BenQ TK700STi review – GameRevolution
Combining competitive gaming with projectors resulted in slow disasters, with high display latency causing severe lag. This added a significant pause before controller inputs were reflected by on-screen actions. Fortunately, modern projector technology has evolved to deliver both incredible large-scale visuals and great time-to-entry. The Ben Q The TK700STi I’m reviewing today, for example, is capable of 4K 60 FPS gaming at 120+ inches with just 16ms of latency.
Setting up the BenQ TK700STi is quite simple. BenQ is no stranger to display technology and has clearly worked hard to streamline the journey from unboxing to playing media for the first time.
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Inside the box are a remote control with voice recognition, a BenQ QS01 dongle, a power cable, a quick start guide and the TK700STi projector itself. After you’ve decided on a place to put (or mount) the projector, it’s time to plug everything in. The included BenQ QS01 dongle provides access to Android TV, but the majority of my testing was done with my PS5 and Nintendo Switch.
With 3,000 ANSI lumens available, the TK700STi keeps images bright and clear. This brightness is extremely practical when natural light enters the room. This means you game just as easily during the day as you do at night, although the image becomes more washed out. As is always the case with projectors, the darker the environment, the better.
Netflix remains a pain to manage because it only supports specifically authorized devices. Therefore, for Netflix to work on the TK700STi, users will need to use a browser or go through a Fire TV Stick or other supported device. Aside from that common hiccup, all other apps worked just fine, including my streaming app Moonlight, which allowed me to mirror PC games over WiFi.
At GameRevoluton, our priority is, unsurprisingly, gaming. So what I really wanted to see from the BenQ TK700STi after testing movies and TV shows was fantastic gaming performance.
After several months of using this projector as a daily fixture, for the latest games such as Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 and God of War Ragnarok, I’m happy to confirm that BenQ has knocked it out of the park as far as low latency. I even managed to plug in a keyboard and mouse and enjoy a first-person shooter like I would on my PC desktop setup.
For those who just want to set it and forget it, it’s perfectly possible to do so with this projector, but for those who want to play around and fine-tune settings for different genres, the potential is there.
Ideal in a limited space
The versatility of the BenQ TK700STi is aided by its short-throw capability. Gone are the days of needing a huge room to give projectors enough distance to get a large enough image. With this projector, a massive 80″ projection size can be achieved with just 1.59 meters of space. It allowed me to set up a big-screen experience in my relatively small bedroom and office. For those with space limitations, this is a huge plus.
The TK700STi review unit was provided by BenQ.
At $1,699, the BenQ TK700STi is up there when it comes to price. However, its range of features, especially when it comes to gaming, sets it apart from the competition.
For users who are primarily gamers, who can ignore the fairly loud fan noise and lack of modern HDMI 2.1 support, this is a top contender for bright 4K HDR projection with a Wonderfully low input lag.
Positives and negatives
Works great for games.
Superb image quality and brightness.
Short range capability is appreciated.
Lots of different features that can be adjusted.
The usual headaches with Netflix.
HDMI 2.1 support will now be a must for many.
The fan noise is a bit too loud, although the tone isn’t overpowering.