BenQ x12000 Projector Review

4K is all the buzz amongst media consumers these days, which is why it's not a surprise that all manufacturers are pushing our 4K displays left and right. With the x12000, BenQ announce their entry, but is it really worth it? This review will help you decide whether you should buy it or not.

The BenQ x12000 is an arguably better performer than the competition when it comes to those crisp UHD movies even with the noticeable absence of HDR. Combining the CinemaMaster video processing suite, Philips ColorSpark LED lamp technology & DCI-P3 color gamut, the BenQ x12000 makes your media come to life right in your living room. Let's dive a little bit deeper to see what this projector offers in detail.

Complete review for BenQ x12000 4K TV

Pros and cons

With a plethora of its key features, the BenQ x12000 comes bearing a couple of pros and cons.


Pros

The x12000 comes with 2200 lumens of brightness, which allows you to enjoy your content with stunning 4K detail. The beautiful color management allows you to get lost in your favorite tv shows and movies. In cinema mode, the colors pop out combining the natural experienced spectrum of colors with seldom seen subtle tones.

Cons

Straight off the bat, the x12000 doesn't have support for UHD HDR. The commonly experienced rainbow effect can undermine the joy of seeing a 4K implementation this effective. The black levels could be better but they might pose such a nuisance for casual goers. The 60Hz refresh rate is a major let down.

Last but not the least, the £8159.00 price tag is a bit too steep for regular consumers. Just don't go selling your kidneys for it.

Key Features

The BenQ x12000 is an impressive step in the right direction. It's the first 4K DLP projector, capable of generating 8.3 million crystal sharp pixels.

  • - Philips ColorSpark LED lamp technology: Compared to the current LED technologies, the ColorSpark provides a wider color gamut and 3x brighter images.
  • - DCI-P3 Color mode: The combination of Philip's ColorSpark technology with BenQ's proprietary CinematicColor allows the x12000 to tap into the DCI-P3 color range, which is significantly higher than the regular HDTV color range.
  • - CinemaMaster video processing suite: With this suite built-in, the x12000 is capable of transforming any room into a state of the art home theater with superb video enhancing to please even the most critical of movie goers.

Design

As we've grown accustomed to chunky designs from BenQ, the x12000 doesn't stray far from the path. It is heavy enough (18.5 kg) for it to require two men to lift and big (W471 x H225 x D565mm) enough to hang over the edges of regular projection stands. The weight and size of the projector bode well for the build quality of the projector and its innards.

Despite the massive size, the x12000 boasts an attractive design thanks to the curved sides and the wide grey stripe running from the back, down its center and surrounding its large lens, which is most likely to be responsible for the majority of its weight.

With its massive vents on the front, the projector is more than capable of dispersing the immense heat generated by the ColorSpark LED lamp. While they may not be to everyone's taste, but they give off quite an industrial vibe.

The projector comes with a chunky remote that although gets the job done, doesn't feel quite as premium as the projector it comes with.

Picture Quality

The first time you turn on the x12000, the exquisite and sharp 4K display will have any doubts evaporate. Even Sony's 4K projectors don't do justice to UHD Blu-rays the way BenQ does for you. When you pop in Avatar and Lucy, the movies themselves become larger than life and engulf you. So, it goes without saying that there is any competition between the x12000 and any rival pseudo 4K projectors.

Apart from looking amazing, the spectacular resolution on the x12000 allows you to push the images much larger without having them look soft or rough.

The x12000 handles color very impressively. You can experience it as soon as you switch on Cinema mode, making everything look more exquisite. It combines balanced and natural tones to provide with seldom seen levels of subtle tones. It delivers flawless skin tones, which makes watching movies on this beast a very pleasant experience.

The x12000 makes some loud noise with its brightness. The normal lamp mode makes your media look more bold and dynamic than the 2200 lumens of claimed output would lead anyone to expect. The brightness is so that direct sunlight searing off the screen with such intensity that it gives an almost HDR-like feel. That said, in conjunction with the gamma controls, the brightness of the x12000 enables it to produce exceptional shadow detail in darker scenes.

The best thing about the brightness is that it helps deliver a better picture in rooms with ambient light than most of its home cinema rivals, and through in the exceptional resolution, the projector becomes more than capable to hold its own against any others.

As discussed, the black level performance on the projector is something really troublesome. Yes, it can reproduce details well in dark areas but the overall tone of those areas is grey rather than black. The controls don't help in solving this issue, making it very puzzling.

Another big issue with the x12000 is the rainbow effect. The single chip DLP issue sees stripes of red, green and blue show up on the bright parts of the picture. It is especially noticeable if you move your eyes around the picture. Using the low-output on the lamp reduces the effect to a great extent, but it doesn't really solve the problem.

Should you buy it?

If you want to experience the best 4K videos delivered by a projector yet, then you should definitely buy the BenQ x12000. The 2200 lumens brightness makes it excellent for rooms you can't completely black out.

However, it's a shame that the x12000 doesn't support HDR. And it's definitely a pity that the joy of seeing immaculate 4K is undermined by a mix of black level concerns, motion and rainbow effect, that you don't get with the competing projectors.

In fact, with some of these issues, the earlier BenQ 11000 might turn out to be a better performer in some scenarios.

Jul 28,2017 14:55 pm