The goal of Epson was to make an ultra short throw projector bright enough for just about any room. With the Epson LS500 EpiqVision they accomplished that.

BenQ may have been a bit later than other projector manufacturers to the laser TV game, but they came out strong with the BenQ V7050i ultra short throw projector.

So which is better the Epson LS500 or the BenQ V7050i?

Read our comparison of these two fantastic ultra short throw projectors to find out.

 
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Epson LS500

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BenQ V7050i

Our Thoughts:

Brightness

4000

2500

The Epson LS500 is clearly a brighter projector. Though when it comes to color brightness the BenQ UST takes full advantage of the 2500 lumens.

Throw Ratio

0.29:1

0.23:1

The Epson LS500 sits further than other USTs. The V7050i sits closer than most.

Chipset

3LCD

.47" DMD ECP

LS500 uses the 3LCD chipset which provides a brighter output and avoids the rainbow effect. The V7050i uses an advanced DLP chip that provides a sharper image.

Light Source

Single Blue Laser

Single Blue Laser

Both projectors use a single blue laser light source.

Color

91% DCI-P3

98% DCI-P3

The BenQ V7050i offers a superior color gamut and it shows in the vibrancy of the colors on the screen.

Contrast Ratio

2,000,000:1

2,000,000:1

Both manufacturers claim to have the same contrast ratio but when watching content the V7050i has noticeably better contrast.

Input Lag

16.7 ms

83 ms

The Epson UST is significantly when it comes to input lag. The BenQ UST is not a great projector from a gaming perspective.

Audio

(x2)10W Speakers

(x2)5W Chamber Speakers

The LS500 has a better sound system than the V7050i. But both aren't strong.

Price

$3,999.00

$3,299.00

The BenQ UST comes in at a somewhat lower price point. That said when you bundle the LS500 with the screen the value of the Epson UST increases.

 

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Epson LS500

The Pros

  • Brightest UST projector on the market
  • Best UST projector for video gaming
  • Can be purchased bundled with 100 or 120 inch ALR screen
  • No rainbow effect
  • Supports 3D
  • Available in either black or white casing

The Cons

  • Colors are not as vibrant as other UST Projectors
  • Further throw distance than other USTs
  • Less sharp of an image
  • Telescoped lens isn't aesthetically pleasing
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BenQ V7050i

The Pros

  • Colors are super bright and extra vibrant
  • Great contrast shows up in the content
  • Motorized lens cover
  • Supports 3D
  • Uses the more advanced .47" DMD ECP chipset
  • Very easy to set up

The Cons

  • Only has 2 HDMI ports
  • Uses an external media player that sticks out from the back and takes up one of the two HDMI ports
  • Not great for gaming
  • Speakers aren't as good as other laser TVs
  • Doesn't have Netflix app

So Which Is Better, The Epson LS500 Or The BenQ V7050i?

Without a doubt these are two of the better more affordable ultra short throw projectors available on the market. You'll be thrilled with either one you choose. But ultimately a decision had to be made. So between the BenQ V7050i and Epson LS500 the winner is………

The BenQ V7050i!

Why You Should Buy The BenQ V7050i

The BenQ definitely has a big advantage over the Epson when it comes to the color brightness and vibrancy. The V7050i is one of the most vividly colorful projectors we've seen yet. It also sits significantly closer to the screen. The motorized lens cover is incredibly useful if you've got kids or pets.

Why You Should Buy The Epson LS500

While we do feel the BenQ V7050i is better than the Epson LS500, if you're looking to use your projector in a much brighter room, the Epson LS500 is the way to go. You also want to pick the LS500 if you want the best gaming UST or if you are susceptible to the rainbow effect. Another advantage of the Epson EpiqVision is that it can be bundled with a 100 inch or 120 inch ambient light rejecting screen for an extra value.

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Epson LS500 Vs BenQ V7050i

$3,999.00

Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
EPSON
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 5-10 Business Days
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Lumens:
4000
Case Color:
White
Product Line:
EpiqVision
Chipset:
LCD
Contrast Ratio:
2,500,000:1
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Shift
Throw Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Standard Lens Focus:
Fixed
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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$3,999.00

Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
EPSON
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 5-10 Business Days
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Lumens:
4000
Case Color:
White
Product Line:
EpiqVision
Chipset:
LCD
Contrast Ratio:
2,500,000:1
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Shift
Throw Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Standard Lens Focus:
Fixed
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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$3,299.00

Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
BenQ
Product Status:
In Stock
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Aspect Ratio:
16:9 [HD]
Lumens:
2500
Chipset:
DLP
Contrast Ratio:
2,000,000:1
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Shift
Throw Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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$5,999.00

Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
EPSON
Product Status:
In Stock
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lumens:
4000
Case Color:
Black
Product Line:
EpiqVision
Chipset:
LCD
Contrast Ratio:
2,500,000:1
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Shift
Throw Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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$4,999.00

Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
EPSON
Product Status:
Leaves Warehouse within 4-6 Weeks
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lumens:
4000
Case Color:
White
Product Line:
EpiqVision
Chipset:
LCD
Contrast Ratio:
2,500,000:1
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Shift
Throw Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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$5,999.00

Projector Resolution:
4K
Brand:
EPSON
Product Status:
In Stock
Native Resolution:
3840x2160
Lumens:
4000
Case Color:
White
Product Line:
EpiqVision
Chipset:
LCD
Contrast Ratio:
2,500,000:1
Light Source:
Laser
Resolution Type:
Shift
Throw Type:
Ultra Short Throw
Digital Inputs:
HDMI

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