If you're tired of squinting at your tiny TV or hunching over your computer screen, it's time to embrace the immersive world of gaming projectors. Turn your living room into a virtual battlefield or explore fantastical realms with visuals so crisp, you'll wonder if you've stumbled into the game itself.

Now often times your gaming den might be limited on space but you still want that larger than life screen. That's where short throw gaming projectors come into play. These visual consumer electronics for entertainment don't require as much space to achieve that sought after giant image size.

But which short throw projector is best for playing video games? In this head to head competition we'll answer that exact question.

In today's contest we're putting the BenQ TK700STi vs the Optoma UHD35STx.

Our projection experts have spent hours upon hours with both projectors playing video games and watching movies in order to bring you this head to head competition. We'll break down the specs and help you pick the better projector to meet your needs.

Let the gaming extravaganza begin!

Optoma UHD35STx

The Optoma UHD35STx is an all around fabulous home entertainment projector specially designed with gamers in mind. It definitely is outstanding when it comes to playing video games on a huge screen, but it also offers great performance in a home theater setting. With a short throw ratio this advanced projector will fit in smaller gaming rooms while still producing a tremendous image size. Whether you're into watching movies or playing video games the Optoma UHD35STx is a fantastic short throw projector at an affordable price.

BenQ TK700STi

Much like the Optoma UHD35STx, the BenQ TK700STi is built for gamers. With ultra low lag time and fantastic motion handling this short throw video game projector will help you vanquish your computerized enemies in just about any size room. BenQ prides themselves on their ability to create gaming displays that owners love. The BenQ TK700STi is no exception.

BenQ TK700STi Or Optoma UHD35STx, Which Is Better?

So, which short throw gaming projector will win, the BenQ TK700STi or the Optoma UHD35STx? And of course, most importantly for a gaming enthusiasts like yourself, which short throw projector should you buy to conquer your digital enemies?

Check out our expert comparison of these two fantastic new 4K gaming projectors for home cinemas to learn who gets crowned the winner.

 
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Optoma UHD35STx

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BenQ TK700STi

Our Thoughts:

Brightness

3600

3000

Each projector is bright enough to work pretty well with some lights on but the Optoma short throw has a 600 lumen advantage.

Throw Ratio

0.50:1

0.90:1 - 1.08:1

The Optoma UHD35STx has a shorter throw distance and can sit closer to the screen but it's not variable. Where the BenQ TK700STi gives more options for where to mount it. The edge goes to the Optoma its closer placement.

Screen Size

36.62" - 300.15"

29.96-300.15"

The screen size capabilities are functionally the same.

Projector Lens Shift

None

None

Neither projector offers lens shift.

Chipset

0.47" DLP

0.47” DLP

Both DLP projectors use the same smaller chip.

Light Source

Bulb

Bulb

Yet another tie as both short throws are bulb based.

Color

82% Rec.709

96% Rec.709

Both gaming projectors cover a decently wide color gamut, however the BenQ TK700STi has a distinct advantage when it comes to color gamut coverage.

Contrast Ratio

1250:1

1648:1

When it comes to contrast, the BenQ projector offers better contrast than the Optoma.

Input Lag

4K/60: 16.9ms | 1080p/240: 4.2ms

4K/60: 16.8ms | 1080p/240: 4ms

These 4K gaming projectors both have incredibly low lag times and are among the best you'll find. BenQ gets the slightest of edges here but the difference is basically unnoticeable.

Build-In Speakers

10.0 Watts Mono

5.0 Watts Mono

The built-in speakers on the Optoma UHD35STi give it a more robust soundscape. Though external speakers would still be the way to go.

Price

$1,549.00$1,549.00

$1,699.00$1,699.00

Both provide a fantastic value for a very low price but the BenQ TK700i is the less expensive 4K gaming projector.

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Optoma UHD35STx

The Pros

  • Brighter light source than most gaming projectors
  • Excellent, low input lag below 17ms
  • Very short throw ratio
  • Good contrast for the price range
  • Smart projector that supports streaming apps
  • Supports 3D
  • Built-in 10W speaker allows you to watch content without an external sound system
  • Relatively light weight making it a great choice for indoor and outdoor movie nights

The Cons

  • Usable modes are dimmer than the indicated specs
  • Color gamut isn't great for a home theater projector
  • No lens shift or variable throw ratio
  • Built in speakers lack depth and power of a surround sound system
  • HDR handling isn't very good
  • No Netflix app

  • Only has two HDMI ports

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BenQ TK700i

The Pros

  • Bright light source
  • Excellent, low 4K input lag below 17ms
  • Bright mode is actually usable unlike many other projectors
  • Comes with an Android TV media player that supports most streaming apps
  • Supports 3D
  • Built-in 5W speakers allow you to watch content without an external sound system
  • Relatively light weight making it a great choice for indoor and outdoor movie nights
  • 3 HDMI ports

The Cons

  • While decent, the color gamut is lacking compared to dedicated home theater projectors
  • Mediocre black levels
  • No lens shift
  • For a short throw the throw ratio isn't particularly short
  • Built in speakers are lacking in depth and power
  • No Netflix app
  • Fan noise is a little high

So Which 4K Projector Will Win This Shootout, The Optoma UHD35STx Or The BenQ TK700STi?

Both of these 4K short throw gaming projectors offer a very good image that will thrill and delight you for endless hours of gaming and movie watching. It's always tough picking a winner for these shootouts. Each display device has its advantages and disadvantages compared to the other unit.

But we're here to give you an answer to the the question, "Which short throw projector for gaming should I buy?" So without further ado, between the BenQ TK700STi and Optoma UHD35STx, the experts at ProjectorScreen.com have chosen the………

BenQ TK700STi!

Why Buy The BenQ TK700STi?

For this head to head video game projector showdown there were a few reasons why the BenQ TK700STi came out ahead of the Optoma UHD35STx.

First and foremost the BenQ short throw gaming projector offered an all around better image. It had better contrast and a much wider color gamut. We also found the motion handling to be better on the BenQ model. All of these give it bonus points for both gaming and movie watching.

Another major advantage is the BenQ TK700STi's ability to produce a quality image even in it's brightest mode. So while the Optoma at home arcade projector can output more lumens, it's maximum brightness setting is just not watchable. This majorly important for gaming projectors because most gamers want to play with lights on, where you need as much brightness as possible.

The lower price of the BenQ TK700STi compared to the Optoma UHD35STx is another advantage. You could buy 4 new games with the cost savings.

The three HDMI ports also give it a bonus for anyone who wants to connect multiple gaming consoles.

Why Buy The Optoma UHD35STx?

If you're looking for a short throw 4K gaming projector, you absolutely should still be looking at the Optoma UHD35STx. While it lost this head to head, that doesn't mean it isn't a great option.

For those trying to turn a smaller room into a man cave with a big screen, the much shorter throw distance on the Optoma projector will better allow this to happen.

We typically recommend external speakers over those integrated into the projector. However if you're planning to use the built-in speakers on your projector, you're going to be happier using the more robust speaker found on the Optoma UHD35STx.

Which Projector Do You Think Is Better?

Which unit do you think is better, the BenQ TK700i or the Optoma UHD35STx? Do you own one of these projectors? Tell us what you think in the comments below.

We'll be breaking down the comparison between the Optoma UHD35STx and BenQ TK700i even further in our projector shootout series on YouTube. So make sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you can get notified when our shootout goes live plus other great content in our pipeline.

If you have any questions on these projectors or anything else projection related don’t hesitate to hit us up at ProjectorScreen.com. Thanks for reading and keep on projecting!

BenQ TK700STi Vs. Optoma UHD35STx

$1,549.00
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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
Optoma
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 1-2 Business Days
Lumens:
3600
Projector Type:
Short Throw, Golf Simulator
Light Source:
Bulb
Contrast Ratio:
1,000,000:1
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.50:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
No
Input Lag:
4K/60Hz: 16.9ms | 1080p/240Hz: 4.2ms
3D Support:
Yes
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
1 Year
Standard Lens Focus:
Manual
Wi-Fi:
No

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$1,699.00
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Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
BenQ
Product Status:
In Stock
Lumens:
3000
Projector Type:
Short Throw, Golf Simulator
Light Source:
Bulb
Contrast Ratio:
10,000:1
Chipset:
DLP
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Throw Ratio:
0.90:1 - 1.08:1 (D:W)
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lens Shift:
Horizontal & Vertical
Input Lag:
1080p/60Hz: 16.9ms | 1080p/120Hz: 8ms | 1080p/240Hz: 4ms
3D Support:
Yes
Built-In Speaker:
Yes
Warranty:
1 Year
Standard Lens Focus:
Manual

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