BenQ TH685 1080p Gaming Projector with HDR and HLG, 8.3ms 1080p@120Hz Low Input Lag for Gaming, 3500 Lumens High Brightness, Enhanced Game Mode

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BenQ TH685 1080p Gaming Projector with HDR and HLG, 8.3ms 1080p@120Hz Low Input Lag for Gaming, 3500 Lumens High Brightness, Enhanced Game Mode

BenQ TH685 1080p Gaming Projector with HDR and HLG, 8.3ms 1080p@120Hz Low Input Lag for Gaming, 3500 Lumens High Brightness, Enhanced Game Mode

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And while being mated with a gaming console is the TH685i's bread and butter, BenQ includes an Android TV streaming stick for TV and movie streaming when the gaming sessions are over. With Fast mode on—the default setting for Game picture mode—my Bodnar meter measured the lag for 1080p, 60Hz input at 16. In informal tests in a family room with lots of windows, it was still bright enough to light up an 80-inch 1.

Sales of the latest Xbox Series X and PS5 consoles are truly mind-boggling (despite ongoing supply issues). Its shortcomings might also be easy to ignore if you're looking for a dedicated gaming projector to run alongside a home theatre model, perhaps only brought out as and when required. I've done a bit more digging and found out that while the Elephas unit claims Full HD it only actually supports a 1080p signal, but it then downscales it to. I wasn't able to set it to Auto, but the projector correctly set it to frame packing 3D mode when watching Ant-Man.

In my tests, even the lower-brightness Cinema mode delivered a bright, 90-inch image with nicely saturated color in a dark room. The TH685 was an exception, but as I mentioned when I reviewed it, although the 4K HDR version looked liked it might be a little improved over the 1080p SDR version, the two were so similar that I couldn't confirm it in the absence of a side-by-side comparison.

Like most of its direct competitors, the TH685 has several settings for fine-tuning the image range: general brightness, contrast, and gamma adjustments, plus a color management system for adjusting hue, saturation, and gain separately for each primary and secondary color.The reflected sun 'spotlights' used by the War Boys when we first see their desert base in Mad Max: Fury Road (4K BD), for instance, bleach out to pure white rather than containing the subtle blue and orange tones they're supposed to. I don't recommend watching in this mode for any length of time, but if the room has ambient light, gaming with the lights on during a party, say, having the ability to be this bright can come in handy. A high contrast ratio is desired, resulting in richer dark colors and more distinctive color gradation. It's also worth adding that the TH685 runs decently quietly for such a small, bright projector, useful since you might end up sitting quite close to it.

There is also a high altitude setting and when turned on, the fan noise and an accompanying whine steadily increased up to 51 dBA over about one minute. It's not really obvious from a normal viewing distance, but with fine lines, like white on a dark background, the issue becomes quite obvious.The TH685’s Game Mode fine-tunes all images, enhancing dark and shadowy scenes with greater clarity and visual precision, helping you level up by spotting enemies and finding every hidden secret in video games. Very much on the plus side, the TH685P's chamber speaker delivers far more robust audio than you would expect from its 5 watts.

Extreme brightness can cause colours to wash out on displays that don’t support a wide enough colour range, but there’s nothing bleached about the TH685’s palette. To put the projector through its paces, we played some games, watched some films and binged on two shows – the color-rich Central Park on Apple TV Plus and the heart-warming Ted Lasso. With low input lag and a massive, bright image, this is the kind of display gamers can use to effectively pwn the noobs, on a 100-plus-inch screen, while even leaving some lights on. It adjusts gamma based on the ambient light and when on, there's a five-position slider to adjust it.Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. It has a native resolution of 1080p (1920x1080), although it accepts 4K (3840x2160) and downconverts the signal. audio loopthrough; powered USB port; D-Sub PC input; monitor output BRIGHTNESS (CLAIMED): 3,500 Lumens CONTRAST (claimed): 10,000:1 ZOOM: 1. The claimed peak brightness of 3,500 Lumens, though, is anything but standard, and should be enough to deliver either explosively potent images in a dark room, or still enjoyable images in a fairly bright room.

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