BenQ X12000 4K UHD DCI-P3 LED Projector User Manual
BenQ X12000 4K UHD DCI-P3 LED Projector Overview
It may have taken far longer to arrive than it should, yet we’ve at long last got our hands on the initial 4K shopper DLP projector: the BenQ X12000. This is a major ordeal for fanatics of DLP’s ordinary difference and shading points of interest, so in spite of the fact that the innovation the X12000 uses to convey its 4K determination remains altogether puzzling, it works. It’s only a disgrace then that its executioner 4K is undermined by issues somewhere else.
As we’ve generally expected from BenQ’s local 4K SXRD projectors, the X12000 is a major old piece of pack: W471 x H225 x D565mm to be exact. It hangs some separation over the edges of my projection stand, and its 18.5kg weight makes it a two-man lift – unless you’re a more general exercise center guest than I am.
The size and weight look good for both the nature of the projector’s innards and its capacity to scatter the warmth produced by its irregular Philips ColorSpark LED light framework. More on this later.
Regardless of its size and heave, the X12000 is an appealing projector on account of its bended sides and the wide dark stripe running down its middle and around the promisingly huge focal point.
This focal point is likely in charge of a reasonable piece of the X12000’s weight, given that it’s quite recently the front-end of a 14-component, six-assemble cluster that has been uncommonly and uncompromisingly intended to deal with the requests of 4K’s 8.3 million pixels.
The extensive vents to either side of the focal point may not be to everybody’s tastes, but rather I for one very like their mechanical feel. Venting the projector’s warmth advances may demonstrate awkward, however, in the event that the projector is sited behind your seating position.
The X12000 ships with a substantial, illuminated remote that takes care of business all around ok, regardless of the possibility that it doesn’t exactly feel as “premium” as the projector it goes with.
Considering how bleeding edge it is, the X12000 is shockingly simple to set up. Its substantial focal point includes a smooth, very much aligned zoom ring around it that conveys up to 1.5x optical picture augmentation, while you just wind the casing of the focal point itself to alter center.
Moving the picture up, down, left or right is not any more confounded than turning two handles on the projector’s upper edge, and BenQ’s menus are clear, straightforward and responsive.
The projector wears various picture presets to kick you off – including Cinema and a fascinating DCI-P3 choice – and in addition an extensive variety of gamma presets. Full shading and white adjust administration is accessible for better alignment, which can be handled without anyone else’s input or an Imaging Science Foundation master.
My principle setup tips would be that you utilize the Cinema preset; kill all the preparing alternatives accessible in the “CinemaMaster” range of the onscreen menus; and that you set the light to its Low power mode in case you’re survey in a dim room.
Note, however, that the X12000’s Normal light mode with its 2200 lumens greatest yield shows improvement over most projectors to rooms with some surrounding light. Truth be told, the X12000’s photos are ostensibly more qualified to rooms with a little light – or truly tremendous screens – than run of the mill home-silver screen bat hollows.
By one means or another – and I wouldn’t fret conceding that regardless I don’t completely comprehend the innovation – the X12000 figures out how to convey a 4K picture of 8.3 million pixels, notwithstanding its DLP reflect gadget brandishing just 4.15 million mirrors. It accomplishes this utilizing a Texas Instruments (TI) innovation called XPR (eXpanded Pixel Resolution), which conveys an optical actuator to show each physical pixel twice per outline, with each show moved marginally askew.
Now, DLP’s way to deal with 4K sounds suspiciously like the pseudo-4K frameworks utilized by JVC and Epson in some of their current top of the line projectors. In any case, TI guarantees that the speed with which DLP’s mirrors can switch truly results in a certified 4K encounter. What’s more, on the proof of the X12000, TI is right: subjective and target testing demonstrates that you truly are seeing 4K.
Given the X12000’s 4K abilities, you’re likely anticipating that me should speak next about its high powerful range bolster. However, I can’t, on account of there isn’t any.
With Sony and JVC both giving HDR bolster on their adversary 4K and pseudo-4K projectors, some AV fans may feel alarmed at the absence of HDR on the X12000. With all due respect, however, HDR is demonstrating powerful troublesome for any mostly moderate projector to do successfully, essentially in light of the fact that they can’t get sufficiently brilliant.
Therefore, I can comprehend BenQ basically choosing to concentrate on getting 4K SDR right as opposed to attempting to convey a reasonable exceptionally bargained variant of HDR.
Just to befuddle matters, however, the X12000 conveys a DCI-P3 mode that cases to convey around 95% of the extended shading range you regularly just find in business computerized silver screens (or with HDR-proficient projectors). This is accomplished through a mix of BenQ’s exclusive CinematicColor handling and a Philips ColorSpark LED light cluster.
This light drives green light four times as brilliantly as ordinary lights. Close by, it utilizes high-shine red and blue LEDs from a high lumens thickness phosphor module to convey a more extensive shading range and more noteworthy brilliance. The X12000 claims a promising light yield of 2200 lumens.
To be clear, since the projector can deal with just SDR video inputs, the DCI-P3 shading impact is made by the projector; it isn’t local playback of DCI-P3 from any of your sources – even Ultra HD Blu-beam drives.
Since the ColorSpark light uses LED innovation, it ought to be useful for a colossal 20,000-hour life expectancy (basically the life of the projector). It additionally implies the projector can be turned on and off without the warm-up/chill off hold up more often than not connected with home-theater projectors.
Other top of the line elements of the X12000 incorporate a dark paint light seal to counteract incidental light spillage, an exact gamma control framework to convey better enumerating and shading in dull ranges, BenQ’s Total Inner Reflection optical framework to enhance picture consistency, and BenQ’s CinemaMaster video-preparing motor.
My own inclination was to not utilize any of the CinemaMaster’s edge honing and commotion decreasing components, since all either didn’t seem to do much, or else tended to cause in any event the same number of auxiliary issues as they understood.
Amusingly, the X12000’s handling alternatives peculiarly neglect to incorporate two things I’d have gotten a kick out of the chance to have utilized: movement preparing for lessening judder and a dynamic difference change. You don’t get the generally extremely successful Smart Eco light setting found on other BenQ projectors.
The X12000’s associations incorporate two HDMIs (albeit just a single is outfitted with 4K-accommodating HDCP 2.2 support), two 12V trigger yields, a D-SUB PC port, in addition to RS232 and LAN ports for coordinating the projector into a home control arrange.
BenQ X12000 4K UHD DCI-P3 LED Projector User Manual PDF