A projector might claim to be ideal for gaming, but that doesn’t always mean that it is. Projectors designed for movies and streaming can be equally proficient in the gaming arena, but dedicated gaming projectors have custom tech to enhance play.
When purchasing a projector that will mostly be used for gaming, it’s always a good idea to first check the specs. Here are some key things to look out for…
Input lag – or latency – is the time it takes between the video/audio signal from the console or computer to register onscreen. Slow input lag is like bad lip-sync and the enemy of all gamers. A projector used for gaming should have a low input lag for seamless transition from console to screen. Lag time is measured in milliseconds (ms), so look for a projector with input lag of under 20ms.
This refers to the number of times per second – measured in hertz, or Hz – a projector refreshes its image. A refresh rate of 60Hz is standard for gaming with a projector, however if you favour games with fast-moving action, a higher refresh rate of 120Hz is recommended.
The rule of thumb with projectors is the brighter the better, and you’ll want as much detail as possible in the graphics. 1,000 lumens of brightness will suffice for a darkened gaming cave, but for a brightly lit room, go for 1,500 and above.
An immersive soundscape is a vital aspect of the gaming experience and many gaming projectors feature in-built speakers with more watts than their home theatre counterparts. But you’ll always get the best results from a soundbar – or headphones for more intimate audio.
BenQ TH585 Full HD Gaming and Home Entertainment Projector
A Full HD 1080p gaming projector with a speedy 16ms input lag and very bright 3,500 lumens for day play. A custom Game Mode fine-tunes images for greater clarity, and variable projection heights and throw distances add flexibility. The in-built speaker packs 10W and there are two HDMI inputs and one USB port.
BenQ W121OST Full HD Gaming Projector
A smooth operator with 16.67ms input lag and two custom gaming modes to suit dark or bright rooms. A short throw projector with 2,200 lumens of brightness, it can project a screen size of 100” from 1.5m away. In-built dual 10W speakers create an immersive soundscape, and there are two HDMI inputs and one USB for further connectivity.
BenQ TK700STi 4K Gaming Projector
A premium, short throw 4K HDR gaming projector with a fast 16ms input lag, 120Hz refresh rate, and high brightness with 3,000 lumens. It can project a stunning 4K image of 120” from 2.3m away and supports Google’s Android TV for further entertainment options. The perfect partner for PS5 and Xbox Series X.