score

    80
    Super low input lag, 4K resolution, Android TV integration, and a robust sound system set… read more

    By:

    M. David Stone
  • Projector Central
    64.75

    Category Trust Score

    88
    The BenQ X3000i is a great gaming projector with a bevy of features for an… read more

    By:

    John Higgins
  • Techradar
    42.31

    Category Trust Score

    80
    BenQ has optimized settings for gamers here, but the X3000i is also a neat projector… read more

    By:

    Jez Ford
  • Gamesradar
    0

    Category Trust Score

    100
    The BenQ X3000i offers 4K gaming with minimal input lag and astonishing colour; it’s as… read more

    By:

    Will Donovan
  • What Hifi
    46.51

    Category Trust Score

    80
    It’s not cheap by gaming display standards, but the X3000i’s fantastically crisp, punchy gaming images… read more

    By:

    Unknown

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