About a month ago, BenQ reached out to me and asked if I would be interested in checking out a projector that they thought I’d like to use for the purpose of gaming. My initial response was apprehension because although you can game on a projector it doesn’t mean that you should. Gaming requires certain circumstances in order for it to be an enjoyable experience. I had a right to be a little worried but BenQ assured me that the TH671ST projector is built with gaming in mind.
Typically, I game on a monitor and coincidentally, it’s a BenQ 32″ monitor. Accidental plug aside, I’m always trying to find a way to game differently and do it with new visual experiences since I gave up gaming on my TV over a year ago. This projector worked out better than expected and I’m spoiled now. Now I want to game like this all the time.
DESIGN & SETUP
The design of the TH671ST is very neat and tidy. The small form factor makes this projector easy to put anywhere with dimensions of 4.72″ x 11.65″ x 8.82″ and a weight of just 6 pounds. It’s perfect if you don’t have a great deal of room to spare, like me in my apartment. Being a short throw projector is what makes that happen. What’s a short throw projector? Basically, it means that you can get a clear image on your screen or wall up to 100″ at just a distance of 5ft. I was able to throw this projector on a desk in my room and get a huge image on an empty wall I have in my bedroom.
On the back of the TH671ST are all of the connections you’ll need to get your game on via your PC or console. You have 2 HDMI ports, a VGA connection for PC, a monitor out connection, a mini USB port, a Type-A port and lastly your in and out audio port. The top side of the projector has got all of the options that you have on the remote control if you opt not to use it. Nothing different top side than the remote and nothing overly complicated about the controls. You simply make your connections. The projector will automatically find the source connection and you’re good to go. Setup was easy and I was playing games in under 10 minutes.
The BenQ TH671ST while not a beast of a projector hardware wise, it’s no slouch and it does come with some very solid specs. I try not to place too much emphasis on specs because they don’t always speak to the experience you’ll have overall but in this case since you’ll be primarily gaming if you bought this projector, it matters.
Brightness: 3,000 Lumens Contrast: 10,000:1 A
Resolution: 1920×1080 Native Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (HD)
Projector Size: 4.72″ x 11.65″ x 8.82″ (HxWxD) Weight: 6.0 lbs
Video Modes: 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 576i, 576p, 480p, 480i
Lamp Life: 4,000 hours / 15,000 hours (eco) T 3.6′ – 15.0′
Image Size: 59.72″ – 299.71″ Throw Ratio: 0.69:1 – 0.83:1
Input Lag: 16.5 ms (This is average between bright, sport, vivid and game modes with fast mode on)
Throw Distance: 3.6′ – 15.0′
While this isn’t the full spec sheet on the TH671ST, these are the specs that you’ll probably want to focus on for gaming and or anything else you may find yourself watching. This projector maxes out resolution wise at 1080p. You may want something that will give you a sharper resolution but if we’re talking gaming, 1080p is the most common resolution among gamers whether you’re gaming on console or not. Brightness is also key. You don’t just want to have a game that you can play in 1440p or 4k but you also want it to be bright. Most important, you want to be able to afford it. The BenQ TH671ST is just $700 which is more than fair for what you get for the money. There are always trade-offs but these aren’t the negative kind. These kind of specs are perfect for the needs of the console gamer.
Gaming on the BenQ TH671ST is the reason to buy this projector and I can say in no uncertain terms that I was thoroughly impressed. As I said, I’m a person that doesn’t have a 100″ theater screen handy and no man cave, yet. This projector made great use of the space and the empty wall that I had. There was nothing I wanted more than to play games on a huge screen or in this case image.
The BenQ TH671ST has a brightness of 3,000 Lumens which isn’t super bright but, it’s more than capable and under the right circumstances the images that you get are crystal clear and yes, bright. Since I work during the day and I generally don’t game until the evening, gaming is ideal for me at that time. Most of us working folk get most of our gaming in during these hours and the weekends so it works out well. When you’re ready to game you can just simply close the blinds and get your game on. If you want to game earlier in the day and you live where there’s a lot of natural light you’ll find that it’ll be tricky but this is an issue not exclusive to the BenQ TH671ST. Any projector in contact with natural light will have some issue with viewing angles but to what to degree is the difference. I found that I didn’t have to immerse myself in total darkness when natural light was high but I had to close the blinds a bit to get some good viewing angles.
Being able to game on any platform or any console in 100″ was a major plus. Since I don’t have 10k to shell out on a 100″ OLED or LED screen TV, this projector is a solid compromise. You really get taken to a different place when you game on a huge screen or in this case a huge image. I had to do some tweaking with the zoom and the correcting keystone feature to nail the clarity and position from time to time but I would come within inches of 100″ but I would get a perfectly clear and square image so playing the Division 2 and Destiny 2 is the kind of thing that gamers all want to do. How did my games play? Just fine. The projector has an input lag averaging about 16.5 ms which doesn’t compare to most gaming monitors and some TVs on the higher end but the gaming doesn’t feel incredibly laggy. It’s slower but not painstakingly slow. You can play complex and challenging games with this projector. No problem. You don’t even need to have speakers. The TH671ST has speakers that are sufficiently loud enough for you to play your games and it doesn’t sound hollow and tinny. However, if you need to play it loud then by all means connect your speaker system and rock out but sound is good here.
PLAYING ON THE BENQ TH621ST SPOILED ME
I’ve had the BenQ TH671ST for a little over a month and I played all the games that I like to play. Most of them were simple enough and the projector handled them well but playing the really graphically intense games is where I was impressed. Playing games on a projector is like playing your favorite games on a movie screen. I’m spoiled by this. I’m back to playing my games on my monitor and although I see the differences in how my games look, there’s not much difference in how I’m able to play my games. I used the projector with my laptop, my gaming PC, Switch, Xbox One X and PS4 Pro. The BenQ TH671ST handled them all like a boss. Very little lag and no washed out or bad color representation. It looked exactly how I imagined it would on a projector.
I didn’t watch many movies and TV shows on the projector. I kept it strictly gaming but make no mistake what I did watch looked great. The BenQ TH671ST is a great option for big gaming on a budget. We all can’t spend thousands of dollars on a huge OLED TV. Even if you could you can’t take your TV and go to a friend or family members’ house and give them a 100″ experience. You can do that with the portability of the TH671ST. I wish it would have had a carrying case to kind of accentuate that portability but details, details. I have no problem recommending this projector to anyone if you’re looking for a way to enhance your gaming experience. The BenQ TH671ST is a great option and you’ll find yourself spoiled like me once you start playing your games this way. Interested? Check out BenQ site and pick one up HERE