BenQ X3000i: Everything you need for a gaming projector

Gaming monitors and 4K TVs are great and provide an easy way to get the latest features on a capable screen, but they lack the most important wow factor of a gaming projector: size. By choosing a gaming projector, you can easily choose to play your games with an image larger than 100 inches. And while gaming projectors are priced the same as many gaming TVs, you can almost always get a bigger picture from the projector than a TV for the same price.

Projection System: DLP
Solution: 4K UHD (3840×2160)
Contrast ratio: 500,000:1
Throwing ratio: 1.15 ~ 1.50
Zoom ratio: 1.3x
Entry Delay: 16ms ([email protected])
Speaker: TreVolo 2 x 5W
Inputs: 3x HDMI, USB Type A-1
Dimensions: 272 x 197 x 259mm

The BenQ X3000i is the world’s first 4LED True 4K HDR gaming projector, featuring 100% DCI-P3 wide color gamut coverage, powered by BenQ’s proprietary CinematicColor technology that envelops music with treVolo surround sound and an input lag of just 16ms at 60Hz.

Boxy and bulky design

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The BenQ X3000i is housed in a bulky plastic case that feels sturdy to use. It has a set of controls for power, volume, menu buttons, and so on on the left, as well as physical zoom and focus buttons near the lens. It’s one of the largest projector monsters we’ve seen, measuring 272 x 197 x 259mm.

That said, it also looks a bit different from all of BenQ’s other models. BenQ’s product design team has worked tirelessly to create something new and practical, resulting in a rectangular box with curved sides instead of the typical bulging projector shape. Furthermore, an orange line surrounds the black facade, from which the lens peeks not from the center but from the top left.

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Despite its boxy appearance, this projector is serious business. It uses a 4LED light source that adds an additional blue/green LED to the previous 3LED ecosystem, promising to increase brightness and color clarity while extending lifespan. It includes all the tweaks you expect to improve home theater performance.

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The X3000i is designed to sit on a table with adjustable legs and optional magnetic upside down positioning. It can also work upside down, whether mounted conventionally on the ceiling or – since it has no access to the top – placed upside down on a high shelf.

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This model comes with a remote control, which is often appreciated as it gives you complete control over your entertainment.

Ultimate immersion with 4K UHD resolution

With a refresh rate of 240Hz, BenQ X3000i, the most immersive gaming projector, overwhelms you with the most theatrical visual and audio experience and allows you to smoothly roam in open-world games. In addition, it uses a DLP display that uses XPR technology, which generates microsecond shifts and allows each mirror to project multiple pixels, resulting in a true 4K display. This means you can see every element of your game’s universe, and it also helps make movies and TV shows more immersive.

This 4K (3840×2160) projector has 8.3 million unique pixels that, when combined with HDR10, render every hair fiber and clothing with subtle highlights and deep texture. According to our testing, the image remains clear and sharp, providing great immersion into the X3000i’s games.

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The X3000i also uses BenQ’s CinematicColor technology, which provides a wide color gamut. It covers the full DCI-P3 spectrum, the current professional cinema standard, and improves picture realism for both movie watching and gaming. In addition, automatic color calibration maintains a consistent level of saturation across the image over the life of the projector, preventing color loss over time.

Contrast is also vital for gamers, as it allows for the same amount of detail in gloomy areas of the screen. The X3000i uses HDR-PRO and Dynamic Black technology, resulting in rich black depths and the same level of brightness in both dark and bright areas of the screen. In addition, the two degrees of Black Detail Enhancement allow you to tailor the contrast to the demands of your current game.

Along with this overall picture technology, BenQ X3000i’s three special game modes optimize the picture for the type of game you’re playing. Choose RPG mode for cinematic immersion, SPG mode for realistic player details, or FPS mode to enhance details, especially in dark areas of the screen where enemies like to hide.

Realistic gaming audio with Bongiovi DPS technology

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The built-in sound isn’t an ideal audio solution for most projectors, even if it’s portable and sitting on a table in front of you. Unfortunately, this is not the case with the X3000i. Instead, this game projector features powerful 5W x 2 stereo speakers tuned by BenQ’s treVolo audio team and amplified by Bongiovi DSP (Digital Signal Processor) with Dynamic Stereo Enhancement, producing sounds with profound auditory subtleties. Audio can also be broadcast to an external sound system via HDMI eARC for the best acoustic experience.

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Superior low latency for your gaming needs

The BenQ X3000i has one of the lowest input lags of any home theater projector. It measures around 16ms for 4K gaming and drops to an amazing 4ms for full HD gaming. That’s fast enough that gamers won’t notice any slowdown, even when playing graphics-heavy games on the latest consoles or competing against other players online or over a network.

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Halo Infinite on Xbox One
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Mario Strikers on Nintendo Switch

Along with its reduced input lag, the X3000i boasts an exceptionally high frame rate for full HD gaming, with 120Hz or 240Hz capabilities. Even when playing in 4K, it has a 60Hz refresh rate, which is fast enough to keep blurriness and other on-screen response issues at bay.

Expand your gaming and entertainment universe

With the BenQ X3000i you can play on your terms. Dual HDMI 2.0b global connectivity works with your Sony PS5/PS4, Nintendo Switch or Xbox Series X. That’s exactly what this gaming projector is designed for.

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It also includes the QS01 Android stick, which can be inserted under the cover where the HDMI socket and USB slot power the dongle. The stick makes more than 5000 apps available when connected to your home WiFi network. In addition, the QS01 runs the Android TV operating system, which allows you to maximize your entertainment by accessing streaming apps such as Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and YouTube.

The Verdict: BenQ X3000i

The new X3000i 4LED 4K Gaming Projector leads the X Series with an unprecedented combination of cinematic visuals, realistic acoustics and lag-free operation, allowing gamers to explore infinite universes.

In addition, thanks to the excellent DLP display with XPR technology, you can play console games in 4K resolution. The three game modes should be enough to pique any gamer’s curiosity, and the X3000i delivers with the various game alternatives on offer. So you’ve come to the right place if you’re looking for true 4K gaming with a projector. The BenQ X3000i retails for S$3,499 on Lazada and Shopee.

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