BenQ debuts a new low lag gaming projector for next-gen consoles

Mike Wheatley

BenQ has announced a new 4K short throw projector that’s aimed squarely at games players who own one of the latest PlayStation 5 or Xbox Series X consoles, or even a Nintendo Switch.


The BenQ TK700STi is capable of outputting images in native 4K resolution, as opposed to upscaling from HD resolution like many projectors do. The company claims this will enable it to show 4K games from the above next-generation consoles in true Ultra HD detail, while also keeping the gameplay smooth and responsive by ensuring minimal input lag.

The input lag, which refers to the delay between controller inputs and the consequent action it enables on-screen, is extremely low, rated at just 4ms at 1080p 240Hz, 8.33ms at 1080p 120Hz, 16.67ms at 1080p 60Hz, and 33ms at 4K 30Hz.

That’s not a bad lag at all, especially for a projector, though the lack of HDMI 2.1 support means gamers won’t see the new heights of 4K at 120Hz.

In any case, the company said that the TK700STi’s extremely high brightness, 96% Rec. 709 and HDR game capabilities, paired with its low response times, will enable “elite gameplay experiences” that enable players to “stay in perfect control with clear vision in fast-paced games where reaction time is key.”

The BenQ TK700STi is a pretty capable projector in other areas too, able to throw up a maximum 100-inch projection from a distance of 2.2 meters. It also offers up to 3,000 nits brightness, which is bright enough to ensure that most people won’t have to strain their eyes in bright environments such as well lit living room.

It runs the Android TV platform, which means access to numerous apps such as Netflix and YouTube and the wide range of content they provide access to. The company also claims to deliver “epic sound quality” through its built-in 5 watt audio and customized sound modes for games, movies, sports and music.

The main draw of the BenQ TK700STi is however, its gaming capabilities, and they are further enhanced by three dedicated gaming presets, for shooters (FPS), sports (SPG) and role-playing games (RPG), the company said.

“The TK700STi is changing the gaming experience with unmatched audiovisuals and incredible response time,” said Houston Wei, senior director of BenQ North America. “Now, gamers can enjoy the fastest gameplay with stunning 4K visuals on a 120-inch screen for the most immersive experience.”

BenQ said the TK700STi is on sale now in the U.K. priced at £1,159. It’s also going on sale in Australia and the U.S., the company said.