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BenQ, a leading name in the world of projectors, has unveiled its latest trio of X-Series gaming projectors at the Tokyo Game Show. Gamers and home entertainment enthusiasts are in for a treat as the company introduces the X3100i, X500i, and X300G, set to hit the market in October. These projectors are designed to provide immersive gaming experiences and come packed with cutting-edge features.
The new projectors belong to BenQ's X Series, which has been fine-tuned to cater to the specific needs of gamers. While they share core technologies with BenQ's home cinema projectors, including the highly-regarded W4000i, these new models come equipped with a "game-changing" detail refinement engine.
This engine, combined with projector-optimized HDR-PRO and technologies such as CinematicColor and CinematicSound, aims to deliver gaming experiences with greater sensory detail than ever before.
Leading the pack is the X3100i, featuring a 4LED setup with an impressive brightness of 3300 ANSI lumens. With a throw ratio equivalent to a 100-inch image at just 2.5 meters, it offers 100% DCI-P3 coverage and includes Vertical Lens Shift and an extended 1.3x zoom. Gamers will appreciate the additional RCG (racing) mode added to its game-friendly presets, alongside RPG, FPS, and SPG (sports) options. The X3100i also supports Dolby Atmos for an immersive audio experience.
The X500i offers a more compact design compared to the X3100i, standing at just 118mm tall. It features a 4LED 4K HDR setup with 2200 lumens of brightness and 84% DCI-P3 coverage. Despite its smaller size, it can still project a 95-inch image from 1.44 meters, making it versatile for various room sizes and setups.
The X300G reverts to a cube design, similar to the W3100i, and utilizes a 3LED light source with up to 2000 ANSI lumens. It includes motorized zoom and picture rotation functionality, along with a pair of 8W treVolo speakers for an enhanced audio experience.
All three projectors in the X Series incorporate SSI Dynamic Black and HDR tone mapping, along with BenQ's proprietary CinematicColor technology to deliver vivid and accurate colors. BenQ boasts "the world's lowest input lag," with the X3100i achieving an impressive 4.16ms (though it rises to 16.9ms at 4K/60Hz). Other gamer-friendly features include Auto Game Mode for adapting to the latest game downloads and SettingXChange for on-the-fly color adjustments.
For those seeking entertainment beyond gaming, these projectors come with Google-certified Android TV, complete with built-in Netflix, offering a wide range of streaming options. They also feature eARC and S/PDIF connections for connecting to external sound systems.
"The latest additions to our new X Series gaming projectors bring a revolutionary shift to the world of large-screen gaming. Boasting authentic 4K HDR visual quality and minimal input lag, these projectors are the ultimate platform for an immersive AAA gaming experience in various settings," said Houston Wei, Senior Director of BenQ North America.
"The flagship X3100i redefines the ultimate dream gaming room standard without compromise. The X500i transforms any compact space into gaming hubs, and the X300G projector empowers gamers to establish gaming centers within their personal space."
The X3100i and X500i are set to launch in the UK in mid-October, priced at £2,099 ($2,399) and £1,499 ($1,699), respectively. The availability of the X300G may vary by region. The US pricing for the X300G is set at $1,799, with UK pricing estimated at around £1,599.