BenQ HT3050 Review – Compared to HT1075

by Jane on December 25, 2015

When BenQ released the HT1075 projector model in August of 2012 the company quickly earned the reputation for producing affordable but high quality high definition 1080p home movie projectors. Although the HT1075 is still extremely popular today (2016) this review will be over the BenQ’s newer model the BenQ HT3050 which was released in the late summer of 2015.

Many people have been asking to know the differences between the BenQ HT1075 vs. HT3050. In this review we will try to address a few of the differences between these two models. However, we will start by saying there are no major technological advances included in the newer model. Rather, the differences, in our opinion are small improvements.

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BenQ HT3050 Review

BenQ HT3050 1080p 3D DLP Home Theater Projector

Many people have been asking to know the differences between the BenQ HT1075 vs. HT3050. In this review we will try to address a few of the differences between these two models. However, we will start by saying there are no major technological advances included in the newer model. Rather, the differences, in our opinion are small improvements.

Home Cinema Mode Rec 709

Experience color accurate home movies with the built-in Rec 709 color palette. This model is calibrated to reproduce the exact colors used in Hollywood studios when the film is being produced.

This sounds very impressive! Right? But how does it compare to the colors produced by the HT1075 model which doesn’t use the Rec 709 color palette?

Yes, the colors displayed by the Rec 709 platform are an improvement over the HT1075 colors. But this doesn’t amount to a major improvement. It’s a slight improvement. As we said above, this new model offers no major technological advances.

This is not said to be harsh on BenQ, at the moment, no projector, from any company (2015-2016) at this price range has offered any major technological improvements only slight improvements on the already established technologies.

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Is the contrast that good?

Every projector has a “rated” contrast ratio which can be found in the product description or specifications, the BenQ HT3050 has a 15000:1 ratio. This is fairly high (good) for a home theater projector in this price range (around $1000 in 2016).

But what does the ratio (15000:1) tell us? Basically, it’s a measurement of the difference between light and dark colors displayed.

A ratio of 15000:1 means the lightest  colors (e.i. white) will appear 15,000 times lighter than the darkest colors (e.i. black). A high contrast like this makes colors pop off the screen!

Just for your information, there is something to keep in mind if you are looking at projector specification to compare the contrast ratios of two different models made by different companies. This ratio can be and is measured in different ways by different companies so the numbers don’t always add up. While it does hold some importance, contrast ratio isn’t the greatest metric to use on it’s own when making a decision on which projector is best.

However, as for comparing the BenQ HT1075 to the  HT3050. Since both were manufactured by the same company we can be fairly sure the contrast levels were measure by the same methods. The HT1075 model has a ratio of 10,000:1.

Sharp and crisp images

Another slight advantage the HT3050 has over the HT1075 is that it delivers a sharper and cleaner image. This is because the model comes with a cinema grade glass lens compared to only a plastic lens of the HT1075.

The cinema grade lens provides less lighter dispersion and decreases chromatic abbreviations.

Again we don’t want to make this seem like a glass lens is a huge technological advance but it will slightly help to improve the overall picture quality.

Lens Shift vs. Keystone Correction

This has to do with flexibility of projector installation and also bleeds into image quality. What is Lens Shift? Basically, the lens housing provides room for the lens to move up and down and to the left and right. This means you will be able to easily correct the centering of the picture without having to physically move the projector. The BenQ HT3050 provides lens shift capabilities.

On the other hand the BenQ HT1075 home theater projector comes with Keystone Correction. This is another way to correct image or adjust image positioning on the screen.

There are certain advantages to Keystone Correction, however, these advantages mainly apply to business or classroom presenters. When it comes to overall image quality which is more desirable for home movie viewing, lens shift beats keystone correction hands down.

The reason lens shift is more favorable compared to keystone correction for home movies is when keystone is used to adjust image position it compresses and recreates the image. At times, these image changes can be quite noticeable.

Which one should you buy?

In this review we have pointed out differences,where the BenQ HT3050 outperforms the HT1075:

  • Rec 709 Colors
  • Contrast
  • Sharpness
  • Lens Shift

These are both quality entry level 1080p home movie projectors. Prices do change, as we write this review the HT3050 is about $250 more expensive. Is it worth paying the extra money?

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As we have already stated this newer BenQ model doesn’t include any major technological advances. What it includes are improvements on the technology that already exists in the older HT1075 model.

Both models are good for a person looking for an affordable 1080p home movie projector. If you have never owned a high definition projector the image quality of either model will end up impressing you.

In our opinion, if you can afford to spend the extra money then we would buy the BenQ HT3050. This isn’t a strong recommendation but it does offer some improvements over the HT1075 and isn’t that much more expensive.

If you can’t afford to spend the extra money but definitely want a high definition 1080p resolution projector the HT1075 would be one of the top cheaper choices.

References – If you need more information 

Here’s some places you can find further information which we also used when comparing and reviewing these two projectors:

BenQ Website HT3050

BenQ Website HT1075

Understanding the differences between lens shift and Keystone Correction 

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