BenQ has just announced their newest projector, the BenQ V5000i ultra short throw projector. 

BenQ is known for producing vibrant, colorful projectors. Their previous UST, the BenQ V7050i won the award for the best single laser ultra short throw projector at the 2022 Laser TV Showdown. So we expect big things from this new one.

This new BenQ V5000i, triple laser UST spits out 2500 ANSI lumens of brightness, covers 95% of the BT.2020 color space, HDR10+ compatibility and very interestingly supports 4K Gaming at 120Hz with a super low input lag. 

Expected release date: July 2023

Expected Price: $3,499

Here are some speculative highlights of what’s new on the BenQ V5000i ultra short throw projector.

  • 4K UST for a crisp high detailed image
  • Triple Laser Light Source
    • True RGB triple laser light source
    • Bright 2,500 Lumen output
  • Super wide 95% of The BT.2020 color gamut & 98% DCI-P3 CinematicColor
  • 2,000,000:1 Dynamic contrast
  • DLP chipset
  • Supports HDR10+ and HDR-PRO
  • Local Contrast Enhancer and Tone Mapping for perfect details in the dark and bright areas
  • Supports 3D
  • 0.232:1 throw ratio allows the projector to sit super close to the screen
  • 4K@120Hz and low input lag for gaming on a projector
  • MEMC motion smoothing
  • 40W Trevolo sound system with Dolby and DTS compatibility
  • 3 HDMI Ports
  • AndroidTV 11 interface
  • Built in apps for Netflix, Disney+, Hulu and more
  • HDMI eARC, USB-A and S/PDIF ports. Plus, wireless connectivity via Wi-Fi 6 and Bluetooth

We're both excited and a little bit underwhelmed by the new BenQ V5000i. Here are our thoughts:

What We Like

 It's fantastic to see BenQ utilizing the triple laser design that likely held the previous model back compared to the comparably priced triple laser projectors like the Formovie Theater

Probably the most interesting feature on the BenQ V5000i is its support for 4K gaming at 120Hz. We eagerly await to hear about how low the input lag will be. This will help make it possibly the best video gaming projector in the UST class.

Anytime a smart projector has Netflix included, our customers are happy. We're also fans that this model will include 3 HDMI ports.

3D enthusiasts will definitely be happy that this laser TV supports it.

What We Don't Like

Despite the fact it's a true RGB projector, we're definitely disappointed that it won't cover 107% of the BT.2020 color space like the Formovie Theater and Hisense UST projectors like the L9G and PX1-Pro. Don't get us wrong 95% coverage is fantastic, but it will keep it out of the conversation for "Best Ultra Short Throw Projector".

As a daylight projector, we would have liked to see a higher lumen output. 2500 is still bright, but to accomplish what it's setting out to do, brighter would be better.

The fact that it's limited to 100 inches however is going to bring the value of this laser TV down a peg. What happens if you want to upgrade to a larger size screen? You have to get a new projector.

Summing It Up

Overall this will be a good ultra short throw projector. It definitely has its advantages and disadvantages. The sweet spot in the projection marketplace will be for gamers and 3D projector enthusiasts. Outside of that customer base it may be better to look at the other ultra short throw projectors.