BenQ X3000i vs. XGIMI Horizon Pro vs. Dangbei Mars Pro vs. Anker Nebula Cosmos Laser Max 4K, which is better?
BenQ, XGIMI, Dangbei and Anker Nebula are all launching smart projectors. This is an article about the differences between some popular projector models.
NEW YORK, USA, July 6, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — This is an article about testing four high-end laser and LED smart projectors from BenQ, XGIMI, Dangbei, Anker Nebula to determine which one is the best and if any of them is worth buying.
Appearance and size
The typical impression of a projector is more like a flat white rectangle whereas these four projectors will completely change your initial assumptions. All these four units adopt an elegant and modern look. Putting all four projectors together, we can clearly see that the BenQ X3000i is the largest in terms of size, with the other three being roughly the same size. In terms of size, the BenQ X3000i seems to lose quite a bit. But compared to BenQ’s previous classic projectors, the BenQ X3000i innovated a big step forward in looks. XGIMI Horizon Pro and Dangbei Mars Pro are both designed with a rectangular shape while Anker Nebula Cosmos Laser Max 4K gains a portable handle.
As for the ports, all of them can connect different devices. For connectivity, the BenQ X3000i has 2 HDMI ports with an optical audio return channel and analog audio output and a USB port. In addition to these two external hdmi ports, there is also an internal hdmi and usb connection attached to the included BenQ streaming stick to give this projector smart functionality. There is also a 12 volt trigger port and an rs-232 port. The Anker Nebula Cosmos 4K Laser Projector is equipped with HDMI, USB and AUX. XGIMI Horizon Pro projector is equipped with HDMI*2, USB*2, DC*1, LAN*1, headphone*1 and OPTICAL*1. Dangbei Mars Pro is equipped with 2 USB 2.0 interfaces, 2 HDMI interfaces, 1 S/PDIF interface, 1 RJ45 LAN and 1 3.5mm earphone port, compatible with various devices including computers, TV boxes, gamers games. , etc. In addition, all of them support Bluetooth 5.0 and Wi-Fi connection.
There is another bright point of Anker Nebula Cosmos 4K—connection with a portable power station. When the watch party moves outside, plug the Cosmos Laser Series into your portable power station for the power supply you need for the whole movie. For best results, use the Anker Portable Power Station 545 (PowerHouse 778Wh), which provides a versatile array of ports for any power need.
The brightness test is performed by projecting an all-white image measuring the brightness across nine different segments, then averaging those measurements and multiplying it by the screen size in square meters. Also for intensive testing, the measurement is not only the white brightness but also the black levels and the brightness of the red, green, blue and pink colors. The measurement is as follows. For BenQ X3000i, the brightness is 2269 ANSI lumens on its bright picture setting while with only 108 lumens for red and 304 for blue. Using the standard picture mode reduced white brightness to 1,853 ANSI lumens while tripling red brightness and boosting blue to 519 lumens with white brightness and color brightness added. The brightest overall projector was the Dangbei Mars Pro with 2,082 ANSI lumens of white brightness. anda total of 4785 lumens. combining all of the individual color scores, the Nebula 4k laser put out 1455 ANSI lumens on white and had a combined score of 3708 while the darkest projector I tested was the XGIMI Horizon Pro which only measured 1223 ANSI lumens on white and had the lowest combined score of 3044. In terms of brightness, Dangbei Mars Pro wins. As advertised on its product detail page, it has a very capable brightness.
Contrast is also very important in the world of projectors and the standard for measuring it is called full on full off or FOFO. Using this method, the BenQ X3000i had the best contrast of around 900:1 followed by the Dangbei Mars Pro at 710:1, then the Nebula Laser at 655:1 and last was the XGIMI Horizon Pro at 488:1. You might notice how far off those numbers are from the claimed values on their product pages. But due to the different test conditions, the results may indicate differently. But all of these statistics are measured under real-world conditions. You can have them as references.
Under ideal lighting conditions, i.e. at night with the lights off and projecting onto a 120-inch ambient light-rejecting 0.8 gain screen, all the projectors were supposed to look amazing.
The Dangbei Mars Pro looked exceptionally bright and had great detail and contrast while the Nebula 4k Laser had the best black levels but was harder to see detail in the darker areas of the screen. The XGIMI Horizon Pro was the most saturated while the BenQ had softer colors but still retained good detail and contrast.
In order to push these projectors to their absolute limits, another outdoor test on a terrace was carried out. The Dangbei Mars pro definitely produced the most watchable image with vibrant colors and fairly good contrast, followed by the Nebula 4k and BenQ laser. While the XGIMI Horizon Pro seems to struggle in this test due to its lower brightness.
This article mainly focuses on image performance. The detailed comparison on other aspects will be presented in the following content.
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