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BenQ TK860i

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Whereas there are a few vital flaws to work spherical, the TK860I’s spectacular brightness, sharpness, sound and aggressive method to HDR make it a great choice for hard-to-black-out rooms


  • Exceptionally shiny, sharp HDR photos
  • Versatile arrange
  • Pleasant SDR efficiency


  • HDR ‘glow’ points utilizing brightest preset
  • Sensible system may be bettered
  • Black ranges compromised with HDR

  • Google TV Sensible SystemShips with a dongle that may be fitted into the projector’s bodywork

  • Constructed-in Trevolo sound systemConstructed-in 2 x 5W audio system

  • Native Distinction EnhancerDivides the image up into greater than a thousand evaluation zones to ship a extra refined, balanced image

  • HDRHelps’ HDR10 and HLG codecs


The BenQ TK860i comes scorching on the heels of the W2710i. Whereas the TK860i definitely shares some DNA with that mannequin, it’s finally fairly a unique beast, geared toward a really completely different person base.

Whereas the W2710i sits in BenQ’s CinePrime sequence, geared toward film followers prepared, prepared, and in a position to correctly darken a room for a severe film nights; the TK860i belongs to BenQ’s House Leisure sequence for extra informal customers in search of a projector to make use of in comparatively typical (as in, not blacked out) room circumstances with a wider vary of potential content material sources.

The W2710i fitted its transient to tee, so hopefully the TK860i can do the identical.

The BenQ TK860i prices £1,699 – precisely the identical because the W2710i. This underlines how BenQ sees the TK860i not as a less expensive various to the W2710i, however a mannequin that’s hopefully as able to doing as efficient a job for a unique goal market.

The £1,699 worth seems to be cheap worth in right this moment’s market for a home-focused projector that claims 4K decision and excessive dynamic vary capabilities.

You will get a model of the TK860i, the TK860 (minus the ‘i’), that doesn’t ship with a wise Android TV dongle. This prices £100 much less, and needs to be widespread with individuals who have already got an exterior good streaming system reminiscent of a Fireplace TV stick or Apple TV field.

The TK860i shall be obtainable to order within the US from the top of Could, for $1,799.


  • Hidden good adaptor bay
  • Crisp white and gray end
  • Espresso-table pleasant dimension and sculpting

At first look it’s laborious to differentiate the BenQ TK860i from the W2710i – or any variety of different earlier BenQ dwelling projectors. It has the identical compact rectangular form, the identical softening rounded edges and corners, the identical white end for its prime and left/proper sides, and the identical contrasting darkish entrance edge containing a lens at its right-hand facet.

Whereas it won’t be an unique design, it’s a wonderfully nice one which causes minimal disruption to your espresso desk.

Top-down view of the BenQ TK860i.

It’s a really sensible design, too, with its management buttons on its prime edge and easy zoom, focus and optical picture shift wheel changes tucked underneath a slide again cowl above the lens barrel. Its three screw-down toes additionally make it comparatively simple to each get the TK860i’s picture in the fitting place in your display screen, and proper for unevenness within the floor the projector’s sitting on.

BenQ has helpfully offered a bay underneath a detachable cowl on the TK860i’s prime edge into which you’ll match the offered good dongle.

The one actually apparent methods of distinguishing the TK860i from the W2710i are that the TK860i contains a white rear panel whereas the W2710i contains a darkish gray one, and that the TK860i sports activities an orange border round its lens.

The TK860i ships with two distant controls: one for the projector, and a separate smaller one for the good dongle. The principle projector distant does really allow you to entry all of the apps and companies while not having the good one, although, and is even outfitted with a mic for Google Assistant voice management.

The main remote control you get with the BenQ TK860i.
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  • Single-chip DLP optical system
  • 3300 Lumens claimed peak gentle output
  • Android TV dongle included

The BenQ TK860i ticks all of the packing containers you’d hope to see with a projector geared toward a comparatively informal person base. Its 3,300 lumens of claimed peak brightness needs to be far more efficient at punching via ambient gentle than the W2710i’s 2,200 lumens. It could additionally assist the TK860i get extra worth out of its claimed assist for top dynamic vary playback.

I ought to add that actually no projector can ship a ‘true’ HDR expertise in the best way that high-end TVs (for which HDR was developed) can; projectors simply aren’t constructed that manner. The extra brightness a projector has, the extra of an opportunity it has of delivering at the least a good step up from SDR. Supplied that brightness doesn’t get in the best way of different extra conventional image components.

The TK860i could be very simple to arrange – useful for a projector of this type, which can effectively discover itself being introduced out of a cabinet each time a family needs to make use of it. Three screw down legs enable you get the picture stage and in the fitting place in your wall or display screen, and a good vary of optical vertical picture shifting is available to assist elevate or decrease the picture with out leaving you with angled edges. An computerized keystone correction system is offered to kind out picture geometry if the opposite arrange instruments haven’t executed the job already.

The zoom and focus rings above the lens really feel responsive with out being calibrated so tightly that you could’t make very fantastic changes to them, and the onscreen menus are fairly easy for probably the most half. Particularly if you happen to can handle with their simplified out of the field presentation, quite than switching them into their Superior mode.

Main picture menu of the BenQ TK860i projector.
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Rounding out the TK860i’s informal enchantment is a in-built 2 x 5W sound system designed with BenQ’s TreVolo audio division that can – if it’s any good – prevent the difficulty of getting to seek out an exterior audio resolution.

The TK860i’s connections are largely spectacular for its cash. Specifically it carries three HDMI inputs quite than the 2 you get on the overwhelming majority of rivals. You don’t want to make use of any of those for the included Google TV dongle, both, which, as I’ve defined already, has its personal separate connection.

The HDMIs solely assist 120Hz refresh charges with full HD decision feeds; there’s no playback of the 4K/120Hz pictures obtainable from the newest consoles and premium PC graphics playing cards. Neither is there any assist for variable refresh charge gaming, and HDR format assist is restricted to HDR10 and HLG; the TK860i doesn’t share the W2710i’s assist for the energetic HDR10+ system, which provides additional scene-by-scene image info to the info stream. It does be part of the W2710i in not supporting the Dolby Imaginative and prescient HDR format.

Comparatively few projectors assist 4K/120Hz feeds (even gaming projectors), and even fewer assist HDR10+ (or Dolby Imaginative and prescient). So having three HDMI ports alongside the good dongle bay, a 12V set off port, an RS232 management port and a USB media participant port stands as an above par effort.

The TK860i’s superior onscreen menus comprise a powerful array of image arrange options. These embrace a fulsome color calibration system, and a return of BenQ’s HDR-Professional system, full with its Native Distinction Enhancer engine. This breaks the picture into greater than a thousand separate zones, after which tweaks the picture’s look in every zone to attempt to get the optimum picture efficiency – whereas additionally remembering to maintain issues balanced between the completely different evaluation zones.

There’s a devoted Recreation preset that delivers enter lag beneath 18ms with 4K/60Hz sources, and a Cinema preset designed to ship the projector’s most ‘correct’ photos with movie sources. There is no such thing as a Filmmaker mode as discovered on the extra movie-focused W2710i, and the TK860i’s extra informal method additionally sees it ditch the W2710i’s assist for ISF skilled calibration (although for DIY calibrators there’s nonetheless each two level and 11-point white stability adjustment, plus a full 3D Color Administration System).

The BenQ TK860i ships with a Google TV dongle that slots into a special bay under the projector's detachable top edge.
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The TK860i additionally lacks BenQ’s CinematicColour system, which makes use of Waveform evaluation, particular color wheels and manufacturing unit calibration to ship correct colors out of the field. BenQ claims the TK860i can cowl 98% of the Rec709 customary dynamic vary color palette (versus 100% on the W2710i), nevertheless it doesn’t be part of the W2710i in claiming 95% of the DCI-P3 digital cinema color vary.

It does retain a dynamic iris to regulate the quantity of sunshine emitted at any given second in a bid to enhance black stage response, in addition to a stable body interpolation system that may turn out to be useful when watching sports activities broadcasts and streams. Additionally retained from the W2710i, regardless of the TK860i not being such a devoted film machine, is a True Cinema 24p mode for extra natural-looking playback of 24Hz sources.

The TK860i’s good dongle, lastly, builds into the projector a good model of Android TV. This helps voice management/search, and supplies a big selection of streaming service apps – the overwhelming majority of that are native, which means they will detect its capabilities and adapt their streaming high quality accordingly. Another projectors, by comparability, solely entry fundamental on-line variations of streaming companies, which find yourself delivering poorer, unoptimized image high quality in consequence.

There are one or two holes within the good TV system; the ITVX app throws up a message saying it may well’t work on this system. There’s an argument, definitely, for opting to save lots of £100 by getting the TK860 with out the ‘i’ dongle and including a Fireplace TV or Google Chromecast stick as an alternative. Although don’t neglect {that a} third occasion streaming system gained’t conveniently match contained in the bay constructed underneath the projector’s prime edge like BenQ’s devoted dongle does.


  • Distinctive sharpness and element
  • Shiny sufficient to be used in common dwelling rooms
  • A few HDR points

The BenQ TK860i actually is a unique image beast to the W2710i. Its additional brightness just about hits you within the face. I began off my assessments in a darkish room setting, by which the TK860i’s photos, particularly with excessive dynamic vary sources, critically exploded off my display screen – although that display screen solely deploys a impartial achieve. This makes photos look extra intense, punchy and, I assume, HDR (although I need to stress once more that no projector can do full justice to HDR).

The spectacular brightness helps colors look extra vibrant and voluminous, particularly whereas utilizing the TK860i as a gaming show. The additional brightness additionally helps the TK860i’s photos punch via (inside purpose) ambient gentle, confirming that as billed, it’s a way more efficient informal use/front room choice than the darkish room centered W2710i.

The BenQ TK860i has an attached lens cover to protect the glass lens when you're moving the projector around.
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A constructive attribute the TK860i’s photos share with the W2710i is their excessive sharpness. Native 4K sources actually do look 4K in my humble opinion, quite than like some kind of mere souped up HD. Together with the W2710i, the TK860i delivers probably the most detailed, crispest-looking photos I’ve seen on any projector for anyplace close to the £1,699 worth level.

And this element stays pleasingly intact when there’s movement within the body, no matter whether or not you’re utilizing the body interpolation system with 50Hz body interpolation, a 1080p 120Hz gaming stream, or a 24fps film supply.

Color copy isn’t as delicate or refined as it’s with the W2710i, and nor are tones typically fairly as pure wanting utilizing the out of the field presets (particularly with HDR sources). There may be an exception, although, with regards to pores and skin tones, which look actually spectacular with minimal guide interference, whereas the TK860i supplies sufficient calibration choices to allow you to considerably enhance out of the field color flaws too.

Whereas the TK860i can pretty be thought of an excellent SDR projector for movie, streaming and gaming functions, its brightness could cause just a few HDR hiccups when you look previous the initially eye-catching positives.

Black ranges seem infused with noticeably extra greyness with HDR sources than they do on the W2710i. This dampens the sense of distinction within the image, too, regardless of the large brightness rise, and makes darkish scenes look typically much less convincing.

Close up of the BenQ TK860i's lens.
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The greyness obvious in darkish areas can conceal slightly extra shadow detailing in darkish areas than the W2710i does, too. Although it’s price stressing that the TK860i’s quite gray black ranges are much less noticeable within the comparatively shiny front room settings the projector is designed to sit down in than they’re within the kind of darkish rooms the W2710i is meant for.

My largest subject with the TK860i’s default HDR settings, although, is that they trigger fairly excessive clipping within the brightest areas of aggressive HDR masters. Within the famously shiny 4K Blu-ray switch of Pan, for example, in the course of the sequence the place Peter first arrives on the flying ship to Neverland, the orange clouds stand out like radioactive materials from their environment, whereas the white-ish reflections on the floating water bubbles they sail by are so missing in delicate shading they appear like white holes ripped out of the picture.

The one adjustment I might discover that mainly mounted this subject – whereas additionally finding out a problem with exaggerated color noise – was to scale back the TK860i’s BrilliantColour setting from its default 10 stage to as little as stage three and even two. Doing this, although, makes the image look considerably much less shiny and punchy. A lot in order that it does considerably undermine the TK860i’s credentials as an off-the-cuff shiny room choice.

The BenQ TK860i's connections.
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Decreasing Good Color a lot to unravel the glowing/detail-losing peak HDR downside additionally reduces the TK860i’s distinction, since brightness is misplaced with out delivering a noticeable enchancment within the projector’s black ranges.

The TK860i’s additional brightness makes the rainbow impact (the place stripes of pure pink, inexperienced and blue can flit in your peripheral imaginative and prescient or over stand-out shiny image highlights) barely extra distracting than it’s with the W2710i, too.

One different subject with the TK860i’s out of the field photos is one I additionally noticed with the W2710i. A bent for the dynamic iris’s default Excessive setting to be hyperactive, inflicting each aggressive shifts in brightness throughout cuts between darkish and shiny photographs and, worse, inflicting the picture’s brightness stage to fluctuate and flicker inside a shot.

Each these issues may be very distracting. Luckily you may significantly scale back their influence just by turning the Dynamic Iris right down to its Center setting – however as with the Good Color discount required to scale back color glow and clipping, dropping the Dynamic Iris to Center does price the picture slightly extra of the brightness that’s on the coronary heart of its front room enchantment.

Detail of the BenQ TK860i lens adjustments.
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Whereas it’s a disgrace you must tweak its settings and compromise on a few of the TK860i’s brightness to take pleasure in a constant and subsequently involving HDR expertise, although, the outcomes of your tweaks are nonetheless pleasurable to look at in even a fairly shiny front room setting.

Sound High quality

  • 2 x 5W of energy
  • Properly projected sound
  • Properly rounded tone with out distortions

The TK860i’s sound, delivered by a 2 x 5W speaker system created with BenQ’s Trevolo audio division, appears just about equivalent to that of the W2710i. Which is nice information, really, because it means a repeat of the W2710i’s well-rounded, richly detailed, distortion- and harshness-free sound.

The sound is pushed a good distance away from the projector’s bodywork, too, in order that if you happen to’re sat behind the projector the sound appears at the least vaguely related with the onscreen motion – a uncommon luxurious with built-in projector sound techniques.

There isn’t a lot bass to underpin the motion, however the TK860i nonetheless sounds much more satisfying than most projectors.

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Shiny, sharp photos: The TK860i’s photos are shiny sufficient to carry up towards ambient gentle, at the least when proven on a reasonable achieve display screen.

Some tweaks required, that scale back brightness: The TK860i’s out of the field brightness barely exaggerates the rainbow impact, reduces distinction and causes some clipping in areas of shiny color and peak whites in aggressive HDR sources.

Closing Ideas

The TK860i lives as much as its billing of being a fairly completely different proposition to its same-price W2710i sibling. Its additional brightness and extra aggressive image settings make it a way more satisfying watch in most methods in a light-weight room surroundings than the extra ‘darkish room’ centered W2710i, and its excessive sharpness and vibrant colors give it an edge over lots of its equally priced front room friends.

Its over-enthusiastic method to HDR color and quite hyperactive Excessive Dynamic Iris setting imply you sadly must tweak a few of the TK860i’s brightness away to get a satisfying, immersive and balanced image.

This implies the W2710i does a greater job total of hitting its transient than the TK860i, and earns a better ultimate rating accordingly. Supplied you’re conscious of its strengths and limitations and are assured it ticks the packing containers you’re in search of from a projector, the BenQ TK860i continues to be a really respectable and, as soon as its photos have been sorted out, simple to make use of front room dwelling leisure projector.

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What gaming options does the TK860i assist?

4K/60Hz, 1080p/120Hz, 17.9ms of enter lag with 4K 60Hz





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