Building your own home theatre has a unique appeal. But finding the one perfect projector that will suit your needs has never been more challenging.
The market is flooded with products by several brands – a lot of which you may not even have heard of.
But there are two brands that have been in the projector market for decades:
BenQ and Epson.
Not only have the two brands stood the test of time, but they’ve also become household names in the market.
But picking one over the other can make you feel like you will miss out on some feature or the other.
To make the decision easier for you, here’s an in-depth comparison of the two brands, starting with a comparison of their most popular projector lines.
BenQ Vs. Epson: The Top Product Lines
BenQ TK Line
The company’s TK line has four products: the TK800, TK850, TK800M, and TK800i. All of them are capable of projecting 4K pictures, and the primary difference between the models is the size of the projected screen.
The interface of the TK800i is different from the rest – it comes with an Android interface, making interacting with the projector a lot more convenient.
It is also worth mentioning that all the models in the TK series come with speakers built-in.
But the loudness and quality of the sound that the speakers on different models drive is different.
All the models in BenQ’s TK line of projectors come with a Sport Mode, which kicks the projector into overdrive, rendering vivid reds, greens, blues, and thereby realistic shades of the skin.
The Projector-Optimized HDR technology makes the picture that the projectors in the TK line drive that much crisper.
The high dynamic range makes the image a lot brighter and makes full use of the contrast range, giving new life to every detail in the 4K image it drives.
Epson LS Line
Epson’s LS line of projectors has an entirely different set of features than the BenQ TK line of projectors.
The LS line includes the LS100 and the LS500, both of which are ultra-short-throw projectors perfect for apartments and smaller homes.
While you don’t need a lot of space to use the LS projectors, no compromise will be made to the quality of the picture projected.
Like the BenQ TK line, all the projectors in the Epson LS line also drive a 4K UHD image. The color gamut is exceptionally wide, and HDR is also supported.
Both the models come with powerful external speakers and boast a long usable life of ten years.
The Epson LS projectors clearly offer more value for the money.
However, this brings forth the question: how does Epson manage to keep the price of the products lower than its competitors while offering the same picture quality?
Looking into the technologies employed and the quality of materials used to make the projectors may give us the answer.
Technologies Used and Quality of Materials
Epson is a Japan-based electronics company whose roots in the industry date back to 1942, 42 years before the Chinese brand BenQ was founded.
The time advantage that Epson has over BenQ plays a big role in its success.
But perhaps one of the bigger advantages that Epson has over BenQ is a simple fact that it is currently the world’s largest projector manufacturer.
Economies of scale come into play, and Epson is easily able to undercut a BenQ projector’s price and offer the same features.
This is another fact that may lead you to believe that Epson uses inferior technologies and uses lower-grade material to make its projectors.
But, surprisingly, that is not the case.
All of Epson’s projectors employ 3LCD technology. While it isn’t the newest projection technology around, the traditional tech offers some advantages – the biggest of which is the reasonable price.
Plus, Epson projectors have a proven track record. They are known to be very reliable, so doubting the quality of the materials is out of the question.
BenQ employs the DLP technology in its projectors, in which a single chip is used along with a color wheel to create a picture.
Understanding how Epson’s 3LCD technology works should now be easier. As the name states, the 3LCD tech uses three chips to make the picture appear.
3LCD tech is a lot more flexible than DLP tech, especially in terms of ease of installation.
The Epson projectors can project a large image over a short distance.
Also, the fact that the 3LCD tech is a lot brighter and boasts superior contrasts makes the Epson projectors the superior option – on paper.
The average user’s experience may indicate otherwise.
What Customers Have To Say About The Brands
One of the biggest complaints customers have with BenQ projectors is that most of them do not come with a horizontal lens shifting feature.
BenQ projectors only come with an “auto keystone” option, so manually adjusting the projection even vertically is not possible.
But the good news is, BenQ has started to add the horizontal shifting feature to some of its newer projectors.
On the other hand, customers that use Epson projectors only have the occasional complaint about the heating – and most of these customers have a projector from the TW (home theatre) line.
With customers vouching for Epson more than BenQ, Epson comes out the victor in this comparison, too.
No brand’s manufacturing process is perfect, and while quality control issues are rare, they are inevitable.
Epson has an excellent customer service team, and there have been instances where within 10 minutes total, a replacement has been shipped to a customer facing issues.
While BenQ’s reputation as a brand is excellent, finding customers on the internet complaining about the service line not being responsive is very easy.
It’s clear which brand is more reliable and offers more value for money – Epson.
Some customers swear by Epson projectors for all of their projection needs for good reason.
That’s not to say BenQ is a bad brand. If you find that a BenQ projector fits your needs perfectly, you can go ahead and buy it.
It’s just that customers report that BenQ’s customer service team is less responsive.
If you run into issues, getting help will be more difficult than if you were to get an Epson projector.