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BenQ Releases TK710 and TK710STi “Casual” Gaming Projectors

Priced at $1,799 or $1,999, BenQ offers gamers new laser projectors that are nearly identical. Find out which one is right for you.

BenQ TK710STi Gaming Projector Front

Following up on its recent release of the W5800 4K UHD Laser Projector that is optimized for Home Theater, BenQ has announced two new projectors that are designed for home entertainment, with an emphasis on “causal” gaming, the TK710 and TK710STi. 

Shared Features

Design: Both projectors look identical from the outside and incorporate most of the same features, but there is some variation. 

4K UHD Resolution: The TK710 and TK720 STi incorporate a .47-inch 1080p resolution DLP imaging chip (aka DMD – Digital Micromirror Device) from Texas Instruments. The chip contains 2.1 million pixels (very tiny mirrors). However, to display 4K, 8.3 million pixels are required.

As a result, the pixels on the 1080p chip are shifted both vertically and horizontally at 240Hz (240 times per second). This is so fast it’s classified as a 4K image once displayed on the screen.

DLP 4K Pixel Shifting

Light Output and Color: With 3200 ANSI lumens light output, these projectors support high brightness and contrast, 95% Rec.709, and HDR compatibility. Both projectors are easy to install and can be used in both light and dark rooms for enjoying movies and gaming. 

Laser Lightsource: Continuing its move away from lamp-based light sources in projectors, BenQ has equipped the TK710 and TK710STi with laser light sources. This means that instead of periodically changing out a lamp every several thousand use hours, the laser source provides 20,000 hours of use life. 

Input Lag: For an immersive gaming experience, the TK710 and TK710STi each have a low input lag of 16.7ms (4K@60Hz) and 4.2ms(1080p@240Hz), making both models ideal for gaming on the big screen.

Game Modes: In addition to low input lag, both projectors include PRG (Role Playing Game) and FPS (First Person Shooter) Game modes.

Projector-to-Screen Distance: The TK710 can project a 100-inch image at a projector-to-screen distance of 8.4 feet and 120 inches at 10 feet. The TK710STi, on the other hand, can project large images within a shorter distance (100 inches at 5 feet, and 120 inches at 6 feet). 

Tech Note: Both projectors include Keystone correction to aid in correcting image geometry issues. The TK710 also includes Lens Shift, but the TK710STi does not.

BenQ TK710STi

BenQ TK710STi Gaming Projector Angle Right

For added viewing flexibility, the TK710STi also comes with a plug-in Android TV dongle (QS02) with Netflix for streaming capabilities. 

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Core features of the QS02 Dongle include:

  • Powered by Android 11
  • Compatible with 4K HDR streaming content (contingent on internet speed)
  • Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, and access to all the latest Android apps.
  • Multi-platform wireless casting for Android, iPhone, iPad, Mac, Windows computer, or Chromebook
  • Google Voice Search and Google Assistant support.
BenQ TK710STi Gaming Projector Remote Control and QS02 Dongle

From Houston Wei, senior director of BenQ North America: “We recognize the need for dynamic, easy-to-use and versatile projectors,…With the TK710 and TK710STi, gamers and movie buffs can experience stunning imagery and fast-paced gaming in virtually any environment.

Comparison

TK710TK710STi
Price$1,799$1,999
Projection SystemDLPDLP
Light SourceLaserLaser
Light Source Hours20,00020,000
Resolution (via Pixel Shift)4K UHD (3840 x 2160)4K UHD (3840 x 2160)
Light Output (ANSI Lumens)32003200
Native Aspect Ratio16:916:9
Contrast Ratio (Full On/Full Off)600,000:1 with Light Source Dimming600,000:1 with Light Source Dimming
Color Display30-bit (1.07 billion colors)30-bit (1.07 billion colors)
Throw Ratio1.15~1.50.69~0.83
Zoom Ratio1.3x1.2x
Lens SpecsF / # = 2.48 ~ 2.78,
f = 16.88~21.88 mm
F / # = 2.53~2.73,
f = 10.2~12.24 mm
Projection Offset (Full Height)105%102.5%
Keystone CorrectionVertical ± 30 degrees; Horizontal ± 30 degrees; Rotation ± 30 degreesVertical ± 30 degrees; Horizontal ± 30 degrees; Rotation ± 30 degrees
Lens Shift+10%
DCI-P3 CoverageNot ProvidedNot Provided
Rec 709 Coverage95%95%
Picture Modes3D, Bright, Cinema, HDR10, HLG, Living Room, RPG, User3D, Bright, Cinema, HDR10, HLG, Living Room, RPG, User
HDR Game ModesFPS, HDR FPS, HDR RPGFPS, HDR FPS, HDR RPG
Input Lag16.7 ms (1080P 60Hz)
16.7ms (2K 60Hz)*downscaling to 1080p 60Hz
16.7 ms (4K 60Hz)
4.2 ms (1080P 240Hz) 8.3 ms (1080P 120Hz)
8.3ms (2K 120Hz) *downscaling to 1080p 120Hz
16.7 ms (1080P 60Hz)
16.7ms (2K 60Hz)*downscaling to 1080p 60Hz
16.7 ms (4K 60Hz)
4.2 ms (1080P 240Hz) 8.3 ms (1080P 120Hz)
8.3ms (2K 120Hz) *downscaling to 1080p 120Hz
HDMI Input 2 x HDMI 2.0b/HDCP 2.22 x HDMI 2.0b/HDCP 2.2
USB Type AUSB Type A-1 (2.0/Power Supply1.5A/Service)USB Type A-1(2.0/Power Supply1.5A/Service)
RS232DB-9pin x1DB-9pin x1
Speaker1 x 5W1 x 5W
Android TV StreamingYes – Via Included QS02 Plug-in Dongle
Licensed NetflixYes 
HDMI ARC/eARCYes, Dolby AtmosYes, Dolby Atmos
Digital Optical (S/PDIF)
Audio Out (Analog)(3.5mm Mini Jack)(x1)(3.5mm Mini Jack)(x1)
Operating Temperature0~40℃0~40℃
Power SupplyAC 100 to 240 V, 50/60 HzAC 100 to 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Typical Power Consumption (110V)275 W (Max);
< 0.5 W (Standby)
275 W (Max);
< 0.5 W (Standby)
Standby Power Consumption<0.5W<0.5W
Acoustic Noise Typical 31dB, ECO 28 dB Typical 31dB, ECO 28 dB
Dimension (WDH – mm)304.2 x 232.5 x 112.4304.2 x 232.5 x 112.4
Dimension (WDH – inches)12 x 9.2 x 4.412 x 9.2 x 4.4
Net Weight (kg)3.0 Kg +/- 100g3.0 Kg +/- 100g
Net Weight (lbs)6 lbs 10 oz6 lbs 10 oz
Included AccessoriesRemote Control w/ Battery(RCV013)
Power Cord (by region)x1 (1.8M)
Quick Start Guide(x1) 21L
Warranty Card (by region)
Android TV dongle (QS02)
Remote Control w/ Battery(RCI074)
Power Cord (by region)x1 (1.8M)
Quick Start Guide(x1) 21L
Warranty Card (by region)
BenQ TK710STi Laser Projector Dimensions

Initial Impressions

The BenQ TK710 and TK710STi are designed to provide an overall home entertainment experience for games, movies and shows. With their high light output they can be placed in both dark and semi-lit rooms, and also be used outside for those warm summer movie nights.

Thanks to their low input lag they should be suitable for “casual” gaming. Oddly neither projector supports HDMI 2.1, which would offer even better compatibility for serious gamers. Instead, each projector only supports HDMI 2.0b, which is probably why BenQ labels them as projectors for “casual gamers”.

BenQ TK710STi Gaming Projector Rear Inputs

The two projectors are identical in appearance and share features with the following exceptions: The TK71OSTi comes with a streaming dongle which expands its home entertainment capabilities and can be placed closer to the screen for large images than the TK710. On the other hand, the TK710 does include Lens Shift which is a practical placement setup tool. 

If you’re looking for an all-around home entertainment and gaming projector, the TK710STi might be the better bet out of the box. 

BenQ TK710STi Gaming Projector Top
BenQ TK710STi Gaming Projector Front

Pricing and Availability

Tip: These new models replace BenQ’s TK700 and TK700STi gaming projectors which use a lamp source instead of laser. Although specifications of the older models are very similar, the new laser projectors will last 10 times as long (20,000 hours vs. 2,000 hours) before needing replacement.

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